Treatment using hydroxychloroquin, which President Trump has repeatedly mentioned, will begin in hospitals starting Tuesday after its approval was expedited by the FDA as a possible way to combat COVID-19, Cuomo said.
"You can not buy them, you can not find them", Cuomo said. "He had 16,000 he could have had and didn't buy them".
New York State has been able to acquire about 7,000 ventilators.
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The task force discovered that were 7,250 ventilators in NY hospitals and about 1,900 in nursing homes - with majority already in use.
State experts also now estimated the disease would peak in NY sometime between two and three weeks from Tuesday - sooner than previously thought.
Editor's note: "This story was updated wit Vice President Pence's statement that ny will receive 4,000 ventilators in the next two days".
"We are not slowing it".
"We're not slowing it, and it is accelerating on its own", he said.
"I understand the federal government's point that many companies have come forward and said we want to help, and General Motors and Ford and people are willing to get into the ventilator business".More news: N.Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles: Yonhap
"We're looking at an apex in 14 days", he said.
Javits Convention Center should be gearing up to host the annual New York Auto Show right about now, but instead it was announced yesterday that that facility will be turned into a makeshift hospital, as coronavirus patients threaten to overwhelm NYC's healthcare system.
There's also a shortage of health care workers in NY, even as the state reaches out to those who might help fill the void. NY has now procured about 7,000 of them; its estimates call for an additional 30,000. Of those, 14,904 cases are in New York City. He said the equipment could then be redeployed to different areas once the peak passes in NY. Cuomo now said there could be a peak need of 140,000 beds. Deal with the issue here for our apex, and then after the apex passes here, deploy the ventilators to the other parts of the country where they are needed.
"New York is the canary in the coal mine, NY is happening first, what is happening to NY will happen to California and IL, it is just a matter of time". New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said 4,000 ventilators were coming from the federal government in the next two days, with half going to the city.
As cases there passed 25,000 and new diagnoses were projected to continue accelerating, the COVID-19 footprint in NY is roughly 10 times the next most-impacted states of New Jersey, California and Washington. But Cuomo has inisisted that the severity of the outbreak warrants a much larger number of machines be sent to the state. "We have the highest and the fastest rate of infection". "So flatten the curve, flatten the curve, we haven't flattened the curve and the curve is actually increasing", he said. "That's not how this works".More news: India can use experience in eradicating small pox, polio to fight covid19