ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered hospitals across New York to increase bed capacity by 25%, and he warns he'll curtail indoor dining if hospitalization keeps going up.
Cuomo told reporters Monday that over 4,600 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalized statewide, double the amount reported Nov. 18.
He says the state isn't yet at a “critical” level of COVID-19 patients, but he says the continued growth is worrying.
Meanwhile, Cuomo is waiting five days to see if hospitalizations keep rising before possibly taking steps to restrict indoor dining.
NEW: If after 5 days a region's hospital rate has not stabilized, indoor dining will close or be reduced.
-In NYC, indoor dining would close entirely.
-In rest of the state, indoor dining would be reduced to 25% capacity.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 7, 2020
Cuomo also asked retired nurses and doctors to consider coming back to work to help during the surge.
Dr. Anthony Fauci joined Cuomo during his briefing, and said he expects to see a peak in new cases by mid-January.