NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – COVID-19 cases are increasing across New York and hospital stays are increasing.
An emergency field hospital on Staten Island that has not been in use since the height of the pandemic is now reopening.
The makeshift hospital was used from April to June and is now back in operation. The first patients should arrive on Tuesday.
As reported by Natalie Duddridge of CBS2, a steady stream of cars drove to the test tents at Staten Island University Hospital.
The district’s infection rate has tripled in the past three weeks.
“I was suspended, so I made the appointment online and it was easy, very well organized,” Staten Island resident Sonia Schmitt told Duddridge.
Next door, a temporary emergency coronavirus treatment center reopened on Tuesday.
In the spring of 200 people were cared for when the hospital wards were overcrowded with seriously ill COVID patients. Now it is finished again with 108 beds.
“The majority of patients will be people who have been treated for COVID, have gotten through the phase of being really seriously ill but still needing care,” said Brahim Ardolic, executive director of Staten Island University Hospital.
A free test area was also set up in the parking lot of a closed cinema.
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The additional preparation is done when the northern part of the district enters the yellow zone. The southern area of the island is now considered an orange zone, which means schools, restaurants, salons and gyms must be closed.
“The south side of Staten Island – Tottenville – is pretty hectic,” said one resident.
Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked on Tuesday how the city is helping hospitals.
“We will talk to the hospitals about their PPE supply and staffing. Whatever they need, we will also work with the state to ensure the Staten Islanders are safe, ”he said.
With Thanksgiving only two days away and Christmas a month away, health officials are asking people not to visit their family members.
“We know that group gatherings, even small groups, are what cause the virus to spread,” said Dave Chokshi, New York health commissioner. “Here’s a way to think about it. You bring everyone you’ve been with to your vacation party. “
“I think some people don’t care, that’s the problem,” added another resident.
Health officials at Staten Island University Hospital said they have another location with no COVID patients, so people with other medical issues can feel safe not to postpone important procedures.
The New York Sheriff said for those traveling to the area, if you don’t have these two negative tests before and after your arrival, you will have to be quarantined for two weeks or you will be fined $ 1,000 for each day of the Expect injury. He said some arrests had been made.
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The situation is just as bad on Long Island
Prior to the distribution of turkeys in Wyandanch, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the test positivity rate is 3.24% and the number of hospital stays in Long Island is the highest in the state.
“Long Island, 149% more in three weeks,” said Cuomo.
Take a look at Lisa Rozner’s report –
Great Neck and Massapequa Park in Nassau Counties are now yellow zones next to Hampton Bays and Riverhead in Suffolk Counties.
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The announcement came when the governor was tracing possible plans for Thanksgiving with two of his daughters and 89-year-old mother who he claimed underestimated the severity of the situation, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported.
“She thinks how many Thanksgivings I’m getting, right? You start to think like that, but it’s hard. But sometimes it’s hard to be clever, ”said Cuomo.
Demand for tests is higher than ever as the numbers deteriorate across the three-state area
The numbers are bad and keep getting worse, and that’s why the demand for tests has never been higher.
City Winery, a popular venue in the Meatpacking District, launched a pilot two nights a week that requires customers to prepay for a rapid COVID test before being seated.
The $ 50 test includes a drink while you wait for the results.
“I think it will be the way of the future,” Armand Maldonado, a Chelsea resident, told CBS2’s Nick Caloway.
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A long line outside Tuesday night indicated that many customers are ready to spend cash for peace of mind.
“It’s a big concern for people to eat indoors, so it definitely helps when everyone tests and tests negative,” said Alexia Furmanski, a Chelsea resident.
“Everyone there is fine, then you’ll be better. Nothing is 100% but you feel better, ”said Maldonado.
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A young customer said he’d be there for the COVID test just before Thanksgiving because the lines are shorter
“My mom told me it took about two hours to take a test, but here it takes about 15 minutes so we say, ‘Oh, I’m coming here. Sign me up, ”said Henry.
Health officials hope that people who insist on traveling for Thanksgiving this week will be tested before and after the holidays.