NY prepares for COVID-19 apex as military medical personnel arrive

Posted at 10:17 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 22:17:32-04

NEW YORK — Medical personnel from the military arrived in New York Sunday to assist in the battle against coronavirus.

The Javits Center in Manhattan will open Monday with 2,500 beds for coronavirus patients. Mayor Bill de Blasio thanked military doctors and nurses at the temporary hospital on Sunday.

"I called for everyone else to come to our aid," de Blasio said. "And the good news is that our call was heard and acted on in so many ways, but that does not mean we're out of the woods for next week. There is still real help we will need to get through the week."

He said the city has enough ventilators to make it to Tuesday or Wednesday.

"The supply of ventilators is so crucial in particular at this moment because what we're seeing lately is between 200 and 300 more patients needing to be intubated every day lately, just specifically patients related to COVID," he said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer called on President Donald Trump to appoint a senior military officer as a czar for manufacturing and distributing medical supplies.

"It's like a war and we need all the help we can get," he said.