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New York Javits Center field hospital WILL accept coronavirus patients

by Christie Ruddell (2020-04-04)

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Donald Trump has approved a request for New York's Javits Center to be turned into a coronavirus treatment facility, after the location was originally intended to take care of patients who were not suffering from COVID-19 to help overwhelmed hospitals cope.

https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2F98PQ1uaThe president also announced similar moves for Louisiana and Texas in a Thursday briefing as the United States surpassed 245,000 cases and 6,000 deaths.

New York has been worst hit by the deadly virus, with 51,000 out of 92,000 state cases, and 1,550 deaths out of 2,370 state deaths in the city. 

The USNS Comfort ship docked at Pier 90 on Manhattan's West Side this week to provide 1,000 hospital beds to non-coronavirus patients and ease the pressure on NYC hospitals just like the Javits was originally intended to do.






President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday







An ambulance drives by the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Tuesday in New York City














However the New York Times reported that Comfort only had 20 patients on board on Thursday evening. 

Amid the pandemic, 13,400 people are in state hospitals - 2,370 of those in intensive care units - but the state only has 53,000 beds in hospitals whereas approximately 110,000 are required.

'It's going to be staffed by the military and by the federal government,' Trump said of the Javits field hospital during the Coronavirus Task Force briefing. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the big plans for the Javits on Thursday evening.

'As we all know the growing coronavirus cases are threatening the capacity of our hospital system,' Cuomo said in a statement. 

'The state-owned Javits Center has been turned into a 2,500-bed emergency medical facility being run by the U.S. Army. The original plan for Javits was that it be used to take non-COVID patients from hospitals to open up hospital beds. 

'However, the number of COVID positive patients has increased so dramatically that it would be beneficial to the state if Javits could accept COVID positive patients.'






Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the big plans for the Javits on Thursday evening. He said 'the number of COVID positive patients has increased so dramatically that it would be beneficial to the state if Javits could accept COVID positive patients'







'The state-owned Javits Center has been turned into a 2,500-bed emergency medical facility,' Cuomo explained in a statement







'We're in this together': The Jacob J. Javits Center is being run by the U.S. Army














He explained: 'I asked President Trump this morning to consider the request and the urgency of the matter and the president has just informed me that he granted New York's request.

'I thank the president for his cooperation in this pressing matter and the expeditious decision making.'

Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), who chairs the Council's health committee, said 'this is a game change,' in a tweet Thursday. He said it 'will allow our overwhelmed hospitals to discharge patients who no longer need acute care.'

During his broadcast on Thursday, Trump said he is also staffing in Dallas, Texas and in Louisiana with military personnel. 

Trump said based on the fact that he agreed to the Javits conversion, 'we had two other facilities that are likewise asking for it'.

He said he spoke to governors in both states 'and told them that we will be staffing those hospitals again above and beyond'.

'But that's ok, he added. 'We have to do it.'

Hard-hitting images this week have shown medical staff wheeling deceased patients out on stretchers to refrigerated trucks serving as temporary morgues.

It's as the Pentagon planned to order 50,000 body bags as Trump shared the US could expect as many as 240,000 deaths due to the pandemic.






USNS Comfort ship (right) docked at Pier 90 on Manhattan's West Side this week to provide 1,000 hospital beds to non-coronavirus patients and ease the pressure on NYC hospitals















Above shows the number of New York City coronavirus cases and deaths per day as of Thursday


But the coronavirus has been a far deadlier threat in New Orleans than the rest of the United States, with a per-capita death rate twice that of New York City. Doctors, public health officials and available data say the Big Easy's high levels of obesity and related ailments may be part of the problem.

'We're just sicker,' said Rebekah Gee, who until January was the health secretary for Louisiana and now heads Louisiana State University's healthcare services division. 'We already had tremendous healthcare disparities before this pandemic - one can only imagine they are being amplified now.' 

Some 97 percent of those killed by COVID-19 in Louisiana had a pre-existing condition, according to the state health department. Diabetes was seen in 40 percent of the deaths, obesity in 25 percent, chronic kidney disease in 23 percent and cardiac problems in 21 percent.


















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Orleans Parish, which encompasses the city, reported 125 confirmed coronavirus deaths as of Thursday, the equivalent of 32 coronavirus deaths per 100,000 people. That rate for New York City was at 15.9 on Thursday.

New Orleans could be a harbinger for the potential toll the pandemic could take in other parts of the South and Midwest that also have high rates of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.

A host of other factors could contribute to New Orleans' high death rate from COVID-19, ranging from access to healthcare and hospital quality, to the prevalence of other conditions, including lung disease, health officials say.

'The burden of disease in Louisiana and the Deep South is higher than in the rest of the country,' said Gee. 'Invariably that means that the South is going to be hard hit by this. If you beloved this posting and you would like to obtain much more info regarding Podiatric Office in Poznań kindly pay a visit to our own internet site. '

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