Governor's ventilator order not sitting well with WNY lawmakers, hospital leaders

Cheryl Sanders
April 4, 2020

"This is a big deal and it's going to make a significant difference for us", Cuomo said. No one knows exactly when it will hit us.

A second shipment of 140 ventilators is heading to NY from OR to help battle coronavirus here, the governor said in his daily briefing.

Borrello pointed out that in Erie County cases are multiplying fast - 21 deaths had been reported as of Friday afternoon.

The governor suggested the order was made from China, where the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, emerged past year. "The governor's Executive Order to move life-saving equipment to downstate hospitals seems to be a reasonable premise executed with reckless overreach", Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, Assemblyman Brian Mankteloww, and Senator Patty Ritchie said in a joint-statement.

"The executive order says the state can take ventilators and PPE from institutions that don't need them now and redeploy them to other parts of the state and other hospitals that do need them", the governor said.

At Friday's briefing, he announced the executive order, with few details other than the state would be taking and the National Guard would be distributing. He explained that the state is holding a conference call with hospitals on Saturday to address the issues related to preparing for that peak of infections.

Coronavirus cases in the state, the epicenter of the pandemic in the USA, crossed 100,000 and it recorded the highest increase in the number of deaths from the virus in a single day between 2 and 3 April, Cuomo said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order mandating the collection of ventilators and personal protective equipment from some upstate hospitals for use downstate drew quick and critical response Friday from several Western New York lawmakers. "We have a big problem in Louisiana, we have a big problem in MI, we have a big problem in seven other really strong hotspots, but we're doing the best we can", he said.

"We are seeing on a daily basis the rapid spread of this unpredictable virus in cities and communities across Upstate", he said.

"No one can give you a very specific number, which makes it frustrating to plan", Cuomo said. Some people go out 14 days.

"By the numbers we're not yet at the apex". We will be helpful where and when we can, but not to the detriment of the hard working staff and the patients that trust us for their care.

Overnight, 1,592 patients were discharged from hospitals. Every hospital must have the tools they need to serve their own patients.

A total of 85,000 health care workers have answered calls to volunteer to help out in NY, he said, including 22,000 from out of state. The island is situated just east of New York City and includes Nassau and Suffolk counties. The state has tested over 283,000 people.

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