Medical professionals comprised of both retired professionals and students are coming out in large numbers to join the NYS Department of Health’s (DOH) “surge healthcare force.”
Over 40,00o of these people have contacted DOH offering their services in a reserve capacity. Respondents include 16,367 registered nurses, 4,016 licensed practical nurses, 2,409 nurse practitioners, 2265 physicians and 160 respiratory therapists.
“That’s a big, big deal because you can create beds, you find the equipment, you have to have the staff,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. “And you must have the staff for those additional beds, which is not now in the hospital system. And you have to have staff when the existing staff gets ill.”
The state is looking for more medical staff due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, especially those who require hospitalization. There are 30,811 confirmed cases in New York and 3,805 people are hospitalized. The hospitalizations include 888 patients in intensive care units. There have been 285 coronavirus-related deaths reported in New York — the most of any state in the country.
Cuomo highlighted what could be a positive development in the outbreak. On Sunday, hospitalizations were doubling every two days. By Tuesday, hospitalizations were doubling every 4.7 days.
The finding is a positive sign, Cuomo said. He believes it’s a product of density reduction efforts in New York.
“Slowing the hospitalization rates coming into hospitalizations are everything so the hospitals can deal with the rate of people coming in,” he said.