Cuomo warns of statewide ventilator shortage

Cuomo warns of statewide ventilator shortage Photo: News10NBC.

Created: March 18, 2020 01:51 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has cited ventilators as the state’s “number one” need in order to combat the coronavirus.

While Cuomo recognized the national shortage of ventilators, he is mainly raising concerns over the shortage statewide.


One of the many factors that puts someone more at risk for the coronavirus is that they have an underlying respiratory condition, according to the CDC.

“That's why you hear so much about the ventilators,” Cuomo said. “It's a respiratory illness. We only have about 3,000 [ventilators]. We would need about 30,000.”

In addition to Cuomo announcing his executive order, the governor put a ventilator on display.

He explained that a lack of beds isn’t the only reason expanding hospital capacity in the next 45 days is going to be difficult, it’s equipping each bed with a ventilator that is proving problematic.

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