An additional 100 deaths from Covid-19 were reported late Wednesday and early Thursday in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, bringing the state's death toll to 385 by early Thursday.
"The number of deaths is increasing," Cuomo said. "People are dying. That's the worst news you can have."
He provided more sobering numbers:
Across the state, more than 37,000 people had tested positive for the virus by Thursday morning. There were 5,327 people hospitalized; 1,290 of them were in intensive care.
The increasing number of deaths included many patients who have been on ventilators for extended periods of time, Cuomo said.
"The longer you are on a ventilator the more probability of a bad outcome," Cuomo said.
But he offered some hopeful news as well.
By Thursday morning, more than 1,500 people had been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.
After 40,000 health care workers signed up to volunteer to help in the state, another 12,000 stepped up to the plate overnight Wednesday, Cuomo said. And another 2,000 mental health professionals are offering to give free therapy sessions by phone through a hotline at 1-844-863-9314.
"The outpouring of support for the people of New York has been so inspiring," Cuomo said.
Cuomo said the state has enough protective garments for health care workers to cover "immediate needs" despite some reports out of New York City from hospital workers who said that they have run out.
Also at the governor's daily press briefing Thursday, Cuomo said:
- The state is projecting a loss of $10 billion to $15 billion in revenues.
- The budget for next year will be reassessed throughout the year based on revenue streams.
- The state is looking at whether construction work should continue to be considered as "essential."
- Educational officials are looking at whether to recommend extending schools remain closed longer.