NEW YORK-Governor Andrew Cuomo said today that if New York hospitals are flooded with too many coronavirus patients, the state may return to the barriers as it did in the spring.
“We are now worried about the hospital system being overwhelmed,” Cuomo said at a news conference in New York City. “We are living in this nightmare. We have learned from this nightmare. We will correct it based on what we have learned.”
Cuomo did not imply that it will close. The state’s approach based on cluster areas still exists. It involves various levels of restrictions in the target area, and the virus in these areas is constantly spreading.
However, monitoring the state’s hospital system will be the top priority in the state’s response to the winter coronavirus pandemic, which Cuomo outlined today.
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He has not elaborated on the new hospital indicators, but said that they will be launched this week. They will be added to the state’s list of existing factors used to impose yellow, orange and red cluster areas, including positive detection rates and cases per 100,000 residents.
Once in place, new indicators will monitor the hospitalization rate, mortality rate, medical record rate in a given area, available hospital beds, available intensive care beds, available personnel, and how many protective equipment the hospital has on hand. The state will also monitor the efficiency of hospitals in managing patient numbers.
On Sunday, 3,532 people in New York were hospitalized due to the virus infection, an increase of 160. The hospitalization rate reached the highest level since late May and has increased by nearly 700% since the beginning of September.
The hospitalization rate is still well below the peak of over 18,000 in mid-April. But Cuomo said that due to the peak holiday season, he expects this number to continue until mid-January.
He also pointed out that hospitalization rates across the state are rising. The pressure is not limited to New York City as it was earlier this year.
He said: “We will be able to bring resources from Upstate to Downstate, or from Downstate to Upstate, like in spring, because virtually every region is now dealing with hospital issues,” he said.
In addition to the new indicators, the state health department also ordered hospitals to take a variety of new measures to prepare for the expected increase in patients.
- Factories must begin to identify retired doctors and nurses to help reduce the burden on existing personnel.
- As of Friday, elective surgery in Erie County has been cancelled. Cuomo said hospitals in Erie County are the worst in the state.
- Facilities must make plans for emergency field hospitals, plan to increase the number of beds by 50%, prepare for emergency field hospitals, and confirm that they have sufficient protective equipment in their inventory.
- Hospital networks with multiple sites must also start distributing patients to relieve stressful facilities. When necessary, all hospitals must be prepared to start transferring and accepting patients from the state.
The state previously ordered some of these steps during the spring pandemic, including mandatory increases in beds and plans to recruit retirees. At that time, some hospitals in upstate New York also took patients away from the overwhelmed upstate area.
In addition to actions taken against hospitals, other aspects of the state’s winter virus plan include continued work to increase testing, testing to ensure that schools are safe and open, and vaccine distribution plans.
Cuomo also said that the state will start a new public education campaign to address the dangers of small social gatherings in the family, which he said is currently the biggest risk of spreading the virus. He compared the campaign to New York State’s efforts to make New Yorkers wear masks in the spring.
Small gatherings are difficult. This has nothing to do with government law enforcement. He said. “It’s about being smart. “
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