The following article, Gov. Cuomo Says NY ‘Comfortable’ With Number Of Protective Equipment And Ventilators They Have, was first published on Flag And Cross.
According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his state is “relatively comfortable” with the number of ventilators and other protective equipment it is in possession of right now.
New York is the state that’s been hit the hardest in the coronavirus outbreak and has been struggling with keeping an adequate supply of medical equipment to protect medical professionals and help treat patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Many of the shortages have focused on items like gloves, masks, and ventilators. However, as of Friday, Cuomo said New York now has enough equipment to function.
Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:
“We’re OK right now. We’re OK. PPE you need every day. We have a stockpile where we are now relatively comfortable,” Cuomo said. “Remember, what we’re saying to these hospitals, they’re all uncomfortable. If you ask any hospital if they have enough PPE, they will say no. It is like asking a budget director does he have enough revenue. They will never say yes.”
He continued, “These hospitals are accustomed to having a one-month to two-month stockpile. They are now looking at several days of stockpile. So, they are all uncomfortable, but we only have several days for any hospital. And we do have several days for every hospital, and we do have a supply that’s coming in. So, compared to how we have been operating on this new dire circumstances, we are relatively comfortable with ventilators and PPE.”
Cuomo made it clear the current situation could change if the rate of hospitalizations for the coronavirus were to suddenly spike up again. As of now, the state has been seeing the numbers level off a bit over the last several days.
The governor stated that he talks with hospitals daily and gets reports concerning the supplies these facilities have to ensure they stay stocked with what they need to keep running and treating those who come down with this illness.
Here’s to hoping the good news continues for the people of New York.