New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the first batch of information coming from hospitals that were directed to ask more questions when coronavirus patients were being admitted contains some surprising data.

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Cuomo says, while officials thought they might see the sources of continuing infection to be things like contact with the public or COVID-19 patients, the information from the hospitals is showing more cases coming from people who have been staying at home and retired or otherwise not working.

37 percent of hospitalizations during the survey period and another 46 percent were not working. Almost three-quarters were 51 years or older.

The Governor said there was suspicion that new cases may have been coming from transit workers or others working close to the public or health care staff in contact with patients actually infected or people who were out in public a lot and many of those numbers didn’t pan out.

He says the one trend that held up was that patients admitted to the hospital tend to be older.

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The idea behind the additional questions being asked on admission is to try to figure out who is still being infected and how those infections are coming about while people are social distancing, most workplaces are closed and people are required to wear face coverings.