Cuomo Admits Latest Coronavirus Cases Were People Obeying Stay At Home Orders
New COVID-19 cases were people who stayed inside
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) revealed that the majority of recent patients hospitalized with the coronavirus were obeying stay at home orders, describing the data as “shocking.”
During his daily press briefing, Cuomo said the findings surveyed 100 New York hospitals comprising of about 1,000 patients.
The data revealed that sixty-six percent of new COVID-19 cases were people who stayed inside obeying stay at home orders.
Additionally, nursing homes ranked second for new hospital admissions at 18 percent.
There were also 1,700 previously undisclosed deaths at nursing homes in the city, bringing the total number to 4,800 across the city.
The New York Government faced backlash for his directive ordering nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients.
“If you notice, 18% of the people came from nursing homes, less than 1% came from jail or prison, 2% came from the homeless population, 2% from other congregate facilities, but 66% of the people were at home, which is shocking to us,” the governor told reporters.
“This is a surprise. Overwhelmingly, the people were at home,” he added.
“We thought maybe they were taking public transportation, and we’ve taken special precautions on public transportation, but actually no, because these people were literally at home.”
Although Cuomo said the hospitalization rates are dropping, he admitted the progress is “painfully slow.”
New York has around 319,000 coronavirus cases and 19,415 deaths.
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In March, President Donald Trump blasted Cuomo by reading an op-ed by a former Lt Governor of New York, accusing Gov. Cuomo of ignoring Ventilator Allocation Guidelines showing a shortfall of ventilators (-15,783) during peak week demand.
"Hospitals in New York are running short," according to the report cited by Trump:
"To his credit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing his best, but he admits 'you can’t find available ventilators no matter how much you’re willing to pay right now because there is literally a global run on ventilators."
"It’s a little late. Several years ago, after learning that the Empire State’s stockpile of medical equipment had 16,000 fewer ventilators than the 18,000 New Yorkers would need in a severe pandemic, state public-health leaders came to a fork in the road."
"They could have chosen to buy more ventilators to back up the supplies hospitals maintain."