Cuomo Lays Out New Strategy For Strained Hospitals

The New York Daily News reports:

Gov. Cuomo unveiled a revamped strategy to deal with New York’s surging coronavirus cases on Monday with a focus on avoiding an overwhelmed health care system. More than 3,500 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, a growing number that the governor warned could lead to renewed shutdowns on a scale not seen since the spring.

“We are now worried about overwhelming the hospital system…you will see serious stress on the hospital system,” Cuomo said during a press briefing in Manhattan.

Hospital systems will need to identify retired doctors and nurses that could be tapped to help alleviate overburdened staff and come up with a plan to shift patients to avoid overcrowding. They must also plan to add 50% capacity and ensure personal protective equipment stockpiles are available.

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