NY COVID-19 death toll increases to 385

Published: Mar. 26, 2020 at 11:15 AM EDT
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New York is desperately searching for available beds for sick people.

The number of deaths climbed to 385 in New York. There are more than 37,000 positive cases now, with more than 5,000 hospitalized.

Governor Cuomo said the state cannot slow the curve of new infections fast enough to not overwhelm the hospitals, so the state is increasing the number of surge hospitals being set up and scouting hotels for additional beds. He says it's a two-part battle -- the public health crisis and the economic impact of COVID-19.

"That's what comes first when you're starting to make progress. The rate of increase should reduce as opposed to the number of absolute cases. So, that's what we're looking for. The optimum is when they talk about the apex of the curve -- the optimum is not to have an apex of the curve," Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the economic toll of the outbreak will be dramatic in New York and he took aim at Congress for what he called a failure to address lost revenue in their $2.2 trillion relief package. He said the outbreak creates a “double whammy” of increased state costs and lost revenue as businesses shutter and workers are laid off.

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