The “2,200 disappears very quickly,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday during his daily briefing, according to The New York Times.
“If a person comes in and needs a ventilator and you don’t have a ventilator, the person dies,” he said.
New York has plans to buy more ventilators and convert other respiratory machines, he said, and ventilators from upstate New York could be moved to New York City. The newspaper reported that Cuomo spoke with President Donald Trump on Thursday but didn’t think the White House would address the shortfall quickly.
“The numbers, by the way, are going to be compiled every night,” he added, according to CBS News. The state released 400 ventilators to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. and 200 to Long Island and Westchester, the news outlet reported. Elective surgeries are being ended as well, he said.
On Thursday, Cuomo reported 2,373 COVID-19 deaths in New York, up from 1,941 on Wednesday.
“We have all these extra measures that I believe, if push comes to shove, will put us in fairly good shape,” he said during the briefing. “I can say with confidence we have researched every possibility, every idea, every measure you can possibly take to find ventilators.”
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, the governor’s brother who tested positive for coronavirus, joined the briefing through a video call. He said he was “doing pretty well, all things considered.”