New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, discusses the arrival of a shipment of 400 ventilators with Dr. Steven Pulitzer, the Chief Medical Officer of NYC Health and Hospitals, at the city’s Emergency Management Warehouse., Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
UPDATED 7:26 PM PT — Friday, April 3, 2020
The mayor of New York City has said the city may only have enough ventilators to make it through to Monday or Tuesday. Bill de Blasio stressed the emergency in a Friday morning interview.
“We can only get to Monday or Tuesday at this point, we don’t know after that,” he explained. “How on earth is this happening in the greatest nation in the world?”
The coronavirus outbreak has hit New York the hardest. The state is quickly running out of medical supplies, space and personnel. There are nearly 52,000 confirmed cases in the city and roughly 92,000 in the state.
According to the mayor, officials predicted the city will have 5,000 ICU COVID-19 patients in need of ventilators.
The USNS Comfort arrived in New York earlier this week to ease the current overflow of patients in city hospitals.
A ventilator is displayed during a news conference, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the New York City Emergency Management Warehouse, where 400 ventilators have arrived and will be distributed. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
As NYC continues to be a hot spot for the virus, thousands of residents are struggling to make ends meet. While some New York workers have been deemed essential, such as pharmacists, restaurant employees and those in the health care industry, others have been forced to stay home.
According to recent reports, residents in Queens have been hit particularly hard as they try to balance ‘stay at home’ orders with the economic reality of the pandemic.
“My house, there’s 10 people who live there besides my family. So, say I get infected while working here, everybody else runs the risk of being infected. …My mom is definitely worried. She wanted me to stop coming here, but I mean, she’s not working. My father’s not working, my sister doesn’t work because she’s young. This is the only source of income for now.” – Brian Navarrete, pharmacy employee
Millions of Americans have been furloughed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. In New York specifically, officials believe the worst is not yet over.
On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo reported that 562 people died in the last 24 hours, which was the largest single day spike in virus fatalities to date.