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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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Donald Trump Dr. Deborah Birx Dr. Tony Fauci Mike Pence National Press Conference

Press conference with Donald Trump (3/31/20)

Ok everyone, Donald Trump has been hyping up today’s press conference for the last two days. Mike Pence’s “15 days to slow the spread” one sheet looks to have now been expanded into a “30 days to slow the spread” powerpoint presentation, so you know this is LEGIT. I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I’m pretty tired. Covering three press conferences a day is pretty challenging, especially when De Blasio spends half of his press conferences repeating the same emotional statements about New Yorkers, and Donald Trump spends two hours… well, mostly just taking up air. Cuomo is pretty much the only one giving us solid facts for an hour everyday, in my humble opinion. But regardless, Donald has promised us some really big news tonight. So, I’m buckling up and preparing whatever he throws at us.

The run time on this is 2 hours, so I may attempt to limit myself to only doing bullet points on things that are either really outrageous or actually useful to know.

DONALD TRUMP

  • He starts with the usual platitudes about how we all need to do our part to defeat the virus.
  • QUOTE: “some of what we’re learning now will live on into the future. I really believe that. Shaking hands, or not shaking hands… washing hands all the time. Staying a little apart.” – Donald “grab em by the pussy” Trump.
  • The social distancing guidelines are extended up April 30th.
  • He repeats again that we had “THE BEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD” before the virus.
  • Thanks to the relief bill, nearly 350 billion dollars will soon be available to help small businesses to pay their expenses over the next few months. He says the loans will be forgiven as long as employees are still paid, but he also says that independent contractors can apply for this loan as well. Speaking as an independent contractor, I am wondering how that works? Will I be forgiven for this loan as long as I continue to pay myself? Because, if so… done!
  • This program will begin on Friday, April 3rd.
  • He spoke with the leaders of many telecommunications and internet companies today about their work keeping our phone and data lines open.
  • He claims that other continents are having problems connecting to the internet, and I would like a fact check on this. Do I have any international readers? If so, how is your phone and internet service holding up? Because, to me this just sounds like another episode of “WE HAVE THE GREATEST BLAH BLAH BLAH” for the millionth time.
  • He says they are distributing massive amounts of medical equipment to the states, but they are still holding back 10,000 ventilators. Which is probably why we here in New York City have been reduced to watching our mayor beg anyone who can help to send us more ventilators on live tv.
  • He says he just spoke to the government of Michigan, and they had a good conversation.
  • He repeats yesterday’s breakdown of who recently got ventilators.
  • He says FEMA gave New York City 250 ambulances, as well as additional staff and supplies. He remarks that it is “a lot of ambulances”. And that is a lot of ambulances under normal circumstances. But my city has been getting 7,000 emergency calls a day. That’s the part of this that he’s missing.
  • In California, the army corps of engineers is developing 8 facilities to expand hospital beds by up to 50,000 beds.
  • The USNS Mercy is now operational and receiving patients in Los Angeles.
  • The USNS Comfort is also ready to receive patients in New York City.
  • In Michigan, FEMA will soon deliver a 250 bed field hospital and evaluate other field hospital locations, in addition to delivering the ventilators.
  • In Louisiana, FEMA is delivering two need field hospitals, which will add a total of 500 hospital beds. They are also going to convert the New Orleans convention center, which will have a 3,000 bed capacity. The convention center location will be open next week.
  • He again says the outbreak in Louisiana came “out of nowhere”.
  • Their convention center will take non COVID patients, much like the Javits Center.
  • The government has now successfully retrieved more 25,000 Americans who were stranded abroad because of this crisis.
  • He says we will be going through a very tough two weeks, and says it will be “very painful”.
  • He thanks the media for posting positive articles about him and says that he thinks, frankly, “only positive things can be said when you look at the job we’ve done.” Ok. Sure.
  • He says we are battling “the plague”.
  • He talks again about Emhurst hospital. He says QUOTE “to see the scenes of trailers out there, and uh… what they’re doing with those trailers… they’re freezers. And nobody can even believe it.” (he is speaking about the morgue trucks outside of the hospital)
  • He does say some kind words about the bravery of the people working at Elmhurst, and he again speaks about his friend who is in coma now because of the virus. I can’t stand this man, but I am very sensitive to other people’s emotions. In fact, I would say my ability to quickly identify other people’s emotional state is a part of what makes me so good at my job in the event industry. Everything in me reads this moment as a sincere expression of pain on his part. It’s horrible, and I do not take any joy in seeing anyone feel hurt. As the saying goes, an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. But, I am glad that these horrible scenes in New York are finally getting to him on some level. The fact that he is feeling pain may end up saving a lot of lives.

DR. BIRX

  • Our first slide is labeled “GOALS OF COMMUNITY MITIGATION”.
  • My cousin said she couldn’t see the slides on TV, so I’m adding them here for anyone that missed them.
  • The two mountains show what would happen if we do nothing, and what would happen with social distancing.
  • The next slide is labeled “IHME Model Chris Murray”.
  • This model used data from other countries to help project our losses if we use full mitigation.
  • These models are reshaped everyday by the reality on the ground.
  • The next slide is labeled “CUMULATIVE CASES PER 100,000 NY, NJ, CT, WA, CA”.
  • She says this chart is giving us hope, but as I sit here in NY I’m not really seeing how.
  • The next slide shows ALL FIFTY STATES.
  • She says their goal for the next month is to ensure that all the states along the bottom maintain that lower level of curve. As for New York, we’re basically screwed.
  • We need everyone to follow the guidelines perfectly in order to keep our curves flat. Again, unless you’re in New York, in which case lock yourself into your apartment and pray.
  • The next slide is labeled “DAILY NEW CASES IN ITALY”
  • As you can see, now in their fourth week of full mitigation, their curve has started to come down.
  • She warns that although we have hope, we must keep a close eye on changes in Detroit, Louisiana, Chicago, and Massachusetts.
  • She says it’s stressful to follow the guidelines, but it is more stressful for the people working on the frontlines. So stay at home.
  • She said there is no magic vaccine or therapy for this. We just have to change our behavior and stay inside.

DR. FAUCI

  • He says these are very revealing bits of data, and agrees with everything Dr. Birx said.
  • The first part of this curve is in an increase in new cases. When the cases begin to level off, the first result we’ll see is less hospitalizations, the second effect is less intubations, and the third effect is less deaths. Those last three steps always lag behind the first one.
  • He says we are seeing little inclinings of this pattern in New York, so we have to brace ourselves. In the next couple weeks, we’re going to continue to see things go up.
  • He says we cannot be discouraged by that because the mitigation is actually working, and will work.
  • He says our goal should be to help very impacted places like New York and New Jersey get past our curve, but also to make sure the states with few cases continue to have a flat curve and prevent them from spiking.
  • He says the first 15 days have had a positive effect, and the goal with these 30 days is to continue those positive effects.

 MIKE PENCE

  • The American people have now seen what the president saw. This is why we’re doing 30 more days.
  • We have reason to believe this is working.
  • Stay at home.
  • Thoughts and prayers.
  • He spoke to all the governors yesterday.
  • At the present moment, the president has declared 29 major disaster declarations for various states, and authorized 10 different states to use full federal funding to pay for their national guard.
  • 17,000 national guard members have been activated.
  • Over a million tests have been done across the country.
  • It’s important that all hospitals and labs continue to report their test results to the CDC daily.
  • FEMA has distributed a lot of stuff.
  • We want all of our medical professionals across the country to know that help is on the way.
  • Mike Pence is going to the Walmart distribution center tomorrow to show people that food is still being delivered.

I watched some of the questions after the main presentation, but I had to cut it off early. I’m sorry, you guys. I try to give you complete, accurate coverage of everything that’s said at these press conferences but this one really got to me. The message I kept hearing over and over again, was that they think they can save the rest of the country, but New York is a different story. The overwhelming bulk of the deaths in this crisis will be here. I already knew that was the situation going into this, but I don’t think I can take hearing it over and over again for an additional hour and a half.

I already know people who have been hospitalized. Multiple friends of friends have already died. But, I think the most horrifying moment of this whole day was when I glanced over at Donald Trump as Dr. Birx was explaining the data again and saw the expression on his face. Just really take a second and look at his face here. This is the face of someone who knows they screwed everything up.

I’m sure in a few days he’ll recover his ego, and be back to his usual narcissistic self. But tonight, we saw a very different Donald Trump. And I was wholly unprepared for how much it threw me off. Any crisis that’s able to get through to someone as thick and self centered as he is truly something to be afraid of.

Please just stay inside, everyone. And if you believe in God, please pray for New York.

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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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Andrew Cuomo New York City New York State

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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Press conference with Donald Trump (3/30/20)

Today’s participants are Donald Trump, a bunch of CEOs, Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci and Seema Verma.

DONALD TRUMP

  • Yesterday he announced we’d be extending the social distancing guidelines through April.
  • They are still expecting the United States to reach the peak of our infection curve in two weeks.
  • He says by following these guidelines, we can save one million American lives. “Think of that!” he says as if he’s commenting on a plaque at Ripey’s Believe It Or Not.
  • “Our future is in our own hands” he says, and now I am nervous because his hands are TINY.
  • “We will have a great victory. We have no other choice.” I mean, I suppose he’s right. If we’re all here in three months it will be a great victory. And if we’re not, well we won’t be able to complain. So… WINNING!
  • He says this is a very important 30 days. It’s very vital, because we “have to get back”. THINK OF HIS HOTELS, YOU GUYS! THE HOTELS ARE SUFFERING!
  • With all the energy of a child reading lines in detention, he says “the more we commit ourselves now, the sooner we can win the fight and return to our lives. And they will be great lives. Maybe even better than ever.” Ok Donald, and maybe I’ll lose 30 pounds in quarantine, but the way I’m running through the snacks, it’s not looking likely either.
  • The nightly bragging about how many people we’ve tested is now extended to the secretary of health and human services, Alex Azar. He gets up on stage and reminds us that no other country has done a million tests. That whole speech goes on for a few minutes, and by skipping it you’re missing just about nothing, which is why he’s not getting his own section tonight. It’s almost 3am, so all I’m hearing is “here’s a bunch of stuff you’ve heard before.”
  • He talks again about the new five minute tests Abbott has and repeats pretty much the same talking points as yesterday. He brings up someone from the FDA who also repeats the same talking points as yesterday.
  • The five minute tests will be delivered to market tomorrow.
  • The United States government now has 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine available, and Bayer has donated one million doses of chloroquine as well, which will soon be distributed to states.
  • Another private company is about to donate an additional six million doses of Chloroquine.
  • The FDA has also authorized an N-95 mask sanitizing kit.
  • Donald says he has always been asking why they need to throw the masks away, because apparently he’s qualified to ask questions like that now. This would also be a good time to ask everyone to pray for our medical community. They will need it.
  • He says the machine that was just approved can sanitize 120,000 masks per day, and that they will then be “just like a new one!”. I hope this is accurate.
  • He says each mask can go through this process 20 times.
  • There are currently two machines in Ohio, one in New York, and one will soon be shipped to Seattle, Washington and Washington, DC.
  • He spoke to our nation’s governors this morning to make sure they have everything they need, and Mike Pence asked our nation’s hospitals to begin reporting total bed capacity, ICU bed capacity, ventilator capacity, and vital medical supply levels on a daily basis.
  • QUOTE: “In New York, the 2009 bed hospital which is now completed, they completed it in 3 days, you might say 3 and a half days at the Javits Center will be completed today, will be… and when you look, they’re going up. I think they’re gonna be adding some more beds which will be completed today, and we’ve opened up… whoops, there goes our box. My hair’s blowing around, and it’s mine. It’s the one thing you can’t get away with, if it’s not yours you have a problem. If you’re president.”
  • Friends, if any of you have run out of alcohol or mary jane while in quarantine, just read that last quote about five or six times and you’ll feel just as loopy as if you were fully loaded.
  • He’s once again saying how unprecedented it is to completely flip the Javits Center but, as I discussed yesterday, being flipped to fit an ever changing need for the space is actually the entire purpose of the Javits Center. It’s fantastic that they were able to get the medical supplies necessary to make that happen, but I wish Trump would stop speaking about it like he oversaw the construction of the pyramids or something.
  • He strokes his hair mid speech, and I am instantly reminded of a tribble on Star Trek. Do I have any Trekkies reading this blog? If yes, you’ll be happy to know I’m one of you too! Live long and press conference!
  • The USNS Comfort arrived in New York today. It will service people who need hospital services, but do not have COVID-19.
  • To date, FEMA has given more than 1.3 billion dollars in federal support to the state of New York.
  • He says “we’re getting the job done”.
  • In addition to the 8,100 ventilators that they’ve already delivered to various states, they are sending more than 1,000 additional units soon. 400 ventilators are going to Michigan, 300 to New Jersey, 150 to Illinois, 150 to Louisiana, and 50 to Connecticut.
  • FEMA has delivered millions of PPE products.
  • Ford just announced and they will be producing 50,000 ventilators along with general electric healthcare, and they’ll be doing it in less than 100 days.
  • General Motors and nine other companies are also making ventilators.
  • He says as we outpace what we need, we’re going to be sending them to Italy, France, Spain, and to other countries when we can.
  • More than 14,000 national guard members have been activated to help with this fight.
  • We have 51 loads of supplies coming in now from all around the world. The first one landed in JFK yesterday.
  • We’re also sending “things that we don’t need”, 100 million dollars worth of “surgical things”, to Italy.

THE ENDLESS PARADE OF CEOs

  • We’re getting another CEO parade today. Honestly, all they do during this section is praise Trump, so we can skip this part too. I thank them for all of their hard work and what not, but…
  • HOLD UP, NEVERMIND! I’ve got a hot quote for y’all from the CEO of MyPillow!
  • QUOTE: “God gave us grace on November 8th, 2016 to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation had turned its back on God, and I encourage you to take this time at home to get back in the word, read our bibles and spend time with our families. Our president gave us so much hope when just a few short months ago, we had the best economy, the lowest unemployment, and wages going up. It was amazing. With our great president, our vice president, this administration, and all the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that’s stronger and safer than ever.”
  • PERSONAL NOTE: Wow, there’s just so much to unpack here. Listen, I am certainly not opposed to prayer. I have been praying for our country daily as well. But, what I’m furious about is this ridiculous belief that God had ever been taken out of our country. First of all, if you believe in God then no one can remove God from your life. PERIOD. Belief in God is exactly what that first word says, it is a belief. You can’t take a belief from someone. Believe me, if I could take beliefs from people, I would gladly take away people’s sexim, racism, homophobia and bigotry. Those are beliefs too. But, beliefs do not work that way! Beliefs are in your mind and your heart, and only you can determine if you have them. If your belief in God is so precarious that not being allowed to pray in school could destroy it, then your beliefs were never really very strong at all. Second of all, what made America godless to this man before Trump came along? Was it that we had a liberal, black president? Are all democrats godless? What changed for you, sir? And lastly, how can anyone hold Donald “grab her by the pussy” Trump up as a godly man? Donald Trump has committed more sins than a whore house with a cheap buffet. I just can’t understand the logic here.
  • FRIENDS IN MINNESOTA: This man’s name is Mike Lindell, and Donald Trump is apparently encouraging him to run for Governor. I will pray for you all that he does not win, since he clearly needs to devote more free time to reading the bible and reinforcing his obviously unstable faith.
  • Ok, we’re back to the standard CEO stuff now. Lots of people are producing lots of stuff.

SEEMA VERMA

  • Seema is the administrator of the centers for Medicaid and Medicare services.
  • Today is national doctor’s day, and we thank all of our doctors.
  • Due to our current situation, CMS is waiving a wide range of regulatory requirements.
  • She says regulations shouldn’t stand in the way of patient care.
  • The first thing they are announcing is “hospitals without walls”. This new program will allow hospitals to create new treatment sites outside of their facility to expand capacity and be able to safely separate COVID patients from everyone else. I believe this also refers to the literal tent hospitals we now have in New York for overflow.
  • These waivers will allow local communities to convert things like hotels and gymnasiums into medical facilities, in order to help the main hospitals focus on ICU patients.
  • They are also making changes to Medicare to allow for home testing for patients that can’t leave their homes.
  • They are also expanding their workforce.
  • They are also allowing hospitals to provide more support to their healthcare workers. This extra support will include childcare, meals and laundry services.
  • They are also expanding telehealth. They will now be paying for doctors to make phone calls and give people help over the phone, and will be eliminating restrictions that previously demanded face to face visits.
  • They are also going to compensate healthcare providers for delaying elective surgeries.
  • Thank you to the team at CMS!

DONNY BOY

  • We’re gonna get through this with as few deaths as possible and resume WINNING soon.
  • They’ll be back tomorrow with some statistics, and some updates on timing.
  • “We have to get our country back.”
  • There are going to be a lot of deaths. We will lose a lot of people who are true heros to this country.
  • He says he has a lot of friends who are now sick, and one of them is now in a coma. In this second, I can see that he is having human emotions and that he is afraid. Because I am not heartless, I do feel sorry for him as he tells this story. Unfortunately, this is what it takes to get through to him. But, I’m just glad that something is getting through.
  • Thank you to all of the medical professionals who are trying to save our lives.
  • “We’ve learned so much.”

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: Do you think any of the national guidelines will change this month? Do you think you’ll be adding more? Are you reconsidering any of the travel bans?
  • TRUMP: Everything will be staying the same, though the guidelines may get tougher.
  • QUESTION: It’s great that we’re producing a lot of ventilators, but will everyone who needs one be able to get one in time?
  • TRUMP: He brings up the 10,000 ventilators in the national stockpile again, and repeats that he thinks we will have more than we need. He says that these flair ups of the virus keep popping up “out of nowhere! Even in Alabama!”, but he thinks we’ll be prepared.
  • QUESTION: Do you think we’ll have enough though?
  • TRUMP: He says, yes, he does. He then says that all of the governors are “very happy” before going on about the Navy ships again. He is actually being very civil today, which is almost unnerving in a way because it means that even he can see this is serious now.
  • QUESTION: North Virginia has ordered a 70 day stay at home order for their state. Do you think that’s legal or warranted?
  • TRUMP: We’re letting the Governors do whatever they think is their best in their own state. People should be staying at home.
  • QUESTION: QUOTE “2,405 Americans have died from coronavirus from coronavirus in the last 60 days, meanwhile you have 2,369 children who are killed by their mothers through elective abortions each day. That’s 16,500 children killed every week. Two states have suspended elective abortions to make more resources available for coronavirus cases. That’s Texas and Ohio. Do you agree with the states who are placing coronavirus victims above elective abortions, and should more states be doing the same?”
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “Well, I think that what we’re doing is we’re trying to, as a group, and that’s republicans and democrats, we’re just working together to solve this problem. That’s been a uh, what you’re mentioning has been going on for a long time, and it’s uh… it’s a sad event. A lot of sad events in this country. But, what we’re doing now is we’re working on the virus. We’re working on that hidden enemy, and I think we’re doing a great job on, uh… as good a job as you could possibly do when uh… when Tony and Deborah came up with numbers yesterday to say if we did nothing we could lose 2.2, up to 2.2… maybe beyond, I don’t know… maybe beyond. But, 2.2 million people if we did nothing. And I can’t tell you what the unfortunate final toll is going to be, but it’s going to be a very small fraction of that. So, uh… we’re doing an awfully good job with what we’re doing.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: Ok, you guys. Now, I know the world really is ending because… I think he actually gave the right answer? For once, I wasn’t totally embarrassed by his response. She asked a clearly inflammatory right wing question, and he completely dodged what she was really getting at. Bravo, Donald? I can’t believe I’m saying that, but I’m willing to give credit where credit is due. His answer was not a total dumpster fire.
  • QUESTION: Are you considering a national stay at home order?
  • TRUMP: He says they’ve talked about it. Some areas are more affected than others. He says they have issued a travel advisory, and he thinks that’s enough. He again showed some real human emotion talking about how empty 5th avenue is, and I find myself wondering if Donald has reached a turning point here.
  • QUESTION: Dr. Birx, you had mentioned that the model that gives us 100,000 deaths was if we did things almost perfectly. Are we doing things “almost perfectly”?
  • DR. BIRX: She says that’s a great question, and tomorrow will go through all of the graphs. She looks so tired and defeated today. But, on a superficial note, today’s scarf is probably my favorite one so far. She says that when you look at the data on all of the states together, all of them are moving in exactly the same curves. That’s why they decided that the guidelines needed to be federal guidance. Because it may look like some states only have two cases today, but they become 2,000 quickly. She says that she believes that we can still prevent worse numbers if we all follow the guidelines.
  • QUESTION: If this becomes a cyclical virus, are you prepared for that?
  • DR. FAUCI: He says yes, he anticipates that it will become a cyclical virus. But, next time around, we may have a vaccine. We will have therapeutics as well, and we will be prepared.
  • QUESTION: Do you think everyone should be wearing a facemask in public going forward?
  • TRUMP: He says they haven’t discussed that to that extent. But, it’s something they can take a look at.
  • QUESTIONS: People have also talked about tracking everyone through GPS to ensure distancing, and isolating sick people in hotel rooms. What about that?
  • TRUMP: He says “what? Would an alarm go off? That’s pretty severe.”
  • QUESTION: What would you say to Americans who are upset with you over the way you downplayed this crisis over the past few months? He then reads a list of direct quotes from Trump about how the virus will disappear and we have it all under control.
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “It will go away, and I do want people to stay calm, and we are doing a great job. If you look at those individual statements, they’re all true. Stay calm. It will go away. You know it is going away. And it will go away. And we’re gonna have a great victory. And it’s people like you, and CNN that say things like that… that uh… it’s why people just don’t want to listen to CNN anymore. You could ask a normal question. The statements I made are I want to keep the country calm. I don’t want panic in the country. I could cause panic, much better than even you. I could make you look like a minor league player. But, you know what, I don’t want to do that. I want to have our country be calm. And Strong. And fight. And WIN.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: DENIAL AIN’T JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT, FOLKS!
  • QUESTION: You expressed some concern that medical supplies were going out the back door, can you update on that?
  • TRUMP: He repeats all the same crap from yesterday. He tells the reporter “I have no idea who you are, but that’s ok. You should go over there, go to the hospital, and find out.”
  • QUESTION: Something about the economy.
  • TRUMP: He says this was bad for the economy, and we had THE GREATEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD before, but the economy is secondary to lives. “We’ve learned a lot” he says, and goes on to say “having borders is very, very important.”
  • QUESTION: We are still not testing as many people per capita as other countries who have been affected, when will our number be on par with that?
  • TRUMP: It is on par.
  • REPORTER: No, it’s not!
  • TRUMP: “I know South Korea better than anybody.” he goes on to say “we have vast farmlands.” He continues on to say that we had a “broken system” and goes on to say that other countries wish they had our testing.
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “you should be saying congratulation instead of asking a really snarky question, because I know exactly what you mean by that, you should be saying congratulations to the men and women who have done this job, who have inherited a  broken testing system, and have made it great. And if you don’t say it, I will say it.”

He was so close to making it through a whole press conference without having a tantrum about his direct quote and misinformation. But alas, he fumbled at the end. Check back tomorrow for the much hyped Tuesday briefing!


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Mayor Bill De Blasio welcomes the USNS Comfort to New York City

Today New York City welcomed an iconic symbol of hope and perseverance into our harbor. Mayor Bill De Blasio went live from the dock to share this important moment with the people of our city in our most vulnerable time. We all thank the United States Navy for sharing their expertise and kindness with us, and pray that they will be successful in their most sacred mission here in our waters.

Photo of the USNS ship taken by my friend Cole Ippoliti from his apartment.
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BILL DE BLASIO

  • The USNS Comfort arrived in New York harbor this morning, bringing with it medical supplies, personnel and a renewed spirit to the city in our hour of need.
  • This means the world to us here in New York City, and we thank the nation for sending us this aid.
  • In the past week, many New Yorkers have felt alone in this fight. But, the arrival of the USNS Comfort is a strong reminder that we are not alone. Our nation is helping us. We are not forgotten.
  • We may have differences during peacetime, but we are now at war. We need to act like it, and work together. So, with that in mind, we say thank you to Donald Trump, Mark Esper, FEMA, and of course, The United States Navy.
  • Thank you to Governor Cuomo, and everyone in our local government who helped to make this happen.
  • It was supposed to take two weeks to bring this ship here, but they did it 8 days. This incredible effort will save lives and make a real difference in our fight against the virus.
  • With this ship comes 1,200 medical staff, and 750 beds we can use immediately.
  • We need to triple our city’s hospital bed capacity by the end of May.
  • This ship is like adding an entire hospital in one day.
  • From this New Yorker, I would like all of you to know that I am grateful.
  • Thank you to all of the companies, and private citizens who have given us help. We appreciate you.
  • When the battle is done here, New York City will send help to the rest of our nation. We promise to look after the rest of our country, as you have looked after us today.
  • We’ve reached my favorite part now… A FEW WORDS IN SPANISH.
  • “No estamos solos!” ❤

REGIONAL HEAD OF FEMA, THOMAS VON ESSEN

  • Two weeks ago, they moved their team down to New Jersey on a naval base.
  • They have about 30 – 35 people working there now, working everyday to make sure that New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands have what we need. (these are the areas covered by region 2 at FEMA)
  • QUOTE: “I was driving on east river drive, and I looked across by 14th street and I had a flashback to the morning I was driving in and they told me a small plane had crashed into the trade center. And life changed at that time. And I remember the Comfort come then, I don’t remember when, a couple of weeks later or whatever… and we didn’t need it for what we need it for today. We didn’t need it for people who needed hospital care. It wasn’t necessary, but we brought it in. We needed it for crisis counseling for a lot of fire chiefs and police officers who were really, really overcome with the grief, and the death that they faced with their friends and the people that they worked with. And we needed it to house federal workers, and give them food and everything. And then we got it out of here, and we started putting them in hotel rooms. But, I’ll never forget the feeling. I talked about it this morning, the names are perfect… The Comfort and The Mercy. I was told they were here in 1918 for the pandemic we had then. Not these particular ships, but their predecessors. The federal government has always been here; the army, the navy, the marines… they’ve always been here for us when we needed them, and they’re here again for you now. And for me… the flashbacks I get, knowing that the city is under such stress now, it’s real personal for me. The fire department, I spent 30 years in it. So, when September 11th happened, it was personal. It was friends. It was leaders, people I had worked with… everybody was affected by September 11th, and that’s what’s happening now. Everybody you know is affected by the coronavirus in one way or another. A friend, a relative, a loved one that you can’t go and see because they’re in quarantine, or you don’t want to… I mean, I stopped to see a hundred year old lady last week, and just, you know, talked to her from six feet away. And I know everybody’s doing that. But, it’s important. This is a big time visible sign of what our government is like when we put it into action. And the mayor said it, and I’m really proud to be part of it now.”
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I decided to transcribe his whole quote because nothing hits me right in the heart quite like 9/11 survival stories. I am always in awe of the strength of this city when I hear people speak about that day. I moved to New York City in 2004, so I do not have firsthand experience from that tragedy. But, so many people I care about did have firsthand experience. It is a shared trauma that I will always have the utmost respect and sympathy for. I have been a New Yorker for 16 years, my entire adult life, but I will never know the pain that some of my fellow New Yorkers went through that day. Now New York City stands ready to brace for another terrible event, and I just hope to be even a tenth as brave as the people I know who survived 9/11 and went on to rebuild their lives. As a survivor once told me over at the Oculus, “victory over terror is being able to come back to the place you were attacked and say FUCK YOU, I’M STILL HERE.”. Those are words to live by, said in the most New York way possible.
  • We need to be together, but six feet apart.

REAR ADMIRAL JOHN MUSTIN

  • Thank you to everyone who made this happen in record time.
  • Not all of our heroes wear military uniforms, many of them wear scrubs.
  • Like her sister ship The USNS Mercy, which is now docked in Los Angeles, the USNS Comfort will be here to support this city.
  • As a New Yorker, he is proud to be a part of this mission.

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: There has been a lot of concern about the budget up in Albany, do you have concerns about it?
  • DE BLASIO: Yes. We need money for healthcare. We cannot afford medicaid cuts during this dire moment, and he says the state must accept the medicaid funding that was in the third stimulus bill. So, basically, he totally disagrees with Cuomo’s take on this. He says that he is also in the middle of finding places to cut the budget for the city, but he absolutely will not cut funding to healthcare. He urges the state not to cut medicaid.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: As I mentioned in a previous post, I am a longtime patient at Bellevue. When I first moved to New York, I was 19 years old. I came here on a greyhound from Detroit, Michigan, with just a backpack and a duffel bag to my name. I didn’t know anyone here, and I didn’t have any help. I moved around a lot in the first year, and I remember being so poor that I sometimes couldn’t afford food. But, I made amazing friends along the way, and one of them gave me a piece of advice that I never forgot. She said “if you ever get really sick and you feel like you’re going to die, go to Bellevue. It’s a public hospital, and they will take care of you even if you can’t pay the bill.” Flash forward about a decade later, and I found myself with a viral infection that had swollen my throat to the point that I could not comfortably take in air. Rather than calling for an ambulance, I dragged myself over to Bellevue. When I got to the triage, I was in such bad shape that I fell over on the floor gasping for air. I will never forget that moment because, as I was being lifted onto the stretcher, I heard some man yell from the other side of the triage area “SHE DIDN’T EVEN WAIT IN THE LINE!”. I remember wanting to laugh before briefly passing out. I had a temperature of 104, and I ended up being in the ICU for a week. When all was said and done, I received a bill for $30,000. I came back to the hospital in tears because the illness had cost me so much time away from my job that there was no way I could pay it. They talked me down to just $150 for the entire stay. I could not be more grateful for this city and the care that we give our people.
  • QUESTION: What kind of services will this ship provide, and how will it be decided who goes here?
  • DE BLASIO: Intensive care units used to be a small part of our hospitals, now we are faced with a situation where every hospital bed in our city’s hospitals needs to be an ICU bed. After we’ve done that, what happens to everyone else who doesn’t need intensive care? We have to have hospitals for them too. This ship and the Javits Center will provide all of those other patients with a place to go.
  • REAR ADMIRAL MUSTIN: We’ve been working with the local hospitals to make sure we have a process in place, and the hospitals will determine who would be best to send here.
  • QUESTIONS: Will families be able to visit sick relatives on The Comfort?
  • DE BLASIO: We are still working that out.
  • QUESTION: Why are the playgrounds still open?
  • DE BLASIO: We are working on this issue with the state, and there is no uniform standard on this. He says that the police are now authorized to give fines to people who do not comply with social distancing, and that the police think most people are in fact complying. This is another thing he disagrees with Cuomo about. If people do not stop playing sports, he says they will remove the basketball rims and the tennis nets.
  • QUESTION: Do you have any predictions about the death toll in New York City?
  • DE BLASIO: We assume at least half of all New Yorkers will contract this virus. We know 80% of people who get it do fine without intervention. We will see a horrible increase in the number of deaths though, and he says he has been honest that this will continue to get worse all month.
  • QUESTION: What are our morituary logistics?
  • VON ESSEN: We have many refrigerated trucks, and we are asking for federal aid for more solutions to this problem.
  • QUESTION: How much more help does New York City need? How many more places like the Comfort would it take?
  • DE BLASIO: The Comfort could hold up to 1,000 beds. To get New York to what we are projected to need, we would need about 40 more locations of this size. We believe we can get there.
  • QUESTION: Are you distributing supplies to private hospitals as well?
  • DE BLASIO: Yes. We are all sharing.
  • QUESTION: How are you getting COVID patients to the Comfort?
  • ME: PAY ATTENTION! THE SHIP ISN’T FOR COVID PATIENTS! UGH! It’s like I’m back on a training call at work and everyone is asking stupid questions about things that were covered in the power point. Lol
  • QUESTION: Do you support allowing people to use their security deposit as a current month’s rent?
  • DE BLASIO: Yes, I support that. It will require state intervention though.
  • QUESTION: Where are we at with PPE?
  • DE BLASIO: This week, we are fine. That may change down the road. The thing we are worried about now is Ventilators. We are still very concerned about making it to April 5th.
  • QUESTION: You said you will need to cut 1.3 billion from the budget, has that changed?
  • DE BLASIO: Yes, that number will go up.
  • QUESTION: Will patients on The Comfort have to pay their medical bills as usual? Or will this be paid for by the federal government?
  • REAR ADMIRAL MUSTIN: We are not checking for insurance cards, nor were we instructed to send bills. Our mission here is to help patients.
  • QUESTION: Will patients start coming today?
  • REAR ADMIRAL MUSTIN: The ship is still being docked, and patients will start coming tomorrow.

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/30/20)

LIVE FROM THE JAVITS CENTER!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • Happy National Doctor’s Day! We honor and thank all of the doctors who have fought to save lives today. They are true heroes.
  • Unlike in Trump’s speech last night, Cuomo acknowledges the fantastic staff at the Javits Center who routinely completely transform this building for trade shows under normal circumstances. This is important to note, because when Donald speaks about it you would think the federal government built the entire building from the ground up in four days. The work the federal team did on the Javits Center is phenomenal and entirely worthy of praise, but a lot of the credit that Donald forgets to hand out belongs to the local staff at the Javits Center who flip this building for trade shows all the time. Since I have worked with those people many times at the Javits in the past, I would like to take this time to say THANK YOU to the Javits staff! As Governor Cuomo says, they always do an amazing job, but this time we are really all blown away by what they have accomplished. FEMA and The Army Corps of Engineers deserve a ton of thanks as well, but let’s not forget the very real contributions of regular New Yorkers. Keep on kicking ass, New York city event professionals!
  • Again, for those of you who are not familiar with The Javits Center, I would like to give you a little more perspective on this. Here are some comparison pictures of The Javits Center over the years.
Today’s press conference vs New York Comic Con in 2019
A before and After of the inside of Javits Center’s main exhibition hall. (photo credit for the after photo unknown)
No one completes a breakdown after a large show like the crew at Javits! The second the show floor closes, the forklifts are out and everything comes down immediately. I always joke that you get exactly one warning to clear the floor before they run you over.
You see some fun things during event set up sometimes. I understand why you can’t carpet a hospital floor, but man that floor is brutal without it. Trust me, every brand ambassador, promo model, product specialist and event producer feels for those doctors and their feet right now. We’ve been there too!
Cosplayers taking a break by the bathrooms at New York Comic Con.
  • Javits now has 2,500 beds. WOW! It’s eerie for me to see this on a personal level, but it is inspiring to see what a remarkable job they did.
  • Javits will see it’s first patients TODAY.
  • In terms of the number of cases, the curve continues to go up.
  • At the time of the press conference, New York State had over 60,000 positive cases.
  • There is now only one county in New York that does not have the virus.
  • QUOTE: “Anyone who says this is a New York City only situation is in a state of denial.”
  • QUOTE: “There is no American that is immune to this virus.”
  • QUOTE: “In many ways, New York is just the canary in the coal mine. What you see us going through here, you will see happening all across this country.”
  • Part of what we hope will happen in New York, is that we will be able to learn lessons from this that we will then be able to share across the nation.
  • The exact numbers for today in New York: We have had 66,497 positive cases. 9,517 people are currently hospitalized. 2,352 of those patients are in the ICU. 4,204 patients have been discharged.
  • 632 people were discharged yesterday.
  • 1,218 people have died in New York so far.
  • New York remains the most impacted state.
  • Rounding out the top five behind us: New Jersey (13,386 positives/161 deaths), California (6,266 positives/130 deaths), Michigan (5,472 positives/132 deaths), and Massachusetts (4,955 positives/48 deaths).
  • For perspective, our problem is 10 times worse than California, and we have a much smaller population as a state than they do. (39 million in California vs 19 million in New York)
  • 253 New Yorkers died yesterday.
  • There have now been 732,153 cases of COVID-19 worldwide.
  • For perspective, New York State now makes up 9% of all reported cases worldwide.
  • Hospitalizations went down slightly yesterday from the day before.
  • Cases are now doubling every six days, which has slowed from our highest rate of doubling last week.
  • The number of people discharged yesterday was slightly lower than the day before.
  • The situation is painfully clear. There is no question that we will face grief and a loss of life. Going forward, we must focus on two missions.
  • Number one: public responsibility. Stay home. Do not engage in close proximity to others. Do not crowd together in dense groups. He is not telling us that it would be nice if we stay home, he is telling us that we NEED to stay at home. Just stay home!
  • New Yorkers have not been complying with the density rules in the parks, so he is considering closing them. This is exactly why we can’t have nice things, y’all! He’s been telling us to act right FOR A WEEK. I get that it sucks to be locked up in a tiny New York City apartment, but would you rather be fighting for a space at a hospital and in the position of hoping that we can convince President Velveeta over in the White House to send you a ventilator fast enough to save your life? I THINK NOT. There ain’t no basketball game worth that! So, stop acting like boo boo the fool and stay your ass inside! It ain’t that hard!
  • Number two: The front-line battle is in our hospital system. We have to continue to support our healthcare system. We’ve done everything we can do to social distance and flatten the curve, and now the time has come for us to make sure we do everything we can not to overwhelm our healthcare system. We need to recruit more healthcare workers. We need to share healthcare professionals both within the states, and among the states. We need to support our “troops”. We are begging the surrounding states to send help. We will return the favor when our curve passes, but we need help now. Please, please if you are a healthcare professional who can help, we need you!
  • We also need supplies desperately, contrary to whatever that idiot in DC is saying.
  • We are now in a situation where all of the states are competing for supplies against one another, in addition to competing with the federal government and individual private hospitals. This is honestly a horror movie scenario that I never expected to see in real life. Welcome to The Hunger Games, basically.
  • The price of ventilators skyrocketed from around $20k to over $50k “IF YOU CAN FIND THEM”.
  • The ventilators have not changed, the prices have gone up because everyone is outbidding each other.
  • We have been trying to plan forward here in New York. That is why we have been asking for more supplies and preparing stockpiles, DONALD.
  • QUOTE: “The word stockpile by definition means not for immediate use! It means you’re preparing for a battle to come.”
  • QUOTE: “If you wait to prepare for the storm to hit, it is too late my friends.”
  • Here in New York, we have been following the science and the data. We believe in following the advice of experts, and that is why we are planning ahead.
  • They just had “a great meeting with the entire statewide healthcare establishment”. Not just with public hospitals, or local hospitals, but with the entire hospital system in New York.
  • They have now convened, coordinated, and are working as one for the first time in decades.
  • Why? Because this is a statewide battle, and we all need to work together to save lives.
  • QUOTE: “No politics. No partisanship. No division. There is no time for that. Not in this state, not in this nation. This is a deadly serious situation, and frankly it’s more important than politics, and it’s more important than partisanship. And if there is division at this time, the virus will defeat us. If there was ever a moment for unity, this my friends is the moment.”
  • QUOTE: “In this situation, there are no red states and there are no blue states, and there are no red casualties and there are no blue casualties. It’s red, white and blue. This virus doesn’t discriminate. It attacks everyone, and it attacks everywhere.”
  • QUOTE: “The president said this is a war, and I agree with that. This is a war. Then, let’s act that way. And let’s act that way now! And let’s show a commonality, and a mutuality, and a UNITY that this country hasn’t seen in decades. Because the lord knows we need it, today more than ever before.

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: (paraphrasing) Trump caught a bad case of verbal diarrhea last night and accused New York of sneaking PPE out the back door. What do you have to say about that?
  • CUOMO: (paraphrasing in my own words) I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE STOCKPILES SINCE DAY ONE, IT’S CALLED PREPARING YOU DAMN FOOL.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “You have the scientists and the data projections showing you a curve. The curve is like this, and you’re over here. Prepare for the high point of the curve! AND DO IT NOW! When are you gonna do it, the night before? What am I gonna tell the hospitals when they call up and they say we just had an influx of 50% more people, and we need more equipment and we need more ventilators? SORRY???”
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “In terms of a suggestion that the PPE equipment is not going to a correct place, I don’t know what that means. I don’t know what he’s trying to say. If he wants to make an accusation, then let him make an accusation. But, I don’t know what he’s trying to say by inference.”
  • QUESTION: ????? (GET A MIC RUNNER!)
  • CUOMO: In New York City, we have a public and private hospital system. In this situation, they will have to be balanced in a way they have never been before in order to better distribute the patients. We need to do this now. We have discussed it, and we are going to do it. There are no legal barriers. The public system will face the greatest stress. If a public hospital starts to get overloaded, we need to be able to send patients to any other hospital that can handle that extra load.
  • KEN RASKE: The hospitals are going to work as one cohesive family system throughout New York. They will be a balanced system.
  • QUESTION: How will patients be shifted to places like the Javits Center?
  • CUOMO: Javits and the naval hospital ship (the USNS Comfort) will be handling patients who DO NOT have COVID-19. He asked the federal government to make Javits and the ship available for COVID patients, but they only wanted non COVID patients at these locations. This means their function will basically be as an overflow location for existing hospitals to send their regular patients.
  • NOTE FROM ME: I understand this in theory, but I think this won’t end well. Are you telling me that in a field hospital with 2,500 beds not one of those patients, doctors or nurses will have this virus? That seems like wishful thinking to me. All it will take is one person coming in with the virus, even unknowingly, and suddenly the whole hospital is sick. Also, it seems like a poor allocation of resources to me.
  • QUESTION: Are you unwilling to tangle with the president?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “How many years have you known me? 20 years? Have you ever known a time in the 20 years that I am unwilling to tangle? I’m a tangler!” lol
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “I am not engaging the president in politics. My only goal is to engage the president in partnership. This is no time for politics. You know, lead by example. I am not going to get into a political dispute with the president. I’m not gonna rise to the bait of a political challenge. I’m not running for president. I was never running for president. I said from day one I wasn’t running for president. I’m not running for president now. I’m not playing politics. I just want a partnership to deal with this. And I said to the president quite clearly, look when you do good things for my state and you’re a good partner, I will be the first one to say you’re a good partner. And I have. I went to the ship, the Comfort, today. I said thank you Mr. President. When we opened up the Javits Center, I said thank you to the army. They did a great job here, the army corps of engineers. When you do help my state, I’ll say thank you. If I believe that New York is not being served, like the federal legislation that they passed, I will say that too. You know? Sometimes it’s simple. Just tell the truth. Right? And that’s where we are. Tell the truth. If he’s doing the right thing by New York, I’ll say it. If he’s doing the wrong thing by New York, or the rest of the country, I’ll say it. But, I’m not going to engage in politics. Not because I’m unwilling to tangle. But, because I think it’s inappropriate. And I think it’s counter-productive. And I think it’s anti-American. Forget the politics! FORGET THE POLITICS. We have a national crisis. We are at war. There is no politics. There is no red and blue. It’s red, white and blue. So, let’s get over it and, again, lead by example.”
  • QUESTION: ???????
  • CUOMO: No one can be evicted for non payment of rent for three months. PERIOD. But, you will still owe rent at some point when this is over. He says he will look into extending that time period when the three month is up.
  • QUESTION: ????????
  • CUOMO: Elmhurst Hospital is a public hospital, and they are struggling. He has asked other hospitals to help them out, and that sort of shifting will continue to happen as public hospitals become overwhelmed.
  • QUESTION: What do you think the death toll will be?
  • CUOMO: The White House estimates 100,000 to 200,000 as the death toll across the nation. We don’t have projections for New York at this time. We have been studying the projections to see where to best deploy our resources. He smartly stops just short of saying “ what does it matter?”, but I understand what he means. This isn’t what we should be focused on. Rather than focusing on how awful it could be, we should be focusing on how we can prevent it from becoming the worst case scenario. Any life lost is too many. Why waste time dwelling on doom, when we can use that time to fight for life?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “the number is already staggering. A human life is a human life. We’ve lost over 1,000 New Yorkers. To me, we’re beyond staggering already. We’ve reached staggering. And the only point now is, do everything you can to save every life possible. That’s what this is all about.”
  • QUESTION: ????
  • CUOMO: No one hospital can deal with this. We have to operate differently now.
  • QUESTION: ???
  • COUMO: God bless our doctors. We all wonder if we would ever have the courage to do their job. Thank you, from all of us.

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Press conference with Donald Trump (3/29/20)

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DONALD TRUMP

  • Trump rolls out another one of his five vocabulary words and says there’s a “tremendous distance between chairs”.
  • On Friday, the FDA authorized a new test developed by Abbott Labs that delivers lightning fast results in as little as five minutes.
  • Normally, this approval process would take ten months. But, this test was approved in four weeks.
  • Abbott said they will begin producing 50,000 tests each day, starting this week.
  • And then, and I know this is an unexpected fact that he has never said before, but DID YOU GUYS KNOW WE HAVE DONE MORE TESTS THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD? Because if you didn’t know that by now, don’t worry. I’m sure Trump will tell us a dozen more times before this hour and a half is over.
  • He claims that this is one of the reasons we have more cases than other countries. Lol, which… Sure, Jan.
  • He then goes on to say that it’s also one of the reasons why we have one of the lowest mortality rates in the world. Guys, believe me I take no pleasure in saying this, but check back on this blog in about two weeks. I have the feeling that statement is going to age like fine milk. Trump doesn’t seem to understand that this virus doesn’t kill people right away. It can take up to 14 days from the time of infection to become symptomatic, and once people develop symptoms it usually takes a few days to become life threatening. Once people are hospitalized, it might be another day or two before they need a ventilator. In New York, we are seeing people stay on the ventilators for up to 20 days before they pass away. You do the math on that. It’s possible that it could take well over a month from the time of a person’s initial contact with the infection until the time they pass away. New York was among the first states to get hit with the virus, and our first case was 28 days ago. We have not even begun to see what the mortality rate will look like around the country yet. As I am writing this, the US death toll is currently 2,484. That number will go up dramatically in the coming weeks.
  • Thank you to the Army Corp Of Engineers for their fine work on The Javits Center, which he says “he knows well”.
  • Y’all, he really sounds sick. I’m not trying to wish ill on the man… *pregnant pause*… but I am trying to… *checks notes* show concern.
  • So, I am not knocking the amazing work done on the Javits Center at all here, but he keeps talking about this project like they built the whole building from scratch. He says “They did it in four days, and everyone’s trying to figure out how they did it, including me. And I was a good builder!” Like I said, far be it from me to belittle such a wonderful accomplishment, but the Javits Center is routinely completely built out for different needs within days as a convention center. I’ve seen the pictures of how Javits looks now, and it doesn’t strike me as being all that different from building a show with 500+ booths. In fact, it might be easier since all of the beds have the same set up repeated over and over again. Imagine building out something like a Salesforce Tour. That has giant sets, lots of moving parts, a ton of technical components, astroturf, and all sorts of things that are challenging to build, and they get it done in just a couple days too. Again, the people at Javits have done an amazing job, but as someone with a background in production, I would just like to give some relative context to his statement. The way he said this just made me shake my head, because it tells me he’s never really supervised an actual build in his life.
  • Thank you to FEMA for their hard work on these hospitals as well.
  • He says the people of New York are very happy. Lol, y’all can I get a fact check on this? Are we happy?
  • The deployment of rapid testing will help us to track and contain the virus.
  • Hydroxychloroquine is being administered to 1,100 patients in New York City, along with the Z pack. It’s too early to tell what the results will be. New Yorkers are the guinea pigs for this treatment. So, if this combo works; YOU’RE WELCOME, AMERICA. But, if it doesn’t, I don’t want to see anymore snotty remarks online about how we should be walled off from the rest of the country. We’re taking this hard curve first. We’re experimenting with drugs first. We are going to lose thousands of people first. So, please keep that in mind the next time you have negative thoughts about my city. Any mistakes we make in NYC will benefit you all in the coming weeks, as you will be able to learn from our example. You should be grateful for that. We’re the ones who will end up paying the highest price for the knowledge.
  • The FDA is also allowing the emergency use of a blood related therapy called convalescent plasma as an experimental treatment for seriously ill patients. This treatment involves taking blood plasma from patients who have already recovered from the virus. The idea is that they will receive the recovered patients antibodies and hopefully benefit from them. You can bet patients in New York City will be the ones testing that too.
  • They are also developing a way to sterilize masks, and he takes this opportunity to remind everyone that they are shipping MILLIONS of masks to various places.
  • He claims this new process will allow for certain masks to be sterilized “up to 20 times”.
  • He really does sound out of breath. *raises eyebrow*
  • He says of the Spanish Flu epidemic; “and that was really a pandemic of proportions like frankly nobody’s seen until what we’re facing now.” Ok Donny, let me help you out there. It was a full on pandemic. There’s no need to add a qualifier.
  • He adds “that was in..” *looks down at the wikipedia page glued to the podium* “1918, and..” *looks up* “you know what the result of that was.”
  • The virus spreads “so easily, and so quickly” he says. And to that I say, has anyone checked in with the stripper community to see if anyone has capitalized on a coronavirus related stage name yet? Stepping up to the pole, we have Ms. Rona V! She spreads so easily and quickly! Someone get on this immediately.
  • He keeps saying we’re trying to “vanquish the virus” like he’s accepted a mission in King Arthur’s Court. Except that the reality is that he has no idea how to engage in combat, and it’s more like we’re at the medieval times in New Jersey. It’s like a birthday party gone wrong. Everything he’s doing is playacting, and at the end we’ll all get sick and end paying for his delusions.
  • Oh, great. We’re bringing up some CEOs again. Just who I wanted to hear from!

FIRST CEO GUY

  • FEMA has been working with all of the distributors.
  • He talks about how important it is to them to make sure their customers (our medical professionals) are happy.

SECOND CEO GUY

  • He thanks the president for all of his support in their industry.
  • They have ramped up their production of masks in North America, and are now making an additional 40 – 50 million masks per month.
  • They have still faced some challenges meeting this gigantic demand increase.

BACK TO TANGERINE TOUPEE

  • He says they had a discussion back in “a conference room. A very nice one. It’s called the cabinet room.” OK…
  • He asks “how does a hospital in New York City go from 10 – 20 thousand masks to 30,000 masks?” Well sir, that’s kind of to be expected during a global pandemic.
  • HOLY SHIT! DID HE JUST ACCUSE NEW YORK CITY OF STEALING MASKS?!?!?!?
  • I’m sorry, and Grandma please forgive me for all these curses, but this is so shocking it needs to be said again in a second bullet point. HOLY SHIT, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS MAN?!???
  • Here, I’m going to write down this whole insane quote for you verbatim. He says QUOTE “they’ve been delivering for years ten to twenty thousand masks. Ok, it’s a New York hospital. It’s packed all the time. How do you go from ten to twenty to 300,000? 10 to 20,000 masks… to 300,000. Even though this is different, something’s going on. And you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going? Are they going out the backdoor? How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000. Uh, and we have that in a lot of different places. So… somebody should probably look into that. Because I just don’t see from a practical standpoint how that’s possible to go from that to that, and we have that happening in numerous places. Not to that extent. That was the highest number I’ve heard. That’s the highest number you’ve seen, I would imagine, right?”
  • Wow. So, in short, Mayor De Blasio pleading with him to think of his childhood home in Queens, and imagine the suffering going on at Elmhurst Hospital did absolutely nothing after all. Nope, instead Trump is accusing New York is playing dirty tricks with face masks while the senate leaves us here in New York to go bankrupt without help. This is really something, you guys. A lot of medical professionals are going to get sick or die because of what this narcissistic fool is saying right now. And the worst part is that, there will be a certain amount of people in Trump’s base over in the red states who will deny the truth about this forever. Our heroes here in New York will die fighting for our city, TRUMP’S OWN HOMETOWN, and he is going to let those people go to their graves with an accusation of theft hanging over their heads. Unbelievable!
  • He adds “I hope I didn’t get any of your clients in trouble”. Now, wtf does that mean, Orangina? And then he adds “but it could be that they are in trouble.”
  • FEMA is working with these companies to launch “Project Airbridge” to expedite the movement of critical supplies from other countries to The United States. The first flight arrived at JFK airport in New York this morning, filled with 80 tons of PPE.
  • “Millions and millions of different items”
  • FEMA has scheduled 19 additional flights, and is adding more daily. We hope to have about 50 flights.
  • But, wait you guys… hasn’t he been spouting off all week about how we’re going to send supplies to other countries? But, now we need… let’s see… 50 flights x 80 tons = 4,000 tons of assistance from other countries ourselves? My, how the tables have turned since… *checks notes* yesterday.

THE CEO OF UPS

  • They are very proud to be part of this effort.
  • She says “the way we’re gonna win this war is with great logistics” and actually, I agree with that. She’s already showing that she’s more sensible than Trump.
  • They are partnering with the states as well.

ANOTHER CEO

  • I’m gonna be honest, I have no idea who this guy is.
  • But, he says he echoes the previous CEOs statements and says that the supply chain will not be a problem.

OMG ANOTHER CEO

  • Thanks to FEMA, great leadership, etc, etc.

DEAR LORD ANOTHER CEO

  • Buy American or whatever.
  • We made a lot of tests, and that’s great.

TAN MOM

  • “Many of the states are stocked up. Some of them don’t admit it.” omg, this toddler.
  • Now he’s accusing hospitals of “hoarding ventilators”. This is a new low, even for him.
  • So, just to review, he thinks our hospitals and medical providers on the frontline are hoarding or destroying supplies, but UPS and FedEx? Doing a great job. The CEOs of those shipping companies are the true American heroes, y,all.
  • Ok, personal rant! Let me tell you a little story about FedEx here in The Bronx. I have caught them lying about attempts to deliver packages here on many occasions. But the last time I caught them, I called them on their nonsense. After four days of calling them after my package was repeatedly not in my pick up location, I finally got them to admit that they lost the package and could not find it in their system. Do you know I am STILL getting emails telling me to go pick that package up at Walgreens to this day? The package was sent IN NOVEMBER. And these are the people in charge of our medical supplies. Awesome.
  • ANYWAY… he goes on to say he’ll do everything in his power to make sure the people on the frontlines get what they need. Ok.
  • Yesterday he was present to see the USNS Comfort off, as it left for New York.
  • It left three weeks early and will arrive in New York tomorrow.
  • Humama and Cigna are going to waive co-pays, coinsurance and deductibles for coronavirus for American families during this crisis.
  • He asks “have you heard of that one before?” and you can see the strain on his face as he physically restrains himself from patting himself on the back for a job well done.
  • Wolfgang Puck and other leaders in the restaurant industry… trails off… he continues “it’s been probably one of the hardest hit industries. I’ve directed my staff to use any and all authority available to give restaurants, bars, and clubs incentives to stay open. We’re gonna lose all of these restaurants, and they’re not gonna make it back. They have to get going.”
  • Now, y’all that last quote is funny to me, because just *checks notes* three days ago he said that all of the restaurants suffering right now would come back “in form or another.”
  • Anyway, he says that he’s working with Steve Mnuchin to immediately start looking into the deductibility of meals and entertainment costs for corporations. He says this had a tremendous effect on the industry when this law was changed previously, and that allowing meals and entertainment to be tax deductions will keep restaurants alive.
  • Let’s fact check this one, shall we? I worked part time in a jazz club in New York City as recently as four years ago, and I have many friends who still work in the industry. Did changing tax deduction laws have a huge effect on the industry? Not that I saw, and not that I could easily google. Although, this change happened in 2018, after I left the club. But, giving you my perspective as a freelancer who is sometimes able to write off my meals, this seems like a vanity law meant to collect less tax money from people who own businesses. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good tax write off too. But, the idea that this is being done to help the restaurants is a bit of a stretch to me. It might help restaurants, but you know what might help restaurants even more? Collecting as much as we can in taxes from wealthy corporations and using it to grant additional small business loans to the service industry. Just my two cents.
  • Now he talks about small business loans, and job retention loans. There’s 350 billion in funds available, and there will be loan forgiveness available for businesses that continue paying the workers. I actually applaud this part. This is all good stuff.
  • He talks about how unemployment will now cover freelancers and gig workers, and how anyone that qualifies will now get an additional $600 in expanded unemployment benefits for up to four full months. I have not been able to get on the unemployment website yet because I got locked out due to forgetting my password (from ten years ago), but my most recent understanding of the situation is that gig workers will have some separate form to apply for unemployment that hasn’t launched yet. I think that’s coming this week.
  • He says he was against having the states handle these expanded unemployment benefits because “many of the states have very antiquated computer systems that are 45 years old.”
  • 45 years ago, the year was 1975. And the latest computer available was *consults google* an MITS Altair 8800. It had 256 bytes of memory and had never even heard of the internet. I would like to know which states use this system, Mr. Trump.
  • He says his opponents wanted this plan, and that if people don’t get their money quickly he will “call congress”.
  • Monotone patriotic story.
  • He says again that 151 countries have the virus, and then says that he knows people who “didn’t even know there were 151 countries!”. Donny, it’s ok. You can say that person was you. You all know that’s what you meant.
  • Here comes our nightly reminder that he stopped the flights from China.
  • He praises Dr. Brix and Dr. Fauci, the only qualified people who have ever appeared on that stage.
  • He says the peak in death rate in the US is likely to hit in two weeks.
  • “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the battle is won” he says. Therefore, it’s very important that we all do our part not to screw this up any worse than we already have for the next two weeks.
  • Ok, I got genuine LOL when he said “you have to follow the guidelines that our great vice president holds up a lot. He’s holding that up A LOT. He believes in it so strongly.”
  • Finally, the one sheet gets its proper praise! For those of you who don’t know that term, a one sheet is a production term for a simple cover sheet that outlines the main goals of your project. Pence’s one sheet has been putting in work! It’s done more work than Trump!
  • The social distancing guidelines will be extended to April 30th.
  • This is an amazing change of heart coming from someone who said he wanted to open up the country and have everyone in church for Easter just… *checks notes*… five days ago.
  • An important statement on all of our findings and data will be made on Tuesday.
  • He expects that by June 1st we will be “well on our way to recovery”.
  • “We’ve learned so much!”

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: Dr. Fauci said we could see hundreds of thousands of deaths in The United States. Do you agree with that? And were you implying that there has been inappropriate use of masks in New York?
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “I want the people of New York to check, Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio, that when a hospital that’s getting 10,000 masks goes to 300,000 masks during the same period uh… and that’s a rapid period, I would like them to check that because I hear stories like that all the time. We’re delivering millions and millions of products, and all I hear is can I get some more?”
  • NOTE FROM ME: I literally got chills up my spine hearing that and realizing how incredibly screwed we all are right now. This man is frighteningly stupid.
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “I don’t think it’s hoarding. I think it’s maybe worse than hoarding.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: WHAAAAAAAAAT????
  • TRUMP: He says they have 10,000 ventilators, but they are holding onto them until they know they are needed somewhere for an emergency. NYC needs close to 30,000 JUST FOR US. That little 10,000 stockpile isn’t going to do much of anything. He then goes on to say that Louisiana had a problem “out of nowhere”. I mean, having a mardi gras party during the beginning stages of a pandemic? How could that possibly go wrong, am I right? I hate to say this, but we are all in serious trouble.
  • TRUMP: Blames the democrats for things, as usual. This is all Obama’s fault, blah, blah blah…
  • DR. FAUCI: I think if we weren’t doing anything to mitigate the situation, I think it’s entirely possible that we could reach that number. It’s possible. What we’re trying to do is stop that. We do feel like the things we are doing are having an effect. But, the decision to extend our social distancing through April was a wise and prudent decision. He and Dr. Birx went over all the data and thought extending the national restrictions would help to prevent those larger numbers from happening.
  • DR. BIRX: We’ve all seen the models. We went back to the drawing board and looked at the numbers from the ground up. All of the models predicted anywhere from 1.6 to 2.2 million fatalities if we didn’t mitigate. So they went back and brought the evidence back to Trump and convinced him to do the right thing and save lives by extending the restrictions until April.
  • TRUMP: Now he’s backpedaling and saying that 100,000 dead is “a very good number”, because it’s less than 2.2 million.
  • QUESTION: Given that you are now extending these guidelines, was floating Easter as a possible day to open up the country a mistake to you now?
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “No.”
  • QUESTION: Well, can you tell us why you said that?
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “Well, it was just an aspiration.”
  • TRUMP: He then goes to say that Easter could be the peak, and says that would be “sad”.
  • QUESTION: Your approval rating has been the highest it’s ever been, as well as your ratings of the handling of the virus, yet there are some networks that are considering no longer airing these briefings live. Do you think there’s a link between the two?
  • NOTE FROM ME: WTF, AMERICA??? WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY? WHY DO YOU KEEP DISAPPOINTING ME LIKE THIS?
  • TRUMP: He says he doesn’t want high ratings, he’d like his old life back. He says they don’t matter to him, but let’s review his tweets.
  • NOTE FROM ME: Hmmmm… He seems fairly pleased to me!
  • QUESTION: Humana and Cigna are going to take care of all costs associated with the coronavirus? Did we hear this right?
  • TRUMP: Yes.
  • QUESTION: Will other companies be doing this too?
  • TRUMP: Well, I don’t know. But, those two are getting a lot of credit for it as they should.
  • QUESTION: Will the federal government be reimbursing them? Or are they really doing this out of pocket?
  • TRUMP: They have not asked for reimbursement, so I assume they are paying.
  • QUESTION: I know we’ve done things for home owners, but what about people who rent?
  • TRUMP: Well, I think landlords are gonna take it easy. And they’ll be getting checks soon.
  • QUESTION: Yesterday, why did you publicly threaten quarantine on New York, New Jersey and Connecticut?
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “I didn’t do that at all.” He then says that he instead said that he was going to “look at it”.
  • QUESTION: But by speaking about it publicly, do you think you maybe frightened some Americans?
  • TRUMP: QUOTE: “No, I think we made people aware to stay in your houses and do good.”
  • QUESTION: You said repeatedly that you didn’t think certain governors were going to need all of the medical equipment they were requesting.
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “I didn’t say that.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: He in fact did say that, as recently as… *checks notes* two days ago.
  • QUESTION: You said it on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “Why don’t you people act… let me ask you something, why don’t you act… why don’t you act a little more positive? It’s always trying to get you. Getcha, getcha… and you know what? That’s why nobody trusts the media anymore. That’s why people. EXCUSE ME, you didn’t hear me. That’s why you used to work for The Times, and now you work for somebody else. Look, let me tell you something… Be nice. Don’t be threatening. Be nice. Go ahead” (he’s been talking over her the whole time)
  • QUESTION: How is that going to impact how many ventilators you produce?
  • TRUMP: It’s not going to effect. We’re producing a tremendous amount of ventilators. We’re doing a great job.
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “We sent thousands of generators to New York. They were put into a warehouse, INTERESTINGLY, in Edison, New Jersey.” he then goes on to say “the people in New York never distributed the generators.” he then goes on to say “maybe they didn’t need them so badly.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: I already covered why this Edison, New Jersey thing is ridiculous in a previous post, but I’ll say it again here. Because of the cost and limited availability of large storage units in New York City, it is common for New York based companies to store things in Jersey. As to why New York has not distributed the ventilators yet, it’s because our projected peak is still a week away. We are preparing for when it comes, which is something Trump obviously knows nothing about. Also they are ventilators, not generators.
  • TRUMP: He then goes on to accuse the reporter of misquoting him (it was a direct quote), and repeats his theory that New York is stealing medical supplies. He then continues to argue with the reporter.
  • QUESTION: You said you think the peak will hit in two weeks, can you just share with us your understanding of how bad it will be so the American people can prepare?
  • DR. BIRX: We have deep concerns about the projections. We have a different population than Italy and Spain. We’re seeing things here that weren’t seen in other countries. The models say that, WITH MITIGATION, we will see between 80,000 and 200,000 deaths. That means that we have to continue doing what we’ve been doing so far, but even better, because we’re hoping that the models are not completely right and we can do better.
  • DR. FAUCI: Models are good, but models can also cause anxiety. Models can be wrong.
  • QUESTION: You mentioned Italy. They are having a bad time. Are you sending them help?
  • TRUMP: Yes, we are sending monetary aid to Italy, and we are also working closely with Spain. And we’re working with everybody.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I just want to remind everyone once again, Boris “it’s just the flu” Johnson, has tested positive. As has Rand Paul, in The United States. That is all.
  • *QUICK BREAK FOR AN UPDATE ON TESTING NUMBERS*
  • QUESTION: You mentioned that the peak may come in two weeks, do you think everyone who needs a ventilator will get one? Also you mentioned some companies that may need to be further pushed via the DPA to meet production demands. Which companies and why?
  • TRUMP: Those companies have all fallen in line, and GM is doing a great job. He then talks once again about how we “have the most cases because we did the most tests”, which is not true. He then talks again about how they have 10,00 ventilators on hand like that’s going to be enough for the whole country.
  • QUESTION: States like Florida have apparently gotten 100% of their requests fulfilled by the government, but many other states like Massachusetts have not. How is that assessment being made and why has Florida gotten all of it’s requests first?
  • TRUMP: He claims that all of the governors are happy with how things are going. He claims that Michigan is also very happy with how things are going, and that people in Michigan love him for bringing back the car companies. Lol, what? Michigan friends, do you want to hit me with a fact check there?
  • QUESTION: OK, but why is Florida-
  • TRUMP: “Well, they’re a great state and they’re doing a great job.” But, he thinks everyone is happy. And then he lies for about three minutes straight.
  • QUESTION: You sent a letter to the governors that you were going to come up with some system to rank hotspot counties. Do you have enough tests to be able to rank counties?
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “Yes, we’re ranking counties and we’re ranking states. And a lot of people put out false information, because they don’t know what they’re talking about, and we took over a DEAD, BARREN system.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: He keeps talking about how we had no test when he took over the presidency, but… this virus didn’t exist then. Sooooo…
  • QUESTION: What are you planning on talking about on Tuesday? Do you think these restrictions will go on longer?
  • TRUMP: He says they hope not. He says “we could have opened on Easter”, but we decided to be safe. But, then says we have to be “even better” with how we distance this month. No contradictions here, folks. None at all!
  • QUESTION: You said at one point that you thought more people would die from economic anxiety than from the virus, who told you that? And could we hear from Dr. Fauci on this?
  • TRUMP: He says he could ask Dr. Fauci to come up, but says it’s “common sense” that we will have “TREMENDOUS SUICIDES”, and “massive drug use”. But, he believes that the recently passed relief bill will mitigate that.
  • QUESTION: Do you anticipate relaxing the restrictions by region during the month of April?
  • TRUMP: He says he doesn’t think so, but it’s a great question. He says that Dr. Brix and Dr. Fauci “did not like the idea”, yet goes on to say “but we could do it!”.
  • QUESTION: On Friday, you said that you wanted the governors to be appreciative and that if they weren’t appreciative ‘don’t call’.
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “But I didn’t say that”.
  • NOTE FROM ME: He, in fact… *checks notes* did say that.
  • QUESTION: Sir, this is a direct quote.
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “I didn’t say that. No, no… excuse me, are you ready? Take a look at what I said. I want them to be appreciative of me, ok, and then you cut it off. Because it’s FAKE NEWS. Listen, listen… please, let me just finish here. You just said it again, and you know the answer is a lie.”
  • QUESTION: I can read you your full quote, sir, if that would help.
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “let me just say, your statement, and your response, and your answer is a lie. Cause here’s the story, are you ready? I said I want you to be appreciative of me, and then you go on, and then I go on, and you cut it off. But, it says BECAUSE WHEN YOU’RE NOT-”
  • QUESTION: “I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true. I want them to be appreciative. We’ve done a great job, and I’m not talking about me, I’m talking about Mike Pence, the Task Force, I’m talking about FEMA, the Army Corps Of Engineers…” but then you went on to say “if they don’t treat you right, don’t call.”
  • TRUMP QUOTE: “I don’t call. I don’t call. No, I don’t call the governor of Washington now. Mike Pence calls, and the head of FEMA calls, I don’t stop them. Did I ever ask you to do anything negative, Mike? To Washington? To the state of Washington? Michigan. I love that state. That’s one of my favorite places in the whole world, Michigan! And I’m so proud of what’s happened with the auto industry coming back to Michigan. No. I don’t have to call, because… I’m probably better off not. Because, we don’t get- he’s a failed presidential candidate, he’s a nasty person, and I don’t like the governor of Washington state. You know who calls? I get Mike Pence to call. I get the head of FEMA to call. I get the admiral to call. But, you didn’t say… see, you started it off, and you talked about how I have to be appreciated. But then, when you read the rest, it said because if you don’t appreciate, then you’re not respecting these incredible people.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: Ladies and gentleman, this is called gaslighting.
  • TRUMP: He goes on to say no one watches CNN, and takes a pot shot at their ratings, and calls them “Fake News”.
  • QUESTION: Between what you’re saying and all of the shelter in place orders around the country, it sounds like all of America will be shut down for a month. Maybe two months-
  • TRUMP: He says that no, he thinks the country will “really start to open up” and that we “got lucky” and that Italy was “unlucky”. And honestly this answer is so circular, I can’t even follow it.
  • QUESTION: Do you think we will need another relief bill?
  • TRUMP: He says he is prepared to do whatever is needed, and that we’ll eventually make a lot of money.
  • QUESTION: Earlier you tweeted about your ratings, but some networks that no longer want to cover him?
  • NOTE FROM ME: Wasn’t this asked already???
  • TRUMP: Lots of blowhard words. He says that Dr. Brix and Dr. Fauci don’t want to be stars, “but they will be” and remarks that he shouldn’t be getting “higher ratings than the bachelor, BUT HE IS” and I am just left wondering why he thinks he shouldn’t be getting higher ratings than a TV dating show. His decisions right now will determine if millions of people live or die. Of course we are watching. All of this is extremely important. We aren’t watching because we love Trump.
  • QUESTION: Did anyone object to closing the country?
  • TRUMP: No. And then he babbles on for three minutes.
  • QUESTION: We’ve heard rumors that Louisiana will be hit hard next week, can you confirm that?
  • TRUMP: He says, it’s not a rumor. It is a fact. And then he says the same idiotic thing he said before about how this came out of nowhere, and they only had one case a week ago, and no one could have possibly seen this coming right after Mardi Gras. Dr. Brix also says some words about how, yeah, it’s coming. As does Dr. Fauci.
  • QUESTION: Have you taken another COVID-19 test?
  • TRUMP: No. He says he’s waiting for the rapid test. Then he says some words about Elmhurst, and honestly I can’t even transcribe this because it’s infuriating to watch him screw things up so badly.

MIKE PENCE

  • Thank you for your efforts, America.
  • On Tuesday we’ll lay out what could have been, and what we’re looking at going forward.
  • He says some much better sounding words about Emhurst than Trump did.
  • Thank you to all those CEOs.
  • He says he knows America may be disappointed and frustrated by how this has turned out, but this is for the best.
  • He reminds everyone about the travel advisory about New York.
  • He’s just giving a bunch of platitudes, but he sounds much better than Trump.

DONALD TRAMP

  • We’re fighting a war, and unfortunately “we’re fighting death”.
  • Ok, on that note, have a great night!

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/29/20)

Before I get into my notes from today’s press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, I want to talk a little bit about some of the viewer comments that I saw on today’s livestream. There’s a rather vocal group of people online who seem to think that there is not enough being done to “quarantine” New York City. Let me start off by saying that I do understand these people’s concerns, and I agree that people in New York City should stay in New York City for everyone else’s safety. But, I would like to provide you all with some additional context for this situation that will hopefully help you to understand why throwing the word “quarantine” around is not productive.

First of all, we are already just about as “quarantined” in New York City as we can be. Yes, there are still people who are ignoring the social distancing rules at our city parks. But, for the most part, everyone I know is doing their part and staying at home. Asking people to completely shut the city down is simply not feasible in a place like New York City. Our lifestyle is very different from the vast majority of the rest of this country.

We need to keep the trains and buses running because most of the people who live here don’t drive, and we need to maintain ways for essential workers to get to their jobs and for sick people to get to hospitals. We need to leave school buildings open for meal pick ups because we have more than 100,000 homeless children in New York City who will not be able to eat otherwise. We need enrichment centers for the children of essential workers, because where else will they go? We need all of the grocery stores and bodegas to stay open because many of us, again, do not drive and live in walk up apartments that are not conducive to carrying large amounts at one time. We need the laundromats to stay open because many of us do not have the ability to wash larger items at home. We would like outdoor spaces to stay open because we live in tiny apartments and do not have yards. Are you starting to see the picture I’m painting here?

I understand the fear people in the surrounding areas are feeling about this illness. How do you think we feel here? We’ve all read the news stories about people being turned away at the hospitals, nurses using garbage bags as PPE, the long lines outside to be tested for COVID-19, and we have all seen the death toll. Although New Yorkers have a reputation for being tough, the truth is that a lot of us are scared too. We have good reason to be. I am not excusing people who have attempted to flee the city to escape the disease. But, I think you have to understand that we are all afraid in this country right now, and when you throw words like “quarantine” around people automatically start imagining a scenario where we are walled off and left to die. Please try to understand how that sounds from our perspective.

I am particularly disappointed by the negative comments from upstate New Yorkers about New York City. Unfortunately, what’s happening to us in the city will happen to people upstate soon too. I can certainly understand why some people blame us downstaters for this, but blaming us will not change the inevitable. Thankfully for the upstaters, they are projected to hit the apex of their infection curve after us in the city. That means they will be able to learn from our mistakes, and hopefully they will be able to benefit from some of the resources we have gathered when our curve starts to slope downwards. Upstate New York is one of the most beautiful places in the country, and I would never speak ill of upstaters the way some of them have spoken about us. We are all one state. Let’s please try to remember that and all be New York strong together.

And now, on to the notes!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • The trajectory of new cases in New York continues to climb.
  • Local health providers should be monitoring what’s going in their own area, as different areas will peak at different times. This is what’s known as a “rolling apex”.
  • The curve will hit at different times depending on when it started and the rate of spread in that particular community.
  • This is true all across the country.
  • This rolling apex will happen all across the state of New York.
  • New York City is expected to hit our apex first, followed by Westchester or Long Island, and then upstate New York.
  • For a local health system, this situation is a new challenge. In most places, you have a public hospital system, a private hospital system, or possibly a voluntary hospital system, and these different types of hospital systems do not really interact with one another. There’s also not much interaction between the hospitals within each system. We have to change that mentality, and change it quickly.
  • QUOTE: “No hospital is an island.”
  • He says we need a new culture of hospitals working with one another.
  • QUOTE: “There is an artificial wall almost between [public and private hospital] systems right now. That wall has to come down.”
  • Everyone must help everyone else.
  • Elmhurst Hospital is still under very intense stress.
  • There are 11 Health And Hospital public hospitals in the New York City system.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I am a longtime patient at Bellevue, which is one of the eleven hospitals mentioned in this system. For those of you who live outside of NYC and associate Bellevue with mental hospitals, yes, it does have a well known psychiatric ward. But, it is also a world class regular hospital. I have two chronic medical conditions; high blood pressure and polycystic ovarian syndrome. I take medication for both of them (although the medication for PCOS is only taken under certain circumstances). They have taken care of me when I was broke, while I have been uninsured, and they saved my life when I nearly died from a viral infection in my 20s. Our public hospital system in New York City is something I am incredibly grateful for, and that I know will fight for our lives now with everything they have. The people who work in our public system are actual saints, and I am praying for them everyday. There are not enough words in the world to say how proud I am of these people. They are truly the best of us.
  • Our 11 public hospitals will need to work together like never before. He says he will speak to Mayor De Blasio about improving communication.
  • He will also be meeting with the leaders of private hospitals tomorrow to talk about how they can all integrate together.
  • The state’s role is to help coordinate all of this.
  • The hope is that we can take advantage of the projected rolling curve and ask upstate hospitals to help relieve downstate hospitals in the beginning, and then ask downstate to do the same for upstate as curves make their way around the state.
  • The New York PAUSE system (Policy, Assure, Uniform, Safety, Everyone) will be extended until April 15th. This is the executive order that commands the state wide shut down. So hold onto your butts, y’all! We’re staying put for at least two more weeks!
  • PERSONAL NOTE: Yesterday, I listed the timelines for the lockdowns in other heavily impacted areas. I think it’s safe to assume that New York City will end up looking at a two month shut down based on those timelines. We’ve already been shut down for a week. So, I would say to expect about seven more weeks of this. That is just my opinion! But, I’m basing it off of what we saw in Wuhan, and what’s being projected for Italy.
  • The New York State Department Of Health has developed a less intrusive saliva and short nasal swab test.
  • This new test can be self-administered in the presence of healthcare workers, and it uses less PPE.
  • Healthcare workers can self-administer this test, and it will help limit their exposure to the virus.
  • This new test will start as soon as next week.
  • When is it over? He says when we come up with an inexpensive at home test that can be brought to volume, that’s when we’ll probably see a return to normalcy in the workforce.
  • I wouldn’t bet on that time being soon.
  • The USNS Comfort will arrive tomorrow, with fresh supplies and staff. It will not be for COVID-19 patients. But, it will handle all of the other medical problems that require urgent care.
  • Our current stockpile includes 2.5 million N95 masks, 6 million surgical masks, 2.7 million exam gloves, 500,000 protective gowns and coveralls, and 300,000 face shields.
  • They are currently distributing 625,000 N95 masks, 1.5 million surgical masks, 600,000 exam gloves, 200,000 protective gowns and coveralls, and 65,000 face shields.
  • They have a purchasing team that is working 7 days a week to get more medical equipment, but it’s difficult because we are bidding against all the other states. But, we are making progress.
  • Finding staff is going very well. We now have 76,019 medical professionals who have volunteered to help. Roughly half of those volunteers are some kind of physician, and the other half of various kinds of nurses.
  • So far, 172, 360 people have been tested for COVID-19 in New York. Of that number, 16,390 are new tests.
  • So far, 59,513 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, Of that number, 7,195 are new positives.
  • New York City has had 33,768 positives so far. Of that number, 4,002 are new positives.
  • There are now only two counties in the state of New York reporting no cases of the illness.
  • There are currently 8,503 people hospitalized in New York. 2,037 of them are ICU patients.
  • So far, 3,572 people have been discharged. Yay!
  • 846 people were discharged from the hospital yesterday. YASSS!
  • At the time of the press conference, there have been 965 deaths in New York. That number is up from 728 yesterday. I will do the math for you, and tell you that means that 237 people died from COVID-19 in the state of New York yesterday.
  • We are still the most impacted state.
  • Rounding out the top five most impacted states, we have New Jersey (11,124 cases and 140 deaths), California (5,565 cases and 121 deaths), Michigan (4,635 cases and 111 deaths), and Washington (4,311 cases and 191 deaths).
  • The number of hospitalizations went up yesterday to 1,175.
  • These daily numbers vary because of many factors, so looking at one day in specific is not always all that meaningful.
  • Our rate of hospitalizations is now doubling every six days, which is a slower pace than where we were a week ago.
  •  ICU admissions also went up yesterday. We had 282 ICU admissions yesterday.
  • The number of people who were intubated went down yesterday to 165. They don’t normally run this chart, but for context purposes I will tell you that the highest number on this chart so far was two days ago at 290 people.
  • More people were discharged yesterday than any day before. YASSS!
  • For perspective, 679,977 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since this all began.
  • He speaks now about some of the fallen, and now I’m crying again.
  • Detective Cedric Dixon was 48 years old. He worked in the 32nd precinct in Harlem, and was a 23 veteran on the force. He could have retired, but he stayed on as a service to his city.
  • Kious Kelly was also 48 years old. He was the Assistant Nurse Manager at Mt. Sinai West.
  • Governor Cuomo says he is at a loss for words, and so he has chosen this FDR quote to speak for him. It says “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
  • The president and the CDC ordered a travel advisory for people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This happened last night.
  • This advisory is NOT a lockdown or a quarantine.
  • It is basically what we’ve already been doing. Nonessential people should stay at home.
  • He says he supports what the president did because it affirms what we have already been doing.
  • Yesterday the completely insignificant state of Rhode Island issued an executive order directing police officers to stop anyone with New York plates at the border for mandatory quarantine. That executive order has been repealed.
  • We thank them for coming to their damn senses about this.
  • QUOTE: “this is disorienting. It’s frightening. It’s disturbing. Your whole life is turned upside down overnight. To be the best you can, find a way to create some joy.”
  • He says that his idea is to have a family day. He talks about his big Italian family gathering for spaghetti and meatballs, and now I’m hungry. He reminds us all that we can do this over skype, or through facetime, and that it’s still special even if it’s different than we’re used to.
  • His story about his kids not trusting his food because they knew he couldn’t cook is the story of my life. When he said “so we got chinese food afterwards” I just about died. Haha, SAME! We are the same, Governor Cuomo! Lol
  • He says “I know we feel we are under attack”.
  • PERSONAL OPINION:People have been coming for us who were not sent for, LOOKING DIRECTLY AT YOU RHODE ISLAND. But, this is New York. We specialize in strength, stamina, and stability. We don’t care about the opinions of haters. We’re not going to brick off New York City, so to all of you out there who are rooting for this to be a disaster movie, you can go shave your backs now. Thanks.
  • QUOTE: “I can’t sit here and say you’re not going to see people pass away. You will. That is the nature of what we’re dealing with, and that’s beyond any of our control. But, New York is going to have what it needs, and NO ONE is going to attack New York unfairly. And NO ONE is going to deprive New York of what it needs.”
  • QUOTE: “There is no state in the nation that is better prepared, or better mobilized than what we’re doing.”
  • EXCELSIOR – “EVER UPWARDS!” (For those that don’t know, this is our state motto)
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM – “Out of many, one” UNITY.
  • “If you put those two things together, it says it all.
  • QUOTE: “If you remember nothing else when I’m gone, if you walk up to the box and have nothing else to remember… Excelsior. You can be better. It will be better. We can make it better. E pluribus unum. We make it better together. That’s it. And that’s what we’re doing.

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: When will you start admitting patients to Javits?
  • CUOMO: This week. Remember that we are assembling supplies for the apex, so the idea is that it will be ready for the apex.
  • QUESTION: This shutdown will affect Easter and other religious holidays. What do you say to families about that?
  • CUOMO: He says it’s hard. But, guys… I’m going to just give my personal opinion here and say it’s really not that hard. It’s one easter. God will forgive you if you worship at home. I’m fairly certain a compassionate god would prefer that we take care of our community and reduce the spread of this illness than that we pack into churches and cause more deaths. Cuomo reminds people that the outbreak in New Rochelle was made worse by a religious gathering.
  • CUOMO: By the way, the first COVID patient in New Rochelle is now out of the hospital.
  • QUESTION: Have you spoken to the governor of Rhode Island, and how did you convince her to rescind her executive order?
  • CUOMO: He spoke to her yesterday, and says that he did believe the order was legal or “neighborly”. He said she was receptive to his message and he thanks her for changing her mind.
  • QUESTION: There have been 237 deaths in the last 24 hours, 222 of which were in New York City, do you have any idea what the apex of this might look like in terms of lives lost?
  • DR. ZUCKER: We are already at 965 deaths, so it does seem the deaths will be in the thousands. But, again, these are models and the numbers could change.
  • QUESTION: But, in terms of what you expect to see each day, are we talking about hundreds?
  • DR. ZUCKER: 80% of people who get this illness will recover on their own. The number of people who end up dying is currently hovering at about 1%. So, it depends on how many new cases we see.
  • CUOMO: My opinion is that there’s no way you can look at those numbers and conclude anything other than that thousands of people will pass away.
  • QUESTION: As of Friday, nursing home residents accounted for about ¼ of all the coronavirus deaths in New York, is there anything more you can do to prevent that.
  • CUOMO: Says that coronavirus in a nursing home is a toxic combination. They are no longer allowing visitors in nursing homes, and they are testing staff before letting them in to work. Unfortunately, there isn’t really anything else that can be done.
  • QUESTION: What numbers are you looking at to get these data projections?
  • DR. ZUCKER: All of them.
  • CUOMO: You asked about the testing numbers, but I wouldn’t give too much weight to the testing numbers because the people we’re testing are not random. We’re testing people who we already suspect have the virus. And we don’t do the projections ourselves. We have professional firms doing this for us.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: This is a good time to talk about a huge misconception I have been seeing a lot online. People seem to think that because we have done the most testing, that means we are testing everyone. We are not. We are using the same standards as most other states and only testing people with symptoms, and I have heard from friends that it’s hard to get the test even if you are symptomatic. No one is inflating these numbers. We just sincerely have a lot of sick people here. If you are reading this from another state, please understand that the number of people who have the virus here is almost assuredly higher than what we are reporting!
  • QUESTION: Florida has apparently placed a similar ban on New Yorkers coming to the state, similar to what Rhode Island did yesterday. Do you have any comments on that?
  • CUOMO: I don’t know what they’re doing in Florida, but I will look into it.
  • WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE SAID: Oh, so they refused to cancel spring break or close their beaches, yet are surprised they are now having a coronavirus outbreak? Oh, ok. But, now that you already have the virus, you want to ban New Yorkers? Oh. I’m just saying, there’s a reason why your state is a national punchline, Florida. Next!
  • QUESTION: Do you get crime reports? Has domestic violence gone up? What are you doing for the city’s mental health?
  • JIM MALATRAS: We have a hotline people can call to receive free mental health assistance during this time. We are also tracking reported crimes. It’s tough to tell if there’s been any increase in domestic health issues.
  • DR. ZUCKER: We’re working with people all across the state to address the state’s mental health needs.
  • QUESTION: We had ample warning about coronavirus before this became an emergency situation. Why didn’t you shut the state down sooner?
  • CUOMO: We were one of the first to shut our state down. We wanted to do it in a way that didn’t create more panic.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “We’re fighting two things. You’re fighting the virus, and you’re fighting the fear. I can’t tell you how many people called all night long about the mandatory quarantine comment that the president made as he was getting into a helicopter, which was inconclusive, by the way. Even if you heard his comment, it was not conclusive in his comment. But, people are so on edge… I mean, it really panicked people. They were gonna leave the city last night. It was really… so you need to manage that fear and that panic, and you also need to deal with the virus.”
  • PERSONAL NOTE: California did beat us to shutting down their state by a few days.
  • CUOMO: He says that he does not want to use the term “shelter in place” for what we are doing because it is usually used to describe sheltering in a very guarded room to protect from bombings or an active shooter, and he felt that using that term would only add to people’s panic.
  • QUESTION: Do you regret not closing the state down sooner?
  • CUOMO: We had one of the most dramatic reactions at the first point in all this. So, that answer is basically no.
  • QUESTION: Do you know how many frontline medical providers now have the virus in New York?
  • CUOMO: We don’t have statistics on that.
  • QUESTION: Senator Schumer says that you have flatly rejected 5 billion dollars in coronavirus medicaid funding for New Yorkers because you’re not willing to delay the medicaid reforms until the federal funding runs out. He says you’re hurting local government at this time, what is your response?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “Well, I would say to senator Schumer, it would be nice if he would pass a piece of legislation that actually helped the state of New York.”
  • PERSONAL NOTE: SHOTS FIRED FROM ALBANY!!!!
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “The piece of legislation he passed stopped the state from a process that was happening for six months that was redesigning the medicaid program to make it more efficient and more effective. It was called the medicaid redesign team. I announced it back in January. It’s the second time we did it. And it takes waste and fraud, and inefficiency out of the system. And that was going on since January. The legislation he passed said you can’t redesign medicaid. For what reason I have NO IDEA. So, it disqualified this state from funding, and he knew that when he passed it.”
  • QUESTION: But you have a choice, you can either take the additional 6 billion in emergency funds and pause the MRT, which is worth 2.5 billion, or… it sounds like you’re not taking the 6 billion so you can push ahead with the MRT.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “Yeah, I have no choice. Because- I’ll tell you. 2.5 billion per year recurring is worth more than a 6 billion one shot. I’d rather have 2.5, 2.5, 2.5 than 6 billion today. And I called every congressional representative and told them why would you want to stop a medicaid redesign that’s been going on since January? I don’t know what they’re political calculus was, but that’s all it was. It was political calculus.”
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “It was a state passed medicaid redesign effort. Why would you ever want to stop that? I don’t know whose politics they’re playing.”
  • QUESTION: Why not take the upfront money now, and redesign medicaid next year?
  • ROBERT MUJICA: QUOTE: “The numbers here are important. The 6 billion dollar number? We can’t get to the 6 billion dollar number no matter how you estimate those numbers, so probably it’s closer to about 4 billion dollars, and that assumes that the emergency is in place for a full year. There’s nothing in that bill that says that it will last for a year. In fact, it will end as soon as the president declares the emergency is over, and that can happen at any time. So, that 4 billion dollar number also is reduced. If it’s half a year, it’s only 2 billion. Then a significant portion of that money doesn’t come to the state. It went to local governments. So, you’re left with a number that’s under 2 billion dollars, potentially. If, at most, which then you’re basically saying take a one shot of these funds, don’t reform the medicaid system and spend that money inefficiently on a system that unanimously everyone understood was not working properly and was wasting the money. So, the choice is really waste the money that way, or do a bill that actually provides funding to New York State. That bill doesn’t even give us a fraction of the amount of money that is needed.”
  • PERSONAL NOTE: Did y’all catch that? What a mess.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “Just, so you have a fact. It’s 2 billion. Take 2 billion for sure, right? Door A, door B. Take door A, and you get 2 billion for sure, or door B for 2.6 billion. I pick the door with 2.6 billion.”
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “The real question is to me, why would you do that to the state of New York? Why would you say ‘stop a medicaid redesign’ that saves taxpayers money, that has to be passed by the assembly, and has to be passed by the senate? Why would a federal government say ‘I’m gonna trample the state’s right to redesign its medicaid program that it runs’??? That saves money! Who… What… What is…? I don’t even know what the political interest is that they’re trying to protect.”
  • CUOMO:  QUOTE “Second, the problem with the budget is the numbers. Why? Because the federal government… what we just talked about was in the previous bill. Two bills ago. The bill that JUST PASSED, we get 1.9% of our state budget. About 5 billion dollars, which is 1.9% of our budget, only to use for coronavirus expenses. Ok? 5 billion dollars. 1.5% of our budget. Only for coronavirus expenses. First point, you have states that got 10% of their budget, 20% of their budget, in coronavirus expenses, that don’t even have coronavirus cases! You have some states that have four cases. We have more cases than anyone else. We got the lowest level of reimbursement in the bill. What happened to funding need? Second, the federal bill had NO FUNDING for the fact that states have lost revenue. And speaker Pelosi, god bless her, was asked today, how about Governor Cuomo’s point that it didn’t do anything to help the states? And the speaker basically said, yeah, we have to come back and pass another bill. So, we have a 10 billion dollar, 15 billion dollar revenue hole that the federal government did NOTHING to help on. Now, I have to do a state budget.”
  • CUOMO: The budget is due next week, and now we will have to make drastic cuts to the budget like you have never seen before.
  • QUESTION: On the issue of the travel advisory, what do you envision as essential travel? And does this mean you don’t want people coming in to New York to do business?
  • CUOMO: It’s the same definition as what it’s always been in New York. We only want essential workers traveling.
  • QUESTION: What would be the impact of MRT cuts during a public health crisis?
  • CUOMO: We do have healthcare funding. The federal government did provide 5 billion dollars in the bill for coronavirus expenses. But, every hospital now has coronavirus expenses. The budgeting problem is not funding healthcare, it’s funding the schools. The schools are where we have zero dollars.
  • QUESTION: Could we do short term borrowing?
  • ROBERT MUJICA: The issue is that we won’t have any revenue coming in for the first quarter because taxes have been delayed, so we will have to shift resources in order to bridge the gap. We will do short term borrowing, but we will still have a 10 billion dollar revenue shortfall.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “When you have that big a hole that has to be closed, there’s two things you can do. You can sort of paper over it and come up with expectations. Well, we believe the next federal bill will actually deliver money to the state of New York. Yeah, you could say that. And you could say that I believe that Santa Claus is real. You know. But, I’m not comfortable doing that. Especially since the federal government just passed the bill, and that’s what we were just hoping for, and the federal government just did the exact opposite and handed us a goose egg. Uh, well we expect the economy is gonna rebound in nine months, and that it’s gonna be what they call the V curve. It’s gonna be a quick down, it’s gonna be a quick up, so all those revenues are gonna keep flooding back so we’re gonna be fine. That’s another way of papering over the hole. I don’t want to do that either. Because I don’t believe it. And I don’t believe anyone’s gonna believe it. And I don’t believe credit agencies are gonna believe it. And I believe postponing a problem, in government, in life, you just make it worse. You just make it worse. Let’s not deceive ourselves. You’re not gonna get saved by the federal government. If they were going to do it, they would have done it. They played the wrong politics. SHOCKER.”
  • QUESTION: Will there be any policy issues done with the budget?
  • CUOMO: The same policy issues we’ve been discussing all along. The main policy objections are to a bill that would is meant to fight against anti-semitism. He thinks it would be a mistake not to address anti-semitism in the state and address “domestic terrorism”.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “It’s repugnant to the concept of New York and America to attack someone based on their race, color, creed. If you kill someone in an attempt to kill several people based on their race, color or creed, how is that not a terrorist act?”
  • CUOMO: They don’t want to pass that bill, and they don’t want to pass a surrogacy bill that would allow LGTBQ couples to have a biological child. He says this is “wholly ironic” to him, since New York was the first state to pass marriage equality. He says now we are telling those same couples they can’t have kids, and that makes no sense to him.

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Donald Trump sends off the USNS Comfort

Today we have Donald Trump and the United States Secretary Of Defense, Mark Esper, COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM THE USNS COMFORT IN NORFOLK, VIRGINA!

Donald Trump and Mark Esper walk out to “hail to the chief” in front of a huge white naval ship. Trump’s face looks to have graduated from orange to a much redder color on my TV screen. I assume he’s trying to match the red cross on the medical ship.

MARK ESPER

  • “Thank you to our president for”… something, something, something, whatever.
  • NOTE FROM ME: I mentally tuned out during this obligatory line, because he hasn’t done anything here worthy of praise. Never forget, WE THE PEOPLE employ the president, not the other way around! That Navy ship belongs to US, the citizens of The United States of America! When Trump is no longer president, those Navy ships will still belong to the country and he will have no more power over them than I do. I’m not going to thank him for properly using the resources the American people have given him to use in a crisis. That’s literally the bare minimum requirement of his job.
  • ADDITIONAL NOTE: But, a giant thank you to our military for doing a fantastic job in spite of being led by a deranged toddler! That thank you is from me!
  • The department of defense is focused on three priorities.
  • Number one: protecting our service members, civilians, and their families. They are committed to taking all necessary measures to safeguard the well being of our most important resource, our people.
  • Number two: remaining prepared to carry out our core national security missions, and to defend The United States against any threat.
  • Number three: continuing to support Trump’s response to the coronavirus.
  • NOTE FROM ME: How are number one and number three different???
  • For several weeks the armed services and the National Guard have been surging resources, supplies, research and personnel to help the fight against the coronavirus.
  • Thousands of National Guard troops have been mobilized across the country, doing a variety of tasks ranging from logistics to medical support.
  • Much needed support is being sent to the most impacted parts of the country (New York and California).
  • Military doctors have been doing research and development on accelerating a vaccine and therapeutics, working alongside our public and private sector doctors.
  • In our nation’s moment of need, 45 has ordered the deployment of our nation’s “most powerful symbols of medical care and compassion” the Navy’s two hospital ships, The USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort.
  • NOTE FROM ME: Our whole navy only has two hospital ships? Am I the only one that thinks this sounds wild? My cousin served in the Navy. I have questions for him now!
  • The USNS Comfort will serve a critical role in relieving some of the pressure on hospitals in the New York area. AND WE THANK THEM FOR THAT! I know I do!
  • Mark also thanks them, and then he says some congratulatory words about the bloated oompa loompa standing behind him.
  • We will get through this together, and we will prevail.

DONALD TRUMP

  • He uses one of the four or five descriptive vocabulary words he knows, and says Mark is doing a “fantastic” job.
  • “I am deeply honored to be at” *checks notes* “naval station norfolk” *continues checking notes* “the largest naval base” *looks up* “anywhere in the world” *checks notes* “and the home to the most powerful fleet” *squints* “that has ever sailed the seas”.
  • QUOTE: “I just passed some of the most beautiful, and highly lethal, ships that I’ve ever seen in my life, and there are a lot of them!”
  • “We’re grateful to be joined by” *checks notes* “commander of the..” *squints* “US fleet forces, Admiral Christopher Grady” *checks notes* “and commander of the US second fleet, Vice Admiral Woody Lewis.”
  • “Our country is at war with an invisible enemy, we are marshalling the full power of the American nation, economic, scientific, medical, and military, to vanquish the virus. And we will do that.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: You guys, he honestly sounds sick to me. *raises eyebrow*
  • He expresses his gratitude to the people in US Armed services, who are all worth a million times what he is (my words), who are on the way to New York.
  • “This great ship behind me is a 70,000 ton messgage of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York. A place I know very well. A place I love. We’re here for you, we’re fighting for you, and we’re with you all the way and we always will be. You have the unwavering support of the entire nation, the entire government, and the entire…” *checks notes* “…American people.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: Maybe I’m just feeling emotional thinking about all the great men and women in the US Navy who are on their way to help my city, but I actually think Trump sounded rather sincere just now. Maybe De Blasio attempting to reach him with images of Elmhurst Hospital actually did have some effect.
  • The USNS was scheduled for four weeks of maintenance, but they were able to turn her around in just four days instead.
  • It will arrive at pier 90 in Manhattan on Monday.
  • It’s crew will begin treating patients on Tuesday.
  • It will be met in New York Harbor by Governor Cuomo.
  • It will provide a critical surge capacity for the New York metro area.
  • Their mission will be to care for New Yorkers who do not have the virus, but require urgent care for other problems. By serving people who do not have COVID-19 away from the city hospitals, beds will be freed up for people who do have the virus. This will also make it less likely that someone will come into a hospital for an unrelated problem and leave with COVID-19.
  • The ship is fully stocked for any medical need that should arise.
  • It’s sister ship, the USNS Mercy, arrived ahead of schedule on the west coast in port yesterday in California. It is performing a similar mission for the people of Los Angeles. It is fully loaded with 12 operating rooms, 1,000 hospital beds, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, a radiology unit, a cat scan, and a lot of other things. It also has a helicopter pad. But, most importantly, it has an outstanding crew of 1,200 clinicians.
  • The crew of the USNS Comfort and the USNS Mercy are among the best medical professionals in the world.
  • “I also want to remind everyone of the CDC’s latest guidance. If you are from the New York metropolitan area, and you travel elsewhere, we need you to self quarantine for 14 days to help us contain the spread of the virus. And I am now considering, and will make a decision very quickly, very shortly a quarantine because it’s such a hot area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and we’ll be announcing one way or another fairly soon. This does not apply to people such as truckers from outside the New York area who are making deliveries, or simply transiting through. It won’t affect trade in any way.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: These words created panic in some parts of the city today, with some people imagining that we would be locked in and left without supplies. This is a prime example of Trump’s incompetence as a leader. Why would you tell people you’re floating this idea if you don’t have any guidelines for how it would look? If you’re going to tell people their whole state might be quarantined for an indeterminate amount of time, you have to be able to tell people what that actually means. Or else people will assume the worst. But, for the record, we’re already on lockdown in New York City. So, I don’t see how a statewide quarantine would change anything.
  • Four medical centers have already been completed in New York. He is also giving New York “four large tents, which they need very badly”. I am wondering if he means the four other field hospitals, which are all definitely not tents.
  • “Two big words… READY. RESERVES.” he talks about all the people we have on reserve to help in this fight, and all of the supplies that are being sent to New York.
  • He says FEMA has so far shipped 11.6 million N95 masks, 26 million surgical masks, 5.2 million face shields, 4.3 million surgical gowns, 22 million gloves, and 8,100 ventilators. I think these numbers are national.
  • He reminds everyone that this week he used the defense production act to compel General Motors to produce ventilators and says that he thinks “they’re gonna do a great job”.
  • He says that all of our nation’s ventilator companies have been working around the clock to make more ventilators, and adds that if we make too many it’s ok because we can ship them to the UK.
  • Just a reminder, Boris “let’s destroy our relationship with the rest of Europe” Johnson has COVID-19. As does Rand Paul here in the US.
  • Trump says he asked Boris how he was doing, and Boris replied “WE NEED VENTILATORS.”
  • Trump says the ventilator is a very complicated piece of machinery, “perhaps more so than a car”.
  • He hopes that we soon have enough ventilators to help other countries, and you know what guys? I do too. I’m just concerned by Trump’s sudden interest in altruism. It doesn’t track with anything we know about him, so I am suspicious.
  • In the next 100 days, we will produce three times as many ventilators as we typically do in a year.
  • The factories of many large companies are being modified to make medical supplies.
  • He praises himself for the relief bill again.
  • He reminds everyone that tax day has been moved to July.
  • He says we are still looking for new treatments and vaccines.
  • He says we have had “much death”. *shakes head*
  • He says that there are now 151 countries dealing with this virus around the world.
  • He repeats again that we are “the number one tester” in the world.
  • NOTE FROM ME: You guys.. WE’RE NUMBER ONE! WE’RE NUMBER ONE! U-S-A! U-S-A!
  • He repeats again that we have “learned a lot”.
  • Golf bless America. That’s a typo, AND IT STAYS.

“Stars And Stripes Forever” plays jubilantly as the ship slowly pulls away, and it’s hard to believe that this is real life and that this giant beast of a ship is on it’s way here to New York City. You know we New Yorkers love a good fleet week, but this isn’t exactly what we usually have in mind. Nevertheless, I am extremely grateful to the fine professionals in our United States Navy for their aid to my city. No matter what differences I may have with the politicians in the White House, I want to be clear about the fact that I have nothing but admiration for our armed services. Thank you for your help, USNS Comfort. You are appreciated.

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