More than 20,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in NYS as Cuomo orders hospitals to increase capacity


ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Monday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order, telling hospitals to increase their capacity by 50 percent, with a goal of increasing it by 100 percent.

While starting his conference, Cuomo once again highlighted the steps the state has taken to reduce the amount of people gathered in public places in New York.

These steps, many of which, lately, have been directed at helping health professionals, led to Monday’s executive orders.

As hospitals must increase their capacity, Cuomo is calling on nurses who are registered to enlist their help to New York State.

So far, 30,000 retired health professionals and students in medical school have responded to help. Here’s a look at how medical supplies like masks are being distributed.

Testing in the state has seen an explosive rise. Over 10 days, it has gone from 1,000 people per day to 16,000 per day. New York is doing more testing than any other state in the U.S., with 25 percent of testing in the country happening here.

New York is even doing more than South Korea, a country Cuomo called “the gold standard of testing.”

This expansive testing has led the state to discover more than 5,700 more cases than what was previously known, bringing the total to 20,875.

By far, more cases have been confirmed in New York than any other state in the nation. 13 percent of these people in New York have been hospitalized.

Western New York is no stranger to the coronavirus, as 87 of the tens of thousands of confirmed cases are in Erie County. Niagara has nine confirmed cases, and seven are spread throughout Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Allegany counties.

On Tuesday, testing of an experimental drug combination, for those more seriously affected by the virus, will begin.

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