New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says ventilators in the coronavirus pandemic are what missiles were to World War II.
In a press conference on Friday, Cuomo issued a plea for medical offices to provide unused ventilators to New York hospitals as the state faces a shortage amid the pandemic.
Cuomo evoked Rosie the Riveter, the WWII icon, as he compared the current crisis to war and said the state urgently needed 30,000 ventilators to treat the rising number of severe coronavirus cases.
He said ventilators would be the key weapon in the ‘war’ against the virus.
‘The ventilators are to this war what missiles were to World War II,’ Cuomo said.
‘Rosie the Rivertor. We need ventilators. That is the key piece of equipment. We can get the beds. We’ll get the supplies… but the ventilator is a specific piece of equipment. These are people with respiratory illnesses.
In a press conference on Friday, Andrew Cuomo issued a plea for medical offices to provide unused ventilators to New York hospitals as the state faces a shortage amid the pandemic.
‘There are a lot of medical offices that have ventilators that are not operational now and they’re just in the corner of the offices.’
In addition to his plea to medical offices, Cuomo has also urged the federal government to step in.
The government has dispatched USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship, which will dock in New York City and provide another 1,000 beds for people with non-coronavirus related illnesses.
The goal is to free up as many beds as possible in other hospitals for those with COVID-19.
There are now more than 7,000 positive cases in New York state and 35 deaths.
There are 4,400 confirmed cases in New York City alone.
While officials expect the vast majority of coronavirus cases won’t require hospitalization, hospitals are bracing for an onslaught of patients, and officials are worried that medical centers will run out of key items needed to treat them.
On Thursday, Cuomo said New York state currently had about 5,000 ventilators.
‘We are going to need about 30,000 ventilators because these people who have come in all have respiratory illnesses,’ he said.
‘That’s the war time mentality. You can’t buy a ventilator right now. Globally, you can’t buy them. We’re going to have to make them or make something like them. And that’s why the federal government is stepping up and ordering the manufacturers to now come together and make this happen is going to be imperative.’
Cuomo evoked Rosie the Riveter, the WWII icon, as he compared the current crisis to war and estimated the state needed 30,000 ventilators to treat the rising number of severe coronavirus cases
In a press conference on Friday, Cuomo issued a plea for medical offices to provide unused ventilators to New York hospitals as the state faces a shortage amid the pandemic
There are now more than 14,000 cases of coronavirus in the US and more than 211 have died
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said his city alone needs an estimated 15,000 ventilators.
‘We are two weeks or three weeks away from running out of the supplies that we need most for our hospitals,’ de Blasio said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said his city alone needs an estimated 15,000 ventilators
He said health care workers in the nation’s largest city needed by early April: 3 million masks, 50 million surgical masks, 15,000 ventilators, and 25 million each of surgical gowns, coveralls, gloves, and face masks.
De Blasio said on Friday that his city was now the ‘epicenter’ of the coronavirus outbreak in the US.
He said he was considering turning hotels and the Javits Center, a sprawling expo-center in Hell’s Kitchen, into hospital ‘annexes’ but that the city desperately needed more supplies.
De Blasio said more would die unnecessarily unless the federal government stepped in.
‘Where the hell is the federal government in the middle of the biggest crisis we have seen in generations?’ he told CNN.
‘I have to be honest with the people of my city. Here are the facts – as of late last night, 4,000 cases confirmed in New York City, 26 people have died.
‘We constitute 30 percent of the cases in the US and 70 per cent of the cases in New York State. Whether we like it or not, we are the epicenter,’ he said.
De Blasio said he was considering turning hotels and the Javits Center, a sprawling expo-center in Hell’s Kitchen, into hospital ‘annexes’ but that the city desperately needed more supplies
Meanwhile, Cuomo has now ordered all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banned gatherings statewide.
‘Only essential businesses can have workers commuting to the job or on the job,’ Cuomo said of an executive order he will sign Friday.
The only workforces that are excluded are grocery stores, pharmacies, certain government workers and news organizations.
Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed.
People will be allowed to go outside to exercise but he encouraged only solitary activities like running or walking.
There will not be limits on the hours people can leave their homes, but Cuomo is urging people to stay indoors as much as possible.
Delivery services of food will still be allowed, he said, but it’s unclear if they will come from restaurants or stores, mass transit is still open to allow essential workers to get to their jobs.
‘This is not voluntary. It’s not helpful hints. We are going to monitor it. There will be civil fines.
‘I am not kidding about this,’ he said, without specifying what the fines will be.