NYC CORONAVIRUS CASES OVER 9,000: 60 deaths, at least 1,450 hospitalized

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March 22, 2020 - 12:35 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City's coronavirus cases jumped to over 9,000 Sunday—up from 7,530 Saturday—with 60 deaths reported in the five boroughs—up from 49 Saturday morning and 29 Friday.

    The total number of cases in the city is 9,045; 2,832 new cases were confirmed Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

    Here is the breakdown as of Saturday night, according to the city Department of Health:

    • 2,484 - Brooklyn
    • 2,254 - Queens
    • 1,868 - Manhattan
    • 1,071 - The Bronx
    • 437 - Staten Island

    On Saturday evening officials said 1,450 in the city had been hospitalized and that 370 people were in the ICU.

    New York City health officials have directed medical providers to stop testing patients for the coronavirus, except for those sick enough to require hospitalization, saying wider testing is exhausting supplies of protective equipment.

    In an advisory issued Friday, the health department said outpatient testing should stop unless results would impact a patient’s treatment.

    It said demand for unnecessary testing is contributing to a national shortage of masks, gowns, collection swabs and other supplies, all of which need to be discarded by health care workers after each test.

    “We have been clear that testing is best indicated for people who are symptomatic, have chronic underlying illnesses, and are not getting better,” said New York City’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot.

    She also urged the public not to seek treatment just because they are sick, noting that the disease is mild for most and resolves within a few weeks.

    “Only go to the doctor if you are getting worse,” she said, noting that every trip to a medical clinic by a sick person potentially exposes others to the disease.

    The order came amid a huge surge in testing in New York. After a slow start, testing sites have proliferated, and many officials have said that widespread testing is a key to fighting the spread of the disease.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.