March 27 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, James Griffiths, Steve George, Amy Woodyatt, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 8:04 a.m. ET, March 28, 2020
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12:21 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Cuomo says his plea for 30,000 more ventilators is based on data and science

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared to respond to comments from the President that the state may not need as many ventilators as the governor has been asking for this week.

Cuomo didn't directly call out President Trump, but he said, "everyone is entitled to an opinion" when asked about pushback on his projection that New York needs 30,000 more ventilators.

He added, "I don't operate on opinion."

On the 30,000 additional ventilators he believes New York needs, Cuomo said, "that's what the data and the science said." He noted that scientists have told him the state may need 140,000 hospital beds and as many as 40,000 ventilators at the apex of the outbreak.

Cuomo said he will "make the decisions based on the data and the science" and "the numbers say you may need 30,000" additional ventilators.

More context: During an interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday, Trump appeared to downplay Cuomo's request for tens of thousands of more ventilators for his state. "I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators," Trump told Hannity, an apparent reference to New York.

12:17 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

GOP Rep. Massie says he will seek a recorded vote in person on the House floor for stimulus bill

From CNN's Ted Barrett and Manu Raju

Kentucky GOP Rep. Thomas Massie tweeted that he will seek a recorded vote, meaning that members would be required to show up in person and vote on the historic stimulus bill. 

Earlier on the House floor, there appeared to be an intense discussion, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seated, Massie standing and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy seated behind.

When asked if there will be a roll call vote after Massie's tweet, McCarthy said, "No, we’ll get the bill done with out that."

12:30 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Cuomo: "When someone needs something, there’s no place I’d rather be than New York"

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State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo lauded New Yorkers for showing strength, resiliency and love during the coronavirus outbreak.

“New Yorkers never cease to amaze me, how big their heart is. You know, they talk about New Yorkers are tough. Yeah, you know, we’re tough. To live in a place like this, you have to be tough. But as tough as we are is as loving as we are, and is as big as our heart is,” Cuomo said.

“And when someone needs something, there’s no place I’d rather be than New York.” He also called the outpouring of more than 62,000 retired health care volunteers and 10,000 mental health volunteers in the state “beautiful," he added.

12:11 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

New York governor: "This is a moment that's going to change this nation"

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State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the coronavirus pandemic will "change this nation." He told New Yorkers that, one day, they'll tell stories about the outbreak to their children and grandchildren.

"You are living a moment in history," he said at a news conference. "This is going to be one of those moments they're gonna write about, they're going to talk about for generations. This is a moment that's going to change this nation."

He continued:

"This is a moment that forges character, forges people, changes people. Make them stronger, make them weaker but this is a moment that will change character, and ten years from now you'll be talking about today, to your children or your grandchildren, and you will shed a tear because you will remember the lives lost, and you'll remember the faces and you'll remember the names and you'll remember how hard we worked, and that we still lost loved ones."

"But you will also be proud," he added. "You'll be proud of what you did. You'll be proud that you showed up. You showed up when other people played it safe, you had the courage to show up."

12:01 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

New York governor says it's "good news" the rate of hospitalizations is slowing

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State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said hospitalizations from the coronavirus are now doubling every four days. However, he noted that this is a decrease in the rate of hospitalization from earlier this week, when it was doubling every two or three days.

Cuomo said this was "good news" that the rate of hospitalizations is slowing. But he reiterated that rate of new cases of coronavirus is still going up in the state.

"We want to see the rate slowing, and then we want to see the number of actual cases coming down or flattening," Cuomo said.
11:57 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

More than 500 have died from coronavirus in New York, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

At least 519 people have died from coronavirus across New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

That's up from 385 reported deaths.

"That is going to continue to go up, and that is the worst news that I could possibly tell the people of the state of New York," Cuomo said.
11:52 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

A racetrack and a college: Where Gov. Cuomo is looking to open temporary hospitals

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the following locations are among those being assessed to become temporary hospital facilities during the coronavirus pandemic: 

  • Bronx: New York Expo Center
  • Queens: Aqueduct Racetrack
  • Brooklyn: Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
  • Staten Island: College of Staten Island
11:53 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

New York needs four more temporary hospitals, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will seek to build another four more temporary hospitals in the state to combat coronavirus.

He said that will increase hospital capacity by 4,000 beds. The state has already started working with the federal government to build four temporary hospitals.

Cuomo said, "I'm going to ask the President today to authorize" the additional hospitals.

Some context: Gov. Cuomo says New York will need 140,000 beds for the apex. There are currently 53,000 beds.

11:43 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

New York governor says state is looking at possible apex in 21 days

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is looking at "about 21 days for a possible apex" for the peak number of coronavirus cases. 

He continued: "So we want to do everything we can to be ready for that increased capacity that could hit us in 21 days and ramp up the hospital capacity." 

He said that, at that time, New York will need 140,000 hospital beds. There are currently 53,000 beds.

The press conference is ongoing.