“The curve continues to climb,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany, referring to the number of new COVID-19 cases across the state. There are 102,863 confirmed cases across the state, a 10% jump overnight, according to charts presented at the press conference. New York City alone has 57,159 cases in total, up from 5,350 in the past 24 hours.
The Jacob K. Javits conference center, where the US Army Corps of Engineers is building temporary hospitals, will be dedicated entirely to patients with coronavirus, Cuomo said. It was originally designed to manage other patients in order to free up hospital beds in New York. Cuomo also said he was signing an executive decree that will allow the state to take any personal protective equipment, including medical masks and gloves, and ventilators from public or private organizations that the state needs to treat CV-19 patients.
“I won’t let people die,” said Cuomo. “I’m not going to get into a situation where I know we are running out of fans and that we could kill people because there are no fans, but there are hospitals in other parts of the country.” ‘State that have fans that they are not using. “
Cuomo again called on the federal government to help get more ventilators, which are scarce across the United States, and said doctors are using a ventilator split between two patients, using BiPAP devices and anesthesia as makeshift ventilators, as some hospitals are already exhausted.
“New York is in crisis. Help New York, “he said. “No state can get the supplies it needs. No state can get the PPE they need. No state can get the fans they need. The market has literally collapsed. “
He said Alibaba founder Jack Ma and president Michael Evans “have been very helpful to us” in helping find medical supplies. Paying to fight the epidemic is straining state coffers.
“The budget was difficult because the state has no money,” said Cuomo.
Unlike President Donald Trump and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, state health officials don’t tell residents to wear masks, scarves or bandanas while outside, because there is no data to support that it protects people from coronavirus, said New York Health. Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. The World Health Organization has said that masks are most effective when worn by sick people by preventing them from passing them on to others.
At the same time, Cuomo said that “the masks cannot do any harm unless they give a wearer a false sense of security.”