On Monday, more than 3,000 coronavirus-related deaths were reported as states beg the government to provide more medical supplies.
In total, 3,170 deaths have been recorded, and more than 164,000 confirmed infections in the U.S. as of early Tuesday, according to the John Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pleaded with nurses and doctors across the country to travel to his state to help with the outbreak.
"In this battle, the troops are our healthcare professionals," Cuomo said. "We need relief. We need relief for nurses working 12-hour shifts. We need relief for doctors. Help us now, and we will return the favor."
Cuomo added, "Whether it's Detroit, it's New Orleans, it will work its way across the country -- Anyone who says this situation is a New York City-only situation is in a state of denial. You see, this virus move across the state, you see this virus move across the nation. There is no American who is immune to this virus," Cuomo said.
New York currently has more than 67,000 confirmed cases; 1,342 have died, accounting for nearly one-third of all U.S. deaths. On Monday, the USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship featuring 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms, arrived in New York harbor.
Speaking of the death toll, Cuomo said, "That's a lot of loss, that's a lot of pain, that's a lot of tears, that's a lot of grief that people all across this state are feeling."
"The number of beds we had in the beginning of March has to triple by May," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. "It's a daunting task, but we got a big, big boost."