The hospital tents, put up by Mount Sinai Health System partnered with Samaritan's Purse, were erected to meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo's orders to create at least 50% more hospital beds in March in anticipation of thousands of New Yorkers falling critically ill due to COVID-19 infections.
During its month of operation since April 1, the Central Park field hospital treated 315 COVID-19 cases.
"Now that the surge in COVID hospital admissions is reaching manageable levels, we will stop admitting new patients to the Central Park field hospital as of May 4," said a Mount Siani spokesperson on Saturday. "While this crisis is far from over, this marks a significant turning point in the coronavirus outbreak in New York that gives us assurance that we are returning towards normalcy."
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The tents and Samaritan's Purse medical staff are expected to be gone from the park in the next two weeks.
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In the 24 hours leading into Saturday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York State was 831, down slightly from the average of 900 a day the state was seeing recently, to a total of 309,145 cases.
Deaths related to COVID-19 illness saw an overnight rise was 299 people – 276 in hospitals, 23 in nursing homes – to a statewide total of 18,909.
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