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Rate of Coronavirus Cases Doubling Every Three Days; New York Desperately Needs Ventilators: Governor

Photo: Gov. Cuomo at press conference on Tuesday the 24th

March 24, 2020 By Allie Griffin

The rate of new coronavirus cases is doubling every three days in New York State and the apex of the crisis is expected to hit in about two-to-three weeks, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.

The State has failed to slow the spread of the virus, despite a near shutdown across the region. The cases are expected to peak in between 14 and 21 days, Cuomo said at a press conference at Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Center — which is being converted into a 1,000 temporary hospital by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

That outbreak is expected to be worse than recently predicted. At its apex, the State may now need 140,000 hospital beds — up from the 110,000 initially estimated. There are about 53,000 hospital beds throughout New York state at this time.

Cuomo at the press conference said that there are now 25,665 cases of COVID-19 across the state and 14,904 cases in New York City. Across the state, 210 people have died.

The biggest worry is that the state’s healthcare system will be overwhelmed when the number of cases peaks.

“The inescapable conclusion is that the rate of infection is going up, it is spiking. The apex is higher than we thought and the apex is sooner than we thought. That is a bad combination of fact,” Cuomo said.

“[To] slow the spread, we will still keep doing everything we can, but it is clear that we must dramatically increase the hospital capacity … and we have to do it quickly.”

According to the latest state numbers, 3,234 people have been hospitalized for the coronavirus and about 23 percent of those — 756 — are in the ICU, mostly likely on ventilators.

Cuomo said ventilators are what make the difference between life or death for people infected with COVID-19 in critical condition — and New York needs tens of thousands more than it currently has.

The State has procured about 7,000 ventilators, but it needs an additional 30,000 and the federal government needs to step in, Cuomo said. He said the federal government has a stockpile of about 20,000 of them and the power to spur production.

New York has ten times the cases of the state with the next highest number of COVID-19 cases.

“We have 25,000 cases,” Cuomo said. “We need the federal help and we need the federal help now.”

He said the State was looking into the possibility of splitting one ventilator for two people, but that idea is still “experimental.”

The federal government must send New York more, the governor pleaded.

“Release the ventilators to New York,” Cuomo said. “How can we be in a situation where you can have New Yorkers possibly dying because they can’t get a ventilator, but a federal agency saying I’m going to leave the ventilators in the stockpile?”

He added that it was “inexplicable” as to why the federal government has not used the Federal Defense Production Act to mandate private factories to produce the needed medical supplies like ventilators.

Even if the federal government shipped out the 20,000 ventilators today, it could take up to two weeks to distribute and set them up with experienced personnel in each hospital, Cuomo said.

He scoffed at the 400 ventilators FEMA announced it was sending to New York City yesterday.

“You want a pat on the back for sending us 400 ventilators?”

“What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000?” Cuomo said, almost shouting. ” You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.”

He said the federal government was missing the magnitude of the problem. In fact, President Donald Trump remains heavily focused on the economy.

President Donald Trump said yesterday that the country “can not let the cure be worse than the problem itself” and suggested reopening the economy — despite health experts’ objections.

However, Cuomo said New York State would not abandon its most vulnerable, the one or two percent at risk of death from COVID-19 — the elderly and those with underlying conditions — for the sake of the economy.

“We’re not willing to sacrifice the one or two percent, we’re not willing to do that,” Cuomo said.

“We are going to fight every way we can to save every life that we can because that’s what I think it means to be an American,” he added. “I know that’s what it means to be a New Yorker, so I’m not going to leave any stone unturned until we can make sure everyone is protected.”

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Suckafree

Reality Bites, Did you bother to read the article? It says other states and the Fed are all guilty of not preparing. People have a bad habit of not weighing spending money for a Pandemic that may not come or in what form. If this was the Zika virus, ventilators wouldn’t be of use but respiratory virus like SARS, Swine flu, MERS, this would be applicable. So tell me what’s the next Pandemic and what should the state and federal government spend money to prepare for?

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Sarah

I guess Claude doesn’t realize Trillions are a thousand times greater than Billions and 10 thousand times greater than 500Million. Proportion Claude, proportion.

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Sarah

Hey Claude, if DeBlasios wife stole hundreds of millions of dollars, why hasn’t Trump instructed his AG to investigate and bring charges?

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Gardens Watcher

Maybe the borough president wannabes could drive throughout Queens in a hearse to broadcast the message to stay the hell inside.

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Sunnysider

Only the Trump Cult can be convinced to believe an investment in infrastructure is a bad thing.

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Ellen C

Claude – if Trump would have kept his campaign promise on infrastructure investment and modernization NY wouldn’t had to flip the entire bill for the Buffalo Solar Panel projects on its own, projects like that have always been treated as a partnership between Fed and state governments. At his presidency’s two-year mark, Donald Trump’s promise to invest $550 billion in American infrastructure has yet to take shape.
Trump’s proposal last February to inject $200 billion in hard federal dollars fell well short of the more than half-trillion figure he cited on the campaign trail. Yet even this more modest proposal has not gained traction.

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Mac

Claude – Of course it’s the feds job to assist with ventilators, it’s called national security. The good citizens of Buffalo, NY and the rest of the state of N.Y. don’t feel updating and modernizing an outdated energy grid is waste of money. They’re taxpaying New Yorkers too. In the attached link you will find Trump calling the Corona Virus a hoax. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G5TZ6fTYrsE

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Claude

Mac & Ellen
Facts,Just the Facts, It’s not the Feds job to babysit individual States, Also nobody said the Virus was a hoax.So a billion dollars was not wasted upstate on Solar, Just like your God had wasted Billions previously on Solar also? Did Di Blasio’s wife not Misplace/Steal 600 million from this City? It’s a time to be an American, Not easy for a lot off Communists i guess.

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How is this possible?!

Trump said COVID-19 was a liberal hoax! The president wouldn’t lie.

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Reality bites

Several years ago, after learning that the Empire State’s stockpile of medical equipment had 16,000 fewer ventilators than the 18,000 New Yorkers would need in a severe pandemic, state public-health leaders came to a fork in the road. They could have chosen to buy more ventilators to back up the supplies hospitals maintain. ­Instead, the health commissioner, Howard Zucker, assembled a task force for rationing the ventilators they already had. In 2015, that task force came up with rules that will be imposed when ventilators run short. ­Patients assigned a red code will have highest access, and other ­patients will be assigned green, yellow or blue (the worst), ­depending on a “triage officer’s” decision. In truth, a death officer. Let’s not sugar-coat it. It won’t be up to your own doctor. In 2015, the state could have purchased the additional 16,000 needed ventilators for $36,000 apiece, or a total of $576 million…. Thank you DeBlasio and Cuomo!! hopefully you will be indicted and put in jail for your gross negligence. Good riddance.
https://nypost.com/2020/03/19/we-didnt-have-to-have-ventilator-shortage-leaders-chose-not-to-prep-for-pandemic/

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Ellen C

@Claude- Thank you for the Fox Entertainment propaganda. America could have bought the ventilators with money from the $2 Trillion Dollar tax cut that went to a few thousand people.

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Mac

@Claude- The feds could have bought the ventilators before the virus made land fall in the US instead of Trump calling the virus hoax and making out with the flag.

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Claude

I guess he should off bought the ventilators instead off dropping a billion dollars in Solar Panel’s in Buffalo, Actually the 600 million that Di Blasio’s wife Misplaced could off bought them.

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A couple things

1. The article never mentions de Blasio
2. Trump promised “$550 billion” on infrastructure spending. Oops, complete lie. You believed him! 😂
3. You only need to capitalize proper nouns. “Solar panel” for example is not a proper noun.
4. You don’t need to use apostrophes to pluralize words, the way you did with “Solar Panel’s” lmao.

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Facts machine

According to the most recent reports from the state registered republicans are testing positive 2:1 compared to democrats

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