NY Gov. Cuomo says it’s ‘shocking’ most new coronavirus hospitalizations are people staying home

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New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (D) speaking at a press conference on corona virus at the State Capitol.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said preliminary data from the state’s hospitals indicates a majority of new hospitalizations related to Covid-19 are people who are mostly staying home and not venturing much outside, which he called “shocking.”  

The early look at data from 100 New York hospitals, or around 1,000 people, shows that 66% of new admissions related to the coronavirus are people who were at home, Cuomo said. The next highest source of admissions in the state were from nursing homes at 18%. 

“This is a surprise: Overwhelmingly, the people were at home,” Cuomo said. “We thought maybe they were taking public transportation, and we’ve taken special precautions on public transportation, but actually no, because these people were literally at home.”

Who is Getting Hospitlized?

Source: New York State

Cuomo said that nearly 84% of the hospitalized cases were people who were at home and not frequently taking transportation. Approximately 73% of those hospitalized were over the age of 51, according to data from Cuomo. 

He said the information shows that those who are hospitalized are predominantly coming from the downstate area in or around New York City, are not working or traveling and are not essential employees. He also said a majority of the cases in New York City are minorities, with nearly half being African American or Hispanic. 

“We were thinking that maybe we were going to find a higher percentage of essential employees who were getting sick because they were going to work,” Cuomo said. 

This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates. 

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