New York state has 40 percent of the nearly 16,000 coronavirus cases in the U.S.
NYC has over 4,400 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Friday, and 35 have died.
“These are the confirmed cases that have been screened. But these do not really reflect the actual number of cases in the community. That means people have not been screened which could be in the thousands who are infected by this coronavirus. This is really bothersome and this is concerning,” said Dr. Emerson Ea, Asst. Dean, NYU Meyers College of Nursing.
College student Natalie Badillo told us that she tried to warn her peers about social distancing.
“It’s actually been a big thing for me. I’ve seen it myself among my own peers, where advice wise… everything that happened is not an overreaction, it’s a preventative measure.”
On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the most drastic measure he said he could take: all non-essential workers must stay home.
“These are nonessential services. Essential services have to continue to function. Groceries stores need food, pharmacies need drugs, your internet has to continue to work, water has to turn on. So there are essential services that will continue to function. But 100 percent of the workforce.”
The number of confirmed cases is likely to go even higher, according to officials. That’s because more tests are being done.
But NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio cautioned that health facilities still cannot accommodate everyone who needs to get tested.
“We’ll keep reiterating on a priority basis, on a reservation basis until we have much, much greater testing capacity.”
The increasing rate Cuomo said is on track to overwhelm the state’s healthcare system. De Blasio said the city is going to run out of protective gears in two to three weeks if they don’t get help.
This week, 31 New York City police officers were out sick from one precinct, after one tested positive for the coronavirus.