CORONAVIRUS IN NYC: Citywide cases nears 160K as death toll surpasses 12K

1010 WINS Newsroom
April 29, 2020 - 4:13 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The number of coronavirus cases in New York City are nearly 160,000 according to Wednesday's data from the Department of Health.

    The city reports that there are 159,865 cases with 41,316 of them currently hospitalized.

    The reported death toll is at 12,287 with probable deaths at 5,302.

    Here's the breakdown of cases by borough:

    • The Bronx - 36,382
    • Staten Island - 11,635
    • Queens - 49,559
    • Brooklyn - 42,380
    • Manhattan - 19,837

    Earlier on Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio focused much of his briefing on the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on the mental health of people.

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    He specifically talked about frontline medical workers who have dealt with a crush of seriously ill patients and the stress of taking care of them.

    Saying that the pandemic has caused “combat stress,” de Blasio said he spoke with officers of the U.S. Army about working with the city to help medical workers and first responders.

    “We do need the help of our military to make sense of this situation,” de Blasio said.

    The mayor pointed out resources for mental health support. Among them are:

    • A 24/7 behavioral health helpline for H+H staff: (646) 815-4150
    • FDNY Gold Standard Counseling Services Unit: (212) 570-1693
    • Thrive NYC: (888) NYC-WELL

    First lady Chirlane McCray said that Department of Defense trauma specialists will train 1,000 personnel at H+H and private hospitals in combat stress management.

    The program will be fully in place by June, McCray said.

    The first lady pointed to the stories of EMT John Mondello, 23, and Dr. Lorna Breen, a 49-year-old medical director at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital. Both of them died by suicide in recent days.

    De Blasio also said the city is offering antibody testing for over 150,000 health care workers and first responders. The testing helps identify people who have overcome COVID-19.

    The testing will be offered at hospitals, firehouses, police stations and corrections facilities. The testing will begin next week and will be provided for free, with the federal government footing the bill. The goal is to test all health care workers and first responders within a month.

    The plan is part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CDC, the mayor said.

    “Our goal is to reach a lot of people that would like to take advantage of it,” de Blasio said. “So many who would like to have this opportunity and now it will be provided for all who want it.”

    Talking about the daily indicators following the spread of the coronavirus, the mayor said the data showed good news, but it wasn't perfect.

    "We've had a good day. Not a perfect day, but a good day," de Blasio said. 

    People admitted to hospitals with suspected COVID-19 was up, but the number of people currently in H+H ICUs for suspected COVID-19 was down, the mayor said.

    He said the percentage of people who tested positive for COVID-19 citywide was down to 23 percent, and the number of people who tested positive at public health labs was down to 29 percent.

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