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New York Governor Cuomo re-opens Covid Subject Hospital in Staten Island as hospital stays speed up

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wears a protective face mask as he approaches during a daily briefing following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Manhattan in New York City, New York, the United States, on July 13, 2020 Word comes.

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New York will reopen a temporary field hospital on Staten Island to treat an influx of coronavirus patients as the New York borough faces a worsening outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

"Staten Island is a problem," Cuomo said during a press conference. On Sunday, 91 people with Covid-19 were hospitalized on Staten Island, an almost three-fold increase from three weeks ago, Cuomo said.

The Field Hospital was one of many New York City hospitals to open in the spring as it battled a wave of coronavirus infections that overwhelmed the hospital system, killing around 800 people a day. However, these emergency facilities have remained largely unused, said Cuomo.

"This was a planned emergency facility in the spring. We didn't use it, now we need it," he said.

Across the state, Covid-19 hospital stays rose 122% in the past three weeks, from 1,227 to 2,724 on Sunday. At this rate, thousands more people will be hospitalized in the coming weeks. Before considering the upcoming holidays, which could hasten the problem, the Democratic governor warned.

"These are dangerous times we are in," said Cuomo. "Before you get to Thanksgiving, we're already in a bad time."

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