Cuomo warns that the pandemic’s toll could grow worse.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday offered a grim assessment of the coronavirus pandemic engulfing the state, as he reported that 237 people had died since the day before, the largest one-day increase since the coronavirus outbreak began.
And the projections, he added, suggests that the crisis facing New York could grow even worse.
“I don’t think there’s any way to look at those numbers,” Mr. Cuomo said, “without seeing thousands of people pass away.”
The total number of deaths in the state stood at 965 on Sunday morning, before New York City reported its most recent count.
The number of confirmed cases jumped by 7,200 in one day, putting the total of confirmed cases at 59,513 cases as of Sunday. More than half of the cases, or 33,768, are in New York City, according to the latest figures from the city and state.
About 8,500 people are currently hospitalized, an increase of 16 percent from Saturday to Sunday. Of those, 2,037 are in intensive care units, which are equipped with ventilators.
“People asked ‘when is this over?,’ Mr. Cuomo said. “When they come up with an inexpensive home test or point of care test that can be brought to volume.”
In New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy said on Sunday afternoon that the state had recorded 21 coronavirus deaths since the previous day, bringing the statewide total to 161. The state also recorded an additional 2,316 confirmed cases, raising the total to 13,386, the second highest in the country.
Among other developments reported by Mr. Cuomo:
The governor extended his order for all nonessential workers to stay home until April 15.
Mr. Cuomo said he would ask Mayor Bill de Blasio to devise a plan for the city’s 11 public hospitals to coordinate how patients and resources are distributed. He also wants public and private hospitals to work together throughout the state. “There is an artificial wall between those two systems right now. That wall has to come down,” Mr. Cuomo said.
More than 76,000 health care workers, many of them retirees, have volunteered to work in hospitals should the facilities become strained.
Mr. Cuomo said he supported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel advisory for New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, urging residents to refrain from nonessential domestic travel for 14 days. “It’s nothing we haven’t been doing,” Mr. Cuomo said.
Some good news: The Westchester County man who was New York’s second confirmed case, bringing attention to a cluster of cases in New Rochelle, has been discharged from the hospital, Mr. Cuomo said.
In Connecticut, officials reported on Sunday that the number of confirmed infections in the last 24-hour period had increased to 1,993 cases from 1,524 cases. There was only one death, raising the statewide total to 34.
A new coronavirus death toll in New York City pushes the state’s tally to over 1,000 fatalities.
The number of coronavirus deaths in New York City increased by 161 from Saturday night to Sunday morning, pushing the statewide total to over 1,000 fatalities, according to the latest figures from the city and state and county-level data compiled by The New York Times.
The city also recorded its first death of a patient under 18. City officials said the patient had underlying health conditions, but no other details were immediately available.
As of Sunday night, the city’s death toll from the infection stood at 776, while the number of cases jumped to nearly 33,500, from about 30,000 the day before.
“The numbers are staggering,” Mr. de Blasio said during a news conference.
Earlier on Sunday, the state said it had recorded 965 deaths, but that figure did not include the new fatality numbers provided by the mayor later in the day.
The city will add more emergency personnel, more ambulances and more shifts in response to the record number of calls to 911, Mr. de Blastio said.
“This is unprecedented,’’ he said. “We’ve never seen our E.M.S. system get this many calls, ever.”
Mr. de Blasio said the city has also sent 169 additional health care workers to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, which is reeling from the number of patients it is treating.
“This is going to an extraordinarily tough next few weeks, but we will keep sending more and more reinforcements,” Mr. de Blasio said.
The Mayor emphasized that playgrounds in New York City would stay open, but that the police would step up its enforcement of social distancing rules.
“If someone is told by an officer, disperse, keep moving, you’re not distanced, and they don’t follow the direct instruction of the officer,’’ he said, “I’m comfortable at this point that they will be fined.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio: City Has One Week’s Worth of Medical Supplies.
New York City has a one-week supply of medical supplies to care for any New Yorker who is sick, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday.
“We have enough supplies to get to a week from today, with the exception of ventilators, we’re going to need at least several hundred more ventilators very quickly,” Mr. de Blasio said in an appearance Sunday morning on CNN. “We are going to need a reinforcement.’’
Mr. de Blasio’s comments come as New York City’s 911 system is overwhelmed, hospitals in the New York area are deluged with new coronavirus cases and medical staff warn of shortages of personal protective equipment.
The mayor was also concerned about a shortage of medical personnel and said he has made a direct request to Mr. Trump to send more military and civilian doctors and nurses from around the country.
“Our front line health care workers,” Mr. de Blasio said, “are giving their all, they’re in harm’s way. And, you know, we need to get them relief. We need to get them support and protection, but also relief. They can’t keep up at this pace.’’
The White House official said on Sunday that an aircraft carrying gloves, masks, gowns and other medical supplies from Shanghai arrived on Sunday morning at Kennedy International Airport in New York, the first in a series of roughly 20 flights that officials say will funnel much-needed goods to the United States by early April.
The plane carried 130,000 N-95 masks, nearly 1.8 million surgical masks and gowns, more than 10 million gloves and more than 70,000 thermometers.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide the majority of the supplies to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, with the rest going to nursing homes in the region and other high-risk areas across the country, a White House spokesman said.
Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Cuomo did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the impact the shipment would have on the availability of medical supplies in the city and state.
In his appearance on CNN, Mr. de Blasio also brushed off criticism that he acted too slowly to respond to the spread of coronavirus in New York City.
He dismissed clips of his appearances in January, February and in early March in which he repeatedly told New Yorkers to go about their lives as they normally would.
“Everybody was working with the information we had and trying, of course, to avoid panic,” Mr. de Blasio said. “This was a very different world just a short time ago. But the bottom line is, none of us have time to look backwards. I’m trying to figure out how we get through to Sunday, next Sunday, and then what we do the week after that.”
It was a jarring scene — a giant field hospital rising in the middle of one of New York City’s most iconic spots.
But the coronavirus virus has upended life in New York City in many ways. Now Central Park has been chosen as a location for one of several temporary hospitals being erected to help hospitals inundated with coronavirus patients.
The filed hospital in the park, which is being set up by the Mt. Sinai hospital system, will have 68 beds and is expected to be operational by Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday.
“We’re going to use every place we need to use to help people,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters. “This is the kind of thing you will see now as this crisis develops.”
Mt. Sinai is working with Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian humanitarian organization. The hospital is being built by volunteers from local churches.
On Sunday, the organization put out a call to Christian doctors, nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals willing to tend to coronavirus patients.
“This is what Samaritan’s Purse does — we respond in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus’ Name,’’ said Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse and the son of Billy Graham.
Samaritan’s Purse also set up a field hospital in Cremona, outside of Milan, according to a news release from the organization.
Trump backtracked on a quarantine idea after Cuomo’s criticism.
President Trump backtracked on Saturday night after earlier in the day floating the possibility of imposing an “enforceable” travel quarantine on the New York region.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday night issued a formal travel advisory, urging residents from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to immediately refrain from nonessential domestic travel for 14 days. The order excludes workers in critical industries, including public health, food service and trucking.
Mr. Trump had come under intense criticism from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, who assailed the idea as “a declaration of war on states.”
Mr. Cuomo, in an interview with CNN, expressed frustration and confusion over Mr. Trump’s vague suggestion that he was considering somehow sealing off New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has the New York City area as its epicenter.
The idea, Mr. Cuomo said, was at odds with Mr. Trump’s professed desire to restart the economy. “You would paralyze the financial sector,” the governor said.
But on Saturday night, Mr. Trump appeared to abandon the proposal, announcing on Twitter that, “A quarantine will not be necessary.”
He said he would instead issue what he referred to as a “ strong travel advisory,” without explaining what he meant.
Earlier, Mr. Trump, speaking on the White House lawn, had said he was considering imposing what he called, without elaborating, an “enforceable” quarantine that would restrict travel in and out of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut.
“Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hot spot — New York, New Jersey, one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut, quarantined,” Mr. Trump told reporters.
He added: “I’m thinking about that right now. We might not have to do it, but there is a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine, short term, two weeks, on New York, probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut,” adding that he would “restrict travel.”
“They’re having problems down in Florida,” Mr. Trump said. “A lot of New Yorkers going down, we don’t want that, heavily infected.”
Late Saturday, the governor of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, said she would repeal an earlier executive order that had singled out New York residents for self-quarantine, after an outcry and threats of a lawsuit from Mr. Cuomo. A new order from Ms. Raimondo asked that all out-of-state visitors to Rhode Island self-quarantine for 14 days.
New York City’s 911 system is being overwhelmed.
The first of many calls that night involved a 24-year-old man who had a fever, body aches and a cough that sounded like a cement mixer.
While the Brooklyn paramedics took the man’s fever — 103 degrees — they noticed frightening vitals that hinted at coronavirus: a critically low level of oxygen was flowing into his otherwise clear lungs, while his heart thumped with the intensity of a marathon runner’s. He was taken to the nearest hospital.
Then almost immediately came the next call: a 73-year-old man with symptoms similar to the young man’s. They took him to the hospital, too.
“It’s all a war zone,” one of the paramedics said.
Days later, another paramedic, Phil Suarez, was dispatched to two homes in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, where entire families, living in cramped apartments, appeared to be stricken with the virus.
“I’m terrified,” said Mr. Suarez, who has been a paramedic in New York City for 26 years and had assisted in rescue efforts during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and later served in the Iraq war. “I honestly don’t know if I’m going to survive. I’m terrified of what I’ve already possibly brought home.”
Even as hospitals across New York become inundated with coronavirus cases, some patients are being left behind in their homes because the health care system cannot handle them all, according to dozens of interviews with paramedics, New York Fire Department officials and union representatives, as well as city data.
For the first time New York State lawmakers choose to vote remotely.
State lawmakers in Albany have grappled with how to conduct business after four of their members tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing them to stay away from the State Capitol since mid-March.
On Sunday, however, they settled on one never before tried solution: The State Senate passed a resolution to allow lawmakers to vote remotely via telephone or video conference.
Gary Ginsburg, a spokesman for the Senate majority leader, said it was the first time in the Legislature’s history that members would be allowed to vote remotely; traditionally lawmakers would be required to be present to cast a vote.
The resolution, meant to address the need for social distancing and safeguard members with health issues, is temporary and would expire after the national state of emergency is lifted.
Facing a looming deadline to pass a budget by April 1, lawmakers began to convene in the Albany on Sunday, with the Assembly also expected to pass measures to limit the number of people in the chamber.
V.A. to offer beds to help hospitals make space for coronavirus patients.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is making dozens of beds available for patients in New York who have not contracted coronavirus as a way to free up space in hospitals that are stretched thin.
Many hospitals across New York City are struggling to accommodate the surge in coronavirus patients, which officials say is expected to grow worse.
The move by the federal agency to offer 50 beds in its hospitals in Manhattan and Brooklyn comes as New York State has become the epicenter of the pandemic, with 965 deaths and 59,513 confirmed cases as of Sunday afternoon.
“VA is proud to assist the City of New York while continuing its primary mission of caring for our nation’s veterans,” Robert Wilkie, the secretary of veterans affairs, said in a statement.
The agency’s decision to help came after officials determined that the move would not impact the care of veterans.
Reporting was contributed by Aaron Randle, Christina Goldbaum, Jesse McKinley Ed Shanahan, Katie Van Syckle, Tracey Tully, Ali Watkins and Benjamin Weiser.