President Donald Trump announced Sunday that the federal government has sent several hundred much-needed ventilators to states reeling from the coronavirus outbreak and grappling with a shortage of medical supplies.
Over the past 24 hours Trump’s administration delivered an additional 500 ventilators to New Jersey, 200 to Louisiana and 300 to Michigan.
An additional 600 were sent out to Illinois and 100 to Massachusetts.
The supply of the ventilators comes as governors demand Trump’s administration intervene as hospitals across the nation are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and healthcare facilities are running out of live-saving medical supplies.
These ventilators in particular are needed for coronavirus patients to breathe as the respiratory disease attacks their lungs.
President Donald Trump announced Sunday that the federal government has sent several hundred much-needed ventilators to states reeling from the coronavirus outbreak and grappling with a shortage of medical supplies
Over the past 24 hours Trump’s administration delivered an additional 500 ventilators to New Jersey, 200 to Louisiana and 300 to Michigan. An additional 600 were sent out to Illinois and 100 to Massachusetts. A map of COVID-19 hotspots across the US pictured above
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have shed light on the severe shortage their state faces when it comes to medical supplies and equipment.
On Sunday De Blasio warned that the city only has enough ventilators to last Wednesday.
‘We have bought a few more days here. We believe now we can get to Tuesday or Wednesday with the supplies we have,’ he said.
‘I want to be clear, it only means a few more days, nothing more I can guarantee beyond that,’ he added.
In New York state there are over 123,000 cases and over 4,000 deaths reported as of Sunday.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted Saturday that in total the state has received 350 ventilators from the national stockpile.
On CNN on Sunday he said that even with the ventilators, the state is slated to run out on April 9.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted Saturday that in total the state has received 350 ventilators from the national stockpile, but the state is slated to run out by April 9
New Orleans (above during the lockdown) remains a national virus hotspot. The death toll in the city is now at 409. The city’s Mardi Gras celebrations had been blamed for the causing the virus to spread so rapidly across the state but underlying health conditions are also to blame
A convention center in New Orleans has been converted into a makeshift hospital specifically to treat COVID-19 patients
In New Orleans the outbreak has been far deadlier than the rest of the US, with a per-capita death rate twice than New York City’s, according to new research.
Public health officials are casting the blame on the Big Easy’s high levels of obesity and related ailments.
Orleans Parish, which encompasses the city, reported 153 confirmed coronavirus deaths as of Friday, the equivalent of 37.93 coronavirus deaths per 100,000 people. That rate for New York City was at 18.86 per 100,00 people on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports.
As of Saturday the state of Louisiana reported 12,496 cases and 409 deaths.
New Orleans residents suffer from obesity, diabetes and hypertension at rates higher than the national average, conditions that doctors and public health officials say can make patients more vulnerable to COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
Jersey receives 500 ventilators: An overall view of The Covid-19 testing site on Marin Boulevard in Jersey City, New Jersey pictured April 2
Illinois receives 600 ventilators: Staff members inside the outdoor facility outside of Innovative Express Care on Chicago’s Northwest Side, in Chicago, United States, on March 30
Michigan receives 300 ventilators: Stretches seen at the TCF Center in Detroit on April 1 as the city became a hotspot for the COVID-19 outbreak
White House officials say that this next week will be devastating for the nation as it hurtles towards the projected April 16 peak date of the pandemic in the US.
‘This is going to be the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives,’ Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Fox News Sunday.
Some states say they’re in a bidding war for supplies, but some have shown solidarity and support for each other, as the nation sees over 312,000 cases of the virus and over 9,000 deaths as of Sunday.
Washington state sent back 400 government issued ventilators for other states who need them more.
Trump praised the move by Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday saying, ‘We appreciate that he’s able to give them back.’
Veteran Affairs hospitals are starting to make beds available to help with coronavirus patients, including 100 beds in New York, the US epicenter of the pandemic.
Trump and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker have butt heads repeatedly, with the Chicago Democrat saying the president has not efficiently utilized the Defense Production Act to order businesses to ramp up the production of medical supplies and disseminate them to outbreak hotspots.
In Illinois there are over 11,000 cases and 200 deaths.
President Trump has kept his optimistic approach on the pandemic and says the outbreak is ‘leveling off’ in US hotspots.
On Sunday Trump declared he’s seeing the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, pointing out how New York reported for the first time a drop in the number of new infections and deaths.
While the decline is a ‘good sign’ more deaths are still on the horizon as the country nears its projected ‘peak’ of the virus in the coming two weeks.
‘In the days ahead, America will endure the peak of this pandemic,’ the president said at his daily briefing.
‘We’re hopeful over the next week that we’ll see a stabilization of cases in these metropolitan areas where the outbreak began several weeks ago,’ Dr Deborah Birx said at the briefing.