April 3, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Executive Order Allowing State to Redistribute Ventilators & Personal Protective Equipment to Hospitals with Highest Need

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The Equipment Will Be Returned to the Hospital or the Hospital Will Be Reimbursed for the Equipment in the Future

 

Temporary Hospital Facility at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Will Be Used for Only COVID-19 Patients

  

Launches New Website to Provide New York's Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Data to the Public

 

New Drive-Through Mobile Testing Facility Will Open in Albany Next Week - State Has Opened 7 Mobile Facilities to Date

 

Confirms 10,482 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 102,863; New Cases in 49 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will issue an Executive Order allowing the state to redistribute ventilators and personal protective equipment, or PPE, from institutions that don't currently need them and redeploy the equipment to other hospitals with the highest need. The National Guard will be used to transport the ventilators and PPE across the state. The equipment will be returned to the hospital or the hospital will be reimbursed for the equipment in the future.

 

Governor Cuomo also announced the temporary hospital facility at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center will now be used for COVID-19 patients only. Yesterday, President Trump granted the Governor's request for the Javits facility to accept COVID-19 positive patients.

  

 

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Governor Cuomo also announced the launch of www.ny.gov/covid-19tracker, which will provide New York State's comprehensive coronavirus testing data to the public. The website, which will be updated daily with the latest data, presents visualizations of statewide and county-level testing and results. The public can also access the testing data through Open NY at data.ny.gov, New York State's open data portal, which offers machine readable datasets in downloadable standard formats that can be sorted, searched, analyzed and applied to new uses.

 

The Governor also announced the State will open a critical new COVID-19 mobile testing site for the Capital District region in partnership with Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Health Partners and The University at Albany. The mobile testing center will be located in a parking lot at the State University of New York at Albany campus - 1400 Washington Avenue, Colonial Quad parking lot, accessible from main UAlbany entry, off Washington Avenue, Albany. The site will prioritize tests for individuals that are among the highest risk population.  Residents who would like to be tested must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065. There will be no walk-ins allowed and all patients must be in a vehicle.  The center is slated to be operational on Monday, April 6, at 10 am. Site hours will be Monday - Sunday, 8 am - 6 pm. 

 

 

Our greatest challenge has been ventilators - we are running out of them in our most stressed regions.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Drive-through mobile testing facilities help keep people who are sick or at risk of having contracted coronavirus out of healthcare facilities where they could infect other people. New York is currently testing more than 16,000 people per day, more than any other state and more than China and South Korea on a per capital basis.

 

"We have taken extraordinary measures to build our stockpile of ventilators, masks and other personal protective equipment, but we still do not have enough," Governor Cuomo said. "Our greatest challenge has been ventilators - we are running out of them in our most stressed regions of the state, and there are hospitals in other parts of the state that have ventilators that they are not using and I will not be in a position where people are dying and we have several hundred ventilators in our own state somewhere else. I am signing a new Executive Order that will allow the state to redistribute these ventilators from institutions that don't need them now and send them to hospitals in other parts of the state that do need them. And when our curve is over, New Yorkers are going to take our equipment, our personnel and our knowledge and we will go to any community in this nation that needs help, because that outpouring has been there for us."

  

 

Governor Cuomo Holds Briefing on COVID-19 Response 4-3

Finally, the Governor confirmed 10,482 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 102,863 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 102,863 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

267

14

Allegany

14

2

Broome

56

10

Cattaraugus

9

1

Cayuga

6

2

Chautauqua

9

1

Chemung

35

13

Chenango

32

4

Clinton

30

5

Columbia

42

6

Cortland

10

2

Delaware

24

2

Dutchess

809

142

Erie

720

103

Essex

6

0

Franklin

10

1

Fulton

6

0

Genesee

16

2

Greene

23

2

Hamilton

2

0

Herkimer

14

0

Jefferson

18

3

Lewis

2

0

Livingston

16

2

Madison

70

10

Monroe

464

44

Montgomery

10

2

Nassau

12,024

1,437

Niagara

94

18

NYC

57,159

5,350

Oneida

71

10

Onondaga

252

18

Ontario

28

2

Orange

2,397

404

Orleans

9

3

Oswego

26

4

Otsego

21

0

Putnam

252

36

Rensselaer

56

3

Rockland

4,289

538

Saratoga

141

9

Schenectady

110

9

Schoharie

9

1

Schuyler

3

0

Seneca

6

2

St. Lawrence

43

4

Steuben

46

3

Suffolk

10,154

1,408

Sullivan

168

25

Tioga

7

0

Tompkins

84

10

Ulster

263

23

Warren

19

1

Washington

15

3

Wayne

30

3

Westchester

12,351

784

Wyoming

15

1

Yates

1

0

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