Cuomo: Data Suggests New COVID-19 Hospitalizations Mostly People Who Stayed Home

May 7, 2020 by Mandy Qualls

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 8, 2020

May 6, 2020 — In his daily press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked New Yorkers to continue wearing face masks, wash their hands frequently, and follow social distancing orders after early data on new COVID-19 hospitalizations suggests the majority of those patients have primarily been staying at home.

Preliminary results from 113 hospitals over a three-day period suggest that two-thirds of the over 1,200 new patients surveyed had been admitted from their homes. Just 18 percent of new admissions came from people in nursing homes, 2 percent were homeless and less than 1 percent came from jails and prisons. Almost all of those surveyed (96%) had underlying illnesses.

The preliminary data also found that the patients were:

  • Predominately located downstate;
  • Predominately minorities and older individuals;
  • Predominately non-essential employees; and
  • Predominately at home.

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