Thousands are hospitalized in N.Y.
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.