Mayor de Blasio stresses need for 'shelter-in-place' model, medical supplies for virus outbreakPosted: Updated:
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that there have been 26 deaths associated with at least 4,000 coronavirus cases in New York City.
The city accounts for 30% of reported cases nationally and 70% of cases in the state.
De Blasio says that New York should consider a "shelter-in-place" model despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's opposition to the idea. The mayor says the state is running out of options and is in the front line of the battle.
He says that the NYPD would enforce the measure by warning people seen gathering and ensuring people are 6 feet apart.
California announced a "shelter-in-place" initiative in their state on Thursday.
The mayor also stressed the need for supplies, saying that the city needs 15,000 ventilators as soon as possible. He says that the state asked the federal government for supplies from the national stock pile and got a lot of expired supplies.
Cuomo has projected peak infection to be 40-plus days out. If those numbers are accurate, New York would need 110,000 hospital beds, more than double its capacity and more than 37,000 ICU beds. They currently only have 3,000.
De Blasio says the medical community can do a lot, but it can't make supplies.
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