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'It is like a fire spreading': Cuomo says NY cases surpass 113,000; death toll at 3,565

Cuomo says the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in New York is now at 113,704. There have been 3,565 deaths.

News 12 Staff

Apr 4, 2020, 1:22 PM

Updated 1,569 days ago

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'It is like a fire spreading': Cuomo says NY cases surpass 113,000; death toll at 3,565
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave an update Saturday morning with the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in New York state.
BRIEFING NOTES: 
-Gov. Cuomo says the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in New York is now at 113,704. There have been 3,565 deaths. At least 15,904 people are currently hospitalized, including 4,126 ICU patients.
-The governor says the state will be holding a conference call with hospitals today to coordinate equipment deployment.
-"Long Island is the area that is growing" in hospitalizations, while New York City rates are dropping comparatively, Gov. Cuomo says. He notes that two-thirds of patients hospitalized in the state so far have been discharged.
-The governor says there have been 85,000 volunteers who have come forward to help, including 22,000 from out of state. He says he'll sign an executive order allowing medical students who were slated to graduate to being practicing.
-Cuomo says the federal government will staff and equip 2,500 beds at the temporary hospital site at Manhattan's Javits Center for COVID patients. He calls it a "significant relief valve" that represents major federal relief.
-The Chinese government will facilitate a donation of 1,000 ventilators that will arrive at JFK Airport today, Cuomo says, adding that it will "make a big difference." The state of Oregon is also sending 140 ventilators.
-"I want this all to be over," Cuomo says, adding that it "feels like an entire lifetime" though it's been 30 days since the state's first case.
-"It is like a fire spreading," Cuomo says of data showing that Long Island's case numbers have been steadily growing for the past 10 days. 
-New York has made a statewide case-tracking website available: View it here.
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