The governor of the state most affected by the coronavirus in the US revealed that in the last 24 hours there were 540 new deaths. Most of them, 504, occurred in health centers and the remaining 36, in nursing homes. “This figure crushes the soul. When you feel tired of social distancing, think about the ones we lost. That is what is at stake here, “he said, moved Andrew Cuomo.
“Hospitalization numbers have dropped. Emergency rooms are less crowded. Intubations are down. That is why we have all done to flatten the curve. But it’s not over yet. We must continue doing what we are doing“The governor assured.
Cuomo explained that we still have to wait to reopen the state. For that, he explained, they need to do more tests. “We asked the top 50 labs in New York State what they would need to duplicate their tests and they all said the same thing: need more chemical reagents. We need the federal government to monitor the supply chain and help laboratories get what they need, “he asked the Trump government.
While, hundreds of nursing homes In the state of New York, the great epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the world, have informed the authorities of multiple patient deaths at their facilities, with figures that together exceed 3,000 people and with serious cases such as the 55 deaths at the Cobble Hill Health Center, in the New York district of Brooklyn.
An official report released this Friday provides an account of 1,145 deceased, according to figures provided until Wednesday by the state geriatric centers themselves and that are incomplete. All of them are suffering the scourge of the pandemic and in most cases they register more than 10 deaths.
The Cobble Hill Health Center in Brooklyn is the registered with the highest number of deaths in a list that is assumed to be incomplete, since it only includes nursing homes with five deaths or more, but which indicates a health crisis in the most vulnerable population in densely populated areas working-class, like the boroughs of Bronx and Queens in New York City.
Those thousand deaths recorded by nursing homes include those who tested positive for COVID-19 and those who are assumed to have suffered it, but in any case they represent a third of the more than 3,000 deaths due to confirmed or suspected cases. They are attributed to these types of centers, according to authorities reported on Wednesday.
Neither in the Cobble Hill center in Brooklyn nor in the Franklin in Queens, another one of the most affected with 44 deceased patients, they answered the calls this Friday, but instead are obliged to pick up the phone to inform the relatives of patients who test positive for coronavirus or perish due to it., as ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo took that move following the news that a nursing home in neighboring New Jersey had 17 bodies huddled in a morgue with capacity for 4 corpses and a total of 68 deceased residents, 26 of them with COVID-19, while their relatives had difficulties obtaining information about their loved ones.