CORONAVIRUS IN NYC: Cases increase to 23,112

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The number of coronavirus cases in New York City continue to rise, showing significant increases in just one day: The total number of cases in NYC rose to 23,112, Mayor Bill De Blasio announced early Thursday night. Earlier in the day, that figure was 21,873.

He also announced Thursday night that the citywide death toll is 365. Earlier in the day, that number was 281.

"We're dealing with an unprecedented crisis in New York City. We are losing people every day," De Blasio tweeted. "The next few months will be painful and stress our health care system like never before."

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Thirteen of the fatalities were at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. The city-run hospital has 545 beds and saw the deaths over a 24-hour period Tuesday, New York City Health and Hospitals spokesman Christopher Miller said. 

A refrigerated truck is currently parked outside of the hospital to act as a temporary morgue.

Mayor de Blasio said 56 additional hospital staff have been sent to the Elmhurst Hospital, which he called 'the epicenter of the epicenter.' The city will also be getting 2,500 more ventilators in a few days, de Blasio said Thursday.

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson spoke to 1010 WINS Thursday about the situation at Elmhurst. "Right now, you're already seeing the scenes out of Elmhurst in Queens I don't say this to frighten people but to level with folks but we will be seeing more of that in the coming weeks." 

"The most important thing we can do is to halt transmission while simultaneously building up our hospital system," Johnson added.