ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a press conference Wednesday with an update on the latest on COVID-19 in New York.
The governor said there are now more than 83,700 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in New York and more than 1,900 people are dead. Another 3,000 are in ICUs.
Cuomo said experts are telling him the apex of the curve will happen at the end of April. That means another month of this.
He said the state will need 110,000 hospital beds for COVID patients and 37,000 ventilators. But Cuomo said if people are strict about social distancing, the state could reduce that need to 75,000 beds and 25,000 ventilators.
Cuomo is asking on the hospitals in the state to work together during this pandemic, saying whether public or private, upstate or downstate, the health care system needs to change its strategy and work as one.
"It doesn't matter which hospital, which link. Any link breaks, the chain breaks. The health care system is a chain, it breaks anywhere, it breaks everywhere. That has to be our mentality," he said.
An army of health care workers has heeded the state's call for medca volunteers. Officials say at least 82,000 people so far have come forward for the state’s reserve force of medical workers. The group includes retirees and health care professionals who can take a break from their regular jobs.