New York is the hardest-hit area in the United States. The following is the overall update on New York’s status.
NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order on March 20 that will be in effect through April 29 under current circumstances. The order placed the state in what Cuomo referred to as a “pause” which stands for Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone. He has requested for all non-essential retailers and businesses to close and for residents across the state to practice social-distancing.
As of April 8, 2020, the NY State has 138,863 confirmed cases, 13,000 recovered patients, and 5,489 deaths while the entire country has 434,114 cases. About thirty-percent of America’s confirmed cases are centered in New York. Deaths in New York hit one-day highs with 779 people dying compared to 731 the day before. The number of virus patients in hospitals increased 3 percent since Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
The New York City Health Department released data at the Zip code level, allowing for the comparison between more refined areas. In the city, which is currently the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, more tests have been completed in areas with lower household incomes. One of the most plausible predictions is that the closing of businesses didn’t apply to all businesses. Lower-income employees who hold jobs such as delivery, grocery store employees, still have to step outside, naturally being more prone to the virus.
New York City is the most affected region in the entire state due to its crowded nature. Under Governor Cuomo’s guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NYC Department of Parks suspended activities including playgrounds and sports. Public gatherings are banned until April 12, 2020, while all event permits are terminated until April 29, 2020. The famous Central Park will stay open, but to mitigate the spread of the virus, all visitor centers will remain closed.
Due to the lack of hospital beds, across Fifth Avenue, white tents now cover much of Central Park’s East Meadow. They form a 68-bed emergency field hospital for coronavirus patients that opened Wednesday, April 1, 2020. New York expects to need 140,000 hospital beds which exceeds the 53,000 beds it had when the crisis began. Please stay home and practice social distancing.