De Blasio warns NYC public hospital supplies will only last through the week

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March 23, 2020 - 9:00 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Monday that New York City's 11 public hospitals will only have supplies to last them the rest of the week.

With public hospitals quickly running out of medical supplies, the mayor said he had a phone call with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Sunday night about the city's dire need for ventilators.

"What I need right now is action, not words and every day counts,"the mayor tells 1010 WINS. 

He fears that if hospitals don't receive the help they need, they will actually "start to lose lives that could've been saved."

The mayor also also spoke about the the reality of hospital personel as emergency hospitals get built at locations such as Jacob Javits Center.

"We're going to have a situation that as we build out medical facilities, we wont have the staff," de Blasio adds.

He asks the federal government to send military personnel immediately. 

In an effort to flatten the curve, de Blasio says that the NYPD will be out at locations where people tend to gather, such as supermarkets and parks, warning, reminding people about coronavirus dangers and also breaking up crowds. 

Sunday, the number of cases surpassed 10,000.

At a news conference Sunday, de Blasio said social-distancing in parks will be enforced going forward. The announcement came hours after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it was "unacceptable" that large crowds of people were congregating in parks across the city Saturday.

The mayor said parks and playgrounds will be open but that no gatherings, team sports or picnics are allowed "for weeks, probably for months." People are still allowed to go to parks and playgrounds for short periods of time to get fresh air or exercise.

De Blasio is working with the state on a plan to enforce the policy of strangers maintaing a distance of 6 feet between one another. The NYPD will enforce it if large groups of people form at parks or playgrounds.

The mayor also said 23 inmates being released from the city's jail system; they are over 50 and at low risk to reoffend. Another 200 are being reviewed for release.

At Sunday's news conference, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said 98 members of the department had tested positive for the coronavirus; 70 are uniformed officers and 28 are civilians. Of those, 95 are recovering at home and three are hospitalized.

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