State to Begin Testing Drug for Use Against Covid-19

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday that the state will begin to implement drug trials and has acquired 70,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of Zithromax and 750,000 doses of Chloroquine. The trials will start Tuesday. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency  will build and staff four more hospitals at the Jacob K. Javits Center, in addition to the four temporary hospitals that the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to build.

The governor accepted the four sites – the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and locations at SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center — Saturday to increase treatment and cope with the shortage of beds expected to result from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hospitals at the SUNY campus sites will be constructed indoors with outdoor tent support and the dormitories on the campuses will be used for healthcare staff to stay while working at the sites. Also on Saturday, the state leased the Brooklyn Health Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare to serve as a temporary hospital with capacity up to 600 beds.

Cuomo also called on the federal government to prioritize sending stimulus funding to individuals, state and local governments and businesses. As part of his call, the governor said that funding to corporations should not be a gift at the expense of taxpayers, and that taxpayers must share in the success of corporations.

He also announced an order requiring all hospitals to develop plans to expand capacity within hospitals. The plan must expand capacity by a minimum of0 percent with a goal of expanding capacity by 100 percent. All hospitals must cancel all elective, non-critical surgeries to expand hospital capacity as of Wednesday.

After visiting New York City yesterday, the Governor is also directing New York City to come up with a plan for review by the state in the next 24 hours to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols in the area, including at parks and other public spaces.  

After visiting New York City yesterday, Cuomo is also directing New York City to come up with a plan for review in the next 24 hours to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols in the area, including at parks and other public spaces. 

He also confirmed 4,812 additional cases of the virus, bringing the statewide total to 15,168 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 15,168  who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

123

35

Allegany

2

0

Broome

3

1

Chenango

3

1

Clinton

4

0

Columbia

5

3

Cortland

1

1

Delaware

3

2

Dutchess

82

33

Erie

54

16

Essex

3

1

Fulton

1

0

Genesee

1

0

Greene

2

0

Hamilton

2

0

Herkimer

4

1

Jefferson

1

0

Livingston

2

0

Madison

1

1

Monroe

57

15

Montgomery

3

0

Nassau

1,900

667

Niagara

6

2

New York City

9,045

2,832

Oneida

5

1

Onondaga

29

12

Ontario

6

2

Orange

247

84

Putnam

37

15

Rensselaer

26

6

Rockland

455

193

Saratoga

41

6

Schenectady

39

7

Schoharie

1

0

St. Lawrence

1

1

Steuben

3

1

Suffolk

1,034

373

Sullivan

16

4

Tioga

1

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