[Rushtalk] Majority Of New Coronavirus Cases In New York Are From People Staying At Home—Not Traveling Or Working

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Majority Of New Coronavirus Cases In New York Are From People Staying At
Home—Not Traveling Or Working

Lisette Voytko Lisette VoytkoForbes Staff Business I cover breaking
news. Updated May 6, 2020, 03:24pm EDT 


TOPLINE

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shared initial survey results of
hospitalized coronavirus patients during a Wednesday press conference,
which said 66% of respondents were at home before being admitted,
showing that the virus has continued to spread during lockdown, even as
New York prepares for an eventual reopening.

US-HEALTH-VIRUSAccording to the survey, 66% of coronavirus patients
admitted to the hospital had been staying at ... [+]

ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images 

KEY FACTS

About 1,200 patients were surveyed from 113 hospitals over a three-day
period, Cuomo said; his office did not respond to a request for comment
by Forbes.

In addition to mostly coming from their homes, surveyed patients were
more likely to be over 51 years old, and either nonessential workers,
retired or unemployed.

96% of the surveyed patients had co-morbidities, which means nearly all
had another chronic medical condition prior to catching coronavirus.

The survey also found that COVID-19 disproportionately affects African
Americans and Hispanics living in the New York City area.

The New York survey appears to be unique in that it released results on
where patients came from before being hospitalized.

Some of the survey’s results on ethnicity and age appeared to match a
Centers for Disease Control study of hospitalized patients released
April 8, 2020, which showed that older people and African Americans were
more likely to have COVID-19.




Crucial quote

“They’re not working, they’re not traveling, they’re predominantly
downstate, predominantly minority, predominantly older,” said Cuomo.
“Much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”




Key background

The survey was conducted because while new COVID-19 hospitalizations are
down in New York, they are declining at a much slower rate than Cuomo
would like, he said. Cuomo did not provide an explanation as to why so
many of the surveyed patients were coming from their homes, but he did
say it reaffirms precautions such as mask-wearing and handwashing to
protect more vulnerable people. Cuomo said he was surprised by the
survey results, because he expected more patients would be essential
workers or using public transportation. “That’s not the case,” he said.




Tangent

Cuomo also revealed that an upstate agricultural greenhouse was
experiencing an outbreak that he compared to the state’s first outbreak
in New Rochelle, as well as outbreaks seen at meat plants across the
country. “It’s not about meat or vegetables, it’s about worker density
and large gatherings,” Cuomo said of the spread. 




Further reading

Hospitalization Rates and Characteristics of Patients Hospitalized with
Laboratory-Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)

6 New Coronavirus Hotspots Around The U.S. Show Disease Still Spreading
(Forbes)

NY Will Hire Contact Tracing ‘Army’ Of 17,000 To Battle Coronavirus,
Cuomo Says (Forbes)

New COVID-19 Hospitalizations In N.Y. Drop Below 1,000 For First Day In
A Month (Forbes)

Full coverage and live updates on the Coronavirus





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