ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo says the PAUSE density reduction plan put into place across the city and state may be working but warns the apex of coronavirus cases has yet to hit.
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Citywide, as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, there were 20,011 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 280 deaths.
The borough-by-borough breakdown, with some fluctuation in the numbers:
- Queens: 6,420 confirmed cases
- Brooklyn: 5,232
- Manhattan: 3,616
- The Bronx: 3,542
- Staten Island: 1,166
Wednesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported 30,811 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York state. That number was reported before the city’s total increased to 20,011.
A week ago, New York City's confirmed case total was 1,871. A week before that: 53.
The numbers of cases are expected to only increase exponentially over the coming weeks and months as more tests are conducted.
The city said at least 3,750 people were hospitalized as of 6 p.m. Wednesday — at least 840 of whom were in the ICU.
The state in the morning reported 3,805 patients hospitalized, 888 of whom were in intensive care, before the city's update.
Speaking to reporters in the state capital Wednesday morning, Cuomo said the state's hospitalization rates were doubling every two days on Sunday.
He said it was now doubling once every 4.7 days.
Governor Cuomo says the number of hospitalizations have moved higher than projected models and the need for upwards of 140,000 beds and thousands of additional ventilators remains top priority.
He says the key to battling the virus is slowing the number of cases coming into New York's hospitals.
Cuomo highlighted the coronavirus cases in New York to the state with the second-most cases, New Jersey, noting it only has 3,675.
"Why does New York have so many more cases?" said Cuomo, offering a personal opinion: "We welcome people from across the globe" and "Because we are close."
Cuomo says the number of cases in Westchester, where the containment focus began, have slowed.
The governor says the state will be going a step further to reduce the spread of the virus when it comes to New Yorkers being outdoors.
Cuomo says Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson have agreed to a pilot program that will close some city streets to vehicular traffic and open them up for pedestrians.
The pilot will also include a mandatory playground density plan, meaning no contact sports like basketball will be allowed.
Cuomo says the measures are voluntary, but noncompliance will force them to close playgrounds outright.
When asked about the Senate's $2 trillion stimulus deal, Cuomo said it will be terrible for New York noting the state would get $3.8 billion and the city would only see $1.3 billion.
"That is a drop in the bucket as to need. This doesn’t do it," Cuomo said.
The governor estimates the state could need as much as $15 billion and says the state has already spent several billion fighting the coronavirus.