BREAKING NEWS: Cuomo tells hospitals to start recruiting retired doctors NOW and warns a second lockdown is possible as COVID hospitalizations soar – and that’s BEFORE all the new Thanksgiving infections
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday told every hospital in New York to start recruiting retired doctors and nurses now before they become overwhelmed as he revealed that hospitalizations have gone up from 850 in June to 3,552 now – and new infections from Thanksgiving have not yet revealed themselves.
An entire shutdown – what he calls New York Pause – will happen if the hospital system becomes overwhelmed, he said. At the height of the pandemic in New York, there were more than 18,000 people in the hospital.
Cuomo said on Monday he wants to act now to avoid that happening again so is telling every hospital to plan now to add 50 percent to its capacity to be able to add more beds in addition to finding more staffing.
He also revealed that 65 percent of all new infections are coming from small gatherings in homes.
Cuomo is telling every hospital to plan now to add 50 percent to its capacity to be able to add more beds in addition to finding more staffing.
Cuomo told reporters: ‘We are now worried about overwhelming the hospital system. You will see serious stress on the hospital system and we are still awaiting the post thanksgiving effect.
‘We don’t know what the effect has been yet. We are seeing the rise all across the state. The first go around it was primarily New York City. We had upstate resources we could share. That is not the case this time- it is statewide.
‘Literally every region is dealing with a hospital issue now.Look at those curves they are all going up at an alarming rate,’ he said.
He is telling every hospital to plan now to add 50 percent to its capacity to be able to add more beds in addition to finding more staffing.
‘Every hospital has to identify retired nurses and doctors now – staff just gets exhausted. They’ve had a horrendous year..to now go through this again..’ he said.
He added: ‘We lived this nightmare, we learned from this nightmare and we’re going to correct for the lessons we learned in this nightmare.’