Special Report

Shutdown: The Coronavirus

New York’s coronavirus apex coming in just days

A man wears a mask in Times Square, New York City. Photo by @Nodar via Twenty20

With the apex of the pandemic in seven days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is not ready.

“We’re not yet ready for the high point,” said Cuomo. “We are still working on the capacity of the system. The more time we have to improve the capacity of the system, the better.”

With a shortage of ventilators, medical staff and hospitals filled to capacity, the state is heading into the heart of the battle.

“I call it the battle of the mountain top,” Cuomo said. “It’s going to be the number one point of engagement with the enemy.”

About 10,400 patients have been discharged from New York hospitals, leaving  almost 16,000 people currently hospitalized.

Governor Andrew Cuomo tells reporters the apex is coming at his daily press conference. Photo: courtesy of governor.ny.gov

New York is not facing this fight alone. The state has received 22,000 out of state volunteers, but the shortage of health care workers persists. “I am also signing an executive order to allow medical students who slated to graduate to begin practicing,” Cuomo said. “We need doctors, we need nurses.”

And the ventilator challenge is never ending.

The federal government currently has a surplus of 10,000 for the entire nation, but Cuomo said the state ordered and was ready to pay for 17,000. According to Cuomo contracts were signed, but that order has not arrived. The government of Oregon has committed to sending 140 ventilators to New York.

Cuomo has also shopped for ventilators in China.

“China is remarkably the repository for all these orders: ventilators, and PPE,” said Cuomo. “In the long term, we have to figure out why we ended up in this situation. Why we don’t have the manufacturing capacity.”

In addition to the state’s purchase, the Chinese government is going to donate 1,000 ventilators that are expected to arrive into JFK  airport today.

President Donald Trump warned Americans in his press conference today that the worst days are ahead.

“This will be probably the toughest week between this week and next week, and there will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” Trump said.

He also said more help is coming to New York.

“One thousand military personnel are being deployed into New York City to assist where they are needed the most,” Trump said.

The coronavirus has killed more than 3,600 people in New York, the epicenter in the U.S. About 1.1 million people have been infected worldwide, killing more than 60,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S has more than 300,000 cases and more than 8,100 deaths.

As the count down for the peak of the crisis in New York keeps going, a possible cure is still on a more distant horizon.

“The vaccine is down the road for another 14 to 16 months,” said Trump. “Johnson & Johnson is leading the studies to develop it.”

Pharmaceutical experts across the world suspect Hydroxy-chloroquine could be used to treat patients, but there are no conclusive results on its effectiveness yet.

But Trump believes this treatment will work.

“Hydroxy-chloroquine is going to be distributed to treat certain patients,” said Trump. “We have millions and millions of doses of it, 29 million to be exact.”


Other Stories in Special Report: Shutdown: The Coronavirus

A dictatorship called COVID-19

Alpha Kamara May 28, 2020

During pandemic, Rio de Janeiro residents fear police

Marina Guimaraes May 27, 2020

Recovering from drugs during a pandemic

Kyla Milberger May 26, 2020

  Covid-19 takes away the communal joy at Eid-al-Fitr celebration

Narkwor Kwablaa May 25, 2020

Beloved old school game sees boom in numbers during coronavirus quarantine

Michael Yang May 15, 2020

Coronavirus leaves the fate of some beloved New York events uncertain

Emily Glass May 15, 2020

South Africa’s lockdown exposes inequalities

Kathleen Taylor May 14, 2020

Churchgoers find spiritual growth through virtual services 

Harrison Tsui May 14, 2020

” I’m working with COVID patients tonight”

Margaret Guzman May 14, 2020

Singles connect on Tinder to fight quarantine blues 

Yaroslava Bondar May 14, 2020

Jewish traditions during a pandemic

Sydney Fishman May 13, 2020

The Bible and Coronavirus

Jonathan Sarabia May 13, 2020

Doctor uses social media to give advice and hope

Sope Aluko May 12, 2020

First Sandy, Now COVID: Lower East Side Activists Grapple With Construction for Climate Project

Izzie Ramirez May 12, 2020

Dating during a pandemic

Bessie Liu May 12, 2020

The last reponders

Shiyu Xu May 11, 2020

When the pandemic hits a shelter for abused boys 

Amanda Perez Pintado May 11, 2020

Portugal contains the coronavirus despite Spain’s woes

Catarina Lamelas Moura May 11, 2020

Warm weather brings crowds to Prospect Park

Bessie Liu May 11, 2020

New York coronavirus numbers continue to fall

Jonathan Sarabia May 10, 2020

Living through the pandemic while a loved one is behind bars

Amanda Perez Pintado May 10, 2020

Pandemic ends all high school senior year traditions

Jonathan Sarabia May 10, 2020

Coronavirus might have caused the death of many children who were misdiagnosed 

Ximena Del Cerro May 9, 2020

Farmers destroy staggering amounts of food even as food lines grow

Karen Camela Watson May 9, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic threatens border towns in Mexico

Sydney Fishman and Ximena Del Cerro May 9, 2020

Pence’s press secretary tests positive for Covid-19

Shiyu Xu May 8, 2020

During pandemic NYC tenants in limbo

John DiLillo May 8, 2020

Llamas could be coronavirus heroes

Catarina Lamelas Moura May 8, 2020

Lawmakers, Legal Experts Clash Over Much Needed Business Interruption Insurance Coverage for Small Businesses

James Duffy May 8, 2020

Rent relief in NY, JetBlue’s flyover and Trump’s valet tests positive for coronavirus in today’s news

Amanda Perez Pintado May 7, 2020

Coronavirus tears through the Navajo Nation 

Amanda Perez Pintado May 7, 2020

In Singapore, spaces close, but restaurants open

Yifan Yu May 6, 2020

Press secretary calls Fauci testifying before congress “publicity stunt”

Kathleen Taylor May 6, 2020

Harry Potter and the Magical Malady of the Movies

Ahad Sanwari May 6, 2020

Trump speaks to human loss, Cuomo lashes out at President’s comments

Catarina Lamelas Moura May 5, 2020

PPE in the city

Narkwor Kwabla May 5, 2020

Boring Politics is Good Politics – Especially in a Pandemic

Serafina Smith May 5, 2020

Stuck: Life under quarantine in Rio de Janeiro

Marina Guimaraes May 5, 2020

New York’s Emptiness

Maria Abreu May 5, 2020

In an Airbnb Room During Lockdown in Jamaica, Queens

Dayo Paul May 4, 2020

What Temporary Means: Portraits of family at home

Guillermo Manning May 4, 2020

Stockholm Stays Open

Tatiana Kireeva May 4, 2020

NYC now producing its own coronavirus test kits

Maureen Mullarkey May 3, 2020

Miss you, mom: Spending Ramadan together through a screen

Maznah Shehzad May 3, 2020

Life in front of a screen

Patricio Zenklussen May 3, 2020

Coronavirus and the Shincheonji

Bessie Liu May 3, 2020

It’s The Little Things

Sope Aluko May 3, 2020

Days In, Days Out: A doctor’s life during Covid-19

Elsa Benamouzig May 2, 2020

Contactless: Food Delivery amid COVID-19

Keighton Li May 2, 2020

Hasidic South Williamsburg Resists the New Reality

Leo Schwartz May 2, 2020