ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state on Monday saw the highest number of hospital admissions for any single day related to the coronavirus.
According to Cuomo, 1,412 patients were admitted statewide Monday; 771 people were discharged.
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As of Monday, there are 75,795 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in New York, 43,139 in the city alone.
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 1,096 people have died in New York City due to the virus, the city said.
Cuomo says the apex of the outbreak will likely hit New York anywhere from seven to 21 days from now.
Cuomo also confirmed his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, informed him Tuesday morning that he has tested positive for the virus.
He said he is self-quarantining in the basement of his own home.
"If my brother still had my mother at his house...it would've seemed great and harmless, but now we'd have a much different situation. Because if he was exposed, chances are she would've been exposed," said Cuomo, noting that his mother is in the vulnerable population.
The governor says the battle remains heaviest on the state's hospital system.
On public and private hospitals in New York, Cuomo said “that has to go out the window” and is calling for one unified and coordinated healthcare system.
He added the state's hospitals will only succeed once they're united in distributing and allocating staff and supplies.
"If it breaks anywhere, it breaks everywhere," Cuomo added.
The governor says upstate hospital staff will be transferred downstate to help with the influx of patients.
He is also asking healthcare professionals across the country to come to New York if there is no current crisis in their own communities.
“We will pay you, and more importantly, we will return the favor. If we were smart as a nation—come help us in New York and then we’ll all go help the next place and then the next place," Cuomo said.
Cuomo says the state has ordered 17,000 ventilators from China but are only expecting 2,500 to come in over the "next couple of weeks."
He adds New York and other states are now competing with FEMA in bidding for and purchasing ventilators.
When asked about anyone questioning the need for thousands of additional ventilators, Cuomo again pointed to the cost factor.
"We are broke. The last thing I want to do is buy a single ventilator that I don’t need," Cuomo said.