NEW YORK — Hospitals throughout New York City reported a steady rise in the number of patients requiring intensive care Monday as confirmed coronavirus cases continued to swell, and state and local leaders renewed calls for more beds and lifesaving medical supplies.As of Monday afternoon, Northwell Health, a network of 19 hospitals in the region, had more than 700 patients with covid-19, the highly contagious disease caused by the novel coronavirus, said spokesman Terry Lynam.“In anticipation of the surge, we discharged last week several thousand patients, and on top of that, effective a week ago today, we canceled elective surgeries,” he said, noting that the move reduced inpatient volume by about 30 percent. “Right now, we have ample capacity in our hospitals, [but] patients that require intensive care, that is increasing dramatically.”Northwell has doubled its stock of ventilators, considered necessary to treat covid-19 patients in respiratory distress, Lyman said, spending millions on the machines that cost between $10,000 and $40,000. The network employs about 72,000 people, but more manpower is needed, he said, to staff facilities in anticipation of a patient surge that threatens to overwhelm hospitals’ ability to care for those who become gravely ill. The private health-care network


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