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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/9/20)

After seeing the death rate effectively level off for three days here in New York, I thought we might have reached our peak at around 600 deaths a day. Unfortunately, yesterday the death toll shot up past 700 and my hopes for that were dashed. To be perfectly honest, seeing that yesterday was so depressing to me that I decided to take a break from blogging for the day. But, today I am here to check back in with Cuomo for updates. This is what he said at today’s press conference.

ANDREW CUOMO

  • He says that the “NY Pause” program is working, and that it has flattened the curve SO FAR.
  • This curve is a reflection of how well we social distance, so it is very important that we continue what we’re doing.
  • The number of people who are being hospitalized is coming down, and our hospital capacity has increased.
  • If the hospitalization rate keeps decreasing, the system will stabilize.
  • He again cautions that this all hinges on us continuing to do what we’ve been doing. This is not a sign that we can begin socializing again. He tells us to remember what happened in Italy, and to remain diligent and disciplined.
  • QUOTE: “The bad news isn’t just bad. The bad news is actually terrible.”
  • 779 people died yesterday in the state of New York. That is the highest single-day death toll yet.
  • QUOTE: “The number of deaths may continue to rise as those hospitalized for the longest periods pass.”
  • The longer you are on a ventilator, the less likely it is that you will ever come off of a ventilator.
  • Every number is a face. Every number is a family.
  • On 9/11 we lost 2,753 lives. COVID-19 has cost us 6,268 lives in New York State and counting.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I moved here two and a half years after 9/11, so I would never presume to speak on behalf of other New Yorkers about that day. I know some New Yorkers feel that there is not a fair comparison between 9/11 and what’s happening now, and I think that’s fair if that is someone’s point of view. There is a world of difference between watching human bodies fall from a doomed building and just sitting at home while thousands of people get sick. I don’t think these two events compare in terms of PTSD. However, I think comparing these two numbers gives people outside of New York some perspective on just how overwhelming this problem is here. I personally know many people that were affected by 9/11, but the number of people I know who are affected by this virus will end up being infinitely larger. Just as air travel was forever changed that day, the way we interact with one another will change because of this. And just as no one can know the trauma of being present when the twin towers fell unless they were there, I’m not sure that people outside of New York (or other hard hit places like Italy) can fully understand what these past few weeks have been like for us. To wake up to a new person dealing with the loss of a loved one, oftentimes alone and unable to mourn, every single day for weeks… if the 9/11 comparison helps you to think about what that feels like, then I think it’s apt.
  • All flags in the state will be flown at half-mast in honor of everyone we have lost to this virus. May we all recover soon. ❤
  • He speaks about the disparities in death rates among different races. It’s interesting to note the disparities between the boroughs in NYC as well. People in my borough, The Bronx, are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as any other borough. We’re the poorest borough with the least access to healthcare, and it’s actually killing us.
  • QUOTE: “You know it always seems the poorest people pay the highest price. Why is that? Why is that? Whatever the situation is, natural disaster, hurricane Katrina… the people standing on those rooftops were not rich, white people. Why? Why is it that the poorest people always pay the highest price? But, let’s figure it out. Let’s do the work. Let’s do the research. Let’s learn from this moment, and let’s learn these lessons, and let’s do it now. We’re gonna do more testing in minority communities, but not just testing for the virus. Let’s actually get research and data that can inform us as to why are we having more people in minority communities, more people in certain neighborhoods, why do they have higher rates of infection? I get the comorbidity. I get the underlying illness issue. But, what else is at play? Are more public workers latino and african-american, who don’t have a choice frankly, but to go out there everyday and drive the bus and drive the train, and show up for work, and wind up subjecting themselves to, in this case, the virus? Whereas many other people who have the option just absented themselves. They live in more dense communities, more urban environments, but what is it? And let’s learn from that, and let’s do it now.”
  • Additional testing and outreach in minority neighborhoods will begin immediately.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I think he forgot to mention another key group from minority communities who put themselves at risk every day; medical professionals. As I’ve mentioned many times on this blog, I have been a patient in the New York City public hospital system for many years, and I would say the majority of the hospital staff at Bellevue are minorities. I think it’s important to add that, so the characterization of minorities in New York isn’t limited to “bus driver and train conductor”. So many people of color are out there fighting this virus on the frontlines. When I nearly died of a virus a few years ago, my nurses at Bellevue were nearly all West Indian. When I had a 104.5 degree fever, I remember the calming voices that brought me back down from my hallucinations pretty much all had caribbean accents. Those nurses are SAINTS, and they are risking their lives for us everyday! Never forget that!
  • New York State will be depositing an additional $600 to anyone who filed for unemployment. He expects the federal government to reimburse the state for this cost. This would be fantastic news for me if I was ever able to get through to anyone on the phone to get my claim in, but… lol.
  • Unemployment benefits are also being extended for an additional 13 weeks. This means you can now collect unemployment for a total of 39 weeks.
  • By executive order, all New Yorkers can now vote absentee in the June 23rd election so no one will have to risk their health to go to the polls. ❤
  • Thank you to Mercury Medical, who donated 2,400 brand new bipap machines to the state of New York. We also thank our hometown airline, JetBlue, for flying them here from Florida for free.
  • We also thank Oregon, Washington State (NOT YOU, DC! lol), and California for sending us ventilators as well.
  • HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR ESSENTIAL STATE WORKERS! ❤
  • The state is also starting a social media campaign to talk about who we are staying home for. Who are you staying home for? Personally, I am staying home for all of us. The hashtags to use for the campaign are #NewYorkTough and #IStayHomeFor.
Ok, Andy… looking kinda fine over there on the right! Just sayin!
  • Happy passover to our Jewish community!
The video ended on this shot, and yeah… I feel the same. It’s going to be a long month.

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/6/20)

ANDREW CUOMO

  • 130,689 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State so far. 8,658 of those positives were discovered yesterday.
  • 72,181 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City so far. 4,630 of those positives were discovered yesterday.
  • 16,837 people are currently hospitalized in New York State. That number is up 358 people from yesterday.
  • There are currently 4,504 patients in the ICU in the state of New York. That number is up 128 from yesterday.
  • 13,366 patients have been discharged so far. 1,179 of those patients were discharged yesterday. ❤
  • 4,758 people have died from COVID-19 in the state of New York so far.
  • 599 people died from COVID-19 in the state of New York yesterday.
  • Our death rate has been effectively flat for two days. That is good news, because it means there is a possibility that we are starting to see our curve flatten.
  • We remain the most impacted state. We are followed by New Jersey (37,505 cases/917 deaths), Michigan (15,635 cases/616 deaths), California (15,076 cases/349 deaths), and Louisiana (13,010 cases/477 deaths).
  • Our hospital numbers are all continuing to trend downwards, which is great.
  • We still do not know exactly what being at the apex of this curve means. Whether it will be a quick drop off in the numbers, or a plateau that stays stable for a while before curving down remains to be seen.
  • Dr. Malatras shares several projection models with us today. The orange line shows the original estimates, the blue line shows a moderate estimate, and the purple line shows where they think we might actually end up thanks to social distancing. As you can see, we have made a huge improvement!
Good job, most of you!
  • Cuomo says if we are plateauing now, we are still plateauing at a very high level. He says sustaining hospitals at this level is still very problematic.
  • They are continuing their “surge and flex” program as they move 802 ventilators to overly stressed hospitals.
  • They are continuing to find ways to relieve pressure on hospitals through the use of things like the Javits Center.
  • They are also requesting that the USNS Comfort take COVID patients now too. Cuomo will be calling Trump to ask for this later on today.
  • Northwell health will be helping to bring Javits up to speed, and the location will then be staffed with military personnel.
  • The New York Pause program (our shut down) will be extended until April 29th.
  • The numbers coming down mean that social distancing is working, and we have to continue it. Let’s not make the same mistakes that other cities have and open up too early.
  • Y’all, Uncle Andrew called us all the way out here in New York City with these photos! This isn’t over yet! STAY INSIDE AND STOP GATHERING! Don’t let your irresponsibility be the reason someone else gets sick. Also, SHOTS FIRED at NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio! Lol, because we all know when he says “certain local governments” are not enforcing things as much as they should, he means De Blasio.
I can literally hear my neighbors having a little party outside RIGHT NOW.
  • As of today, the maximum fine for violations of state social distancing protocols will increase from $500 to $1,000. He ain’t playing with us anymore, y’all! Bring your ass back in the apartment and stay there!
  • The state is also setting up a first responders fund, to help essential workers with any needs they may have during this time. The New York State Department Of Health is accepting donations for this right now. Blackstone is making an anchor contribution of $10 million to kick things off.
  • New York State is also partnering with headspace to provide free mindfulness, meditation, and mental health resources to all New Yorkers. Visit headspace.com/ny for more info.
  • If you would prefer to call the mental health hotline to set up an appointment over skype with a mental health professional, the number for the emotional support hotline is 1-844-863-9314.
  • He says our challenge is to make sure we don’t lose anyone that could have been saved, and I just want to say…. DO YOU HEAR THAT OVER ON THE BLOCK BEHIND ME? CAUSE DON’T THINK I DON’T SEE Y’ALL BUNCHING UP OVER THERE! AND WHO DECIDED MR. SOFTEE WAS AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS??? Get it together, NYC! We just have to behave through the end of this month. We can do it!

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/5/20)

Is it possible New York has reached our peak? We got some good news today at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press conference today in Albany!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • 302,280 people have been tested for COVID-19 in New York State so far. 18,659 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 132,466 people have been tested for COVID-19 in New York City so far. 7,814 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 122,031 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State so far. 8,327 of those positives were discovered yesterday.
  • 67,551 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City so far. 4,245 of those positives were discovered yesterday.
  • 16,479 people are currently hospitalized in New York State. That number is up 574 people from yesterday.
  • There are currently 4,376 patients in the ICU in the state of New York. That number is up 250 people from yesterday.
  • 12,187 patients have been discharged so far. 1,709 of those patients were discharged yesterday. ❤
  • 4,159 people have died from COVID-19 in the state of New York so far.
  • 594 people died from COVID-19 in the state of New York yesterday.
  • However, the number of people who died yesterday was lower than the day before! Yasss! ❤
  • However, it is too early to tell if this is a downward trend or a single day’s fluctuation.
  • But, all of the important numbers went down yesterday, which is a hopeful sign!
  • Long Island is quickly shifting to become the next hotspot after New York City.
  • Experts disagree on whether the apex is a high point after which we will immediately drop off, or simply a plateau that will last for a while at a constant rate before coming down. Since New York is the first place to reach an apex in the US, we will be learning this as we go.
  • It is important that we continue to protect our vulnerable populations in every way we can.
  • However, he reminds us that 80% of people who get COVID-19 will self resolve, and many people who go to the hospital will make it out again.
  • 74% of those who have been hospitalized have been discharged.
  • He says our hospital system is over capacity, which is putting a tremendous amount of stress on our healthcare system in general.
  • QUOTE: “But, life is options. And we don’t have any other options.”
  • He speaks again about surging and flexing our resources, and having all of our hospitals work as one. It’s pretty much the same thing he’s been saying for days.
  • Javits is apparently still not up and running as a COVID-19 facility, which surprises me since they were supposed to be ready for patients almost a week ago. I know it was not meant as a COVID facility at first, but I’m surprised that it’s taking so long to transition this.
  • He says what we all know, and that is that the federal stockpile is an absolute joke and states should work together to coordinate our infection curves and shift our resources as the curves move. Thank you again to Oregon for understanding this!
THANK YOU, PRESIDENT CUOMO!
  • The federal government is deploying 1,000 personnel to New York, including doctors, nurses, and respiratory techs.
  • The New York City public hospitals are getting priority deployment. They will receive 325 new people to help on the frontlines today.
  • We are deeply appreciative of all of our medical professionals and essential workers who have kept us going throughout this crisis.
  • He talks about Cabin Fever, and… LOL AT THAT BACKGROUND! That child who is about to dive bomb mom has me cracking up!!!
LOOKOUT, MOM!
INCOMING!!!
  • I am fortunate not to be locked in with anyone who is driving me nuts. But, I do think my cat might be ready for me to leave at this point.
“YOU’RE STILL HERE?!?” – Toulouse
“WHEN WILL YOU GET A REAL JOB AGAIN?!?” – Toulouse
  • He says that he and his daughter have decided to take up running in order to disrupt their own cabin fever.
  • He talks about historical perspective, and that reminds me… I am reading a book about the 1918 flu epidemic, and BRUH… that was definitely worse. The Spanish Flu had a 10 to 20% death rate, and most of the people it killed were otherwise young and healthy prior to their infection. It could cause an absolutely horrific demise within hours of the first sign of symptoms. And, as a bonus level of misery, this horrible plague on humanity was happening at the same time as a world war! Yes, COVID-19 is bad. But, shit… let’s all be grateful it ain’t the Spanish Flu!

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/4/20)

Hi everyone! Yesterday I decided to take a mental health day away from the press conferences. But, today I am back with the latest from the president of the east coast, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • 283,621 people have now been tested for COVID-19 in the state of New York. 23,101 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 124,652 people have been tested for COVID-19 in New York City. 11,248 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 113,704 people have tested positive for COVID-19 so far in the state of New York. 10,841 of those positives were found yesterday.
  • 63,306 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City so far. 6,147 of those positives were found yesterday.
  • 15,905 people are currently hospitalized in the state of New York. That’s 1,095 more than yesterday.
  • We currently have 4,126 COVID-19 ICU patients in the state of New York. That’s 395 more than yesterday.
  • 10,478 people have been discharged from the hospital in the state of New York so far. 1,592 of those people were discharged yesterday. ❤
  • So far, there have been 3,565 deaths from COVID-19 in the state of New York.
  • 630 people died from COVID-19 yesterday in the state of New York.
  • We are still the most impacted state. We are followed by New Jersey (29,895 cases/647 deaths), Michigan (12,670 cases/478 deaths), California (12,569 cases/282 deaths) and Massachusetts (10,402 cases/192 deaths).
  • PERSONAL NOTE: Speaking as someone who was born in southwest Detroit and has experienced how screwed up Michigan can be firsthand, I am still actually shocked at how fast and how far Michigan has shot up this list. I thought for sure the big tragedy outside of New York would be Florida by this point in the timeline, but apparently Michigan is proving me wrong. My heart goes out to everyone back in my other home state. Please stay home!
  • The numbers continue to trend upward.
  • 66% of the people who have been hospitalized have been discharged. Only a third of hospitalized patients end up requiring ICU care.
  • They are keeping a close eye on Long Island, which has now jumped from 17% of all cases in New York to 22% of all cases in New York.
  • We have not yet reached the apex of this crisis, but we’re getting closer. It’s believed that we are between 4 – 8 days away from our worst day.
  • We are not yet ready for the apex of this crisis. So the more time we have, the better.
  • There will be a conference call with all the hospitals today to coordinate all of the equipment.
  • The White House agreed to make The Javits Center a COVID-19 facility. The federal government is going to staff and equip it. They are now transitioning it from a non-COVID facility to a COVID facility. If this transition goes well, it will be a game changer for us.
  • We now have 85,000 volunteer medical professionals, including 22,000 from out of state. THANK YOU!
  • He is also signing an executive order to allow medical students who were slated to graduate to begin practicing now.
  • Remember earlier this week when he said the state had ordered 17,000 ventilators from China? We’re getting an update!
  • For comparison, the federal stockpile was only about 10,000 ventilators for the nation. (IF YOU BELIEVE TRUMP EVEN HAS A STOCKPILE READY… which… *side eye*)
  • Well, the update is that it turns out our 17,000 ventilator order never came through. *blip bloop sad face*
  • I was confused by the next talking point. But, if I follow the math on what he said it sounds like we have 2,500 ventilators left in the whole state that are not currently in use.
  • If I follow that math a little further, it sounds like we will run out of ventilators in five days if that’s our total number.
  • Although handling international relations is not usually a duty of a state governor, Cuomo went out and did the work for us (since Trump clearly wasn’t going to). Through help from people in our federal government (I’m sure not Trump) and the Asian American society, we have reached an agreement with China! They are DONATING 1,000 ventilators to us! THANK YOU, CHINA! ❤
  • The state extends our gratitude to the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation, the Jack Ma Foundation, Alibaba co-founders Jack Ma and Joe Tsai, and the Chinese Government, including Ambassador Huang and the Chinese Consul General.
  • Those 1,000 ventilators will be coming into JFK today!
  • Also, the state of Oregon contacted us and is sending 140 ventilators. THANK YOU, TO THE PEOPLE OF OREGON AND GOVERNOR KATE BROWN! ❤
  • Oregon did this completely on their own, unsolicited by the state of New York, which is amazing!
  • Oregon’s curve is projected to hit in May. So, we will surely be returning this favor to them after our curve peaks.
  • By my math though, this extends us to about 7 days worth of ventilators if our curve continues to go up. So, we still need more help!
  • He talks about FDR and why it’s important to think ahead when fighting a war, and it just highlights another difference between Cuomo and Trump. You can tell Cuomo has a lot of respect for politics, and that he reads books. Trump has respect for just about no one, and the closest he ever gets to reading a book is scrolling through his own feed on Twitter.
  • He says he just wants this to be over, and sir… we are all right there with you.
Literally same, Andrew. ❤

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/2/20)

Today I will only be covering the main presentation in this press conference. After yesterday’s revelation that we can expect 16,000 death in New York alone, I think I need to back up just a little bit from watching all of the press conferences for a little bit to protect my mental health. I’ll still give you highlights, but perhaps not as much as before for the next few days. That way, I can give you at least the main content from both Cuomo and Trump.

But, the good news is that this conference took a really fun turn! We got a guest star today, and that brought a smile to my face.

ANDREW CUOMO

  • 238,965 people have been tested in the state of New York. 18,031 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 104,041 people have been tested in New York City. 7,513 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 92,381 people have tested positive in the state of New York. 8,669 of those people were new positives yesterday.
  • 51,809 people have tested positive in New York City. 4,370 of those people were new positives yesterday.
  • They are concerned about the large rise of cases in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Both counties saw over a thousand new cases yesterday.
  • Every county in New York State has a case.
  • He says it is a false comfort to believe that your area will not get the virus because you are in a rural area. Lots of upstate New York is very rural, and they still got the virus. This virus will march it’s way everywhere.
  • 13,383 people are currently hospitalized in New York State. That number is up by 1,157 patients from yesterday.
  • We currently have 3,396 ICU patients in New York State. That number is up 374 patients from yesterday.
  • 7,434 patients have been discharged in New York State so far. That number is up 1,292 from yesterday. I personally know two people in this count! ❤
  • 2,373 people have died in New York State so far. That number is up from 1,941 yesterday. I personally know someone in this count. May he rest in peace.
  • 432 people died from COVID-19 in New York State yesterday.
  • All of the numbers are trending up in our infection curve.
  • The challenge continues to be preparing for the apex of that curve.
  • Depending on which model you use, our apex could be anywhere from 7 – 30 days away.
  • When we have our apex depends on how well we social distance.
  • Today they believe it is closer to the shorter range in that spectrum, which is pretty concerning because yesterday he said there was no way we’d be ready for this to hit it’s apex in a week.
  • They are still projecting a need for 70k to 110k beds at the apex of this crisis.
  • We currently have 53,000 beds statewide. Only 36,000 of those beds are downstate. Keep in mind that downstate currently has the majority of the infections.
  • He says “by any estimate, we do not have enough beds”.
  • When does this end? Holy Christ, the model he shows on screen now goes until August.
  • How many lives lost? He shows the same slide from yesterday that shows we will have 16,000 deaths.
  • He says “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and that is true for the hospital system too.”
  • We need beds, staff and supplies to save lives.
  • Construction has started at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and at The Staten Island Psych Center. Both are expected to open next week.
  • QUICK FUN FACT: Staten Island has an interesting, and morbid, history when it comes to their mental health facilities. In 1983, one of this facility’s predecessors was the subject of a documentary called “children of darkness”. In the documentary, they allege that the children held there were often “warehoused” because of society’s inability to cure them. Several children died there under suspicious circumstances, and I remember friends from Staten Island telling me the site was haunted well into the 2000s. The original site of the psych ward was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. This location is a new building, and I think it might have been an administrative office previously.
  • Beds are the least of our problems. They are much more worried about beds and supplies.
  • Staff has been moved from upstate to downstate.
  • 21,000 people from out of state have volunteered to help us during this crisis. THANK YOU!!!! ❤
  • When we can return the favor, we will!
  • 85,400 medical professionals have volunteered to come out of retirement for this. THANK YOU!!!! ❤
  • Equipment continues to be a problem.
  • For the first time ever, we have a hospital to hospital survey of all of our supplies.
  • These surveys will now happen on a nightly basis.
  • We cannot invoke the defense production act as a state, so he asks that local companies consider what they can do and reach out to the state to help. If you own a company that can make any sort of PPE, the state would like to hear from you. They are willing to pay a premium to anyone who can help. The state will also finance any transition costs your company may have.
  • 400 ventilators were released to the New York City public hospital system, and 200 were given to Long Island and Westchester hospitals.
  • At our current burn rate, we have enough ventilators to last about six days.
  • These numbers will also be compiled and assessed every night.
  • The state has no desire to buy more than we need because “the state is broke, and these are very expensive. But, we need what we need.”
  • They are taking extraordinary measures to make sure we know where every single ventilator in the state is, and to come up with alternate solutions for if we run out. These solutions include splitting ventilators, converting anesthesia machines, and converting BiPAP machines.
  • They are also still looking for ventilators that can be purchased and used immediately.
  • Northwell has been working on the conversion process for BiPAP machines and will be training the other hospitals how to do it. The state has purchased 3,000 BiPAP machines for this purpose.
  • The healthcare exchange will now be reopened until May 15th. He says 96% of the state has health insurance, which surprises me honestly. But, if you are not insured, you will now have a second chance to sign up. This would be me. I will most likely check this out this week and report back on how that goes.
  • DAILY UPDATE ON CHRIS “NEWS BAE” CUOMO! He’s doing ok. Still looking fine as hell. ❤
  • OMG! WE ARE GETTING CHRIS LIVE! YASSS! I friggin love these two together!
  • Chris says this has been a challenge for his hair. LOL
  • Chris adds that Andrew looks like he’s been cutting his own hair. ZING.
  • CHRIS ON HIS SYMPTOMS WITH THE VIRUS: “I had hallucinations. I was seeing pop. You came to me in a dream. You had on a very interesting ballet outfit, and you were dancing in the dream, and you were waving a wand and saying I wish I could wave my wand and make this go away, and then you spun around and you danced away.”
  • ANDREW: “Normally we joke. I’m not gonna do that today. You know, rule one is you never hit a brother when he’s down, and uh… you’re literally in the basement, soooo…” hahahahah
  • Honestly, you guys should watch this one for yourself because these two are a real joy to see together. Governor Cuomo has the whole video on his facebook feed!

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Press conference with New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio (4/1/20)

As I’ve said in a few of my recent posts, the whole process of watching these press conferences and taking accurate notes is a long, arduous, tedious process. If a press conference runs for an hour, it takes me about three hours to type up a recap here. If it runs for two hours, it takes me closer to five or six hours to get a post done. So, keeping all that in mind, I just want you to know that Mayor De Blasio went on for TWO HOURS today. TWO HOURS!

In true New York City spirit, I’m gonna keep it completely real with y’all. Two hours is too much De Blasio for me. He is easily the least impactful of the three political figures I usually cover here. Governor Cuomo is a straight shooter who gives us hard data and facts without a lot of sugar coating, and I respect that. Nearly everything Cuomo says is useful in some way. Donald Trump is a total idiot. But, unfortunately for all of us, he’s a really powerful idiot and so I have to cover him. De Blasio is neither useful, nor all that powerful. I think De Blasio has generally good intentions, but deadass… he’s honestly not giving us any information that Cuomo hasn’t already said.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to give you the super condensed version of what De Blasio says in just about every press conference. Are you ready?

BILL DE BLASIO

  • Thank you to everyone who has helped us so far.
  • We need a fuck ton more stuff.
  • Everything Cuomo said.
  • 30 minutes of platitudes about how strong New Yorkers are. (possibly it was a full hour today, Idk)
  • Something about the jails.
  • Something about alternate side parking.

And there you have it! That’s the whole press conference.

Why even make this post? I hear you asking, and you deserve answers. Don’t worry, I have a good one! I’m mostly making this post so I can share one of my good friend’s observations from one of De Blasio’s earlier press conferences.

My friend Christina Cruz of Brooklyn sent me these photos.

She asks “WHO IS DOING DE BLASIO’S NAILS?!?”

There’s no denying that the man takes care of his hands.

“He got a home tech or something? I THOUGHT WE WERE ON LOCKDOWN!” she adds, as she zooms in on the screen.

Are those french tips???

“They on point though.” she concedes.

Is she wrong, though? I ask you, where is the lie?

And with that, I close the post!

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Andrew Cuomo New York City New York State

Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/1/20)

Last night, the White House gave us some charts and facts. Today New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, does the same.

ANDREW CUOMO

  • Our numbers continue to go up.
  • 220,880 tests have now been completed in the state of New York. 15,694 of those tests were completed yesterday.
  • 96,528 of those tests were completed in New York City. 7,331 of those tests were completed yesterday.
  • There have been 83,712 positive cases so far in the state of New York. 7,917 of those positives were new yesterday.
  • There have been 47,439 positive cases so far in just New York City. 4,300 of those cases were new yesterday.
  • For those you keeping score at home, that means 37% of all tests are coming back positive, and 56% of all positive cases in New York State are in New York City.
  • For some added perspective, New York City alone now makes up 25% of all COVID-19 cases in the USA, and 5% of all COVID-19 cases in the entire world.
  • But, if you would like to see a reassuring number; 47,439 represents less than 1% of the population of New York City. Don’t quote me on this, because I did fail math once in high school… lol, but I think that means that roughly 1 in every 1,000 people has tested positive here so far.
  • There is only one county that does not have a confirmed case in New York State.
  • He says this should be a warning to the rest of the country. If even rural areas upstate have managed to catch the virus, everyone is vulnerable.
  • There are 12,226 people currently hospitalized in New York State. 1,297 of them were admitted yesterday.
  • There are currently 3,022 ICU patients in New York. 312 of them were intubated yesterday.
  • 6,142 patients have been discharged so far. 1,167 of them were discharged yesterday. ❤
  • We are still the most impacted state. We are followed by New Jersey (18,696 cases/267 deaths), California (8,582 cases/183 deaths), Michigan (7,630 cases/264 deaths), and Florida (6,741 cases/85 deaths).
  • He has been working well with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut. I would like to personally add that I am sending my love and prayers to both states. The tristate area has always been closely related, and they’re in my thoughts now too.
  • At the time of the press conference, 1,941 people had died in New York City.
  • 391 people died from COVID-19 in New York yesterday.
  • If you go on a ventilator, there is only a 20% chance that you will come off the ventilator. The longer you stay on the ventilator, the worse the odds are.
  • The overall trajectory of our infection curve is still going up.
  • People keep asking when this will end, but the answer is still that we do not know.
  • He says facts are empowering, and I totally agree.
  • The McKinsey model shows that the current expected Apex in New York will happen at the end of April.
  • The models change constantly based on available data.
  • This model is based on minimal social distancing.
  • This second model is based on high compliance with social distancing.
  • Both models believe the Apex will be at the end of April, but we will have a better outcome as far as deaths and hospitalizations if we have high compliance with social distancing.
  • It’s not that helpful to compare the outcome in Wuhan to here, because in Wuhan they fully locked the city down and would not allow people to leave their apartments for anything. Even groceries were available for delivery only. He says this is not a reasonable expectation in America because we have no way to enforce it and our culture most likely wouldn’t comply.
  • Other models project the apex at different times. It could be as soon as seven days, or as far away as six weeks. He says we are planning based on a moderate projection because “we don’t even have a chance” of being prepared for the highest projections.
  • Using the IHME projections the white house is using (funded by Bill Gates), we are projected to have 16,000 deaths in New York. This model predicts 93,000 deaths in total across the country. That would mean 17% of all deaths in the USA will be in New York.
  • He reminds us that those numbers mean this problem is a national problem.
  • He says everyone should be watching us, because we are everyone else’s future.
  • If the IHME model is correct, we will continue to have a high death rate all the way through July.
  • Could we possibly deal with this and get the economy back up and running in the summer? He says if we can develop a rapid testing procedure that it may be possible. He says rapid testing would also end many people’s anxiety.
  • Regeneron has created 500,000 test kits at no charge. The first batch was delivered on Monday, and there will be an ongoing delivery of 25,000 per day from now on.
  • Corning has donated 100,000 tubes, and has provided an additional 500,000 at a reduced cost with expedited delivery.
  • Young people need to do better and respect the social distancing rules. You can get COVID-19 at any age and give it to anyone you love. Don’t take that risk.
  • All New York City playgrounds will now be closed down. FINALLY.
  • The open spaces in parks will still be open.
  • All of our hospitals in the state are now cooperating.
  • We continue to fight the good fight and plan forward.
  • QUOTE: “As a society, beyond just this immediate situation, we should start looking forward to understand how this experience is going to change us, or how it should change us. Because this is going to be transformative. It is going to be transformative on a personal basis, on a social basis, on a systems basis… we’re never going to be the same again. We’re not going to forget what happened here. The fear that we have, the anxiety that we have, that’s not just going to go away. When do we get back to normal? I don’t think we get back to normal. I think we get back- or we get to a new normal.”
  • QUOTE: “Our challenge is to make sure that transformation, and that change, is positive and not negative.”
  • QUOTE: “you could get wary of intimacy, and contact, and density. Social distancing… don’t go near anyone! What a terrible thing to live with as a human being. What a cruel torture. Isolate yourself from other people. Be afraid of hugging someone. Just think how emotionally, and personally, repugnant that concept is, right? We crave human connection. And now we’re being told that could be dangerous. You can’t kiss, you can’t hug, you can’t hold hands. So, how do we come out of this, and make sure that it’s positive, and negative? How do we learn from this? And how do we grow from this? In society, in life, you will get knocked on your rear end. You will deal with pain, you will deal with death, you will deal with setbacks, you will deal with suffering. The question is, how do you get up?”
  • He says we need to learn from this and prepare for the next big event, and he is right. He mentions climate change, and I think it’s worth noting that there are some people who expect us to have a catastrophic climate event within the next ten years. He says this will not be the only disaster we go through in this lifetime, and I think he is right about that too. He says we need to ask ourselves why we aren’t doing better with tele-health, tele-education, and intergovernmental coordination. He asks what we can do to make our economy more resilient, and asks why we are buying our medical supplies from china. All valid questions, in my opinion.
  • He says once again, that we need to learn how to plan for how to get ahead of the next disaster. He really should be the president. I wish he was our president.
  • He gives us a quote from Winston Churchill. It says “It is no use saying ‘we are doing our best’. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”
  • He says the quote is a bit harsh, but that is where we are now.
  • UPDATE ON CHRIS ‘NEWS BAE’ CUOMO: He has a fever, body chills and all of the symptoms of a bad flu. We all wish him a speedy recovery!
  • I love that he is calling him “Christopher” today instead of Chris. A true big brother!
  • God bless these two men. Their dynamic gives me life. You can tell there is a lot of love in that family.
  • He says he sent him a book called “a beginner’s guide to striped bass fishing” and adds “I hope he picks up some tips from that”.
  • He calls Chris’s decision to do his show last night from his basement “gusty and courageous.” ❤
  • QUOTE: “Kudos to him. My pop would be proud. I love you, little brother. And even though isn’t a flattering picture- I did not pick this picture with your mouth open, but it is… suitable in some ways.” LOLOLOLOL!!!!!

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: What’s the state’s policy on testing posthumously for coronavirus?
  • CUOMO: I have no idea.
  • DR. ZUCKER: If we suspect COVID-19 and they are tested in the autopsy, they are added to the numbers.
  • QUESTION: Were there patients moved from New York City to Albany last night?
  • CUOMO: Yes. We talked about this being one state, and how we would be supporting each other before.
  • QUESTION: Does this mean that the downstate hospitals are full?
  • CUOMO: He says we’ve been saying we need 140,000 beds. 110,000 of those are for COVID patients. 30,000 are regular hospitalizations. We tried to reduce the number of non COVID patients by saying no elective surgeries, but obviously there are still a lot of non COVID patients. The transfer to Albany was more of a one off situation which was individually arranged. I’m going to guess he can’t tell us anything about the patient because of privacy laws, but I am INFERRING that this was not a COVID patient.
  • QUESTION: What capacity is left in NYC and in Long Island and Westchester too?
  • CUOMO: He says they are not at capacity now, but they expect to go over capacity when we reach the apex in the city.
  • QUESTION: What are the criteria for being transferred upstate?
  • CUOMO: He says it is a pure capacity issue.
  • QUESTION: Is closing playgrounds enough to control the density at this point?
  • CUOMO: He says he had this conversation with the city, and the NYPD has to get more aggressive about breaking up groups. PERIOD.
  • QUOTE: [people say] “Well, it’s not a law enforcement issue. IT IS. And if you’re gonna force me into a position where I have to mandate it and make it a law, a social distancing law, that uh- which I think is ABSURD- but it has to be enforced. First, how reckless and irresponsible and selfish for people not to do it on their own. I mean, what else do you have to know? What else do you have to hear? Who else has to die for you to understand you have a responsibility in this, right? I mean, it’s just.. It’s just… really so incredible. Especially we New Yorkers, who live in a dense environment, and know how interdependent they are on one another, right? And this is a situation where one person sneezes, and I get infected. So, our own social responsibility , the individual responsibility, the civic duty, but beyond that, yeah, we’re going to need to get law enforcement to be more aggressive.”
  • PERSONAL NOTE: CAN CONFIRM. I went to Target today in The Bronx to pick up a prescription and some people in there were STILL acting like boo boo the fool about the new rules! Inching right up on each other in line, bunching up in the aisles, WEARING FACE MASKS AROUND THEIR NECKS. I mean, come on, people… the mask will not do you any good if you keep pulling it down to talk to your friend and answer the phone. Also, the amount of people who were wearing the mask over their mouth only… HAVE Y’ALL NOT BEEN PAYING ANY ATTENTION??? The mask goes OVER YOUR NOSE! GAWD!!! My local target does have security guards separating people, but they can’t be everywhere at once. We need to do better.
  • QUESTION: With so many members of the NYPD calling out sick, are there any plans to shore up our law enforcement in the city?
  • CUOMO: The backfill will come from state police, and we can deputize police officers from upstate to serve in the city.
  • QUESTION: How many volunteer medical people have been called in so far?
  • CUOMO: We are matching people up to hospitals as quickly as we can.
  • QUESTION: Have any upstate staff come down to the city?
  • CUOMO: Yes.
  • QUESTION: Why aren’t playgrounds closed upstate?
  • CUOMO: Because we don’t have the same density and compliance issues upstate.
  • QUESTION: When will the temporary hospitals come online?
  • CUOMO: They are the last resort. He says we will run out of staff before we run out of beds, and we may run out of equipment before we run out of staff.
  • QUESTION: What do you think of religious charities (with hateful views towards the LGTBQ community) running temporary hospitals in NYC?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “Anyone who can help, god bless.”
  • QUESTION: Do you think the federal government is being truthful about their stockpile of equipment?
  • CUOMO: He says he doesn’t know what they have in the stockpile. He says he doesn’t know if the federal government has enough to meet the needs of the people in their stockpiles, but he prays that they do because that is the only option.
  • QUOTE: “Remarkably, in a real cruel twist of fate, China is the main manufacturer for all these things. It all comes back to China.”
  • CUOMO: He again says that all of the states are trying to buy ventilators, but the federal government has outbid everyone. They are now the only source of ventilators for the states. But, the US is now bidding against the world. So, all we can do is pray.
  • QUESTION: Has this experience made you think more about a concept like universal basic income, or a single payer centrally managed healthcare system, which is kind of what you’re doing now.
  • CUOMO: He says no system will work if the entire economy is shut down, and asks who pays for universal basic income? He says he doesn’t have the answers, but we now have the questions.
  • QUESTION: What would that model look like without social distancing? Does the apex change?
  • DR. JIM MALATRAS: No, it does not. If we social distance effectively, we will have less deaths. But, the timing remains the same.

Governor Cuomo also adds that he wants to thank everyone on his team for completing the budget on time. He says it’s a difficult budget because we have no money. There will be more on that to come later.

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Announcing some additions to the site!

Happy April 1st!

This morning one of my wonderful friends here in the city reached out to me to ask if I would like some help with this blog. She’s an actress, writer and a producer herself, so OF COURSE I said yes! Keeping up with all of these press conferences can be very overwhelming for one person, not to mention the emotional toll all of this bad news takes after awhile. So, yes, I am absolutely open to taking on submissions from my friends!

My main goal in starting this project was to make sure that everyone stays informed, and to give people outside of New York City a real life glimpse into our situation here. I want to give this crisis a human face, but I would be even happier to give you a whole rainbow of faces instead. So, with that in mind, if you would like to volunteer to cover a press conference OR submit a story about your own personal experiences during this shut down, please email me and tell me what you have in mind at Carbetarian@gmail.com.

Anyone who is featured on the blog will be given full credit for their work, and will be allowed to link to any side projects or venmo/cashapp/gofundme/paypal accounts they wish to share. It’s not much, but I would love to use this blog to introduce more talent to the world. If you have a COVID-19 story you would like to share that is NOT from New York, that is ok too! All perspectives are welcome.

Lastly, if someone you know and love has passed away from COVID-19 and you would like a place to post a remembrance, I am also opening my blog up to you. You are welcome to write about your loved one in your own words, or you can call me up and tell me your story and I will write it up for you. You are also welcome to use that space to link to a gofundme account, or anything else you feel would be helpful.

We are all in this together, and everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to sharing even more of this space with you all in the future.

❤ Amy

West Broadway in SoHo at this time last year.
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Bill De Blasio New York City

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announces a new field hospital on the grounds of the US OPEN (3/31/20)

Because of how time consuming it is to cover three press conferences a day, I will be skipping the questions on this one. Today New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio joins us live from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Most people know this place as the annual site of the US Open. For many people in the event industry, working the US Open is a yearly tradition. So, I anticipate that, like the Javits Center before it, this one will be another painfully personal location for a lot of us.

If you want to know what my credential looked like in 2017 – 2019, I can tell you that it looked exactly the same. I’ve been reusing that picture for about five years now. haha
Fun with promo friends at one of the sponsor booths!
The US Open is A LOT of long days back to back. Sometimes you just need a nap!
Serena Williams takes the court in last year’s US Open
Tennis fans watch the match on the TV Screens outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium
Home, sweet home!

BILL DE BLASIO

  • Yesterday, the USNS Comfort added 1,000 hospital beds to our city’s fight. Today, we add another iconic location to our cause.
  • The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (better known as the site of The US Open), will be converted into a field hospital. It will have a 350 bed capacity.
  • He says that he knows it’s sad to see a location like this used for this purpose, but it will save lives. We all look forward to seeing tennis played here again, but for now this is an inspiring reminder of New Yorkers working together.
  • He knows we are all experiencing grief, but we cannot allow ourselves to be paralyzed by the pain. We have to keep fighting.
  • We have lost more public servants. We mourn them, and pray for their families.
  • He says this will go on for weeks, and it will be tough. But, we will survive.
  • Before the coronavirus, this city had about 20,000 hospital beds in total. In the next week or two, we aim to triple that number.
  • 60,000 hospital beds sounds daunting, but look at how fast we have been able to create these field hospitals. We are just going to keep on creating.
  • He says that he has not heard a single “no” this week. Every person they have asked to donate space has said yes.
  • This facility will specifically serve as the overflow for Elmhurst Hospital.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: Speaking as someone who has worked the US Open many, many times, this is another one of those surreal moments that you need some context to fully grasp. The US Open has traditionally been a playground for the rich. All of the celebrities come to see it. One cocktail costs $20. In many ways, it is an iconic symbol of privilege. Yes, you can get affordable tickets to the US Open if you love tennis. But, if you don’t have a sizable budget, you can forget about eating there, drinking there, or buying anything from the shops. New York City public hospitals, on the other hand, tend to be associated with the poor and the working class. They are constantly stressed and overcrowded because there are only 11 public hospitals in New York City vs 160+ private ones. Most people don’t choose to go to a public hospital if they can afford private care, even though our public hospitals are generally good hospitals. Now, in a strange sort of role reversal, all of those front row seats that were once reserved for the elite of our society to watch other millionaires play tennis will look out at our public hospital patients instead. A friend of mine who came down with the virus posted a status on facebook today that said in part “don’t take anything for granted. The world is shifting.” Watching this press conference, it seems an appropriate quote to leave here too.
  • Unlike the USNS Comfort and the Javits Center, this facility WILL be taking coronavirus patients.
  • It will take three week to fully build out this facility, but they will be able to take their first patients as early as next week.
  • We thank the USTA, FEMA, the army corps of engineers, and everyone at the city who helped make this happen.
  • A few days ago, we all heard the disturbing news that we have broken the record for the most calls to 911 basically everyday for the last week. The number he gave us last time was 7,000 calls a day. FEMA has thankfully sent us help to deal with that call volume.
  • FEMA has given us 250 additional ambulances to help our EMS providers.
  • 500 nurses were added to the public hospital system last week, this week an additional 1,500 are coming.
  • At the time of the press conference, New York City had a full quarter of all COVID-19 cases in the United States.
  • He says again that Sunday, April 5th is when we expect to see a huge increase in the number of cases.
  • He has asked the federal government to send more aid, and he is still waiting on an answer.
  • But, he says the federal government has been stepping up and doing more for us, and he hopes that they will honor our request.
  • Last week we received an additional 2,500 ventilators. We still need more, and we are waiting to hear from the federal government about this too.
  • Our total need for ventilators is still 15,000. We need them as soon as possible because our peak may be coming very soon.
  • If anyone in this city has a ventilator, we need every single one we have.
  • From this point forward, the state of new york will be pooling resources and distributing them to the hospitals.
  • As of yesterday 900 inmates have been released from our jail system. These are people who are at high risk from the virus, and were not considered a threat to society.
  • More inmates will be released, and updates will be given as they happen.
  • All non essential construction must stop immediately. If you are doing non essential construction, you will be fined and shut down.
  • If you had a tax lien on your property and your property was due to be sold by the state, that sale will be postponed until August.
  • Alternate side parking will be suspended for an additional two weeks, that means the suspension is currently extended through Tuesday, April 14th.
  • They have decided to shut down ten playgrounds that were not complying with the social distancing rules. Those ten playgrounds will be locked up starting tomorrow. If they see non compliance at other parks, those parks will be shut down too.
  • An employee at the Amazon warehouse in Staten Island claims that they were fired for bringing up health and safety concerns at work. The city takes this allegation very seriously and has ordered the human rights commission to investigate Amazon immediately. If this allegation is proven to be true, it would be a violation of human rights and the city will take action on it immediately. The Mayor has also ordered a police inspection of the facility to ensure that social distancing is being observed, and the inspections will continue to happen as needed.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I know someone who worked in that warehouse before coronavirus, and their description of the working conditions was awful. They compared the treatment there to slavery, and when news of this human rights violation went public they told me they were not surprised. So, with that in mind, I tend to believe that the employee was telling the truth. JUST MY TWO CENTS.
  • Life has become strange and troubling, but we will continue to fight back. New Yorkers are not people who get defeated easily. He says he has faith in New Yorkers, and in New York City. Me too, Bill. Me too.
Mayor De Blasio holds court earlier today at USTA tennis center.
I look forward to the day when we can all hug again soon. ❤

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/31/20)

In today’s press conference, Governor Cuomo comes to us live from Albany, New York. The big headlines today are that his much beloved brother, Chris “NEWS BAE” Cuomo, has contracted that Coronavirus, and that FEMA has effectively made it impossible for the states to buy anymore ventilators on their own. What? You all don’t call Chris “news bae”? That’s just me? Ah well, whatever. Enjoy the notes!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • The number of cases continues to go up. We are still in search of the apex of this curve.
  • 205,186 have been tested in New York state so far. 18,645 tests were done yesterday.
  • 89,197 tests have been done in New York City alone. 9,892 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 17,795 people have tested positive so far in New York State. 9,298 people tested positive yesterday.
  • 43,139 people have tested positive in New York City. 5,686 people tested positive yesterday.
  • He says there are two counties without a case, but the map only shows one county without a case. I think he’s getting tired, which is completely understandable.
  • We have 10,929 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19. That number is up 1,412 people since yesterday.
  • We have 2,710 ICU patients (a patient on a ventilator). That number is up 358 since yesterday.
  • 4, 975 patients have been discharged so far.
  • 771 people were discharged yesterday. ❤
  • He coughed!!!! NOOOOO!!!!
  • New York State still has the most cases in the country. We are followed by New Jersey (16,636 cases/199 deaths), California (7,421 cases/146 deaths), Michigan (6,508 cases/197 deaths), and Massachusetts (5,752 cases/61 deaths).
  • New York State has had 1,550 deaths so far.
  • 332 people died from COVID-19 in New York yesterday.
  • Yesterday we had the most hospitalizations we have had so far.
  • The number of intubations was down slightly from yesterday by 8 people.
  • The number of people discharged went up yesterday from the number of people discharged the day before.
  • We are continuing to pursue our two missions: helping to fight this battle on the frontlines at the hospitals, and practicing good social responsibility by staying at home.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I hear coughing outside my window right now. Please stay indoors!
  • They are continuing to follow the projections of experts.
  • They are continuing to procure equipment.
  • They are continuing to identify beds.
  • We need to find more ways to support our medical staff.
  • He says “I am tired of being behind the virus.” He says we knew about this virus, and we should have been preparing for it to come here. However, no one prepared and now we are playing catch up. And, as he says, “you don’t win playing catch up”.
  • QUOTE: “The second rule to never underestimate your opponent, and we underestimated this virus. It’s more powerful, it’s more dangerous than we expected.”
  • He says we must plan forward and get ahead of this and plan for the next battle. The next battle will be the apex of this curve.
  • He reminds everyone that this is the whole point of creating a stockpile. Maybe we don’t need everything now, but we will most certainly need it in a week.
  • He says New York’s Apex could be anywhere from 14 days to 30 days away. Mayor De Blasio here in NYC keeps saying that our make or break day is Sunday, but De Blasio is never as clear in his reasoning as Cuomo, so I’m not exactly sure what he means by that or where he got his information. Cuomo and De Blasio seem to disagree about quite a few things in this crisis.
  • He continues on that we need a social acceptance of the time expectations involved here. We’re all anxious, and tired, and fatigued. Everyone wants to know, when is it over? He says “nobody knows”.
  • Although no one can tell us when this will end, Governor Cuomo says he can promise you this… it won’t be ending soon.
  • Yesterday he met with the entire state’s hospital system. Everyone has agreed to work together, starting now.
  • There are about 160 private hospitals in New York City, and 11 public hospitals.
  • The 11 public hospitals have always been under the greatest stress, and had the greatest need.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: Having been to the ER at Bellevue many times myself because of my chronic health problems, I can confirm this. It is not uncommon to wait hours to get into the ER at Bellevue, nor is it uncommon for them to be so overcrowded that patients are left in hallways, ON A REGULAR DAY. That said, our public hospitals are amazing institutions, and you will never hear me give them anything but praise for the care they have given me over the years.
  • We must break the barriers between these two systems in New York City and operate as one.
  • We also have to end the distinctions between upstate and downstate hospitals and be more flexible about where patients are sent.
  • He says “We know today where we must focus. Our stressed hospitals have the least capacity to handle an additional load.”
  • This is what we’ve been seeing at Elmhurst hospital. It is a public hospital, in a place with a dense population, and it got overwhelmed. That can’t happen going forward.
  • QUOTE: “People said Elmhurst isn’t my responsibility. Elmhurst is a public hospital. The city runs it. I don’t run it. It’s New York City. It’s not a private hospital. I don’t care which link breaks in the chain. The chain is still broken. It doesn’t matter which hospital, which link… if ANY link breaks, the chain breaks. The healthcare system is a chain. It breaks anywhere, it breaks everywhere. That has to be our mentality.”
  • They developed a comprehensive plan for shifting patients and resources, and New York hospitals will be pooling supplies.
  • The projections say we will need between 20,000 and 40,000 ventilators. Here is what we have so far.
  • 6,500 ventilators are already downstate.
  • 4,400 ventilators are in stockpiles from the Federal Government.
  • 800 ventilators are in a state stockpile.
  • 1,000 ventilators have already been distributed from the state stockpile.
  • The state has ordered an additional 17,000 ventilators, and the note by it says “3 weeks).
  • 2,750 BiPAP machines have been ordered. A BiPAP machine is similar to a CPAP machine, and is usually used by people who have sleep apnea to ensure they can breathe throughout the night.
  • For those of you keeping score at home, all of those numbers come to a total of 32,450 ventilators. I think our success here will come down to how fast the ventilators the state ordered get here. But, overall, I am really impressed with how many ventilators Cuomo and company were able to find!
  • They are also still looking at splitting ventilators between two patients.
  • He says he spoke to the president, the vice president, and Jared Kushner yesterday, and that they were very helpful.
  • PPE will also be stockpiled and shared fairly.
  • He says he thinks this will end when we have a 15 minute at home test that will allow people to know if it’s safe to go back to work yet.
  • They are still testing new medications, and working on saliva, antibody and plasma tests as well.
  • They now have a central coordinating team run by the department of health. He adds “if the federal government is going to participate, they have to be part of this team because we have to know what we’re doing, and I don’t want FEMA coming in and blowing the coordination of what everyone is trying to do.”
  • The coordinating team is going to arrange upstate/downstate transfers, and set patient loads for hospitals. So, if one hospital gets up to or near their capacity, those hospitals can start to send patients to other hospitals before they get up to their max.
  • Most importantly… STAY AT HOME.
  • QUOTE: “I know it’s hard to stay at home, and I know everyone thinks I can go out, and I can be smart, and I won’t get it infected because… it’s me! I’m a superhero. It’s not gonna be me. That is not true. And it’s not just about you. It’s not just about your health, and your life that you’re playing with here, my friend. You can infect other people.”
  • QUOTE: “Everyone is subject to this virus. It is the great equalizer.”
  • Chris Cuomo has tested positive. NOOOOOOO!!! He found out this morning. I have worked many upfront events for CNN in the past, and I’ve met Chris a couple times. He’s always very personable and nice, and he’s a great news anchor. I am praying for him!
  • QUOTE: “He is going to be fine. He’s young, in good shape, uh… strong… not as strong as he thinks, but… uh, he will be fine.” LOL, I love these two so much!
  • If Chris Cuomo can get it, you all can too. So, think twice before you go outside.
  • Chris is quarantined in his basement at home. He’s mostly worried about his kids, and hoping he didn’t get them infected.
  • QUOTE: “You don’t really know Chris. You know, you see Chris on the show at night, 9 o’clock on CNN. But, you just see one dimension, right? You see a person in his job, and in his job, he’s combative, and he’s argumentative, and he’s pushing people… but, that’s his job. That’s really not who he is. He’s a really sweet, beautiful guy. And he’s my best friend. My father was always working, so it was always just me and Chris. And he’s a lawyer also, Chris. He’s a lawyer because growing up, the decision point came to what do you want to do after college? And my father was a very strong personality. And my father basically suggested forcefully to Chris that he should be a lawyer. It was a different time, and a different place, ya know? Now my daughters, Cara who’s here, they all follow their individual stars. This is their destiny, which is right. If you had said to my father ‘I want to follow my individual star’, he would say you can follow your individual star right out that door. So, Chris went to law school. But, he never really had a desire to practice law. He calls me when he’s about 26, he’s at a law firm, and he said ‘you know, I don’t want to be a lawyer’. I said ‘ yeah, I know, but you are now a lawyer. You are.’ He said ‘yeah, but I don’t want to be a lawyer’. I said ‘what do you want to be?’. He said ‘I want to be a journalist.’. I said ‘you want to be a journalist?’ I said ‘it’s too late. You’re a lawyer. You have to pay law school bills. You didn’t go to journalism school. It’s too late,’ ‘No, no, I think I can do it’ and God bless him, he quit the law firm, went to work for Fox TV, which is a whole separate conversation in the house, and then worked his way up. He’s at CNN. He does a beautiful job. But… a sweet guy. And now he’s quarantined in the basement, but he’s funny as heck. He says to me ‘even the dogs won’t come downstairs’. Soooo… But he is concerned about his wife and his kids.”
  • Yes, I took down the whole quote for y’all because I love this family so much. If you haven’t watched Chris and Andrew together on CNN, please look it up. They are hilarious! I would pay to watch a thanksgiving special about those two!
  • He says their mother was at “CHRISTOPHER”’s house two weeks ago, and that was a mistake. He went for his full government first name there! That’s how you know who the big brother is. Haha
  • “Matilda’s law” is named for their mother. This law covers all of our social distancing protocols.
  • He says there is nothing that we have learned that is different since we started doing these briefings.
  • In my mind, I saw a supercut to a shot of Trump saying “WE’VE LEARNED SO MUCH” every night during his briefings, and got a good laugh out of that.
  • QUOTE: “We know what we have to do. We just have to do it.”
  • He said to FEMA “you have to learn how to do your job, and you have to do it quickly”.
  • New York will happily share our resources and knowledge with the next cities to be hit. He names Detroit and New Orleans as next.
  • He says if we were smart as a nation, we would be sending help here first and then passing it along in a wave from hotspot to hotspot. The key word here, in my opinion, is IF.
  • We need to put politics aside and all work together.

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: How many healthcare workers are on the ground right now?
  • CUOMO: The problem is that healthcare workers are working too much. We have 78,000 people who have volunteered to come out of retirement to help. We are sorting those people out to different locations now.
  • JIM MALATRAS: We are launching an online portal to help assign those folks today. We have about 175 people working on background checks to make sure we have the right people for the right job, and we expect to have some of those people out by Thursday.
  • QUESTION: Do you have any new projections as to when the apex might hit in New York City and the state as a whole?
  • CUOMO: We have five models that we look at, and no two are the same. The range on the apex is somewhere between 7 to 21 days. There are a lot of variables they’re looking at. The number of beds we’ll need also varies a lot, as do the projections on ventilators.
  • QUESTION: You mandated that hospitals increase capacity by 50%, do you anticipate needing to enforce that mandate in order to get them to do that.
  • CUOMO: The hospitals have been cooperative. They’ve all added 50% capacity. We’re also mandating that the hospitals share their supplies. He does not anticipate that being a problem either. The problem will be maintaining capacities, because all of our hospitals will be weighted down now.
  • QUESTION: So the newest mandate your adding will allow you to demand private hospitals take patients from public hospitals when the public hospitals get overloaded?
  • CUOMO: Yes. Before this week, there was no system to help a hospital that had become overloaded. Now there is. It’s never been done before.
  • QUESTION: Are New York City patients being transferred to upstate hospitals yet?
  • CUOMO: No. First, we’re going to try to bring upstate staff down to NYC. Sending patients upstate is the worst case scenario.
  • QUESTION: Who’s paying for all this?
  • CUOMO: All of the transfers are voluntary. But, we’re all paying the cost. The hospitals are paying the cost. The state is paying the cost. Frankly, we’ll figure out the cost later. He says “who pays the bill should not determine who lives and dies”.
  • How many active ICU beds do you have now?
  • CUOMO: He gives us an answer about the “3 weeks” note I mentioned earlier! QUOTE: “we have ORDERED 17,000 [ventilators] from China. That we would pay for, roughly $25,000 each. By the way, anyone who says ‘oh maybe you don’t need that many ventilators. You don’t need that many. You don’t really believe you need that many.’ You know how you know I really believe that number? Because we are paying $25k per ventilator, and we are broke. And the last thing I want to do is buy a single ventilator that I don’t need. The complexity with ventilators is we ordered 17,000 from China,  so did California, so did Illinois, so did the federal government, so did Italy. And what’s happening is, China… the orders into China are very slow coming out. Exactly how and why, we’re not sure. It’s just that they have such a tremendous demand. Of the 17,000, we only have a firm expectation on 2,500. We only have a firm expectation on 2,500.”
  • QUESTION: When are the rest supposed to come in?
  • CUOMO: They’re supposed to come in over the next two weeks.
  • QUESTION: Will they come in time for the apex?
  • CUOMO: Obviously, that depends on if the apex is in seven days or 21 days. He says when people look back on this situation, people will talk about how ridiculous this situation is. He says it’s like being on Ebay against 50+ aggressive people all bidding for the same item. He says “and now FEMA is bidding on top of the states. So, now FEMA is driving up the price! What sense does this make???”
  • QUESTION: How do non coronavirus emergencies factor into this new system?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “We’re learning things here that… it’s not that we’re learning things here. ANYONE could have told you a lot of these things, right? The situation I just explained with purchasing, did you really have to learn that 50 states shouldn’t compete against 50 states? And then FEMA shouldn’t come in late, and then compete with 50 states? Eh, you know, it’s not that you had to go to the Harvard Kennedy school to learn this, right? Should you really have a hospital system in New York state where you have private hospitals, you have these struggling public hospitals… there’s two separate systems… the upstate is separate, long island is separate… shouldn’t you have planned a comprehensive system? YES, but the commercial barriers to that, the political barriers to that, were so intense that if you didn’t have a disaster, an emergency, you couldn’t break through them. The conversation I had with these hospital leaders yesterday in that room, if it was not for the coronavirus, I would have never made it out of that room. I mean, what I was saying was so antithetical to the foundation of the business of healthcare in this state, which by the way is a multi-billion dollar business… it’s right, it was common sense, but sometimes you need the emergency to force change that would be very, very difficult otherwise.”
  • QUESTION: OK, but what about non coronavirus patients?
  • DR. ZUCKER: The new system is working on all those areas as well. Other emergencies are getting taken care of as well.
  • QUESTION: You have said that we will send ventilators to other hotspots, but there are questions about when that will be. Comments?
  • CUOMO: How do we know our peak will end before Chicagos? We don’t know that. So, it can be that we literally have all of the equipment, and then pass it along when we’re done. But, in essence, we do know that we will eventually be able to send stuff on, and what I’m saying is that if we can help somebody else with our supplies, we’re going to help somebody else.
  • QUESTION: Are you worried about staffing?
  • CUOMO: Yes. If you are out there working on the frontlines, your chance of getting infected is very high.
  • QUESTION: The other day you talked about forming a buy consortium with states. Is that still possible? 
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “What’s happening is that it is almost impossible to buy a ventilator. To the extent that anyone is successful in buying ventilators, FEMA basically came in and is now capturing the market. Because the ventilators are coming out of China, and FEMA basically bigfooted the states in China. So, to the extent that anyone is buying it, it’s FEMA. And that’s why the federal distribution is going to be so important, because they are the only ones. I can’t buy a ventilator. I can’t buy a ventilator. Whatever we’re willing to pay, I can’t buy a ventilator. So, it really comes down to how the federal government distributes it, and that’s why it’s so important.
  • QUESTION: What happens when we run out of ventilators? How do we decide who gets them?
  • CUOMO: He says he doesn’t even want to think about that.
  • QUESTION: Do you plan on signing an extension bill so that government employees will be paid on time?
  • CUOMO: He says he plans on signing a budget.
  • ROBERT MUJICA: He says all state employees will get paid tomorrow. It has nothing to do with the budget.
  • CUOMO: We have never not paid state employees.
  • QUESTION: What’s the update on the budget?
  • CUOMO: No update! He says “see how easy that was?” lol
  • QUESTION: What options are left to the state?
  • CUOMO: We do a budget based on the projections we now have, and if we don’t get enough funds we reduce the allocations we have.
  • QUESTION: Do you think the unemployment system is working as smoothly as you would like to see it?
  • CUOMO: No, it is not. It’s compounding people’s stress.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: CAN CONFIRM! It has been very difficult to even get on the damn website!
  • CUOMO: He says they have hundreds of people working on it, and he apologizes for all of the issues.
  • ROBERT MUJICA: He says they usually get 50,000 calls a week. Yesterday, JUST YESTERDAY, they got 1.2 MILLION calls. Last week, they had 7.8 million calls.
  • QUESTION: People have tested positive for the virus in our prison system, but the state is not saying where they are. Comment?
  • CUOMO: I’ve never heard that.
  • QUESTION: Do any of the rent relief bills extend to businesses?
  • CUOMO: Yes, we extended it to commercial. No one can be evicted for three months. He goes on to say that his daughters have also stopped paying him, and he thinks they are just taking advantage of the system. LOL!
  • QUESTION: There are reports that a minor died of the virus in New York. Can you give us any details? Did they have an underlying condition?
  • DR. ZUCKER: Yes, they did have an underlying condition. He says he can’t share it because of patient confidentiality laws.
  • QUESTION: Will we see any bail reform in the state?
  • CUOMO: It’s something we have to get done.
  • QUESTION: What happens at the end of three months when everyone owes several months of rent?
  • CUOMO: We’ll deal with that when we get there.
  • QUESTION: What happened with the budget?
  • CUOMO: He says only god can assign blame, we can only deal with reality.

As I wrap this recap up, I can hear a symphony of ambulance sirens outside my window. The apex is still yet to come.

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