New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the Jacob Javits Center that will house a temporary hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
If you have the time to view New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily briefing, I highly encourage you to do so for several reasons. First, New York is the epicenter of Wuhan virus in the United States. Half of all deaths and a third of all identified cases of Wuhan virus are in New York. Second, New York seems to have a very laissez faire attitude towards labeling just about everything from pneumonia to boils on the ass and hangnails as Wuhan virus related (alternatively, New York’s health care system compares unfavorably to that of Bangladesh, Mike Ford has explored this phenomenon in a post that I highly recommend), so their numbers pretty much drive the overall picture of what the virus is doing. And third, you can turn off the sound, ignore Cuomo bleating for more resources, and scroll through to get the daily numbers he briefs.
This is from today.
Some high points:
There were a total of 52 new hospitalizations for Wuhan related symptoms in the state of New York yesterday. Yes, it was Easter. But it was also 52 in the entire state.
You can see in the video that ICU admissions and intubations remain very low, the three-day average of new intubations is 64.
Hospital discharges were 1,862.
An important note here is that the briefings do not give a current-beds-in-use number for hospitalizations…for a very good reason. To get a total picture you have to back out hospital discharges from total hospitalizations. In perspective, the number of discharges was the equivalent of a full month’s worth of intake.
The deaths in Cuomo’s briefing, 758, are as of yesterday morning. The Worldinfo Wuhan tracker gives the most recent daily tally as 671, a decrease of 87.
highlights from Cuomo's daily briefing. Hospitalizations and deaths down dramatically, discharges high.
At some point this insanity has to end pic.twitter.com/BnFjfxLiQ3
— streiff (@streiffredstate) April 13, 2020
Nationwide, new cases continue to drop and deaths are down by 500 from the record high on Friday.
At some point, we have to say we’ve done all we can do. There is increasing evidence that the “early flu season” in California was actually Wuhan virus. If that is the case, we have just pulled the biggest self-own in the history of humanity. Even if it isn’t true, we are past the point of diminishing returns and at the point of inflicting real, and perhaps permanent, harm for ephemeral protection against a virus that seems to be nothing more than an academic bogeyman.
The real battle now is regaining the civil liberties and freedoms we’ve so cavalierly relinquished to petty Gauleiters across the nation. Clawing back those freedoms and permanently enjoining those people from ever exercising this kind of tyrannical power again is our challenge, not fighting some Chinese lung AIDS virus (h/t to J. J. Sefton of Ace of Spades HQ for that description).