New York to sign executive order redistributing medical supplies
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to sign an executive order allowing the state to redistribute ventilators and medical supplies from institutions that don't need them now to medical facilities in parts of the state that do, he said today in a news conference.
The need for ventilators has grown as the number of coronavirus cases climbs, with more than 102,000 cases and 2935 deaths statewide as of this morning (local time), the governor said. Of those deaths, 562 people died in the last 24 hours – the biggest single-day increase in deaths.
Supplies taken under the governor's order will be returned or those institutions reimbursed, Gov Cuomo said.
"I'm not going to be in a position where people are dying and we have several hundred ventilators in our own state somewhere else," the governor said.
A day earlier, Gov Cuomo had said the state has about six days left before it runs out of ventilators.
"It's like watching a slow-moving hurricane across the country, where you know the path that it's taking," the governor said yesterday.
"Why not deploy the national resources and just stay ahead of the hurricane?"
At least 245,658 Americans have been infected, and more than 6,000 have died. All states but Wyoming have reported deaths.
To slow the numbers' rise, the nation's top experts – who have predicted at least 100,000 Americans may die – say aggressive social distancing measures are now more important than ever.
At this point, all states should issue stay-at-home orders, said Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
"I don't understand why that's not happening," Dr Fauci said during a CNN town hall Thursday (local time).
"If you look at what's going on in this country, I just don't understand why we're not doing that... We really should be."
Though President Donald Trump has said he does not plan to issue a nationwide stay-at-home order, nearly all states have done so. The 10 that have not are: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
Looking at the country's pace of new infections, it's clear not every American is following federal social distancing guidelines, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr Deborah Birx said Thursday night.
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