New York coronavirus crisis: US state on brink as it must urgently find 15,000 ventilators

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned the state still needs 15,000 ventilators to ensure the health system does not collapse under the weight of cases. Governor Cuomo insisted his administration is looking at ways to improve the system to guarantee all COVID-19 patients in need of intensive care receive the help they require. Speaking at his daily press coronavirus briefing, the New York Governor said: “Ventilators, ventilators, ventilators.

“We need 30,000 – we have in the existing hospital system 4,000. We have purchased 7,000 and we are still shopping. Federal Government has sent 4,000.

“We’re exploring splitting, where one ventilator can do two patients.

“Italy has had to do this because they were forced to do it, I want to see if we can study it and do it a little smarter and have a little more time experimenting with it.

“We’re still working with the Federal Government to find more ventilators – that is our single greatest challenge.”

Governor Cuomo continued: “It’s spreading across the state, which we said it would. Current numbers have 30,811 tested positive.

“Twelve percent of those who test positive are hospitalised. Three percent of the positives are in ICU – this is deep breath time again”

He added: “30,000 tested positive, twelve percent are in the hospital, three percent are in ICU.

“If you look at that three percent, they are going to be predominantly senior citizens, people with underlying illnesses, people with emphysema, compromised immune system.

“This is what all the effort is about. All the noise, all the energy is about that three percent.”

“To everyone who has left New York over the past few days, because of the rate of infection, you may have been exposed before you left.

“We are starting to see new cases across Long Island that suggests people have left the city.”

Because of the worsening situation in New York, neighbouring states have moved to block entry for those who have travelled from the East Coast state.

Governor of Florida Ronald DeSantis on Monday signed an executive order requiring those from New York to self-isolate for 15 days.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci said: “What we’re seeing now is that, understandably, people want to get out of New York.

“They’re going to Florida, they’re going to Long Island.

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