Coronavirus Update: New York Officials Bracing For Difficult Week Ahead

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New York is bracing for what the U.S. surgeon general warns could be the most difficult week so far of the coronaviruspandemic.

There are more than 122,000 cases statewide, and more than 4,100 people have died. Nearly 65,000 of the cases are in New York City, where more than 2,400 have died.

The state is expecting 600,000 N95 masks for medical personnel to arrive from the federal government today.

In the Bronx, the creation of another field hospital is underway in Van Cortlandt Park. It will have 200 beds for COVID-19 patients.

Mayor Bill de Blasio stood outside the Javits Centermedical station Sunday thanking members of the U.S. Navy who answered the city’s desperate call for help.

More than 300 military medical personnel, including doctors, nurses and respiratory therapist from across the country, arrived in the city to provide relief to hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. A total of 1,000 are being deployed to New York.

“I’m telling you beyond everything you do to save lives, just showing up, you’ll be amazed how much gratitude you’re going to encounter from these New Yorkers,” de Blasio said. more