COVID-19: Tesla to produce ventilators to curb COVID-19 spread

Tesla Says Two Employees Tested Positive for Coronavirus

NY has more cases of the illness than any other U.S. state and accounts for almost half of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S. The severity of the outbreak has stoked fears among local leaders than New York's hospitals will run out of key supplies, such as ventilators, face masks and hospital beds.

Musk, who announced the move on Twitter, said that his staff would "do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York" during the outbreak of novel coronavirus that has resulted in a "pause" of all non-essential services.

It makes sense, Ryan argues, for ventilator production to happen in NY, where the demands of the healthcare system are the most strained.

"What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000?" His claims were initially met with skepticism by some experts, but the Medtronic CEO said the company is "fast on track" to start the ventilator production.

Tesla Inc., known for making electric vehicles and solar roofs, announced last week that it would suspend most production and close its factories in Buffalo and California.

Tesla is one of several tech executives providing medical supplies to the U.S. amidst shortages.

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". He said Medtronic is open sourcing one of its lower-end ventilators in less acute situations for others to make ventilators as quickly as they can.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said that Tesla has already delivered about 1,000 promised ventilators to Los Angeles. Tesla also sent approximately 50,000 face masks to medical experts at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Ford and General Motors are also working with medical companies to make ventilators and respirators.

The Associated Press has reported that most company manufacturing is likely to take months.

Authorities have identified the state of New York, especially New York City, as a high-risk zone during the coronavirus outbreak.

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, speaks during the Satellite 2020 at the Washington Convention CenterMarch 9, 2020, in Washington, DC.



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