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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/27/20)

Here are my notes from Cuomo’s press conference today.. LIVE FROM JAVITS!

For those of who are not familiar with the Javits Center, I have attached a before and after photo at the end of this post. The bottom post is from one of the many years I’ve worked New York Comic Con at the convention center, and the top one is how the Javits looks today.

  • The Javits now looks “completely different”, and this was done within just one week! I have to say, this is an extremely surreal thing for me (or I’m sure any promo person) to see!
  • The increase in cases continues. We still see the trajectory going up.
  • We are intruding on people’s lives right now, but we are saving lives because of it.
  • The original mandate on schools was that they would be closed throughout March, and that the state would take another look at the situation on April 1st. However, schools will now remain closed until April 15th.
  • The 180 day requirement is waived for this period. I’m not a parent, so I don’t know what that means. But, whatever it means, that’s extended too.
  • Every school was asked to come up with a plan for distance learning and to continue providing meals for children, and schools will continue providing distance learning tools, as well as meals during this extension.
  • They now believe the apex of our curve will be in 21 days.
  • They are continuing their efforts to expand the hospital capacity and scout new locations for field hospitals.
  • We have 1.2 million N95 masks, with 340,000 on the way from the federal government. We need 20 million. (that makes us 18.5 million short)
  • We have 4.6 million surgical masks, with 860,000 on the way from the federal government. We need 30 million. (that makes us 24.5 million short)
  • We have 1.5 million exam gloves, with 350,000 on the way from the federal government. We need 45 million. (that makes us 43 million short)
  • We have 15,000 hospital gowns, with 145,000 on the way from the federal government. We need 20 million. (that makes us 19.8 million short)
  • We have 3,000 ventilators, with 4,400 on the way from the federal government. We need 30,000. (that makes us 22,600 short)
  • These numbers reflect our projected need at the apex of the curve.
  • We have 53,000 hospital beds. We need 140,000 beds. (this makes us 87,000 short)
  • We have 3,000 ICU beds. We need 40,000 ICU beds. (this makes us 37,000 short)
  • There are four emergency field hospitals being built. They are at The Javits Center, Westchester Center, Stony Brook, and Old Westbury. These will add 4,000 additional beds.
  • They are all coming along, but Javits is the closest to being complete.
  • They are seeking to build four more emergency field hospitals. These will give us another 4,000 beds.
  • The goal is to have one emergency field hospital in every borough, and help everyone equally.
  • IN THE BRONX – New York Expo Center. It is a 90k sq ft site.
  • IN QUEENS – The Aqueduct Race Track. It is a 100k sq ft site.
  • IN BROOKLYN – The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. It is a 182k sq ft space.
  • IN STATEN ISLAND – The College of Staten Island (a CUNY school). It is a 77k sq ft space.
  • This new plan will give us coverage all across the downstate area.
  • The USNS Comfort is on it’s way. It has 1,000 beds, 1,200 medical personnel, 12 operating rooms, a pharmacy, and a laboratory.
  • It will arrive on Monday.
  • They are also looking at converting college dorms, hotels, and nursing homes.
  • They are currently focused on the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge, and the Brooklyn Center Nursing Home.
  • The plan is for the first wave of field hospitals to be open during the week of 3/30/20 – 4/5/20.
  • A second wave of field locations to be open 4/6/20 – 4/12/20.
  • A third wave of field locations to be open 4/13/20 – 4/19/20.
  • So far, a total of 138,376 have been tested. 16,272 of those tests are new tests.
  • The total number of positives in New York state is now 44,635. The number of new positives in that total is 7,377.
  • The number of deaths is New York is now up to 519, which is up from 385 yesterday.
  • There are currently 6,481 people hospitalized in New York.
  • There are currently 1,583 ICU patients in New York. (+290 from yesterday)
  • 2,045 patients have been discharged so far. (+528 from yesterday)
  • 80% of people who get COVID-19 will self resolve.
  • New York is still the most affected state.
  • The rate at which our cases have been doubling is slowing.
  • There’s no place like New York. Believe that! New York strong!
  • The number of medical personnel that have volunteered has gone up to 62,447. That’s up 10,000 people in one day.
  • We now have 10,999 mental health professionals who volunteered to help in this crisis. That number has gone up by 1,400 in one day.
  • Congratulations to the army corp of engineers for their top shelf work on the Javits Center.
  • Thank you to the Javits Center staff, and to everyone who worked to make this happen.
  • This will not be a short deployment for the national guard and the navy. This will be a rescue mission, and it will take weeks. We are facing an enemy who attacks the weakest among us. It will be difficult.
  • “I promise you, I will not ask you to do anything that I would not do myself, and I will not ask you to go anywhere that I would not go myself” – Cuomo to the national guard.
  • This is a moment that will change this nation.
  • He gave a beautiful speech about how we will remember this day in ten years, but I’m honestly too emotional to watch it enough times to write the whole quote down. Watch the livestream! It happens around the 30 minute mark.
  • “We go out there today, and we kick coronavirus ass!” Yasss!

QUESTIONS

  • Once again, GET A MIC RUNNER! I can’t hear the question!
  • CUOMO: Yes, the ventilators are in a stock pile because they aren’t needed yet. They will be deployed when they are needed. To the second point, maybe we won’t need 30,000 ventilators. But, I don’t operate on opinions. The projections say we could need this. We are following the science and the projections.
  • QUESTION: *white noise*
  • CUOMO: As the numbers continue to increase, you’ll see hospitals hit capacity. You’ll see hospitals over capacity. To be alarmed that hospitals are reaching capacity, Ok well that is why we’re here at Javits.
  • QUESTION: fkgljdjskdjvsdvjs schools.
  • CUOMO: We’ll see what happens with schools, and if the numbers continue to go up we will extend the school closure.
  • QUESTION: ????????
  • CUOMO: To flatten the curve, there’s only two things you can do. Social distancing, and testing with isolation. They believe the social distancing is working to slow the spread.
  • QUESTION: *static*
  • CUOMO: The criteria for a field location is that you need a large open indoor space, with HVAC, with power, with accompanying space where you can set up medical staff, supplies, a staging area… you need a place that is now empty. My strategic decision was one per borough. The four new locations will be sent to the president today for approval.
  • QUESTION: *stares in frustration*
  • CUOMO: The federal government had implied that they would help state governments, and they didn’t. You can’t spend what you don’t have. We will have to make dramatic budget cuts. “The federal government gave us zero, nada, niete, ZILCH. Those are all New York terms, right?”
  • CUOMO: When they didn’t give us any aid, they knew it meant that we will have to cut education funds. It’s tragic. Did you hear that, America? THEY KNEW.
  • QUESTION: :-/
  • CUOMO: Rent freezes? We have said that there will be no evictions for the next three months. So, if you don’t pay rent for 90 days, you cannot be evicted. (He didn’t say this, but I’m pretty sure you still owe rent)
  • CUOMO: We are shutting down many construction sites.

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