NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Thursday that the state’s supply of breathing machines could be exhausted in six days if the number of people made critically ill by the coronavirus outbreak continues at its current rate.
The number of New Yorkers killed by the virus soared again, to 2,373, with more than 92,000 positive cases across the state.
A majority of the fatalities have been in New York City, but an increasing number of deaths are happening in the suburbs and elsewhere in the state.
Cuomo says people in rural areas should not be lulled into a false sense of security.
"It is false comfort to say 'well, we are a rural community; we don't have the density of New York City.' That is a false comfort. You have counties in New York state, where you have more cows than people. New York state -- don't think of just New York City. Upstate New York is a rual community," he said.
New data shows that the coronavirus pandemic is hitting especially hard in New York City neighborhoods that tend to be poorer.