ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB)
March 22, 2020 11 a.m.
Sunday morning, Governor Cuomo announced the federal government is leaving it up to the states to determine which actions are appropriate. But he says the federal government should nationalize medical supply acquisition.
The governor says the states are competing against each other for medical supplies now, and prices are skyrocketing.
Masks that would have cost 85 cents are now costing $7, he added.
Cuomo wants President Trump to implement the Defense Production Act to require companies to make needed supplies. The state doesn’t have the authority to do that, but the federal government can if it wants, he says.
“Make sure the taxpayers share in the success of these corporations. Let’s do it right this time,” Cuomo added.
The Army Corps of Engineers reviewed sites for temporary hospitals including, SUNY Stony Brook and the Javits Convention Center. Cuomo says work can begin immediately.
He’s also asking for 4 FEMA hospitals at Javits, with 250 beds each.
Governor Cuomo says, “we are the heaviest hit state right now, and the state can’t afford it.”
Trials will begin Tuesday for drugs to possibly treat COVID-19.
Cuomo says there is some promise because of lower infection rates in Africa where many people have been taking anti-malaria drugs.
He’s asking the FDA to approve testing to find people who had the disease already and who can’t get it again.
All non-critical elective surgeries are canceled as of Wednesday.
He’s asking all hospitals in the state to increase their capacity by 100% as well as trying to increase ICU capacity but that’s limited by the number of ventilators.
Governor Cuomo released the latest COVID-19 for the state:
- 15,168 positive cases
- 61,401 people tested in all
- 1,974 hospitalizations (that’s a 13% hospitalization rate)
According to the governor, there have now been 114 deaths in the state, with 374 people dying across the country.
Cuomo also says 40%-80% of state residents will wind up getting the disease.
“We’re trying to slow the spread,” he added.
March 21, 2020
Gov. Cuomo began Saturday’s conference by outlining the efforts being taken by the state to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Over the course of the week, the amount of people forced to work from home, or another location outside their regular work site, went from half to all, except in the case of essential services.
Increasing hospital capacity and building beds for those facilities has been a big focus of the state’s efforts. Currently, the state is working to increase the state’s bed capacity from 50,000 to 75,000.
New York State has been working closely with the federal government, requesting four field hospitals with capacities of 250, and requesting four Army Corps of Engineers temporary hospitals.
“We are literally scouring the globe looking for medical supplies,” Cuomo said in reference to things like masks and ventilators — the latter being something Cuomo identifies as the most important piece of equipment during this pandemic.
After outlining the efforts to help people in the state, Cuomo provided the latest number of confirmed cases. That number broke the five-digit mark, reaching 10,356, as of Saturday morning. More than half of the positive cases were contracted by people between the ages of 18 and 49.
About 15 percent of those who the state knows contracted the virus have been hospitalized.
“The more we test, the more positives there are,” Cuomo said during the conference, noting that New York has performed more tests than any other state, so far.
As time goes on, it’s expected that 40-80 percent of the state’s population will contract COVID-19.
In terms of treating those infected by the virus, Cuomo says the state will immediately begin conducting drug trials for new therapies. New York is going to work with doctors, hospitals and families on this.
The health of people isn’t the only thing being affected by the coronavirus, and Cuomo recognizes that. But, the health situation comes first, he says.
“Economic consequences come second,” he said. First is dealing with this crisis.”
But it’s not just physical health. Mental health was addressed by the Governor as well. He is seeking mental health professionals who are willing to volunteer their time to help others. Psychologists and therapists who are interested can click/tap this link.
Later in Cuomo’s conference, he took time to thank those working in services deemed essential.