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Eric Adams: Brooklyn hospitals overcrowded, running out of supplies amid COVID-19 crisis

Posted at 9:27 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 09:27:13-04

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams gave PIX11 an update Thursday morning on how the coronavirus crisis is affecting people and hospitals in his borough.

Adams said hospitals in Brooklyn, and Queens, are running out of important protective medical supplies, like the coveted N95 masks, amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Adams also said Brooklyn hospitals and ICU centers are already starting to become overcrowded.

While New York City as a whole is the epicenter of the viral outbreak in the country, Brooklyn borough president called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to give more support to hospitals and health care workers in Brooklyn and Queens, which seem to be the hardest hit areas of the city.

As of Wednesday, New York City had a total of just over 20,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 6,420 of which are in Queens and 5,232 are in Brooklyn, compared to Manhattan's 3,616 cases. The Bronx has 3,542 cases and Staten Island has 1,166 cases.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's closure of all non-essential businesses across New York remains in effect. For a full list of what remains open, click here.

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