Updated: March 23, 2020 09:18 PM
Created: March 23, 2020 04:50 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — On Monday Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the number of positive coronavirus cases in New York state surged to more than 20,000.
More than half the cases in New York City.
Cuomo says as of Sunday, about 25% of all testing nationwide for COVID-19 has been performed by New York State.
The governor is issuing an emergency order to all hospitals, saying they must increase bed capacity by 50%.
On Friday afternoon he toured the Jacob Javits Center, one of four future emergency hospitals in New York approved by President Trump.
The National Guard has boots on the ground, transforming it into a makeshift 1,000-bed hospital.
Cuomo says the federal administration has deployed hundreds of thousands of masks, gloves, gowns and face shields to our state.
During Monday morning's press conference, the governor said he is starting to look beyond the coronavirus outbreak to restarting his state's economy.
"I take total responsibility for shutting off the economy in terms of essential workers but, we also have to start to plan the pivot back to economic functionality, right, you can't stop the economy forever. So we have to start to think about ‘Does everyone stay out of work, should young people go back to work sooner?’" Cuomo said.
Gov. Cuomo also announced an experimental drug used effectively for malaria will be used on a trial basis in New York starting this week.
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