CORONAVIRUS IN NY STATE: 6,448 new cases; 37,258 total cases statewide; 385 deaths

1010 WINS Newsroom
March 26, 2020 - 11:15 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There are 6,448 new coronavirus cases in New York, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 37,258, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. 

The number of deaths in the state has increased from 285 to 385.

LISTEN LIVE: 1010 WINS' extensive, ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in the tri-state

Cuomo said at Thursday's briefing that 18,650 tests have been completed -- which represents 25 percent of all tests done in the entire country.

"We're looking for a reduction in the rate of the increase in number of cases as opposed to the number of new cases," Cuomo said.

The goal is "getting that curve down and not overwhelming the hospital system," Cuomo said. 

"Our goal is to have a 1,000 + overflow facility in each of the boroughs and LI, Nassau/Suffolk and Westchester," Cuomo said. The governor also said the state is also scouting dorms for emergency beds and "it's going well."

"I know too much about ventiltors now," Cuomo added. "We're still shopping for ventilators and searching the country for more." He said that in some cases, anesthesia machines are being converted to function as ventilators.

The longer you stay on a ventilator, the likelihood is that you're not coming off, Cuomo said.

Cuomo NYS numbers 3/26
In New York, 5,327 people are hospitalized and of those, 1,290 are in the ICU, Cuomo said. So far, 1,517 people have been discharged.

As far as the stimulus bill, New York State will receive $5billion, but it's earmarked solely for COVID-19 expenses, which Cuomo claims does nothing for the state's economic loss which he estimates to be $10 billion to $15 billion.

"Congressional actions simply failed to the meet the governmental needs ... "I'm disappointed."

As of Wednesday, the governor said 40,000 people have signed up as surge healthcare force if needed as well as 6,000 mental health professionals who have agreed to provide mental health service online for free, Cuomo said. The hotline is 1-844-863-9314

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Like 1010 WINS on Facebook and follow @1010WINS on Twitter to get breaking news, traffic, and weather for New York City.