WGRZ reports Tesla is now working with Medtronic to produce ventilators at its Fremont plant, but more are needed in the Empire State. The governor said the state had about 4,000 ventilators when the crisis began and has since bought 7,000, but as many as 30,000 will be needed when it reaches its peak; President Donald Trump said the federal government would send 4,000 ventilators Wednesday.
The Gigafactory 2 solar plant in NY will reopen "as soon as humanly possible", to produce the devices used to mechanically assist those struggling to breathe at hospitals, Musk said.
"Equipment and PPE is an ongoing issue".More news: Crocs giving away free shoes each day to healthcare workers
"We do make these critical care ventilators which are in very high demand. One of our ventilators will be made by them and they are fast on track", Ishrak said.
The state has approved the technology to split ventilators across two patients at a time, Cuomo said, but admitted that it is "not ideal but we believe is workable". He also said Medtronic is looking to partner up with other companies to produce ventilators at their facilities as well. An estimate from the Society of Critical Care Medicine said that 960,000 people may need to be put on ventilators due to the outbreak, and the USA only has about 200,000 of them.
'Some people are on ventilators for 20 days, 30 days... the longer you're on a ventilator the more likely you're not going to come off, ' he said.More news: After 'Screw Amazon' Order, Microsoft Wins $10B Contract
Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. The US now has 160,000 ventilators, with 12,700 in the National Strategic Supply, reports The New York Times, but the country could need up to a million machines over the course of the outbreak, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Musk tweeted yesterday that Tesla's collaboration with Medtronic was "making good progress" and pledged that his company would now "do whatever is needed to help in these hard times". Earlier this week, Tesla donated 1,255 ventilators to California hospitals. They are crucial to doctors and nurses to be able to treat patients.More news: Kathy Griffin Hospitalized With ‘PAINFUL’ Coronavirus Symptoms & Slams Donald Trump Over Lack