Cuomo Says Senate Bill Is 'Terrible' For New York

Elise Czajkowski
March 25, 2020 - 7:08 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday morning that the $2 trillion Senate coronavirus bill "would be terrible for New York," saying the state needs billions more than it would be getting.

In a press conference, Cuomo said that state would get approximately $3.8 billion in the Senate bill, when it would need up to $15 billion to recover from the coronavirus crisis.

Currently, New York State has 30,811 positive cases of coronavirus, with 12 percent of those people hospitalized. New York City has 17,856 cases. 

"We're still on the way up the mountain," Cuomo said of the crisis, though he noted that growth in Westchester County has dramatically slowed.

He said that 80 percent of the cases self-resolve. 

Cuomo reiterated the state's need for 140,000 beds, including 40,000 ICU beds. Between increased capacity of beds at hospitals and the addition of other sites like emergency hospitals and dorms, the governor said that 119,000 beds will be available. He says they're looking at using hotels and former nursing homes to add more beds.

He also said that the rate of hospitalization has slowed this week, a possible sign that the social distancing efforts may be working. 

The governor said there were no plans to withhold ventilators from anyone. Currently, the state has 15,000 ventilators, but is likely to need up to 40,000.

Following a call for healthcare workers who are retired or not working directly in medical care, 40,000 healthcare workers have signed up to be available for possible reserve duty. 

The governor also said that 6,175 mental health professionals have signed up to provide free online services. Appointments can be made at 1-844-863-9314. 

Cuomo said that personal protective equipment has been distributed around the state, and that all hospital currently have enough supplies.

The governor again stressed the need for a "rolling deployment" of ventilators from the federal government, saying that New York should get priority for equipment immediately, then pass along equipment as the crisis spreads elsewhere.

He confirmed the plan that Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday to ensure social distancing in public parks, including ending close contact sports like basketball in playgrounds. If the plan is not voluntarily followed, it will become mandatory.