NY COVID-19 infections rise with peak weeks away

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 27, 2020

That's still far short of the 30,000 ventilators that Cuomo said the state will need if the crisis reaches its expected breaking point in NY, which has emerged as a virus hotspot.

A further 2,000 more will be sent by Wednesday US Vice President Mike Pence confirmed, although Mr Cuomo stated that was still not enough.

Officials are racing to get a handle on the novel coronavirus as the number of deaths nears 1,000 in the United States and cases in two of the hardest hit states - California and NY - quickly multiply. Not only is there a tremendous dearth - NY hospitals only had 4,000 ventilators in the system at the beginning of the outbreak and will need 30,000 - but Covid-19 patients need ventilators for 11 to 21 days on average, so turnarounds are slow.

U.S. Army National Guard members unload boxes at the Jacob Javits Center on Manhattan's West Side after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he is converting the center into a field hospital, in New York City, on March 23, 2020. The contest over funding comes as NY sees an increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths, and as the state stares down a devastating lack of medical resources that could put lives at risk.

Watch Cuomo live via live stream from NBC. I said to them, 'this doesn't do it.' You know, I understand the Senate theory and the Republican theory. "What am I going to do with 400 ventilators, when I need 30,000?"

Estimating the number of ICU ventilators in the state was challenging enough for government officials, and there's no repository of how many anesthesia machines are spread throughout NY.

Mr Cuomo said the single greatest challenge now was the number of ventilators. "The situation isn't easy but easy times don't forge character", Cuomo said.

At New York University, the Grossman School of Medicine said it responded to the governor's request to "get more physicians into the health system more quickly". Cuomo said at his daily briefing on the COVID-19 outbreak in his state.

The governor commended the president for utilizing the Defense Production Act as a leveraging tool to get more medical equipment and said getting 30,000 ventilators "is an extraordinarily hard task" but "it's something that our team is working on with the White House team, and I want to thank the president for his cooperation and his team for their cooperation". He has repeatedly called for increase support from the federal government.

"This is the time for governmental leaders to stop making excuses and just do your job", said Cuomo.

Across the country, 21 states have issued stay-at-home orders, with some not going into effect until the end of the week.

Breaking the orders is a misdemeanor punishable by a citation with a fine of up to $500, Beck said.

NY hospitals were scrambling to comply with Cuomo's directive that they increase capacity by at least 50 per cent. Residents are asked to limit outdoor activities to non-contact activities.

Cuomo said the state also is scouting dormitories and hotels for emergency beds.

In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city also will be enforcing restrictions against non-essential businesses that are staying open.

About 3.3 million Americans filed for initial jobless claims during the week that ended Saturday, according to newly released Department of Labor statistics.

Hopes that the outbreak could subside by summer might not be realistic, a Harvard doctor said Thursday. The report was recently resurfaced by Betsy McCaughey, a former lieutenant governor of New York and supporter of Trump since 2016, who wrote an op-ed about it in the New York Post.

That time frame refers to how long health officials predict it will take to make a publicly available vaccine.

The state itself has recorded 210 deaths at the time of writing, a third of the US' total.

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