31.3.20

Cuomo: Ventilators Went From $20K To $50K In Weeks

Cuomo Says Ventilators Cost $50,000—Up From $20,000—As States Compete For The Devices

Topline: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a Monday press conference that ventilators now cost $50,000, a 150% increase in price as the state’s cases surge to over 66,000, as his administration scrambles to prepare for even higher numbers of patients.

Cuomo said that ventilators now cost over $50,000, as opposed to the $20,000 when the state first attempted to purchase them, because states are competing with each other to obtain enough of the devices in anticipation of a surge of patients.


"When we started buying ventilators, they were under $20,000. The ventilators are over $50,000 if you can find them. The ventilators didn't change that much in two weeks," Cuomo said.

The rate of intubation of New York patients—meaning those patients being placed on ventilators—was up on Monday, but Cuomo said that there is no pattern to the data.

Cuomo said the rate of doubling of cases is now at six days, as compared to doubling every two to five days, which is a sign that the number of infections is slowing.

A 2,500-bed field hospital staged in the Javits Center conference complex will be operational today, Cuomo also said.

The governor also dismissed President Trump’s accusation that masks and other medical equipment are being stolen from hospitals: “I don’t know what that means. I don’t know what he’s trying to say. If he wants to make an accusation, let him make an accusation.”

Cuomo also had an answer to Trump’s Monday comment about wanting to run against him over Joe Biden for president: “I am not engaging the president in politics; my only goal is to engage the president in partnership,” adding, “I have never been running for president, and I’m not running for president now.”

Big number: 66,000. That’s how many cases New York State has at present. Over 1,200 New York residents have died. In comparison, New Jersey has the second-highest number of cases, at over 13,000.

Crucial quote: “Only one county does not have a COVID-19 case. Anyone who says this is New York City only is in a state of denial,” Cuomo said, adding, “No American is immune to this virus.”

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