Following the arrival in New York City of the U.S. Naval hospital ship Comfort, NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo is seen during a press conference at the field hospital site at the Javits Center.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that 2,935 New Yorkers died from the coronavirus so far, the single-biggest daily increase in deaths since the outbreak began a few weeks ago.
“The curve continues to go up,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany, referring to the number of new COVID-19 cases across the state. There are 102,863 confirmed cases across the state, a 10% jump overnight, according to charts presented at the press conference. New York city alone accounts for 57,159 total cases, up 5,350 over the last 24 hours.
The Jacob K. Javits Conference Center, where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is building temporary hospitals, will be fully dedicated to coronavirus patients, Cuomo said. It was originally designed to handle other patients to free up hospital beds across New York City. Cuomo also said he’s signing an executive order that will allow the state to take whatever personal protective equipment, including medical masks and gloves, and ventilators from public or private organizations the state needs to treat CV-19 patients.
“I’m not going to let people die,” Cuomo said. “I’m not going to get into a situation where I know we are running out of ventilators and we could have people dying because there are no ventilators, but there are hospitals in other parts of the state that have ventilators that they’re not using.”
Cuomo again called on the federal government to help obtain more ventilators, which are in short supply across the U.S. He said doctors are using one ventilator split between two patients, using BiPAP machines and anesthesia machines as makeshift ventilators because some hospitals have already run out.
“New York is in crisis. Help New York,” he said. “No state can get the supplies they need. No state can get the PPE they need. No state can get the ventilators they need. The market has literally collapsed.”
He said Alibaba founder Jack Ma and President Michael Evans have “been very helpful to us” in helping to find medical supplies. Paying to fight the outbreak is straining the state’s coffers.
“The budget was difficult because the state has no money,” Cuomo said.
Healthcare workers wheel the bodies of deceased people from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brooklyn, New York, April 2, 2020.
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