New York’s Gov. Cuomo: ‘We Have Dramatically Slowed the Increase’ But the Worst is Yet to Come

By Paul Riegler on 25 March 2020
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The situation in New York State, currently the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, may be showing small signs of improvement.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that there were preliminary indications that the stringent measures which the state put into place, such as closing schools, restaurants, and bars, and asking people to practice social distancing, appeared to be slowing the spread of the virus.

“The evidence suggests that the density control measures may be working,” he said in a briefing to the press.

More than 200 people have died in New York State from the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak and there are just under 31,000 cases in the state, a figure which represents approximately 6.5% of the worldwide total based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics.

The rate of infection in Westchester County, the hottest cluster in the United States at one point, has fallen, the governor said.

“We have dramatically slowed what was an exponential rate of increase, he said, adding that the state “closed schools, closed gatherings” and picked up the pace of testing.

Another encouraging statistic revealed a drop in the state’s projections showing how often hospitalizations would double.  As of Sunday, the projections showed hospitalizations would double every two days. Two days later, the projections indicated the rate would double every 4.7 days, something the governor said was “almost too good to be true.”

Still, the governor emphasized, the crisis is far from over and he planned to do more to attempt to lower the virus’ spread.  Mr. Cuomo said that New York City would soon close some streets to cars in order to allow pedestrians more space for social distancing outside and would limit density in the city’s playgrounds, such as eliminating basketball games, which attract a crowd of players.

Meanwhile the city still lacks enough hospital beds and ventilators and hospitals have already started to encounter the type of surge in virus cases that led to a catastrophic number of deaths in Italy and Spain.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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