Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said the current amount of medical equipment in New York City is unlikely to be enough to get the city through the next two weeks.
“We do not expect this to go quickly,” the mayor said. “I wish we did, but we don’t.”
The news came as he confirmed there were over 13,000 cases of coronavirus in the five boroughs, making New York City the epicenter of the outbreak in the nation.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea noted 211 of those sickened are members of the force. Approximately 177 are uniformed officers and 34 are civilian members. Shea also said 2,7000 to 2,800 are currently out sick.
“It’s a trend as you talk about what we’ve seen and what we’re trying to do with social distancing, and lowering the curve what we’re seeing internally as an agency on the frontlines is we are still on an upward climb,” Shea said.
The city only expects the numbers to continue to grow, and the White House on Tuesday cautioned anyone who left New York City amid the outbreak to self-quarantine for 14 days after departing.
Meanwhile, de Blasio said 2,400 ventilators are on their way to the city, but about 15,000 are desperately needed.
“April will be unquestionably worse than March, and right now my fear is that May could be worse than April,” de Blasio said.
The mayor reiterated Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for more ventilators from the federal government and promise to pass along the ventilators to other cities and states as soon as they can.
“A ventilator will be the difference between life and death for thousands of New Yorkers,” de Blasio said.
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SOURCE: WCBS 880, Elise Czajkowski