As of Saturday, 10,356 New York state residents had tested positive to Coronavirus. Having in mind that New York counts only 6% of the U.S population, the state of New York now accounts for nearly half of the cases in the country,
With COVID-19 threatening to overwhelm NY hospitals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State officials are considering turning landmark locations like the Javits Convention Center into makeshift hospitals. As soon as Mr. Cuomo tours the Javits Center and give the green light, the Army Corps is expected to outfit the centers with hospital equipment.
At the same time, the Engineers of the U.S. Army Corps is also looking at other locations, like some of State University of New York campuses on Long Island, and at the Westchester Convention Center. The officials visited more than a dozen locations before zeroing on the four sites, officials said.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday that
“One million face masks were being sent to hospitals in New York City and another 500,000 to Long Island… As many as 2,000 patients who test positive for the virus to receive care at the sprawling, glass complex in Manhattan, known for hosting large scale events”