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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/2/20)

Today I will only be covering the main presentation in this press conference. After yesterday’s revelation that we can expect 16,000 death in New York alone, I think I need to back up just a little bit from watching all of the press conferences for a little bit to protect my mental health. I’ll still give you highlights, but perhaps not as much as before for the next few days. That way, I can give you at least the main content from both Cuomo and Trump.

But, the good news is that this conference took a really fun turn! We got a guest star today, and that brought a smile to my face.

ANDREW CUOMO

  • 238,965 people have been tested in the state of New York. 18,031 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 104,041 people have been tested in New York City. 7,513 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 92,381 people have tested positive in the state of New York. 8,669 of those people were new positives yesterday.
  • 51,809 people have tested positive in New York City. 4,370 of those people were new positives yesterday.
  • They are concerned about the large rise of cases in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Both counties saw over a thousand new cases yesterday.
  • Every county in New York State has a case.
  • He says it is a false comfort to believe that your area will not get the virus because you are in a rural area. Lots of upstate New York is very rural, and they still got the virus. This virus will march it’s way everywhere.
  • 13,383 people are currently hospitalized in New York State. That number is up by 1,157 patients from yesterday.
  • We currently have 3,396 ICU patients in New York State. That number is up 374 patients from yesterday.
  • 7,434 patients have been discharged in New York State so far. That number is up 1,292 from yesterday. I personally know two people in this count! ❤
  • 2,373 people have died in New York State so far. That number is up from 1,941 yesterday. I personally know someone in this count. May he rest in peace.
  • 432 people died from COVID-19 in New York State yesterday.
  • All of the numbers are trending up in our infection curve.
  • The challenge continues to be preparing for the apex of that curve.
  • Depending on which model you use, our apex could be anywhere from 7 – 30 days away.
  • When we have our apex depends on how well we social distance.
  • Today they believe it is closer to the shorter range in that spectrum, which is pretty concerning because yesterday he said there was no way we’d be ready for this to hit it’s apex in a week.
  • They are still projecting a need for 70k to 110k beds at the apex of this crisis.
  • We currently have 53,000 beds statewide. Only 36,000 of those beds are downstate. Keep in mind that downstate currently has the majority of the infections.
  • He says “by any estimate, we do not have enough beds”.
  • When does this end? Holy Christ, the model he shows on screen now goes until August.
  • How many lives lost? He shows the same slide from yesterday that shows we will have 16,000 deaths.
  • He says “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and that is true for the hospital system too.”
  • We need beds, staff and supplies to save lives.
  • Construction has started at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and at The Staten Island Psych Center. Both are expected to open next week.
  • QUICK FUN FACT: Staten Island has an interesting, and morbid, history when it comes to their mental health facilities. In 1983, one of this facility’s predecessors was the subject of a documentary called “children of darkness”. In the documentary, they allege that the children held there were often “warehoused” because of society’s inability to cure them. Several children died there under suspicious circumstances, and I remember friends from Staten Island telling me the site was haunted well into the 2000s. The original site of the psych ward was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. This location is a new building, and I think it might have been an administrative office previously.
  • Beds are the least of our problems. They are much more worried about beds and supplies.
  • Staff has been moved from upstate to downstate.
  • 21,000 people from out of state have volunteered to help us during this crisis. THANK YOU!!!! ❤
  • When we can return the favor, we will!
  • 85,400 medical professionals have volunteered to come out of retirement for this. THANK YOU!!!! ❤
  • Equipment continues to be a problem.
  • For the first time ever, we have a hospital to hospital survey of all of our supplies.
  • These surveys will now happen on a nightly basis.
  • We cannot invoke the defense production act as a state, so he asks that local companies consider what they can do and reach out to the state to help. If you own a company that can make any sort of PPE, the state would like to hear from you. They are willing to pay a premium to anyone who can help. The state will also finance any transition costs your company may have.
  • 400 ventilators were released to the New York City public hospital system, and 200 were given to Long Island and Westchester hospitals.
  • At our current burn rate, we have enough ventilators to last about six days.
  • These numbers will also be compiled and assessed every night.
  • The state has no desire to buy more than we need because “the state is broke, and these are very expensive. But, we need what we need.”
  • They are taking extraordinary measures to make sure we know where every single ventilator in the state is, and to come up with alternate solutions for if we run out. These solutions include splitting ventilators, converting anesthesia machines, and converting BiPAP machines.
  • They are also still looking for ventilators that can be purchased and used immediately.
  • Northwell has been working on the conversion process for BiPAP machines and will be training the other hospitals how to do it. The state has purchased 3,000 BiPAP machines for this purpose.
  • The healthcare exchange will now be reopened until May 15th. He says 96% of the state has health insurance, which surprises me honestly. But, if you are not insured, you will now have a second chance to sign up. This would be me. I will most likely check this out this week and report back on how that goes.
  • DAILY UPDATE ON CHRIS “NEWS BAE” CUOMO! He’s doing ok. Still looking fine as hell. ❤
  • OMG! WE ARE GETTING CHRIS LIVE! YASSS! I friggin love these two together!
  • Chris says this has been a challenge for his hair. LOL
  • Chris adds that Andrew looks like he’s been cutting his own hair. ZING.
  • CHRIS ON HIS SYMPTOMS WITH THE VIRUS: “I had hallucinations. I was seeing pop. You came to me in a dream. You had on a very interesting ballet outfit, and you were dancing in the dream, and you were waving a wand and saying I wish I could wave my wand and make this go away, and then you spun around and you danced away.”
  • ANDREW: “Normally we joke. I’m not gonna do that today. You know, rule one is you never hit a brother when he’s down, and uh… you’re literally in the basement, soooo…” hahahahah
  • Honestly, you guys should watch this one for yourself because these two are a real joy to see together. Governor Cuomo has the whole video on his facebook feed!

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