STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The EMS system is regularly getting over 6,000 911 calls a day, according to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, an increase of over 50% compared to an average day. "The last five days have been the five busiest days for the EMS in their entire history," Nigro said at a press conference alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday. The influx of call volume is "slowing our responses, of course," Nigro admitted — specifically referencing the "lower categories of calls" — adding that "our resources ... are not infinite." Nigro said the bulk of 911 calls are "falling on the shoulders of our EMTs and paramedics," and said that firefighters continue to respond to critical calls. "This is unprecedented," de Blasio said. "We've never seen our EMS system get this many calls ever." De Blasio said he is "making a series of fast, intense moves to ensure that more personnel will be available for EMS," including shifting personnel onto the work of EMS, creating more ambulance shifts and providing additional vehicles. "Whatever it takes to keep serving New Yorkers who are in emergencies," de Blasio said. FDNY officials have repeatedly implored New Yorkers to only call during true emergencies. And de Blasio said on Sunday that "anyone who is calling and needs something else (other than EMS), we're going to find a way to get that to them too so ambulances are never going to a place where they don't need to be."
As of Sunday morning, a total of 52 deaths have been reported on Staten Island, including 40 at Staten Island University Hospital's Ocean Breeze and Prince's Bay campuses and 12 at Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton, the Advance/SiLive.com reported. There were 1,866 cases of coronavirus recorded on Staten Island as of Sunday morning. That figures includes 85 new cases since Saturday evening. At Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze, 151 patients are hospitalized with coronavirus. An additional 50 patients are located at the hospital's Prince's Bay campus.