Remember that NY Governor Cuomo has known since at least 2015 that there could be a shortage of over 15,000 ventilators in New York, in a pandemic, but chose to have a triage document written to determine who lives and dies, instead of buying them.
US Congresswoman “STEFANIK STATEMENT ON CUOMO ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING VENTILATOR SHIFT FROM UPSTATE TO DOWNSTATE April 3, 2020 Press Release
Saratoga, NY – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following Governor Cuomo’s announcement that he is signing an executive order to shift ventilators from Upstate to Downstate New York:
“I am very concerned about Governor Cuomo’s announcement today regarding his plan to sign an executive order to shift ventilators from Upstate to Downstate New York,” said Congresswoman Stefanik.
“The North Country comprises the largest number of seniors of any Congressional District in New York State, the most vulnerable age group to COVID-19.
Our critical needs and vulnerabilities must be considered. North Country hospitals reached out to my office with this specific concern earlier this week – our rural hospitals are already very limited in resources and we must ensure Upstate New York’s needs for testing supplies and ventilators are fully met. I am committed to working through these concerns with both Republican and Democrat Upstate officials, our hospitals, and county public health offices.” ###” https://stefanik.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/stefanik-statement-cuomo-announcement-regarding-ventilator-shift-upstate
Small town and rural hospitals need to hide their equipment, especially those within a couple of hours of urban epicenters.
In 2015 New York, with Cuomo as Governor, estimated that they would be 15,783 ventilators short in a major pandemic and Cuomo apparently opted to study who would die instead of buying ventilators. Even in the New York triage document, they say that first come, first serve isn’t fair for choosing who gets ventilators. NYC could have bought a stockpile, too. They own a hospital system, including Elmhurst hospital. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2020/03/29/in-2015-under-cuomo-ny-estimated-that-they-would-be-15783-ventilators-short-in-a-major-pandemic-but-opted-to-study-who-would-die-instead-of-buying-ventilators-now-cuomo-demands-twice-as-many-inclu Cuomo is also trying to get those parts of New York outside of the NYC area to hand over their protective equipment, as well as ventilators.
The Trump Admin apparently messed up the ventilator contract: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2020/04/03/us-taxpayers-paid-millions-to-design-low-cost-easy-to-use-ventilator-for-a-pandemic-the-company-philips-is-selling-higher-priced-versions-of-it-all-over-the-world-while-refusing-to-deliver-to-the-u/
3M is selling lifesaving PPE to foreign countries over US: Florida Official https://youtu.be/YsmKvC7RpEQ