'Please come help us:' New York death toll from COVID-19 rises above 1,200

Posted at 2:43 PM, Mar 30, 2020

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the number of reported coronavirus deaths in New York shot up by 253 in a single day to just over 1,200.

Hospitals haved buckled in what authorities say could be a preview of what other cities across the U.S. could soon face.

“Please come help us in New York now. We need relief,” Cuomo said.

He made the plea Monday as the number of dead in New York State climbed past 1,200, with most of those victims dying in New York City.

A Navy hospital ship has arrived in New York City to help relieve the coronavirus crisis gripping New York City's hospitals.

The USNS Comfort has 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms that could be up and running within 24 hours of its arrival Monday morning. It's expected to bolster a besieged health care system by treating non-coronavirus patients while hospitals treat people with COVID-19.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and others are criticizing President Donald Trump for suggesting with no clear evidence that thousands of medical masks are disappearing from New York City hospitals.