During Gov. Cuomo's Saturday update on Coronavirus in New York, the governor water that the state is getting close to the" apex" of the coronavirus pandemic. He said the state would reach that point by next week and the healthcare system is not prepared.
GOV. ANDREW CUOMO: We’ve been talking about hitting the apex. The apex is the point where the number of infections on a daily basis is at the high point, and that is the ultimate challenge for the healthcare system.
Can we handle that number of cases at the high point of the curve? I call it the battle of the Mountaintop because that’s what it’s going to be. That’s going to be the number one point of engagement of the enemy.
By the numbers we’re not yet at the apex. We’re getting closer. Depending on whose model you look at, they’ll say four, five, six, seven days. Some people go out 14 days. But our reading of the projections is, we’re somewhere in the 7-Day range — four, five, six, seven, eight-day range — nobody can give you a specific number, which makes it very frustrating to plan when they can’t give you a specific number or specific date. But we’re in that range.
So we’re not yet at the apex. Part of me would like to be at the apex and just, let’s do it. But there’s part of me that says it’s good that we’re not at the apex because we’re not yet ready for the apex, either.
We’re not yet ready for the high point. We’re still working on the capacity of the system. The more time we have to improve the capacity of the system the better, and the capacity of the healthcare system, beds, staff, equipment.