In an effort to prevent the novel coronavirus from overwhelming his state’s health care system, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is developing contingency plan that could include adapting facilities for medical use and building a reserve of health care workers.   As of Sunday, New York State had the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, behind Washington State. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Cuomo expressed concern for his state’s hospital capacity if steps aren’t taken to reduce the virus’s spread and the number of new cases continues to grow rapidly. “Those people who would require intensive assistance in a hospital wouldn’t get the care they need,” he told correspondent Scott Pelley. “It’s the vulnerable population that might require hospitalization and intensive interventions might not be able to get it. And then we would lose people who we would not need to lose otherwise.”Data on hospital capacity suggests the United States as a whole does not have enough hospital beds to treat those who may become infected. The U.S. has 2.8 hospital beds per 1,000 people, a ratio lower than other countries with serious COVID-19 outbreaks: South Korea has 12.3, China has 4.3, and Italy has 3.2.To increase

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