Speaking at the Javits Center, which will become a temporary field hospital in New York City with 1,000 hospital beds, Cuomo revealed that the number of coronavirus cases across the state of New York had risen to 25,000 overnight.
He needs 30,000 ventilators to treat the wave of patients who will soon need care but FEMA has only given the state 400 from a stockpile of 20,000.
‘You pick the 26,000 who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators,’ he said on Tuesday in an angry plea to the government to share more.
He went on to say that Trump and the government have told him they will not release the ventilators ‘because companies are coming forward who want to do it.’
Trump boasted about the ventilators on Twitter, saying on Tuesday morning: ‘Just got 400 ventilators to NYC!’
On Tuesday afternoon, after Cuomo criticized him, the president spoke at a live Fox townhall where he said Cuomo ‘had the chance to buy 15,000 ventilators in 2015’ but didn’t.
Cuomo said that the state was now so desperate for the ventilators that they had started experimenting by having two patients share one.
New York has more than ten times the number of coronavirus cases than any other state in the US.
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Gov. Cuomo fumed that he needs 30,000 ventilators but that only 400 have been delivered to the state of New York
Four hundred ventilators will delivered to New York City by FEMA on Tuesday
Cuomo fears the numbers are going to continue to rise. He is urging the government to look at what is happening in his state and learn from the pandemic there in order to be prepared for other states.
‘We have procured 7,000 ventilators – we need another 30,000. You cannot find them. You cannot buy them. This is a critical and desperate need.
Trump on Tuesday tweeted proudly about the 400 ventilators he had sent to New York
‘We’re going so far as to trying an experimental procedure where we split the ventilator – you use one ventilator for two patients with two sets of tubes,’ he said.
Cuomo warned that the ‘apex’ of the virus will hit New York in just 14-21 days.
He predicts the state will need 140,000 hospital beds including 40,000 ICU beds and 30,000 ventilators.
‘New York is the canary in the coal mine. We have the highest and fastest rate of infection.
‘We’re just getting there first – deploy the resources here in New York for our apex and then after the apex passes here, once we’re passed the critical point, deploy the ventilators to where they are needed.
‘We are just a test case. That’s how the nation should look at it. Look at us today.
‘Where we are today, you will be in three weeks, four weeks, six weeks – we are your future and what we do here will chart the course for what you do.
‘I’m asking you to help New York to help yourselves. Let’s learn how to do it right and right here – act as one nation here and we learn the lesson here, we will save lives in your community, I promise you that,’ he said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio with one of the 400 ventilators on Tuesday morning at a Manhattan warehouse where they were distributed from
Cuomo shared New York’s figures and how they relate to other states
Since yesterday, there are 4,790 new cases of the virus in the state of New York. There are 2,599 new cases in New York City alone.
Cuomo said the peak is coming faster than anticipated.
NEW YORK CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
CURRENT HOSPITAL BEDS: 53,000
HOSPITAL BEDS NEEDED: 140,000
CURRENT VENTILATORS: 7,000
VENTILATORS NEEDED: 30,000
‘The increase in cases continues unabated. The rate of increase has gone up, it’s doubling every three days.
‘That is a dramatic increase in the rate of infection. We were looking at a freight train – we’re now looking at a bullet train.
‘We haven’t flattened the curve. The curve is actually increasing.
‘The anticipated need now is 140,000 hospital beds and approximately 40,000 ICU beds. Those are troubling and astronomical numbers.
‘They project at this time could be 14-21 days away – not only do we have a spike in the increase, when you spike the increase in cases it accelerates the apex.
‘We’re doing everything we can on every level to slow the spread,’ he said.
There is an urgent need for hospital beds; the state only currently has 53,000 and Cuomo predicts 140,000 will be needed.
‘I will turn this state upside down to get the number of beds we need.
‘We’re calling all professionals in the healthcare field – we want to enlist as many staff as we can and as many back up staff, because healthcare workers will get sick.’
There are now more than 46,000 cases of coronavirus in the US and 586 people have died from it
The rate of infection in the US is spiking faster and more intensely than was predicted
Dumbo, an ordinarily packed area of Brooklyn, was deserted on Tuesday as millions stayed home under the governor’s orders
A street in Dumbo which is normally packed with tourists was abandoned on Tuesday morning
ANTI-BODY BLOOD TEST TO FIND OUT WHO HAS HAD CORONAVIRUS
Cuomo on Tuesday announced that he was trying to develop a blood test people could use to determine if they have had coronavirus and recovered from it.
It would allow younger, healthier people who have already self-resolved to return to the workforce and ‘restart’ the economy.
Cuomo said the test was currently being developed and that soon it might become available.
‘This is important for us to know because these are then health care workers who could go back to work and workers who could return back to the private sector,’ Cuomo said Tuesday.
It’s not yet clear when and where exactly the test will be deployed, but Mt Sinai previously said it would begin using the blood test in its clinics.
The new blood test will at least tell those workers when its safe to return to work and may indicate to others that they’ve already been infected without getting seriously ill and are now immune.
‘They may have been infected and resolved and never knew it, but if they had coronavirus and it resolved, now they have an immunity to the coronavirus,’ and most doctors believe it could be for a ‘significantly’ long time, Cuomo said.
Both he and Mt Sinai suggested the tests will first be administered to health professionals, but such testing could also help jump start the economy once it’s available more broadly.
‘This is going to go on for weeks. We’ll need a back up reserve staff,’ he said.
Cuomo has also introduced trials for the anti-malaria drug that President Trump has touted as a potential treatment for the virus.
He also announced a plan for identifying people who had the virus without knowing it by testing their blood for virus anti-bodies.
‘The tests will determine if a person has had the virus and recovered without knowing it.
‘It would allow them to go back to work and restart the economy,’ Cuomo said.
‘Once we get that test, you’re going to find hundreds of thousands of people who have resolved. Once they’ve resolved, let them go back to work.
‘Let the recovered people go back to work.
‘It’s even better for the older, vulnerable people – and then ramp up the economy with those individuals.
‘You’re restarting the economy.
‘Those two can be consistent if done intelligently.
‘Don’t make us choose between a smart health strategy and a smart economic strategy – we can do both and we must do both.
‘It’s restarting the economy and protecting public health,’ he said.
Trump said on Monday that the country would be ‘reopen’ within a matter of days.
He has resisted a national quarantine, saying some states are not as badly affected as others, and is working with business leaders to come up with the huge amounts of equipment needed.
I WILL defy the doctors, says Trump who claims ‘our people want to return to work’ and assures that ‘seniors will be watched over’ despite medical experts warning his back to business plan could kill MILLIONS
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he can re-open the economy while protecting at-risk populations from the coronavirus despite warnings from medical experts that strict containment measures are still needed.
‘Our people want to return to work,’ the president wrote on Twitter.
‘They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM! Congress MUST ACT NOW. We will come back strong!,’ he argued.
His push on Tuesday comes as Congress closes in on a deal for a $2 trillion economic rescue packages for individuals and businesses hit hard by the coronavirus.
The stock market rose Tuesday morning in the hopes the legislation will soon be passed and checks will flow into the pocket books of Americans.
And Larry Kudlow, chief economy adviser at the White House, warned there will still be shut-ins and hot zones even if some ares become more open.
‘We’re not abandoning the health professionals’ advice, but there is a clamor to try to reopen the economy, and perhaps I’ll call it less of a shut in. And so that’s one piece that’s yet to be determined, but it’s one piece is being looked at. We still need the assistance because in the next week or two or three, you’re still gonna have a lot of hot zones, you still got a lot of shut ins. There’s no miracle here. We’re not just flipping a switch.
‘The assistance is so vital,’ he told reporters at the White House Tuesday morning.
President Trump has been clear he’s worried about the economic affect coming from all the businesses being shuttered because of the pandemic. Numerous states have closed restaurants, gyms, bars, and clubs. The hospitality industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. States like California and New York have advised people to stay home as much as possible. And the stock market has tanked, erasing nearly all the gains it made since Trump took office.
Politicians from both sides of the aisle have warned President Trump against an early ending to social distancing.
‘There will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals are overwhelmed and thousands of Americans of all ages, including our doctors and nurses, lay dying because we have failed to do what’s necessary to stop the virus,’ wrote Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney on Twitter. She went into voluntarily quarantine after possible exposure to the coronavirus.
And Hillary Clinton wrote letting people die was not worth rescuing the economy.
‘It’s incredible that this has to be said: Letting thousands of people needlessly suffer and die is wrong. It’s also not a recipe for rescuing the economy,’ she tweeted.
Additionally, the World Health Organization has warned the United States has the potential to become the new coronavirus epicenter following a ‘very large acceleration’ in infections.
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