66% of new coronavirus hospitalizations in New York are from people on lockdown who had been staying home; Governor Cuomo says it’s ‘shocking’
Over 74,000 people have now died from the deadly coronavirus in the United States. About one third of the deaths came from New York state alone. New York has now become the epicenter of the global pandemic. Today, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 66% of new admissions related to the virus are people who were at home, according to preliminary data from 100 New York hospitals involving about 1,000 patients.
He also added that a majority of the cases in New York City are minorities, with nearly half being African American or Hispanic. Most new Covid-19 hospitalizations in New York state are from people who were staying home and not venturing much outside, a “shocking” finding.
“If you notice, 18% of the people came from nursing homes, less than 1% came from jail or prison, 2% came from the homeless population, 2% from other congregate facilities, but 66% of the people were at home, which is shocking to us,” Cuomo said.
“This is a surprise: Overwhelmingly, the people were at home,” he added. “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.”
To date, over 25,000 people in New York state have died from COVID-19 related deaths. Gov Cuomo said nearly 84% of the hospitalized cases were people who were not commuting to work through car services, personal cars, public transit or walking. He said a majority of those people were either retired or unemployed. Overall, some 73% of the admissions were people over age 51.
Update: The shocking statistics further showed that the coronavirus travels more rapidly inside than outside.