Speaking on March 26, Cuomo said the economic toll of the CCP virus outbreak will be dramatic in NY and castigated federal officials for what he called a failure to address lost revenue in the relief package.
Cuomo's plea has proven to be a tough sell. Ventilators, though, are in short supply. They aren't easy to quickly manufacture either, despite efforts underway by several major companies.
Compounding the problem is the fact that doctors say coronavirus patients often need ventilators for weeks, if not longer - slowing the handoff from one patient to the next. Breed estimated that San Francisco could need as many as 1,500 more ventilators and 5,000 more hospital beds.
The White House on Tuesday advised people who had visited or left NY to isolate themselves for 14 days, but Governor Cuomo and his medical adviser played down that White House advice.
The US Labour Department reported yesterday the number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits last week soared to a record of nearly 3.28 million - almost five times the previous weekly record of 695,000 during the 1982 recession.
"That is a situation where people just deteriorate over time", Cuomo said.More news: After agreeing to delay, Tokyo Olympics in uncharted territory
At present, US hospitals have roughly 170,000 ventilators, said Dr. Lewis Rubinson, chief medical officer at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey and lead author of a 2010 medical journal article on the matter.
Nationwide, about 60,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus that is particularly perilous to the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions, with at least 812 US deaths.
But given the concentration of cases downstate, the needs are likely to be more intense there, Cuomo said.
"This is the whole reason why everyone talks about flattening the curve", he said. Pneumonia can develop, along with a more severe and potentially deadly condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome, which can damage other organs.
Demand for ventilators has doubled in Louisiana, with some 80 per cent of intensive care unit patients now on the breathing machines, said Warner Thomas, chief executive of Ochsner Health System, the state's healthcare group.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party's coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic. Some ventilators were purchased overseas. Finally on March 4, after at least 15,000 had been delivered to the province of Hubei where the outbreak was concentrated, government officials declared there were enough to meet the province's basic needs.More news: Coronavirus: Ronaldo criticised for taking pictures by the pool during pandemic
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards warned that his state, reporting about 1,800 infections, including at least 83 deaths is rapidly running out of beds and ventilators.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett said this week that by mid-May, Ford should be manufacturing a ventilator with GE Health Care.
An estimated 400 ventilators were sent to NY from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.
After attributing the recent surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state to the "density that we're dealing with" - which he argued is why the "burdensome requirement" of social distancing is effective and necessary - Cuomo said that he and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio plan to pilot closing NYC streets to help alleviate density and open the streets to pedestrians.
General Motors is gearing up to make ventilators at an electronics plant in Kokomo, Indiana, but it hasn't given definitive numbers or a date to start production. Fauci said the virus could return for the Northern Hemisphere's next winter. "We are going to help", Trump said in a Fox News town hall held at the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday.More news: Let's Get Clapping For Our Carers - #ClapForOurCarers