"Anyone who's not already in this fight, we need you", said Bill de Blasio, appealing for help from "any health care professional: Doctor, nurse, respiratory therapist, you name it". "Part of me would like to be at the apex and just, let's do it". "We need to do everything we can to save the lives of all people, across the State of NY". Friday, he made it an order. US President Donald Trump said that the supplies were of "very high quality".
Asked by another reporter if he anxious about hospitals suing him, Cuomo said: "If they want to sue me for borrowing the excess ventilators to save lives, let them sue me".
New York City has mere days to prepare for the worst of the novel coronavirus onslaught, said Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose city has suffered more than a quarter of U.S. deaths in the outbreak. He said people were going to die in the near term due to the lack of ventilators.
As a result of this increase, the number of deaths recorded since the start of the outbreak stood at 4,313 as of 17:00 GMT on Friday, the department reported in Saturday's statistical bulletin. "These are extraordinary times and NY needs the help", Cuomo tweeted after his daily briefing.
The Cuomo administration will move equipment identified as "spare", or that which hospitals in Upstate New York are not using right now to the New York City area, which has been devastated by COVID-19.
The National Guard will be used to transport the ventilators and PPE across the state.
"We've always said, 'We're here, we're available, it makes more sense to us to bring people up here, '" McKenna said.
Cuomo warned on Thursday that the state was six days away from running out of ventilators but Trump told reporters in Washington that federal officials believe NY "is well served" with the breathing machines.
NY state medical schools graduated 6,038 new doctors in 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, according to the Associated Medical Schools of NY.
Cuomo said on Thursday his state's apex - or the worst point - of the crisis would likely be on the "shorter end" of a projected range of seven to 30 days ahead. "The more time we have to improve the capacity of the (healthcare) system, the better".
Without those measures in place, the death toll could reach as high as 2.2 million, White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx said.
The New York governor said the Chinese government would facilitate a donation of 1,000 ventilators to arrive into JFK airport on Saturday.
The shortage has forced hospitals to explore alternatives, such as splitting one machine for two patients or converting other medical equipment to do a similar job.
So far, New York's North Country has not been hard hit. The State of NY needs to work with all our hospitals to get the resources to the right places, while ensuring they have what they need to take care of their own patients. I'm just not going to allow us to go there.
Both county executives spoke about the outbreak's toll on Long Island Hospitals.