Andrew Cuomo is not waiting for FEMA to do something and has taken things into his own hands. Cuomo has already placed tight restrictions on movements, other than typical food shopping. the city has been in virtual lock-down for days.
The governor is traveling around the state looking at staging locations for the Army Corp of Engineers who will be setting up areas for Covid19 patients. Cuomo has been asking Trump for a week for assistance in this crisis and it appears the Trump administration is coming through for the lack of hospital beds and medical equipment.
After Trump declared New York to be a major disaster, the funds and further assistance through FEMA has been unleashed, including billions more in federal aid. The death toll continues to rise in New York with one new death per hour has been reported.
NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot warned on Saturday morning that double-digit increases in deaths may become the new normal for New Yorkers, for at least a time.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we get to a day when we have double-digits new people dying every day,” she said at a City Hall press conference Friday afternoon.
“With more and more cases confirmed here each day, it’s imperative that the federal government does everything within its power to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus.”