Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading infectious disease expert on the White House coronavirus task force, tamped down Trump's remarks at the same press conference, saying that studies so far have been "anecdotal" and not definitive. On Friday, Cuomo announced that a mandate, which requires people working in non-essential businesses to stay at home, will take effect Sunday night. More on Covid-19 " Every piece of evidence that I can lay my hands on indicates that we're at an absolutely crucial time in this war and what we do now will make all the difference in the world", said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. There is no red tape on the side of NY'.
Cuomo said NY has 15 times more COVID-19 cases than any other state at this time.
"This will be a backfill facility, where we can relieve some of the pressure and the tension from hospitals by using these beds", he said. "It's only getting worse, and in fact April and May are going to be a lot worse".
"We're about 10 days away from seeing widespread shortages", Bill de Blasio said on Sunday. "We'll get through this together".
"We need the product now", Cuomo said. "We have Van Cortland Park", he said.
There have been 114 deaths from the virus in NY state, with all but 16 of those people age 60 and older, according to Cuomo's office.
President Trump confirmed the Javits Center efforts after Cuomo made his public request, but did not mention the other three locations. Social distancing is necessary to slow the influx of new cases so hospitals aren't hit with unmanageable numbers all at once.
The Empire State has thus become the first state in the country that reported over 10,000 COVID-19 cases, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
To help combat the spread of the virus, Cuomo said that he is ordering all hospitals to increase their capacity by at least 50 percent, though he is hopeful they will be able to do more. Meanwhile, a hospital in Washington state - once the centre of the USA outbreak - said it could run out of ventilators by April.
The governor on Sunday announced measures meant to prepare for a wave of patients, including setting up temporary hospitals in three New York City suburbs and erecting a massive medical bivouac in the Jacob Javits Center on Manhattan's West Side.
"We have seen next to nothing from the federal government at this point", he added. "And I agree with the President on that and we're going to start and we're going to start Tuesday".
The state has 3,157 ICU beds, and is projected to need between 18,600 and 37,200, along with thousands of additional ventilators, masks, gowns and other medical supplies, Cuomo said.
His administration emphasized that the deployment of guard members is not martial law, but the president invoked martial language as he discussed the development. "I wish I could use a more comforting word", he said.