New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Holds Coronavirus Press Conference

Elias Hubbard
March 27, 2020

Andrew Cuomo (D) said during a press conference Wednesday that the bipartisan deal on the Senate's $2 trillion response bill for the COVID-19 outbreak is not enough for his state, which has been experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.

President Donald Trump, who has promised to sign the bill as soon as it passes the House, expressed approval on Twitter.

The Governor says the toll on the mental health of New Yorkers is also being addressed as thousands of professionals are offering free services. Already, New York hospitals have been "splitting" their ventilators, so that one machine supports two patients.

U.S. Army National Guard members unload boxes at the Jacob Javits Center on Manhattan's West Side after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he is converting the center into a field hospital, in New York City, on March 23, 2020.

Watch Cuomo live via live stream from NBC. "And on behalf of NY, I said we will be 100 percent helpful". "I understand people are exhausted, but I also understand that people in this situation are stepping up to the plate and doing phenomenal work". The state also needs about 30,000 ventilators.

The nation-high figures are driven mostly by New York City. "I did, too - and then open up the whole society to business as usual", Cuomo said, before arguing that the "path that refines the public health strategy and starts growing the economy" would involve bringing young people and those who recovered from the virus back to work first before those who are more at risk.

Even if automakers and others start producing in May or June, any ventilators they make still will save multiple lives because they can be used to help two or more people, said Dr. Jack Iwashyna, a professor of internal medicine at the University of MI.

Asked about guidelines being drafted on how to allocate ventilators to patients in case of a shortage, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said such bioethical discussions "haunted him" but were unavoidable in the current situation.

After the initial delivery of 400 ventilators, the federal government promised NY another 4,000 machines. Over 5,000 are now hospitalized and 1,290 are in ICU.

Cuomo said he was considering more drastic measures to contain the spread of the virus, including the closure of main thoroughfares in New York City, as well as certain parks and playgrounds.

The head of a NY nurses' union said not all hospital workers are getting needed protective equipment, despite assurances from the governor.

Cuomo said the outbreak creates a "double whammy" of increased state costs and lost revenue as businesses shutter and workers are laid off.

So far, 21 states have issues stay-at-home orders, with some not going into effect until the end of the week.

Cuomo says if the rules of social distancing are not followed, he will close public areas such as playgrounds.

Breaking the orders is a misdemeanor punishable by a citation with a fine of up to $500, Beck said.

Testing for the virus remained a challenge in NY and around the United States. Residents are asked to limit outdoor activities to non-contact activities.

Despite rumors, the Los Angeles Police Department will not, however, be stopping people for exercising and leaving their homes, Garcetti said.

Last week's jump marked a massive increase from a revised 282,000 claims in the prior week.

Hopes that the outbreak could subside by summer might not be realistic, a Harvard doctor said Thursday.

That time frame refers to how long health officials predict it will take to make a publicly available vaccine.

"We are going to be living with this, in one form or another, for 12 to 18 months if we are lucky", said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute.

The state itself has recorded 210 deaths at the time of writing, a third of the US' total.

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