A survey of New York state COVID-19 patients brings into doubt the effectiveness of social distancing, as 66% of new coronavirus hospitalizations in the survey were of people who had been sheltered at home. Zack Fink reports for NY1:
Statewide there were roughly 600 new hospitalizations from the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a number that has dropped from its peak a few weeks ago, but not as quickly as health officials would like.
What to Know
- Survey: 66% of all new coronavirus hospitalizations were those sheltered at home
- 18 percent of new hospitalizations are from nursing homes
- The data also showed most of the new cases are coming from downstate
- New York state reported 232 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours
A new survey of 1,300 patients at 113 hospitals around New York state suggests that 66 percent of all new hospitalizations are people who are sheltering at home. And only 3 percent in New York City had been using public transportation.
“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, that these may be nurses, doctors, transit workers,” Cuomo said. “That’s not the case, and they were predominantly at home.”
18 percent of new hospitalizations are from nursing homes, where there have also been close to 5,000 deaths. And less than 1 percent are coming from jails and prisons, despite warnings from advocates that prisons would be disproportionately affected.
Cuomo says the new cases are mostly seniors and retirees. 96 percent had other underlying health conditions.
“Disproportionately older, but, by the way, older starts at 51 years old. I’m a little sensitive on this point, but if older starts at 51 years old, then that’s a large number of us old folk in this state, in this country,” said Cuomo.
The data also showed that most of the new cases are coming from downstate New York. In the five boroughs:
- 21 percent of new hospitalizations are from Manhattan
- 13 percent are from Brooklyn
- 13 percent from Queens
- 9 percent from the Bronx
- 1 percent from Staten Island.
“When you look at where they’re coming from, they’re primarily coming from downstate New York, which is not surprising. Basically, equally distributed. Long Island is 18 percent, so that’s a number that jumps out at you,” said Cuomo. “Rockland, Westchester, which is where we did have a problem, that’s down to 11 percent.”
New York state reported 232 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, a number that has declined from a peak a few weeks ago, but remains high. Cuomo says the overall death rate is hard to track right now, due to recent changes in reporting requirements, but it’s going to end up much higher than it’s on track for right now.