NY airports, hospitals under pressure as virus cases mount
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 23, 2020,
Mar 23, 2020, 0:15
Also, de Blasio had been at odds with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow blue-state Democrat, at whether New York City and the state should move to a shelter in place policy. New York, which has about 14,000 extra certain instances than another state, has additionally examined 61,000 people- 15,000 lately. Albany County reported 2,545 tests and 577 new, while Saratoga County reported 1,038 total tests and 143 new, the only two local counties in the state's top 10. "If we don't get the equipment, we could lose lives we could have otherwise saved".
He said he approved hospitals to be constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA as soon as "tomorrow" in the Javits Center, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center.
"That is a sobering, sad and really distressing fact that should give everyone pause", Cuomo said.
The head of the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency, Peter Gaynor, in charge of the government's response effort, said the demand for supplies, such as ventilators, was a "global problem".
Mark Esper, the U.S. defense secretary, said earlier this week that authorities were "considering activating national guard and reserve units to assist states with planning, logistics and medical support as needed".
The state also will immediately start conducting trials of an experimental COVID-19 treatment with hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax, Cuomo said. And deal with it", he said asking the people of NY to "remain indoors to the greatest extent possible to protect physical and mental health.
Cuomo is asking the president for "expeditious approval and execution" of these requests, he said. "I believe it is going to be a matter of months", New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference.
At NYU Langone Health, another hospital operator, the "ERs are extremely busy" and some patients are being treated in space retrofitted to expand capacity, spokesman Jim Mandler said Saturday.
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"We have 53,000 hospital beds available".
Cuomo previously announced other measures meant to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in his state.
The governor also said all hospitals must cancel all elective, non-critical surgeries as of Wednesday. These cancelations should clear availability for about 25% more hospital beds, he said.
Cuomo predicted the outbreak in NY could last between four and nine months, but he added that much of the time frame depends on whether New Yorkers do their part and follow social distancing rules.
"If we don't get more ventilators in the next 10 days, people will die", de Blasio said on CNN.
"You can get it, and you can get sick", Cuomo said. "You want to go for a walk? That's the case for young people".
He said Corps of Engineers personnel had investigated the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and some State University of NY school buildings on Thursday. He encouraged residents to stay in touch with friends and relatives to avoid emotional isolation.