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New York City’s infection rates have gone back up again, though the death toll is still lagging well behind what we saw in the spring. Still, the Governor felt compelled to do something about the current situation on Staten Island. The solution he’s come up with is the same one that he used when the pandemic first broke out. He’s ordering a field hospital originally set up to handle an overflow of patients to be reopened. That’s raising some immediate questions among people with long enough memories to recall what happened the last time we did this. (NY Post)
With the coronavirus spiking on Staten Island, the state will reopen an emergency COVID-19 field hospital to help overburdened medical facilities there as the southern part of the borough was designated an “orange zone,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
“Staten Island is a problem. The number of hospitalizations in Staten Island have gone, over the last three weeks, they basically tripled,” Cuomo said during a press briefing at his Midtown office.
Remember when we had to set up field hospitals, emergency hospitals for additional capacity — well, that’s what we have to do on Staten Island.”
When that field hospital was used in the spring when New York City was definitely at or above hospital capacity, the facility treated a grand total of 200 people over the entire course of the event. Staten Island currently has a grand total of 91 patients being treated.
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