Despite statewide efforts to combat the spread ofcoronavirus, the rate of new infections is doubling every three days, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: "We've all seen the pictures online of people who seem to think they're invincible". Cuomo reported 25,665 cases in NY state as of Tuesday.
Vice President Pence said during a Tuesday interview on Fox News that the federal government is preparing to send 4,000 to NY in the next two days.
"That is a dramatic increase in the rate of infection".
Cuomo said "we have to be smarter about the way this thing is being done" and called upon the federal government to prioritize the resources in NY where they have over 25,000 cases, nearly 10 times the number of cases as California which has the second most in the U.S.
"Job one has to be to save lives", he said, though he added people who are told they have "recovered" from the virus should be allowed to go back to work. The Republican president has said repeatedly that he and the Democratic governor, both from the New York City borough of Queens, have worked well together.
"We can't just wait for companies to come forward with offers and hope they will".
The field hospitals - the latest in a partnership between Cuomo and President Trump's administration - follow the planned deployment of the USNS Comfort, a 1,000-bed naval hospital ship.
NY officials have been racing to essentially double their hospital capacity to up to 110,000 beds.
"We are scaling hospital capacity as fast as humanly possible", Cuomo said. Says he will turn the state "upside down" for medical space. "We need federal help and we need federal help now". That means the number of hospital beds, which is at 53,000 beds and 3,000 intensive care unit beds.
"New York is the canary in the coal mine", Cuomo said.
-"No American is going to say 'accelerate the economy at the cost of human life, '" Cuomo says in response to President Trump's comments about the economy.
The state has obtained about 7,000 ventilators and another 400 were promised from FEMA.
NY now has almost, 25,700 confirmed coronavirus, according to official state data.
He continued to ask the federal government to use the Defense Production Act to order businesses to manufacture needed equipment, including more ventilators. "He should've ordered the ventilators", Trump said during a Fox News town hall.
"I will take personal responsibility for transporting the 20,000 ventilators anywhere in this country that they want", Cuomo said. Most of the cases and deaths have been in New York City, an emerging worldwide hot spot in the outbreak.