Published: Thu, March 26, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Cuomo: Social Distancing Measures Appear to Be Working

Cuomo: Social Distancing Measures Appear to Be Working

"New Yorkers have lost faith in the Mayor and are increasingly looking towards the Governor to lead us out of this nightmare", said Ravi Gupta, co-founder and managing partner of Arena, in a statement.

He says right now every hospital in the state should have enough PPE, or personal protective equipment, as the state has purchased masks, gloves and gowns, and entered contracts with vendors to buy more.

Hospitalisations were doubling every two days as of Sunday, but by Monday the trend showed hospitalisations were doubling every 3.4 days, and by Tuesday the rate was 4.7 days, Cuomo said. The state's nearly 20 million residents have been confined to their homes since Cuomo ordered all non-essential businesses closed on Sunday.

But coupled with his order that hospitals expand capacity by 50%, plus additional makeshift hospitals being set up with FEMA assistance and other measures, the total supply could end up somewhere around 119,000 beds.

Hackett said Ford is working closely with General Electric and also with companies in Great Britain.

Cuomo says if the rules of social distancing are not followed, he will close public areas such as playgrounds. What do we want to do? New York City alone tallied 17,856 cases and 199 deaths.

The state is the hardest-hit in the US, with more than 25,000 cases and 200 deaths, mostly centred on New York City. Senator Charles Schumer of NY said, "To all Americans, I say, 'Help is on the way.'" Governor Gavin Newsom, in his update on California's response to the coronavirus, said yesterday that the state had seen more than one million unemployment claims in less than two weeks.

NY also projects a need for 30,000 ventilators. "But they're effective and necessary and evidence suggests that they have slowed the hospitalizations, and slowing the hospitalization rate is everything, so the hospitals can deal with the rate of people coming in".

The governor said his state will not be the only one with a dire need for ventilators and other key resources.

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He said the state and the federal government are working together to find more ventilators, which NY desperately needs.

Final approval of the package is expected Wednesday night.

It was not clear what Trump had in mind, but legal experts said a US president's powers to order people back to work or reopen government buildings, transportation or businesses is limited.

Mr. Cuomo called on Mr. Trump to use the Defense Production Act to force factories to build ventilators and other equipment, as well as for the federal Department of Health and Human Services to send him the 20,000 ventilators in its stockpile. Cuomo said the president and his team are using the Korean War-era law "well" as a leverage tool to spur on the private sector.

When asked if he and Fauci were at odds with one another, Trump said he had a good relationship with Fauci, who has worked under six presidential administrations. "We go first. We're going to learn things that nobody else has learned".

There is also a severe shortage of space in intensive care units, where the most critical patients access ventilators. Gillibrand said Cuomo's criticism loses sight for what the bill is for.

The report, however, did not recommend that New York Health Department should have stocked up on ventilators, nor did it find a low-priced option to do so, as Trump indicated Tuesday. "I'm not minimizing it, but it's going to be OK".

Cuomo warned that if these measures to reduce the density did not work on a voluntary basis, then the city would make the guidelines mandatory.

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