(FamilyRetirementClub.Com)- Remember when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his state needed 40,000 ventilators and President Donald Trump said he didn’t? Well, it looks like the president has been vindicated.
During Wednesday’s daily coronavirus press briefing, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would begin giving away unused ventilators to other states as the virus continues to spread across the country. The only reason they are in a position to do this, he says, is because his state has so far managed to stabilize the infections.
“We’ve stabilized our healthcare situation,” he said. “New York had one of the earlier curves. There are other places in this country that are now seeing increases in the death rate,” he added.
Cuomo said he would start by distributing 100 ventilators, to Michigan, and a further 50 ventilators to Maryland. It comes just weeks after Cuomo repeatedly warned that New York didn’t have enough ventilators.
Back in March, the president told Sean Hannity on Fox News that he believes the numbers won’t be as bad in New York as predicted.
“I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be,” he claimed. “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You go into major hospitals sometimes, and they’ll have two ventilators. And now, all of a sudden, they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’”
It was tough to hear at the time, as the virus pandemic was still new, and nobody knew how to respond. In a press conference at the time, Cuomo issued a tough statement to President Trump after being told he didn’t need as many ventilators as he claimed.
“You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die,” he said.
But it hasn’t panned out that way.
According to models from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, New York would need just 6,000 ventilators at its peak. And, now, the net change in intubations across the entire state is falling at a steady rate. That means while many people in New York are yet to be infected, the numbers are dropping and there may be a way to reopen the economy in a safe and managed way in the near future.
Cuomo said during the Wednesday conference that he is grateful for other states donating ventilators and that now he is in a position to start distributing them elsewhere.
“I said at the time, New Yorkers are generous, and they are grateful and gracious, and when you need help, we will be there for you,” Cuomo said.