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Horror Stories Out of NYC Hospital Where 13 Died in a Day - Page 2

New York City coronavirus cases hit 20K
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2020 3:00 AM CDT
Updated Mar 26, 2020 6:50 AM CDT

  • New York City, which reported a total of 20,011 cases and 280 deaths as of Wednesday night—a huge percentage of the US' 54,453 confirmed cases as of Wednesday—has become an epicenter of the pandemic, and all of its more than 1,800 intensive care beds are expected to be full by Friday, according to a FEMA briefing obtained by the Times. All of its morgues are expected to be full by the same day.
  • Some morgues are already at capacity, Politico reports. A makeshift morgue has been set up outside Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital, the New York Post reports.
  • New York is working to increase its number of ventilators, building four new 250-bed hospitals in Manhattan, expecting a 1,000-bed hospital ship to arrive by mid-April, and even considering using hotels and arenas as temporary medical centers.
  • Specialists including obstetrician-gynecologists and radiologists are being called to work in the emergency wards of some hospitals; one hospital has started using one ventilator for multiple patients.
  • CNN reports that New York University is even planning to allow senior medical students to graduate three months early so they can go to work. It extended the offer to about 122 seniors, and so far 69 have said yes. The plan still needs final approval, but if it gets it, those who participate will start internships at New York hospitals in April rather than July as originally planned.
  • In a sliver of good news, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, per New York, that social distancing measures appear to be working: On Sunday, hospitalizations were projected to double every two days; by Tuesday, doubling was projected instead every 4.7 days.
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