New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned the state still needs 16,000 ventilators to ensure the health system does not collapse under the weight of coronavirus 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.”
The state itself has recorded 210 deaths at the time of writing, a third of the US’ total.
Although only recently hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, New York is on a trajectory worse than Madrid and the Italian region of Lombardy – the heart of the country’s outbreak – according to date from the Financial Times.
With cases in New York threatening to spread worldwide, the WHO also admitted the US could soon become the epicentre of the coronavirus.
Dr Deborah Birx, the co-ordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force has also revealed an estimated one in every 1,000 New Yorkers have been exposed to the virus.
Dr Birx also indicated those leaving the country’s most populated city could create new clusters of the virus.