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New York, New Jersey see early signs of coronavirus 'flattening'

Nurses in New York were seen chanting ‘PPE everyday,’ as they demanded greater access to N95 masks, gowns, gloves, and glasses to slow the spread of the disease

4/6/2020 11:25:00 PM

Nurses in New York were seen chanting ‘PPE everyday,’ as they demanded greater access to N95 masks, gowns, gloves, and glasses to slow the spread of the disease

The governors of New York and New Jersey said on Monday their states were showing tentative signs of a 'flattening' of the coronavirus outbreak, but they warned against complacency as the nationwide death toll topped 10,000 and the number of cases reached 350,000.

6 Min ReadNEW YORK (Reuters) - The governors of New York and New Jersey said on Monday their states were showing tentative signs of a “flattening” of the coronavirus outbreak, but they warned against complacency as the nationwide death toll topped 10,000 and the number of cases reached 350,000.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said confirmed coronavirus-related deaths reached 4,758 as of Monday, an increase of 599 from Sunday, compared with an increase of 594 during the previous 24 hours. On Friday, the state’s death toll increased by 630.Cases in the state, the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, increased by 7 percent in 24 hours to 130,680, Cuomo said. Hospitalizations, admissions to intensive care units and intubations - the process of inserting a breathing tube for use in mechanical ventilation - had all declined, signs of a “possible flattening of the curve.”

“While none of this is good news, the possible flattening of the curve is better than the increases that we have seen,” Cuomo told a daily briefing, referring to the shape of the curve when deaths are illustrated on a graph.The tentative signs of progress sent U.S. stocks sharply higher, with the S&P 500 index up nearly 5.5%. The broadly based index is now down about 22 percent from its Feb. 19 peak. At its March low, it was more than 30 percent off its apex.

Cuomo warned that the numbers remain grim and that it was uncertain the state had turned the corner, saying: “If we are plateauing, we are plateauing at a high level.”In neighboring New Jersey, the state with the second-highest number of cases and deaths, Governor Phil Murphy told a briefing, “Our efforts to flatten the curve are starting to pay off.” There was a 24 percent per day increase in positive cases on March 30 and it was a 12 percent increase on Monday.

All told, New Jersey has confirmed more than 41,000 cases and more than 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths,Related CoverageU.S. death toll from coronavirus tops 10,000: Reuters tallyMurphy warned that if social-distancing and hand-washing guidelines were relaxed, a surge of cases would overwhelm the healthcare system with “disastrous” results.

To stop his state from backtracking, Cuomo extended until April 29 an order to keep non-essential businesses and schools closed. He also doubled maximum fines for ignoring social distancing to $1,000.“This virus has kicked our rear end,” Cuomo said. “Now is not the time to slack off from what we are doing.”

At least one model offered hope that the death rate was slowing in the United States. The University of Washington model, one of several cited by U.S. and some state officials, now projects U.S. deaths at 81,766 by Aug. 4, down about 12,000 from a projection over the weekend.

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White House medical experts have forecast that between 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die in the pandemic, even if sweeping orders to stay home are followed.‘PEAK DEATH WEEK’Despite the hopeful tone in New York and New Jersey, a national U.S. health official said the country was entering what he called the “peak death week.”

The U.S. death toll, numbering 10,297 on Monday, was rapidly closing in on Italy and Spain, the countries with the most fatalities to date at nearly 16,000 and more than 13,000 respectively, according to a Reuters tally of official data.A healthcare worker wheels a patient on a stretcher into the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid

“It’s going to be the peak hospitalization, peak ICU week and unfortunately, peak death week,” Admiral Brett Giroir, a physician and member of the White House coronavirus task force, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday.He raised particular alarm for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Detroit, Michigan.

“Whether you live in small-town America or you live in the ‘Big Apple,’ everyone is susceptible to this and everyone needs to follow the precautions we’ve laid out,” Giroir said on NBC’s “Today” show.More than 90% of Americans are under stay-at-home orders issued by state governors while eight states still were holding out on imposing such restrictions.

In Michigan, the governor said three major health systems have less than three days until face shields run out and less than six days until surgical gowns run out.Certain medications that hospitals must give patients when using ventilators are also running low, said John Fox, president of Beaumont Health, one of Michigan’s largest health care systems.

‘NEED HEROES’New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that a shortage of medical professionals was replacing a lack of equipment as the city’s primary need and called for an additional 45,000 clinical personnel for April.“More and more, the challenge is going to be personnel,” de Blasio told reporters outside a surgical gown manufacturing facility. “We need these supplies, but we also need heroes to wear them.”

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Slideshow(9 Images)The city has reported more than 3,100 deaths, and it may resort to temporarily burying the dead in an unspecified park, said Mark Levine, chair of the New York City Council health committee.“Soon we’ll start ‘temporary interment’. This likely will be done by using a NYC park for burials (yes you read that right). Trenches will be dug for 10 caskets in a line,” Levine wrote on Twitter. “It will be done in a dignified, orderly - and temporary - manner. But it will be tough for NYers to take.”

Levine later told Reuters that the city has not yet identified any parkland as a temporary burial site if needed.Reporting by Nathan Layne, Peter Szekely and Barbara Goldberg; additional reporting by Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey; Writing by Daniel Trotta and Grant McCool; Editing by Frank McGurty, Howard Goller and Cynthia Osterman

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You watch Trump and you feel good until you hear the nurses and doctors tell you the real story. Something strange is at foot. 4aPeoplesParty Why having a emergency depository at every health facility of PPE's, inspected annually for theft and obsolescence, as a civil defense measure, is not a top priority of our so-called 'defense' ans 'security' departments is a mystery to me.

Thank you realDonaldTrump. Big F***ing thanks dilipjain1979 धंधे बाज ये तो साले ऐसे है जैसी हमारे यहां भड़वे वामपंथी होते h, रयूटर्स बिलकुल रंडी टीवी जैसा लग़ रहा है You know where to find them, China town? How sad this is,, of course the right wing attacks our heroes, they hate America, they hate Americans,, thats why they destroy our land and diminish our people,,

This is heart-wrenching. These front-line medical staff are HEROES. They should be very well protected.....without them, more people will die! US gov, please provide them what they need ASAP, they are risking their lives fighting at the frontlines. I'm so sad watching this. 😭😭 Dear nurses, If you want to be able to afford PPE to protect yourself from COVID-19 why don't you just work harder? 🤔🤔🤔 TurningPointUK NursesCOVID19 PPEshortage CoronavirusUSA PullYourselfUpByYourOwnMasks

President Trump said last night it was sent to you, Did some one che k at the warehouse in NJ? This is absolutely disgraceful!! HeroesOfCovid19 Those nurses are us. Blame the people in the hospital admin and state government that’s where you need to start first ... ... But but but ... Trump says everyone is thrilled with everything & he's doing a great job

It turns out that it's the medical staff that maybe a tool in the hands of covid19 looking to spread some more poison to our lungs. 3M has the ability to make 10,000,000 N95 a day. And we still don’t have enough. Shame on you 3M. They obviously aren’t busy Since they don't think they need to work, why not give the the job of making all these items themselves?

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U.S. Officials See Coronavirus Peak in New York, Detroit and New Orleans in Next WeekModeling shows New York , Detroit and New Orleans will hit the peak of their outbreaks in the next six or seven days, U.S. coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said 😢 That’s so hilarious that he would say that after he wanted to reopen the country by Easter. Guess he didn’t know how bad it would get, which explains why he ignored it for weeks. Dumb. DumpTrump2020 and it could have been less but he is an incompetent ahole

Coronavirus Has Now Killed More New Jersey Residents Than 9/11 AttacksIn a press conference Saturday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced 200 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state's death toll to 846. So what ? Two different events. No comparison. EricTrump DonaldJTrumpJr Please de-fund NPR. Yah. We will DEFINITELY need a stay at home order til folks learn to EAT RIGHT based on the epidemic of preventable DIETARY inputs. It seems like the mitigation would’ve been easier if we could have started closing down and medicating in January when he first became aware instead of March

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More deaths linked to New Jersey nursing homesFour more people have died at nursing homes in Wanaque, New Jersey, while two others died in the community, according to a Sunday letter from the borough’s mayor. How many people have died from the flu this season? 'GET WELL SOON' Boris BorisJohnson was admitted to the hospital due to coronavirus 😭😭😭

New York reels as 630 die in a day, the state's bleakest toll yetCoronavirus-related illnesses killed 630 people in the last day in New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday, in the grimmest 24 hours yet for the U.S. state hit hardest by the pandemic. This is horrifying. The national stockpile is being sent to private companies who are then SELLING it to the highest bidder. DURING A CRISIS This is why States and Hospitals cannot get what they need. Via DavidBegnaud FilmYourHospital EmptyHospital Plandemic If you love your liberties! If you love freedom! Go check yourself what is happening at the hospitals in NY. See with your own eyes. Talk to people, ask why they are there (if you find any)! This fraud bankrupting people won't stand! The patients die of other things like heart disease or bronchitis and then Doctors report they died of the CoronaVirus as instructed by Big Pharma Mafia.

New York City morgues almost full, alert sent for 45K health care workers amid coronavirus outbreakGov. Andrew Cuomo recalls outpouring of help that arrived in New York City after 9/11 attacks: 'Nobody asked—they just showed up!' 'That's America at its best. And at this time, when we're dealing with our worst, let's deploy America at its best.' Ahh yes, America, who we all rushed to the aid of after 9/11, who now goes around pirating ventilators and PPE from its allies. What a sad, shabby nation you've become. Hear and feel for him, but this horrible pandemic is affecting the whole country, not just NY. I have family there and they are also concerned for us in Miami-Dade. Governors need to watch for their own, they were elected for precisely that reason. He is truly a leader PresidentCuomo