President Donald Trump quoted Gateway Pundit conspiracy blogger Jim Hoft during a Fox News town hall to falsely claim that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo refused to purchase 16,000 ventilators in 2015, when no such purchase was considered or offered. The rate of increase has gone up, it's doubling every three days.
During the briefing, Cuomo also noted that the increased rate of infections correlates with an increase in the projected hospital beds needed.
'We haven't flattened the curve.
Peter Pitts, a former associate commissioner at the US Food and Drug Administration and president of the New York-based Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, said that ventilators - about the size of two old VCR machines - are certainly portable. But it's true that NY is going first and NY has by far the largest outbreak in the country, by a factor of 10.
"I will turn the state upside down to get the number of beds we need", he said.
Officials at Stony Brook Hospital say they plan to double capacity to more than 1,200 beds and are looking at non-traditional spaces for beds, like outpatient facilities.
NY will even shoulder the cost of moving equipment and experts to other states confronting the virus once its own peak subsides, Cuomo said.
'I will turn this state upside down to get the number of beds we need.
"You can not buy them, you can not find them", Cuomo said.
On Tuesday afternoon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said 131 people in the city had died. If health professionals can figure out who those people are, it's possible they could be sent back to work sooner. There are 2,599 new cases in New York City alone.
"I will take personal responsibility for transporting the 20,000 ventilators anywhere in this country that they want", Cuomo said.
He also urged Washington to use the federal Defense Production Act, which empowers the national government to order manufacturers to produce necessary equipment. "There is no doubt about that, no one is going to argue about that", Cuomo said.
The latest numbers for NY on Monday showed 20,875 people testing positivefor Covid-19 and 157 deaths.