Thou­sands are hospi­tal­ized in N.Y.

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - CORONAVIRU­S PANDEMIC -

New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo says the num­ber of peo­ple hospi­tal­ized with COVID­19 in the state has climbed to 3,800, with close to 900 in in­ten­sive care.

New York of­fi­cials are keep­ing a close eye on al­ready stressed hos­pi­tals as the num­ber of cases is pro­jected to rise for perhaps three more weeks.

Cuomo said Wed­nes­day that as many as 140,000 hospi­tal beds may be needed in a state with 53,000. The state has more than 30,000 con­firmed cases and 285 deaths. The na­tion­high fig­ures are driven mostly by New York City.

A makeshift morgue was set up out­side Belle­vue Hospi­tal, and the city’s po­lice, their ranks dwin­dling as more fall ill, were told to pa­trol nearly empty streets to en­force so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

Pub­lic health of­fi­cials hunted down beds and med­i­cal equip­ment and put out a call for more doc­tors and nurses. New York Univer­sity of­fered to let its med­i­cal stu­dents grad­u­ate early so that they could join the bat­tle.

Mean­while, with Broad­way shut­tered amid the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, pro­duc­ers of the an­nual Tony Awards have post­poned this year’s cel­e­bra­tion of Amer­i­can the­ater.

The show was orig­i­nally sched­uled for June 7 but the virus forced all 41 Broad­way the­aters to go dark and caused tur­moil in the Tony sched­ule. Pro­duc­ers have not yet an­nounced a resched­uled date.

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