Coronavirus New York Update: Hospital Ship Being Dispatched

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Coronavirus New York Update: Hospital Ship Being Dispatched
Coronavirus New York Update: Hospital Ship Being Dispatched

Coronavirus USA news live: Latest updates

105,019
Confirmed
1,717
Deaths
2,537
Recovered

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that federal help to increase the number of hospital beds is coming to New York following a series conversations with President Donald Trump.

Cuomo said the Army Corps of Engineers is being sent to New York Wednesday afternoon to look at construction of hospitals and mobile hospital sites amid the growing coronavirus pandemic. The mobile hospitals have a capacity of 200-250 people, Cuomo said.

“Our planning will track where the cases are. Wherever you have a cluster of cases, that’s where you will add capacity,” Cuomo said. “Wherever we see these clusters pop up.”

The USNS Comfort hospital ship, with 1,000 beds in it, is being dispatched to New York, Cuomo announced.

Coronavirus live updates:
Country Confirmed Deaths Recovered
USA 105,019 1,717 2,537
Italy 86,498 9,134 10,950
Spain 72,248 5,690 12,285
Germany 53,340 399 6,658
Iran 35,408 2,517 11,679
France 32,964 1,995 5,700
UK 17,089 1,019 135
Switzerland 13,377 242 1,530
Netherlands 9,762 639 3
S. Korea 9,478 144 4,811
Belgium 9,134 353 1,063
Austria 8,030 68 225
Turkey 5,698 92 42
Portugal 5,170 100 43
Canada 4,757 55 354
Norway 3,972 20 7
Australia 3,635 14 170
Brazil 3,477 93 6
Israel 3,460 12 89
Sweden 3,069 105 16
Czechia 2,422 9 11
Malaysia 2,320 27 320
Denmark 2,201 65 1
Ireland 2,121 22 5
Ecuador 1,627 41 3
Chile 1,610 5 43
Luxembourg 1,605 15 40
Japan 1,499 49 404
Poland 1,481 17 7
Romania 1,452 29 139
Pakistan 1,415 12 29
Russia 1,264 4 49
Thailand 1,245 6 97
Saudi Arabia 1,203 4 37
South Africa 1,170 1 31
Finland 1,167 8 10
Indonesia 1,155 102 59
Philippines 1,075 68 35
Greece 966 28 52
Iceland 963 2 97
India 933 20 84
Singapore 802 2 198
Panama 786 14 2
Dominican Republic 719 28 3
Mexico 717 12 4
Diamond Princess 712 10 597
Argentina 690 17 72
Slovenia 684 9 10
Serbia 659 10 42
Estonia 645 1 20
Peru 635 11 16
Croatia 635 4 45
Qatar 562 0 43
Hong Kong 560 4 112
Colombia 539 6 10
Egypt 536 30 116
Iraq 506 42 131
Bahrain 473 4 254
UAE 468 2 52
New Zealand 451 0 50
Lebanon 412 8 27
Algeria 409 26 29
Lithuania 382 5 1
Armenia 372 1 28
Morocco 358 23 11
Hungary 343 11 34
Bulgaria 313 5 9
Ukraine 311 8 5
Latvia 305 0 1
Slovakia 292 0 2
Taiwan 283 2 30
Uruguay 274 0 0
Andorra 267 3 1
Costa Rica 263 2 3
Bosnia 257 4 5
Macedonia 241 4 3
Jordan 235 1 18
Kuwait 235 0 64
Tunisia 227 7 2
San Marino 223 21 6
Kazakhstan 204 1 14
Moldova, Republic of 199 2 2
Albania 197 10 31
Burkina Faso 180 9 12
Vietnam 174 0 21
Azerbaijan 165 3 15
Cyprus 162 5 15
Faroe Islands 155 0 54
Oman 152 0 23
Malta 149 0 2
Réunion 145 0 1
Ghana 137 4 2
Senegal 130 0 18
Brunei 120 1 25
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of 113 2 39
Sri Lanka 113 1 9
Afghanistan 110 4 2
Uzbekistan 104 2 5
Mauritius 102 2 0
Côte d'Ivoire 101 0 3
Cambodia 99 0 13
Palestinian Territory, Occupied 97 1 18
Guadeloupe 96 2 17
Honduras 95 1 3
Belarus 94 0 32
Martinique 93 1 0
Cameroon 91 2 2
Channel Islands 88 1 0
Georgia 85 0 14
Montenegro 82 1 0
Nigeria 81 1 3
Cuba 80 2 4
Bolivia 74 0 0
Trinidad and Tobago 66 2 1
Congo, the Democratic Republic of the 58 6 2
Kyrgyzstan 58 0 0
Paraguay 56 3 1
Liechtenstein 56 0 0
Gibraltar 55 0 14
Rwanda 54 0 0
Mayotte 50 0 0
Bangladesh 48 5 15
Monaco 42 0 1
Kenya 38 1 1
Macao 34 0 10
Aruba 33 0 1
Guatemala 32 1 4
Isle of Man 32 0 0
Jamaica 30 1 2
French Polynesia 30 0 0
French Guiana 28 0 6
Zambia 28 0 0
Barbados 26 0 0
Madagascar 26 0 0
Togo 25 1 1
Uganda 23 0 0
El Salvador 19 0 0
Mali 18 0 0
Bermuda 17 0 2
Ethiopia 16 0 1
Maldives 16 0 9
New Caledonia 15 0 0
Tanzania, United Republic of 13 0 1
Djibouti 12 0 0
Equatorial Guinea 12 0 0
Mongolia 12 0 0
Dominica 11 0 0
Saint Martin 11 0 0
Niger 10 1 0
Bahamas 10 0 1
Greenland 10 0 2
Swaziland 9 0 0
Cayman Islands 8 1 0
Curacao 8 1 2
Guinea 8 0 0
Haiti 8 0 0
Mozambique 8 0 0
Myanmar 8 0 0
Namibia 8 0 2
Suriname 8 0 0
Gabon 7 1 0
Zimbabwe 7 1 0
Antigua and Barbuda 7 0 0
Grenada 7 0 0
Seychelles 7 0 0
Benin 6 0 0
Eritrea 6 0 0
Lao People's Democratic Republic 6 0 0
Cabo Verde 5 1 0
Guyana 5 1 0
Sudan 5 1 0
Nepal 5 0 1
Fiji 5 0 0
Mauritania 5 0 0
Montserrat 5 0 0
St. Barth 5 0 0
Syrian Arab Republic 5 0 0
Nicaragua 4 1 0
Angola 4 0 0
Congo 4 0 0
Holy See (Vatican City State) 4 0 0
Gambia 3 1 0
Bhutan 3 0 0
Central African Republic 3 0 0
Chad 3 0 0
Liberia 3 0 0
Saint Lucia 3 0 1
Sint Maarten 3 0 0
Somalia 3 0 0
MS Zaandam 2 0 0
Anguilla 2 0 0
Belize 2 0 0
British Virgin Islands 2 0 0
Guinea-Bissau 2 0 0
Saint Kitts and Nevis 2 0 0
Turks and Caicos Islands 2 0 0
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 1 0 0
Papua New Guinea 1 0 0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0
Timor-Leste 1 0 0
China 81,394 3,295 74,971

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he has spoken directly with Cuomo about how Department of Defense assets like the Comfort and Army Corps of Engineers might be used in the state.

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Discussing the need for federal assistance, Cuomo again cautioned “the state can not do this on its own. We don’t have the capacity. We don’t have the workforce.”

Cuomo also issued an executive order saying no business can have more than 50% of their workforce report to work outside of their home, except for essential services.

A master list of what the state considers “essential services” is being prepared, the governor says.

Each new restriction is a test, the governor says, and they made need to be even stricter.

“All workforce 50% except essential services, we’ll see if that slows the spread. If it doesn’t slow the spread, then we will reduce the number of workers even further,” Cuomo said.

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Wednesday evening, Cuomo announced he signed a bill guaranteeing paid leave for New Yorkers under mandatory or precautionary quarantine, saying:

“I just signed into law legislation to provide immediate relief to working New Yorkers whose lives are being turned upside down by COVID-19.

“No one should have to make the impossible choice between losing their job or providing for their family and going to work, especially during this pandemic. We seek to build upon this effort with guaranteed sick leave for all in this year’s budget.

“In New York we stand with our workers in sickness and in health.”

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There are now more than 2,300 cases in New York state, Cuomo said, with more than 1,000 new cases identified as testing ramps up. More than 14,000 tests have been conducted in the state.

Cuomo says the state’s priority now is increasing hospital beds and ICU capacity. Its 53,000 beds are not enough to meet peak demand expected in 45 days.

Department of Health regulations are being waived temporarily to allow more beds into hospitals. The state continues to also reach out to retired doctors and nurses and medical schools to try to boost the number of health care workers available to confront the virus.

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