Cuomo: Trump approved four new sites for emergency medical facilities

Cuomo: Trump approved four new sites for emergency medical facilities
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE has approved four new facilities in New York to serve as temporary hospitals, a move that provides the state an additional 4,000 hospital beds as it grapples with an exploding coronavirus outbreak.

“The president approved four new sites for emergency medical facilities. One in Brooklyn at the Port Authority Cruise Ship terminal it’s called, one in Queens at Aqueduct Racetrack, one on State Island and one the Bronx at the New York Expo Center,” New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo says he 'never apologized' to NYPD for saying they 'did not do their job' CDC director warns Floyd protests could be 'seeding event' for coronavirus Former Obama aide goes off on looters: 'There are human beings that live in this goddamn neighborhood' MORE (D) said at his daily press conference Saturday.

“They are appropriate and suitable to bring in large scale medical facilities. They’re 100,000 square feet, 120,000 square feet, they’re open, they have electric, they have climate control, et cetera.”

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The new sites will join the Javits Center in Manhattan as temporary hospitals, an important development Cuomo says will equalize treatment among all five of New York City’s boroughs.

“Every borough knows that they have a facility and they’re getting the same treatment that everyone else is getting,” he said. “Everyone is being treated the same.”

Beyond the temporary sites, Cuomo also announced that New York will designate certain hospitals as “COVID-only hospitals.”

“We’re also making another shift where we’re going to go to COVID-only hospitals where people in those hospitals will just have the COVID virus,” he said. “It’s smarter to keep the COVID patients separate. You don’t want a person who goes into the hospital with one situation developing COVID because they happen to be exposed. So this is smart, and we’re going to isolate 600 beds for just this treatment.” 

While Cuomo has been praised for his handling of the state’s COVID-19 outbreak, New York is still scrambling to curb the spread of the highly infectious virus. The Empire State alone has more than 52,000 confirmed virus cases, roughly half of the total cases in the U.S.