New York Hospitals Overwhelmed by COVID-19

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New York City (20,011 cases) plus Long Island (5,545 cases) and the counties of Westchester (4,691), Rockland (968) and new Jersey (which climbed to 4,402)  combined to account for 35,617 cases of COVID-19. 

In his press conference yesterday, Andrew Cuomo stated that 12 percent of all their cases (1 in 8) require hospitalization and that 3 percent of all cases require are severer enough to require a ventilator.  The rate of hospitalization is higher than expected and some hospitals in New York City are running out of rooms.  Morgues are also overflowing and as we expected, refrigerated trucks are being used for the over flow.

In the U.S., the death toll is at 990, an increase of 262 or 36 percent.

Although Louisiana does not have as many cases (1,795) as New York, New Jersey and California (3,183) it has one of the fastest growing rates of infection and is third in per-capita infections behind only New York and Washington (2,585).  If New York is the epicenter of coronavirus the country, then New Orleans is the epicenter of infections in the South.

Louisiana predicts its hospitals will reach capacity by April 4.  All across the country, hard-hit cities are outfitting hotels with hospital beds, building field hospitals in tents, and re-opening shuttered or closed health care facilities to handle the expected surge in patients. 

Global cases exceeded 463,000 and increase of 25,000. Global deaths climbed to 21,100 with the 3,647 deaths in Spain now exceeding those reported in China.