New York governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that the number of coronavirus deaths in the populous U.S. state has increased to 385, killing 100 people last day.
New York is at the epicenter of the American coronavirus battle, and the state has now counted 37,258 positive cases as it tries to prepare hospitals and create overflow capacity for the influx of new patients.
The dark announcement comes hours after the total number of US deaths exceeded 1,000, with more than 69,200 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Cuomo stressed that 25 percent of all testing was done in New York State, and was disappointed that the federal government had provided no further funding in its $ 2 trillion virus-checking bill.
The governor informed journalists that the state had received approval to split ventilators between two patients and, if necessary, to convert anesthesia devices to ventilators for intensive care patients.
He said medical staff found that patients take more time than expected for ventilators, sometimes 20 to 30 days.
"The longer you work on a ventilator, the more likely you are to have poor results," said Cuomo.