ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that New York state government is ‘scouring the globe’ to find medical supplies, as the state faces an imminent shortage of things needed to combat COVID-19.
“We are literally scouring the globe looking for medical supplies. We’ve identified two million N95 masks, which are the high protection masks,” Cuomo said.
“We have apparel companies that are converting to mask manufacturing companies in the state of New York in all sorts of creative configurations. And I want to thank them.”
Cuomo disclosed there are more than 3,000 new cases of the virus statewide, just since Friday.
He said the state will send a million masks to New York City.
“And one million masks won’t get us through the crisis, but it will make a significant, significant contribution to New York City’s mask issue,” Cuomo said.
He said the state is purchasing an additional 6,000 ventilators.
Cuomo also announced “immediate” trials for a new drug therapy using hydroxychloroquine and zithromax.
“In a situation where a person is in a dire circumstance, try what you can.”
The governor also announced New York was reviewing places to put new hospital beds, including New York City’s main convention center and some state university campuses.
Cuomo said the goal is to get hospital capacity up to 75,000 beds from around 50,000.
He said possible locations for temporary hospitals include Manhattan’s Javits Center, Stony Brook University and SUNY College at Old Westbury on Long Island and the Westchester County Center.
He said the hospitals would be operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.