The mayors of the country are calling for millions of medical supplies, test kits, and fans to help their cities fight the spread of the corona virus.
Their cities are briefly 5 million face masks, 4 million personal protective equipment items, 9 million test kits, and 139,000 fans, according to a study released by the United States Conference of Mayors.
Even more alarming, some of the equipment received by the cities is rotten.
The city of Montgomery, Alabama, warned when it received 28 cases of face masks from the Strategic national stock, the masks had expired and 5,880 were rotten.
Mayors revealed that their cities are 5 million face masks, 4 million personal protective equipment and 9 million test kits; above a nurse in Seattle administers a coronavirus test at a drive-up test site
The overview of cities in the United States, complaints similar to those of the country’s governors showed that supplies are needed quickly as the number of infected 100,000 in the United States approaches.
“Despite their efforts, most cities do not and cannot have the necessary equipment and supplies to protect their residents,” the report said. “This is a life-threatening crisis that will continue unless the federal government makes every effort to help us protect our first responders and health workers – our first line of defense – and the millions of other civil servants in our cities whose work endangers them today. ‘
In particular, the survey found:
- 92 percent of cities that responded did not have enough masks for their first responders (including police, fire, and ambulance personnel) and medical personnel
- 88 percent have insufficient personal protective equipment
- 92 percent have insufficient test kits
- 85 percent have insufficient fans
- 62 percent have not received emergency equipment or supplies from their state
The mayors also pointed out that it was not only health workers and first responders who needed face masks, but also city people who had daily contact with the public, including public transport workers, sanitation / solid waste workers, inspection / maintenance staff of buildings, and community staff.
The investigation by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a non-partisan association of U.S. mayors, checked in to 213 cities in 41 states and Puerto Rico between March 20 and March 24. In total, 42 million people live in these cities.
There was little variation in response “from the largest to the smallest city in the percentages of adequate supplies,” the study noted.
New York City, in the hard-hit state of New York, did not participate.
But other hotspot cities did, including New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Additional participating cities spread across the country, including Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Denver, Louisville, West Palm Beach, St. Louis, and Charleston, among others.
Needs varied from city to city.
For example, Detroit mentioned the need for 18,000 surgical masks, while Toledo’s bucket list contains 100,000 gowns; 200,000 pairs of gloves; 10,000 temporal thermometers; 50,000 trays of disinfectant wipes; 50,000 face shields; 60,000 CAPR / PAPR filters; and 50,000 bottles of hand sanitizer.
Detroit mayor Mike Duggan, who previously headed Detroit Medical Center, called for national leadership amid a nationwide equipment shortage, with coronavirus cases in his state and city.
“Every mayor and governor in this country takes care of himself,” he told CNN on Friday. “We really need some national leadership,” he said.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered hope on Thursday that more money could come to cities and states.
She said legislators could allocate additional money to state and local governments in a subsequent round of bailouts. Congress passed a $ 2 trillion measure on Friday – the third coronavirus package, but a fourth and fifth rule is in place if the virus is not reduced.
“As I said, there are so many things that we have not yet received in any of these accounts in a way that we need,” Pelosi said during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.
Testing is in New York
Speaker Pelosi said that in a next round of rescue measures, lawmakers could allocate additional resources for state and local governments
She also suggested that there are other ways to get much-needed funds from the state and local governments, including through the federal reserve.
“There is no doubt that more money will be needed,” said the speaker.
The survey was released the same day that President Donald Trump appealed to the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to produce the urgently needed fans after a stunning report blocked his government from a possible deal on costs.
During the Oval Office signing ceremony for the $ 2 trillion anti-coronavirus package, the president also announced that more supplies were on the way.
“Huge supplies are coming into the supply,” he said. “We have had great results on the respirators. We’ve had great results with just about everything we’re talking about. Boeing has just announced that they will be making the plastic face shields, which are hard to come by. They’re going to make them thousands every week, ”he noted.
He said the fans are “the hardest part because it’s like building a car.”
“We will announce that thousands will be built and we have them under contract and we have fast deliveries,” he added.
Trump has for days resisted the use of the law, which he and his government say is unnecessary due to the cooperation of companies that Trump says are calling the White House to help with the outbreak.
A plan to have a GM partner with another company to produce thousands of fans amid the coronavirus crisis has stalled this week due to government concerns about costs and potentially too many life-saving products, according to a stunning report.
A plan to have the top U.S. automaker with Ventec Life Systems was about to be reached this week, before an announcement was canceled on Wednesday and FEMA relinquished the potential $ 1 billion deal, the New York Times reported.
The potential joint venture could produce thousands of fans, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says his state needs 30,000 and that allocation is far behind.
President Trump used the Defense Production Act to order General Motors to build fans
GM has said that a factory in Indiana may serve as the assembly line for the joint venture
The stalled deal is because President Trump has publicly questioned the needs of Cuomo and other governors – while public health experts ask why no urgent orders were given weeks ago when the virus hit Asia.
“I think a lot of things are said that are more, I don’t think certain things will happen, a lot of equipment is being asked, but I don’t think they will need that,” Trump told conservative talk host Sean Hannity in a call-in interview Thursday evening.
“Governor Cuomo and others say they want 30,000. Thirty thousand!’ Trump told Hannity. “Think about this, you go to hospitals and they have one. And now everyone suddenly asks for these huge numbers. ‘
Cuomo told NBC News that he hopes President Trump is right and doesn’t need fans.
“I hope he’s right,” Cuomo said in an interview broadcast on “Nightly News.”
“I hope no one needs a fan. But I don’t operate on what I hope or what I would like to see or what my expectation is. I operate on the data and on the figures and on science. And every projection I have, from multiple sources, and these are global health experts, says we need to be prepared for a top 140,000 hospital beds and 40,000 ICU beds with fans, ”he added.