ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the state could lose up 16,000 people to the coronavirus as the apex approaches.
Speaking to reporters in Albany, Cuomo said the Gates Foundation projection showed the stark challenges facing New York's hospital system.
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Cuomo said there were 92,381 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York state, 51,809 in the city, and noted that every county in the state is now impacted.
"We said it was going to march across the state," Cuomo said.
1,562 people have died in New York City, as of 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the city.
The governor said more than 400 people died in the state just in the last 24 hours.
To date, there have been 2,373 deaths in New York state, with 13,383 patients hospitalized. That number was reported before the city’s death total increased to 1,562.
Cuomo said 7,434 patients had been discharged, noting that number is a positive indication of care.
The governor says the apex still appears to be coming at the end of the month with models indicating its duration could now be on the "shorter range".
He says the state will likely need between 70,000 to 110,000 beds to deal with it.
Cuomo says a new, nightly hospital by hospital survey will be conducted to make sure the facilities - public and private - will have the supplies they need.
As far as ventilators, Cuomo says the state released 400 ventilators to city hospitals Wednesday night. He says the state has about 2,200 ventilators left in its stockpile.
Cuomo said at the current rate the state has enough to supply hospitals for the next six days.
When asked about acquiring more ventilators, Cuomo noted "it is the cruelest irony" that the state is dependent on China.
He continued to call on New York businesses and manufacturers to retrofit their operations to produce protective equipment for health care workers including gowns.
Cuomo says the state will pay a premium for the items and will even finance whatever it takes to convert their operations to do so.
A portion of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is among the latest facilities being converted to a temporary hospital with help from the federal government.
It will house 750 beds and is being constructed similar to the one now up and running at the Javits Center in Manhattan.
Cuomo says some 21,000 health care workers are making their way to New York to provide relief to the city's hospitals.