NEW YORK — A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, is inevitable, Mayor Bill de Blasio shared details of how New York City is preparing for a possible outbreak.
So far, 1.5 million masks have been distributed in the city and there's a request out for 300,000 more masks. De Blasio said the city needs federal help to ensure additional masks can be obtained.
"We need the CDC to help us help ourselves," he said Wednesday.
Everyone is competing for masks right now, so the federal government needs to step in and coordinate distribution, de Blasio said. There's a waiting list for masks.
There are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York City, but there are 1,200 hospital beds that can be made available immediately if needed, de Blasio said.
He said there's no reason to panic because the city is doing what needs to be done to prepare.
"New Yorkers, I have often said, do not scare easily," he said. "This is the time to share information and help people understand this can be dealt with."
Anyone with symptoms should seek medical care immediately.
A hotline has been set up for New Yorkers with questions regarding the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump will hold a press conference Wednesday evening at the White House regarding the spread of COVID-19.