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COVID-19 patients who have to go on a ventilator only have a 20 percent of ever coming off of it again, according to New York Gov Andrew Cuomo (D), who is leading the largest mobilization against the disease in the United States.
There have been more than 950,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The virus has killed more than 48,000.
In the United States, there have been 213,144 cases reported, including 4,513 deaths, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The New York area is currently the site of the largest number of COVID-19 cases in the nation.
Cuomo’s daily briefings have been broadcast nationally.
Cuomo also highlighted the regional cooperation in the states around New York, while mentioning those where case numbers are rising.
“Most impacted states: New York is at 83,000, New Jersey is at 18,000. Gov. Phil Murphy [of New Jersey], who has been a great partner to me, a great partner to the people of this state, Gov. Ned Lamont, also in Connecticut has been a great partner. We’ve done great work as a region, which is very unusual. You know those line between states often become walls. Not with Governor Murphy and that was Governor Lamont we are working together and we are going to work cooperatively with New Jersey because they have a real problem,” Cuomo said. “California is ticking up. Michigan is ticking up. Florida is even ticking up. Massachusetts — but no one is near anywhere we are, 83,000 compared to 18,000. Number of deaths, 1,900, up from 1,550. That number will continue to go up.
“That’s people continuing to be on ventilators for a period of time. If you go on a ventilator, there is roughly only had 20 percent chance that you will come off the ventilator. The longer you are on the ventilator, the lower the chance you come off. We are still looking for a curve. We are still looking to see where we hit the plateau. Total number of new hospitalized, again, you see the number goes up and down. But the overall trajectory of the number is up.”
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