But Cuomo warned the economic toll of the coronavirus outbreak will be dramatic in NY, and castigated federal officials for what he called a failure to address lost revenue in their $2.2 trillion relief package.
Cuomo's plea has proven to be a tough sell. Even then, the report found, the NY would be 15,000 ventilators short. The death toll surged to more than 1,000 nationwide in the United States. They aren't easy to quickly manufacture either, despite efforts underway by several major companies.
"It is not even a question as to whether we will need more", Breed said. All hospitals in the state have been ordered to increase their bed count by 50 percent and Cuomo has asked them to voluntarily double it. NY has also purchased 7,000 ventilators and is "still shopping", the governor said.
NY state's death toll from the coronavirus jumped by 100 in one day, pushing the number to 385, Cuomo said Thursday.
And if you were in NY and you go somewhere else - these cases are all over the country.
"That is a situation where people just deteriorate over time", Cuomo said.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists disagreed, saying in a statement that sharing a breathing machine for two people is unsafe and could prevent both patients from benefiting because "ventilation needs to be individually tailored and monitored continuously".
At present, USA 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. "We have enough PPE in stock for the immediate need, not past it, but for the immediate need".
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 USA deaths.
"If we don't flatten the infection curve soon, we will be out of ventilators in New Orleans by April 2, and we would potentially be out of bed space for individuals by April 7", he said at a press conference. Pneumonia can develop, along with a more severe and potentially deadly condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome, which can damage other organs. Some patients have been on ventilators for up to 30 days.
However, with all non-essential surgeries cancelled as of last week, there are likely many going un- or under-used.
In China, where the virus first emerged, factories worked nonstop for about a month to try and produce ventilators but were initially held back by shortages of raw materials, according to Chinese media reports. Some ventilators were purchased overseas. "And that is something that the federal government needs to step in and fix".
At Dyson, the British company best known for making vacuums, a team of engineers has been working on a design for the last 10 days since receiving a request for help from Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Those medical personnel will also be able to help staff additional beds being brought in by state and local authorities.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett said this week that by mid-May, Ford should be manufacturing a ventilator with GE Health Care.
'They're doing what we're doing, which is you have to find those ventilators or convert those ventilators, or convince companies to make those ventilators'.
Almost half of USA coronavirus cases are in NY, according to CNN's tally of cases detected and tested through U.S. public health systems.
"You and your families have a critical role to fulfill in halting the rapid spread of this virus", the Essex County Board of Supervisors in the Adirondacks said in a statement this week.
To ensure that people follow orders to stay at home, some cities have announced plans to penalize people who don't heed the rules.
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