NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the rate of increase of coronavirus cases in New York has grown, and the rate of new infections is doubling every three days.

“That is a dramatic increase in the rate of infection,” Cuomo said. “We’re not slowing it, and it is accelerating it on its own.”

Cuomo says new projections suggest New York will now need up to 140,000 hospital beds, and has a current capacity of roughly 53,000 beds.

The governor spoke surrounded by supplies that are shipping out to area hospitals and in the presence of National Guard mobilized to meet the health crisis.

There will be a need for 40,000 ICU beds with ventilators, well more than the state’s current capacity of approximately 3,000-4,000.

The peak of the pandemic in New York is now 14-21 days away, Cuomo said.

“One of the forecasters said to me we were looking at a freight train coming across the country. We are now looking at a bullet train,” he said.

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“We need, at a minimum, an additional 30,000 ventilators. You can not buy them. You can not find them,” he said. “We’re going so far as to try an experimental procedure where we split the ventilator. We use one ventilator for two patients.”

Cuomo again called on the federal government to provide additional ventilators by invoking the Defense Production Act and mandating companies produce them immediately.

“If we don’t have the ventilators in 14 days, it does us no good,” he said. “Not to exercise that power is inexplicable to me.”

Private firms, including Ford, are gearing up to make ventilators, but the delivery date is weeks away.

“We have to scale this up because the factories as we know them weren’t built to produce the volumes we need to make,” Ford CEO Jim Hackett said.

“Volunteerism is nice and it is a beautiful thing, and it’s nice that these companies are coming forward and saying they want to help. That is not going to get us there. And I do not for the life of me understand the reluctance to use the Federal Defense Production Act,” Cuomo said.

Watch: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Gives Coronavirus Update At Javits Center

Cuomo said the federal government needs to be sending aid to where need is greatest, and that New York has ten times the cases of any other state in the country.

More than 90,000 New Yorkers have been tested and more than 25,000 people have tested positive for the virus.

There are 3,224 people hospitalized with coronavirus, and 756 people in ICU units with ventilators so far.

“That’s 23 percent of the hospitalizations. That’s the problem. As the number of cases go up, the number of people in hospital beds goes up, the number of people who need an ICU bed and a ventilator goes up, and we can not address that increasing curve,” Cuomo said.


Cuomo issued a warning to the rest of the country.

“We are just the test case. And that’s how the nation should look at it. Look at us today. Where we are today, you will be in three weeks, or four weeks, or five weeks, or six weeks. We are your future, and what we do here will chart the course for what we do in your city and in your community. I’m not asking you to help New York just to help New York, I’m asking you to help New York to help yourselves,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the economic concerns of the pandemic must be addressed, but the focus must be first on saving lives.

“My mother is not expendable. And your mother is not expendable. And our brothers and sisters are not expendable. And we’re not going to accept a premise that human life is disposable and we’re not going to put a dollar figure on human life. First order of business is save lives, period. Whatever it costs,” he said.

Cuomo was back at the Javits Center Tuesday as work began to convert the 1.8 million square feet of convention space into New York City’s first COVID-19 field hospital.

Cuomo toured the space Monday, noting the set-up of four 250-bed field hospitals would take about a week to 10 days.

Monday Cuomo mandated that hospitals increase capacity by at least 50%.

In addition to the initial 1,000 beds being made available, Cuomo said an additional 1,000 beds for “lighter medical care” could also be built within Javits, a venue known more for auto shows, trade conventions, comic cons.

In total there will be about 350 federal staffers working in the initial combined site within Javits, covering 160,000 square feet, Cuomo said.

Other locations Cuomo put on his list as field hospital sites included the campuses at SUNY Stony Brook and SUNY Westbury, and the Westchester Convention Center. Each of those would have one 250-bed unit under the management of FEMA.

And the race is on to get supplies to health care workers. The federal government sent hundreds of thousands of masks, gloves, gowns and face shields to New York state. Many of those supplies are already at the Javits Center.

But city officials stress they need more.

President Donald Trump responded Tuesday afternoon on the FOX News channel.

“If you think about Governor Cuomo, we’re building him four hospitals, we’re building him four medical centers, we’re working very, very hard for the people of New York, we’re working along with him, and then I watch him on the show complaining,” Trump said.

Tuesday evening, members of the president’s coronavirus task force called for anyone who has left New York to self-quarantine for 14 days.

“We remain deeply concerned about New York City and the New York metro area,” said Dr. Deborah Birx. “We are starting to see new cases across Long Island that suggest people have left the city.”

The message to everyone for now remains stay home until further notice.

Comments (54)
  1. prester khan says:

    Invoking the Defense Production Act won’t get the ventilators any quicker. Even if you tell a company to start producing ventilators, they will have to retool and get their manufacturing line configured to start – which takes time. There is always a lead time involved.

    You can bet your bottom dollar that the current manufacturer(s) are running 7/24 right now.

  2. Jeff Reed says:

    Gee—-to bad Cuomo does not feel the same way about the unborn. When he signed the death bill for the unborn–he lit up New York pink.

    1. John Perram says:

      Seems that malaria drug is working. So perhaps doctors should start treating patients.

  3. Steven J. Willis says:

    Odd, the rate of increase in New York appears to be slowing. It was over 40% per day and has dropped to about 25%. More aggressive testing may skew the numbers, but others have followed similar patterns. Once the logarithmic curve begins to flatten (the rate of increase flattens), the linear curve appears to follow in 12 to 14 days. China, S. Korea, Japan, Iran have shown that pattern, as has Washington. Norway, Sweden, Denmark and even Italy are beginning to follow the same path. New York will follow, though it may be three or four weeks before it is clear. Follow the curves.

  4. john b says:

    Could we use CPAP or APAP machines in a pinch to help people who are less severe?

  5. Jayson E Angelo says:

    I work at a NY state prison somewhere upstate, and on the Saturday of weekend inmate visits were supposed to be suspended, busloads of people from NYC were admitted in for contact visits. The suspension of visits began on Sunday. The damage was already done at that point. Cuomo had the authority and opportunity to stop that Saturday visit, yet he instituted it the next day. I have racked my brain thinking of any scenario or reason to let all the visitors from the NYC bus visit Saturday but not Sunday.

  6. What two entities/people have the most to gain by a collapsing American economy? The Chinese Communist Party, and the American Democrat Party. Simple as that. Both have the full support of the American media.

  7. TomasCruz says:

    Five NYC news outlets and cable news cover his daily hour long press conference, this outburst will be aired all day long, it’s obvious Cuomo cares little for New Yorkers but his future presidential run.

  8. Mr. MyxPyx says:

    Cuomo acts like these ventilators should just magically appear out of nowhere and that it’s Trump’s responsibility to provide them. Why doesn’t he provide them? He’s the governor of New York. He should have seen this coming. So sick of these liberals blaming Trump for everything when they aren’t doing anything themselves.

  9. Virgil Tutwiler says:

    Sounds like a failing of state and local “leaders” as the rest of the nation is doing fine.

    I guess if you rotely vote for the same class of morons, you get the same sort of results.
    I’m going out to grill now.

  10. Linda says:

    Wonderful, intelligent, informative press conference by Cuomo. Trump HAS said it was a hoax and a democratic invention to bring him down. What a narcissist. Our Illinois governor too gave a thorough, smart, well delivered conference on the viral crisis facing us several days ago. Unlike the idiot in the White House who does not have the capability to understand anything besides how the world effects himself. He cannot even read a speech written for him by his speech writers without sounding like he is reading off a checklist for the grocery store. What a total, incompetent, unintelligent, unsympathetic, crass, rude, big mouth who knows nothing about government or our constitution and won’t listen or learn from those who DO know. Pure idiocy.

    1. Lar Jam says:

      Repeating the already proven lies that media is repeating. Trump said the Media’s reaction to Corona Virus was a hoax but continue to lie so everyone can see your character.

    2. Lar Jam says:

      Trump said he is looking to reopen business after April 18th, Nobody has a clue what truth is on this chat. Originally that said 2-4 weeks to flatten curve that would be April 18th!

    3. Bill B says:

      Yep definitely some “pure Idiocy” here. Idiots who believe with blind faith what their liberal messiahs say without any verification what so ever.

  11. Amy Miller says:

    Wondering who will be manning and maintaining 40,000 ventilators and ICU patients? There aren’t enough doctors and nurses to handle that kind of patient load. So gather up all the vents you can, in the end there won’t be the medical personnel to handle it if the numbers actually go that high.

  12. Antnys says:

    The original tests took four days to return results. The new tests take a day. NY is therefore reporting on a COMBINATION of those infected from four days ago PLUS those who are presenting with infections now. Until the backlog of old tests is cleared, the reports of growth in new daily cases will be artificially inflated. Said another way, the data from four days ago was understated, and the incremental corrections from four days ago are incorrectly being reported as brand new cases today.

  13. Pat Davis says:

    Has anyone told Cuomo about the Polish ventilators that can be 3D printed for $45 each?

  14. Mike Dwyer says:

    This Governor never has seen a grandstand he didn’t try to dominate. While you would hope sincerity is underneath the surface, we know his stance on human life. I for one have not heard or seen the plan of the equipment and supplies proportioned for upstate. There also has to be a balance in flattening the curve of this virus and being able to buy a car, appliance, pair of shoes or other necessities when needed. It’s very inconvenient to buy these items in Pennsylvania. My fear is he will drive the rest of us New Yorkers out of this state. He will be catering to the gambling, dope dealers, in the guise of rec pot, and whatever else he’d legalize for money. To my fellow Americans, take heed from residents who live in NY.

  15. Beatty Janson says:

    Bad math, Third World Conditions on the streets, vanity civic projects and gimmes for all the voters. That has been the Cuomo legacy so far… he wants to blame the President for making the city so vulnerable? This is on Cuomo, the poster boy for why we should never have inherited political power.

  16. Tony Peteriff says:

    Chicken Little, meet thy brother. This guy is an outright clown.

  17. LUIS MARTINEZ says:

    Auditioning for President, ah?

  18. Bill B says:

    Omg we started mass testing and the # of people who tested positive went up. DUUUUHHHHH hey moron we know you need to go on tv everyday to feed your ego but my god you are either proving how intellectually vacant you are or how dishonest. My guess is both.

  19. Janet Vaness says:

    this from the same guy who lords over NYC and allows bums to pee and poop in the street with no consequence.

  20. Josh Beck says:

    Sounds to me like he is just venting out at the Federal Govt and Trump. Maybe if he took action alot sooner in his own state he could have slowed it faster. Tokyo is more populated than NYC and yet somehow they had it under control pretty quickly. Look in the mirror.

  21. BPetie says:

    So based on current #s: 25,000 infected, 3224 hospitalized, 756 ICU. Cuomo anticipates 140,000 hospitalized, 40,000 ICU. If you use his estimates for hospitalization he anticipates over 1.085 million will be infected. For ICUs it’s even higher at 1.322 million. That’s in the New York area alone! Does anyone really believe those numbers? Seriously?!?

  22. Glenn Richards says:

    “One of the forecasters said to me we were looking at a freight train coming across the country. We are now looking at a bullet train,” he said.

    This is the potentially catastrophic kind of B.S. that Coumo spews as if he’s being paid by the

    “The peak of the pandemic in New York is now 14-21 days away”. There is NO data that suggests in an open, dynamic social system this virus will grow exponentially for the next three weeks. In the hypothetical sequence 2,4,8, 16, 32… there is nothing that indicates the next number must be 64. It could be 60 followed by 54, then 46… etc.

    He has NO was of knowing this but that didn’t stop him from his sickening, dire warning to ALL of America’s cities:

    “We are just the test case. And that’s how the nation should look at it. Look at us today. Where we are today, you will be in three weeks, or four weeks, or five weeks, or six weeks. We are your future.”

    That’s right, Andrew. Cities like Cheyenne or Fargo can expect the same level of infection as New York, Seattle, and San Francisco–gateways of importation for tens of thousands of Asians.

    What Horse#$%%^t!

  23. Dr. Payne says:

    Cuomo spent over an hour to say nothing that had not been reported two days ago. His grandstanding is disgraceful and embarrassing to the voters of NY state. His zealous pressers these past four days show us only his tyrannical tendencies. NY voters, I suggest you be a bit more discerning next time you pick your governor.

    1. Glenn Richards says:

      Cuomo is statistically illiterate and quite possibly pathologically morbid. Where in this tirade is there any measured, unemotional communication.
      He has predicted 80% of New Yorkers will be infected. The doubling rate, if true is every three days. That would be 15,000,000 infected in New York state (population 19.4m).

      Currently there are 22,000 infected. If this doubling rate is a constant and no one has any data to suggest that it is, it would take more than a month for 80% of New York’s population to be infected.

      If you look at this graph, the infection rate has actually dropped. If you look at the period between the 16th and the 19th the rate of infection 533%. From the 19th to the 22nd, the rate increased to about 300%, and now we are told as of the 25th, the doubling rate (100%) is three days.

      Dr. Michael Levitt nailed it. You CAN NOT look at the numbers as these guys are doing. You must look at the rates relative to prior rates of infection. It is inconceivable despite the cherrypicking of the wizards advising Trump and every other governor, this pandemic has already peaked as in decline.


    Glad to President acted early, if the Ban on flights from China and not been done, we would look like Italy right now.. instead of having a couple of weeks to get ready

  25. Andrew Cuomo is running a stealth candidacy for the Democrat nomination for president. Biden is currently under the bus. Why do you think Cuomo is on the television every day, playing president?

    1. Dr. Payne says:

      True that! He’s a tyrannical megalomaniac.

  26. ron says:

    We haven’t destroyed the economy and country enough! Trump might still win!
    We need to REALLY smash it!!

  27. Timothy Ashlock says:

    They are lying and pretending that this minor spring flu is like the Spanish flu. They are lying through their teeth. Follow the money and prepare to fight for your freedom. They will try to pin us down in our homes until we have no economy and half of us are dead with starvation. Trust these rotten politicians at your own peril.

    1. Collin says:

      For folks that think this way, what do you think was the motivation behind China taking more drastic actions like shutting down businesses, building massive hospitals in weeks, forcibly removing the infected from the community, and sealing residents in their homes after first trying to prevent doctors from speaking out on the nature of this disease. The communists had many of the same talking points on how the Flu kills more people while taking these unprecedented actions. What was in it for China to act this way?

      1. John Busciglio says:

        China response? They are a communist party dictatorship. It’s how they role. I think they did get spooked by the same things that are spooking everyone that see this new virus up close and personal. It’s a horrible death that wastes no time in killing. People confuse the severity of the illness with the ability of the thing to spread. That’s why most panic. Some look at the data tho, and while yes the way it attacks the human body once it gets a foothold is nasty. But it’s no better at getting a foothold than any of the other killers we have lurking out their every year.

  28. Matthew Wood says:

    We can’t get masks fast enough!!!! Stack all those masks up behind me for this video!!!!

    1. Dr. Payne says:

      Exactly what I was thinking. Funny if his little dictator act weren’t so disturbing. The guy bloviated for an hour over nothing new. He’s an embarrassment to NY.

  29. james vance urban says:

    Seems like things went poorly under his leadership; he simply lacked imagination. Hopefully he can apply himself better moving forward.

  30. A J says:

    COVID-19 shined a very, very bright light on Trump’s incompetence.

  31. LUIS MARTINEZ says:

    When did Cuomo become an epidemiologist? STFU!

  32. Sam Fry says:

    well you should have closed the public schools much earlier dumbass

    1. A J says:

      Keep in mind Trump said it was a HOAX! COVID-19 shined a very, very bright light on Trump’s incompetence.

  33. cleo48 says:

    “We?’ has he got a pet fecal stool in his pocket?

  34. Tony says:

    I heard of hospitals using 3D printer to print ventilators. How about stop complaining and start finding solutions to the issue.

    1. Collin says:

      You mean they’ve 3d printed a ventilator valve and other key parts, not an entire ventilator. A ventilator is a highly complex piece of equipment. You can’t just 3d print a motor or sensor. Medical equipment can be simplified, but production isn’t going to be instantaneous.

  35. QWERTY says:

    Use of the word “accelerating” is so irresponsible and inflammatory. The number is “growing” because you are so woefully behind in testing. The word “accelerating” suggests that these are new cases that weren’t here yesterday, or the day before. Many of these cases that are now being counted could be weeks old. This whole situation is an exercise in the danger that results when people who don’t know how numbers or statistics work are out in front of the public purporting to convey their meaning.

    1. QWERTY says:

      *If I’m presented with a large jar of marbles and I alone count them on Monday; a friend joins me to help count on Tuesday; and a third friend joins me to help count Wednesday; of course we will count more marbles each day. It does NOT mean the number of the marbles that were in the jar originally is now “accelerating.”

  36. libserum says:

    Discovered cases reflects infections that took place one and two weeks ago.

  37. Herb Ratcloff says:

    How many people in NY are actually on a ventilator? Cuomo always avoids the question.

  38. John says:

    Looks to me like NY liberals are ignoring Cuomo’s recommendations.

  39. Dan says:

    If you say “we need ventilators now!” and in the same breath say “you will be where we are 3 weeks from now!” then who would give you a ventilator?

  40. Boruch DOvid says:

    AUditioning for the presidency is Cuomo’s primary focus right now. He is responsible for his state, not Trump or the Feds. Trump is a buffoon and unfit to lead the US through this, so don’t think I’m a blind trump supporter. He should resign and let a serious governmental executive take over.

  41. Christopher Closs says:

    Kinda hard to say if we have flattened it or not since we are morbidly BEHIND on TESTING!

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