Shocking footage has revealed the chaos in New York hospitals, with desperate doctors begging for more respirators and medical equipment to help them tackle the growing crisis.
New York State registered 76,049 confirmed coronavirus cases at the end of Tuesday, and 1,550 people died from the deadly disease. In New York City alone, there were 1,096 deaths and 43,119 deaths.
President Trump blamed the state on Tuesday for a “late start” in the fight against the virus, saying that Governor Andrew Cuomo hit “paydirt” with “hospitals and ships,” claiming that the federal government was “very generous” in sending fans to the nation’s coronavirus epicenter.
But poignant images taken from Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York City tell a more terrifying story.
Shocking footage has revealed the chaos in New York hospitals, with desperate doctors begging for more respirators and medical equipment to help them tackle the growing crisis
New Yorkers affected by the deadly virus were seen on beds in the corridors of the hospital, as health workers and medical devices nod under the pressure of the pandemic.
The 370-bed hospital has already reached its full capacity and is bursting at the seams with coronavirus patients.
A desperate doctor told it CBS2 that the hospital had become a ‘medical war zone’.
“Well, this is a war zone, a medical war zone,” said Dr. Arabia Mollette, who works in the emergency room.
“Every day I come, I see pain, despair, suffering and inequalities in healthcare every day.”
Mollette said the hospital faced an influx of more than 100 confirmed coronavirus patients and 70 other possible cases.
Harrowing images from Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York City, show health workers and medical resources nodding under the pressure of the pandemic
New Yorkers affected by the deadly virus were seen on beds in the corridors of the hospital
They are struggling to meet demand, she said, advocating for more fans and protective gear.
“We need prayer, we need support, we need coats, we need gloves, we need masks, we need more vents, we need more medical space,” she said.
Mollette also warned of the toll that comes from working on the front line.
“We also need psychosocial support. It’s not easy to get in here if you know what you’re going to prepare for, ”she said.
The morgue at Brookdale Hospital has also reached its capacity, meaning that the victims of the pandemic are now being placed in a refrigerated trailer outside the facility.
The 370-bed hospital has already reached its full capacity and is described as a ‘medical war zone’
Doctors wearing masks and protective equipment are shown following warnings that hospitals are running out of supplies
Mollette said she had seen many people die from the virus and warned Americans that no one is safe.
“This virus doesn’t see it, it’s no difference,” she said. “It has nothing to do with age, it has nothing to do with access to health care, it has nothing to do with social economy, race or ethnicity. This virus kills many people. ‘
Doctors’ plea for more equipment is because Governor Cuomo has repeatedly urged Trump to send more fans to the state, where coronavirus numbers are now overshadowing other U.S. states.
At a news conference Tuesday, Cuomo accused the federal government of creating a fan ‘bid war’ that resembles ‘like being on eBay’.
Dr. Arabia Mollette (above), who works in the emergency room, argued for more fans and protective gear: ‘We need prayer, we need support, we need coats, we need gloves, we need masks, we have need more vents, we need more medical space, “she said
He said that he had bought 17,000 fans from China for $ 25,000 each, a total of $ 425 million, but that he had to fight against every other state for them and the government.
“Look at the bizarre situation we got into; each state makes its own purchases and tries to buy the same goods.
“The same exact item. So you have 50 states competing to buy the same item, sacrifice each other, and compete against each other – it’s like being on eBay with 50 other states bidding on a fan, “he said.
In a Twitter post, Cuomo also said, “We are one nation. We need to buy and distribute supplies that work together as one nation. 50 states cannot compete for the same supplies. It does not make any sense.’
Trump retaliated on Tuesday night, targeting Cuomo in the final war of words between the two.
The morgue at Brookdale Hospital has also reached its capacity, meaning the pandemic victims are now placed in a refrigerated trailer (photo) outside the facility
“This virus kills many people,” warned a doctor at Brookdale Hospital
When asked about the supply of fans to New York, Trump said he had been very generous.
“I don’t know what he said. I think he has been quite generous since he is a Democrat and I think he would like to become President, so I think he was quite generous under the circumstances, ”he said.
“I have ships for him, I have hospitals for him, I have many things for him that he never thought of – he paid well and I was very generous with fans.”
He also said that New York had not first used its own supply of fans.
“If you look, they had 2,000 and 4,000 in his warehouse, in their warehouse, waiting to be picked up. They never picked them up so I should hear from him personally. ‘
He said that FEMA had “sent additional fans to New York and New Jersey” and supplied “250 ambulances and 500 EMTs” to New York.
Trumps’ comments came hours after Cuomo said the federal government created a fan ‘bid war’ that resembles’ like being on eBay ‘
Trump also said the government is “holding” a stock of 10,000 fans because “the wave is coming.”
“We are also holding back quite a bit. We have almost 10,000 fans that we have ready. We have to stop them because the wave is coming and it is getting pretty strong and we want to be able to put it in place immediately without grabbing it so we are ready to go, ” he said.
He went on to say that if the state governors wanted more fans, they just had to ask.
The president turned to Cuomo and told him to stop complaining.
He “shouldn’t be complaining because we gave him a lot of fans,” he said.
“Whatever you give, it is never enough.”
Trump also struck the state’s response to the crisis, saying the state had a “late start” in fighting the pandemic.
“For whatever reason, New York got going late and you see what happens when you start late,” Trump said, adding that New Jersey was just as slow.
“New Jersey has left – and I think both governors are doing an excellent job … but they started very late.”
He praised the states in Washington and California for their response to the pandemic.
President Trump criticized New York and New Jersey for their early efforts to address the pandemic, targeting Cuomo during the White House briefing Tuesday, in the final war of words between the two
“If you look at Washington State, if you remember it all started in a very limited nursing home,” Trump said.
“And you had 20 strange people who died in that one house, but that didn’t mean it escaped from that house, which means they have very different statistics from other states.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, reinforced the president’s view, saying she recommends other affected cities and states look to California and Washington for inspiration on how to respond to the pandemic and not New York.
The states of California and Washington responded to all of this very early on. Washington State had some of the earliest infections. They’ve kept it low and stable, ”said Birx.
Other areas should be “more like California than the New York City metro area,” she added.
Washington state, about two weeks before New York or New Jersey. California, a week before New York or New Jersey, really spoke to their communities and decided to soften before they started seeing this number, “Birx said.
Birx said it is up to communities “not to have the experience of New York and New Jersey.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, reinforced the President’s view, saying she recommends other affected cities and states look to California and Washington for inspiration on how to respond and not
New York State now has 76,049 cases of coronavirus and 1,550 have died.
The death toll has risen by 332 between Monday and Tuesday and shows no signs of slowing yet.
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,600 on Tuesday, overshadowing China’s official census.
At least 3,669 people in the US have died from the deadly virus, according to data from John Hopkins University.
The global benchmark reports that in China, where the global pandemic has arisen, 3,309 people have died from the virus.
Fears that the US is on its way to become the new Italy, whose healthcare has gotten under the weight of the pandemic, is quickly becoming a reality.
Italy has recorded more deaths, with 12,428 as of Tuesday afternoon. However, the US has far exceeded the number of confirmed cases, reaching 181,099 to 105,792 in Italy.
“Prepare for 100,000 deaths.” Tony Fauci warns of an amazing death toll and tells areas that aren’t closed to take action NOW
Dr. Tony Fauci painted a grim picture for Americans on Tuesday, warning that people should be prepared for 100,000 coronavirus deaths.
“The answer is yes – no matter how sobering a song is, we have to be prepared,” he said when asked at the White House daily press conference for the six-digit number. “Will it be that much? I hope not, and I think the more we push for mitigation, the less likely it will be, but since we are realistic we have to prepare, that’s a possibility we will see that. ‘
The White House predicted 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the United States if current social distance guidelines are maintained.
Fauci used the numbers to urge people to adhere to the six-foot separation social distance guidelines.
“When you have an effect, it’s not time to take your foot off the accelerator and press the brake, but just press the accelerator,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said. said about mitigation efforts.
Dr. Tony Fauci warned Tuesday that Americans should be prepared for 100,000 coronavirus deaths
“The fifteen days we’ve had mitigation are clearly having an effect,” he noted.
He said that such efforts can also help damage every possible second wave of disease.
“We hope that doesn’t happen and that’s why we’re really pushing and why I was so emphatic about making sure we followed those mitigation strategies,” he said.
President Donald Trump said the prediction was “sobering,” calling attempts to spread the slowness of the coronavirus “a matter of life and death.”
“It is absolutely crucial that the American people follow the guidelines for the next 30 days, frankly it is a matter of life and death,” said the president.
“I want every American to be prepared for the difficult days ahead. We are going through a few difficult weeks. And, hopefully, as the experts predicted, many of us predict that we’ve studied it so hard that we’re going to see really light at the end of the tunnel and this will be a very painful, a very very painful two weeks, ‘ he noted.
It was a big change in tone for President Trump, who sounded hopeful last week that the crisis would be over in the coming weeks. Now his government is preparing Americans for tougher times.
But all the loud talk of the next few days brought some sparks of hope.
“If all other states and all other metropolitan areas can keep that case number down, it’s a very different picture,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the administration’s daily response to the disease. .
“We’re going to do everything we can to get it down significantly,” she said.
Fauci agreed: “We don’t accept that number, that’s what it’s going to be. We will do everything we can to get that number even lower. ‘
Governor Cuomo admits “no one knows” when the crisis is over after his brother tested positive for the virus
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo warned that “no one knows” when the crisis is over because his brother turned out to be positive about the virus.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Cuomo said he united the state’s private and public health care systems to function as a system before the pandemic “summit” hit the state.
He admitted that he doesn’t know when it will come and that data projections he’s looking at suggest it could happen between seven and 21 days from now.
Governor Cuomo told people to settle down for a longer period of crisis than they expected and said “we still have to descend to the other side of the mountain” even after the peak occurred.
Cuomo said the data is uneven and ‘bouncing’, so where death rates seem to be slowing down, they aren’t yet.
“It’s an imperfect reporting mechanism, but the baseline is still up. We’re still going up, “he said, adding that he spoke to every expert he could find to rely on their projections and not” think “about what might happen.
He said he was “tired” to be “behind” the virus, adding, “We were behind this virus from day one. The virus was in China. Unless we assume the immune system varies with Asian people, it came here. You don’t win by catching up. We have to be there. ‘
He also said it was stupid to “underestimate your opponent” and continued, “We underestimated this virus. It is more powerful and dangerous than we expected. ‘
Cuomo said the “next battle” will be the culmination of the fallen and the dead, but he does not know when it will strike.
Governor Cuomo told people to settle in a longer period of crisis than they expected and said “we still have to get back to the other side of the mountain” even after the peak occurred
“When’s the top? That’s the $ 65,000 question. We literally have 5 models we are looking at. It is true that almost no two are alike. The range on top is somewhere between seven and 21 days, ‘he said.
Cuomo’s strategy to tackle the virus includes:
- Centralize the hospital system to compel public and private hospitals to share resources, including staff
- First, personnel from non-severely affected hospitals are sent to New York State
- Hospitals in New York City, both public and private, will redistribute patients to evenly distribute them across the city until each hospital reaches its capacity (they have all increased their capacity by at least 50 percent)
- Patients are then distributed from New York City to quieter hospitals in the state or beyond in the state
- Field hospitals will be used to relieve them
- Out-of-state health workers will also be used to provide relief to ‘exhausted’ and ‘overwhelmed’ doctors and nurses
- He has purchased 17,000 fans from China for $ 25,000 each, totaling $ 425 million
Central to Cuomo’s plan is centralizing the hospital systems in order to lift the notion of public and private health care and allow everyone to share everything.
He said that on Monday he had a tense meeting with the leaders of private hospitals who normally take advantage of a wave of patients and that he almost “couldn’t figure it out” because they were so angry with what he was instructing.
“I don’t care which link in the chain breaks – the chain is still broken. It does not matter which hospital, which link – every link breaks, the chain breaks.
The USNS Comfort ship was sent to New York to become an improvised hospital there
“The care system is a chain. It breaks everywhere, it breaks everywhere. That must be our mindset, “he said.
Since a call to action for retired nurses and doctors to return to work, 78,000 people have volunteered.
“We have now, a few days ago we went out to ask retirees, we now have 78,000 people who said they would help; God bless the state of NY and god bless humanity, “he said.
He urges other states to help him now so that he can help them later.
“It is unity. Let’s help each other. New York now needs help. This is going to be a wave all over the country; New York, Detroit, New Orleans, California
“If we were smart as a nation – come and help us in New York, get the experience and training here, let’s all go and help the next place, then the next place and then the next place.
“That would be a smart national way to do this.”
Several states complain about a shortage of tests in which the Republican Maryland Governor criticizes Trump’s denial of the problem
The Maryland Governor has rejected President Donald Trump’s denial that there is a shortage of coronavirus test kits.
In a leaked taping of a conference call with several governors, Trump claimed he had no complaints about ‘weeks’ testing of deficits.
Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who is president of the National Governors Association, responded to Trump’s comments in an interview with NPR on Tuesday, saying, “Yes, that’s just not true.”
“I know they have taken some steps to create new tests, but they are not actually produced and distributed to the United States. So it’s an ambitious thing, ”Hogan continued.
He added that the Trump administration has some new test measures in the works, but for the time being, no state has enough testing.
Hogan said he believes others in the administration are “talking about the facts.”
“We’re listening to the smart team,” Hogan said, naming Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the White House coronavirus task force, including doctors Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci.
Trump’s controversial comments came during an hour-long conference call where he was joined by Birx, Pence, Fauci, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, and FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor.
Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who chairs the National Governors Association, responded to Trump’s comments on Tuesday, saying, “Yes, that’s just not true.”
In a leak, he pushed back when asked by national governors for help.
“I could give four or five examples in the past week where we have delivery orders, which were then canceled, and they were partially canceled because what our suppliers say is that federal funds demand and trump that,” Montana Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, said in the leaked call.
“So we’re trying to move stocks to really isolate that and do contact tracking, but we don’t even have enough stocks to test.”
Trump bragged about how the US conducted more tests than any other country. He then bragged about a new four-minute test that was released.
“I haven’t heard about testing in weeks,” Trump said. “We have now tested more than any other country in the world. We have these great tests and we will release one more tomorrow, you know, testing almost immediately. But I haven’t heard about testing as a problem. ‘
Admiral Brett Giroir, head of the Public Health Service, spoke about the new kits and agreed that each state would get at least 15 soon.
“We’ll take that to your state lab as soon as possible,” Giroir added.
Michelle Lujan Grisham, the democratic governor of New Mexico, also revealed the need for more testing after “incredible spikes” in infection rates that she said could “eradicate tribal states.”
“The infection rate, at least on the New Mexico side – although we have several Arizona residents in our hospitals – we see a much higher hospitalization, a much younger hospitalization, a much faster transit-rate for this population,” Grisham to Trump. “And we see doubling in every day and a half.”
Trump simply replied, Wow, that’s something. ‘
Several governors complained that if their state were not promptly given the necessary test and personal protective equipment, their territories could be the next epicentres of the outbreak that has plagued the US.