Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

NY converting Javits Center into 2,000-bed COVID-19 hospital

NY converting Javits Center into 2,000-bed COVID-19 hospital

NY may need up to 140,000 hospital beds in a worst-case scenario, he said.

Andrew Cuomo toured the 1.8-million-square-foot facility yesterday, and made the announcement at a press conference on site. In place of the automaker stages and vehicle turntables, the show floor will become home to four 250-bed hospital units, constructed by FEMA. Here, commuters wearing masks pass through New York City's Penn Station on Monday.

As he announced those sobering numbers, Cuomo reiterated that NY, the USA epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, needs to sharply increase hospitals' capacity to treat patients. '[If] we get these facilities up, we get the supplies, we will save lives. Instead, the NYIAS has been postponed until late August.

Cuomo's comments come as coronavirus cases continue to soar in NY, making it the state with the most confirmed cases.

'This is going to get much worse before it gets better. "One of the forecasters said we were looking at a freight train coming across the country".

'We can fix everything else, but we can't fix loss of health, ' he said.

"If you ask the American people to choose between public health and the economy, then it's no contest", Cuomo said.

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Cuomo has warned that the state will need to increase its hospital capacity by at least 100 percent if the virus continues spreading at its current rate.

"We must dramatically increase the hospital capacity to meet that highest apex, and we have to do it very quickly", he added.

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NY is set to start treating coronavirus patients with two new therapies that experts believe could prove promising, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.

'We'll be following them and we hope they can do the job and I think they will.

As the siblings chatted on the two occasions, the brothers wasted little time squeezing in jabs toward each other in between serious coronavirus talking points, whether it was making fun of Andrew's basketball skills, urging him to call their mother, recalling how they dealt with their father's curfew or deciding who is the "favorite son". Cuomo said some 30,000 people responded to the state's call to enlist in its coronavirus response team.

His administration emphasized that the deployment of guard members is not martial law, but the president invoked martial language as he discussed the development. 'This is a war - a different kind of war than we've ever had'.

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