Gov. Kathy Hochul released data Friday breaking down COVID-19 hospitalizations by those who were admitted due to the virus and those who were admitted for other reasons but were found to have the illness. The governors office is also under fire for Covid Care Discrimination against non-whites.
In New York, nearly half of the patients in hospitals with COVID-19 were admitted for reasons other than the disease.
Out of the 11,548 hospitalized patients, 43% (Forty-three percent) of the patients did NOT have COVID listed as one of the reasons for admission, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office said.
Hochul, a Democrat, hold a press conference and stated that she wanted to drill down on hospitalization numbers to see how many patients are actually being treated for COVID-19 versus merely having the disease, which often causes no or mild symptoms.
Included in the data was a chart showing the amount of hospitalized individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 that were admitted for COVID-19/COVID-19 complications and how many were admitted for non-COVID conditions.
According to the same data set, a staggering 51% of COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York City were NOT due to COVID-19 or any related symptoms. The numbers show that 3,060 patients were hospitalized for reasons other than COVID-19, while only 2,992 were admitted due to the illness.
COVID CARE DISCRIMINATION
Video: Hochul’s administration recently faced backlash after revealing that it will prioritize non-white peple in the distribution of COVID-19 treatments in short supply.
New York’s Department of Health released a document detailing its plan to distribute the treatments, such as monoclonal antibody treatment and antiviral pills.
The plan includes a section on eligibility for the scarce antiviral pills that people must meet to receive the treatment, including a line stating a person needs to have “a medical condition or other factors that increase their risk for severe illness.”