Governor Sends National Guard To NYC Hospitals Today

April 5, 2020

From Governor Andrew Cuomo:

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the federal government is deploying approximately 1,000 personnel to New York State, including doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians and therapists, to help the state’s overwhelmed hospital systems. The first 325 personnel will be deployed to the New York City hospital system today.

“The operational challenge facing our health care system at the apex of the curve is impossible – we are asking our hospitals to do more than ever before with less equipment, supplies and staff, but we don’t have any other options,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are continuing to operate on a surge and flex system where all our hospitals across the state are working together as one and sharing resources, and we are receiving help from other states, businesses and the federal government to boost our system’s capacity, including 1,000 federal personnel to work in our most stressed hospitals. I know how much we are asking of our health care workers on the frontline, and I thank them for everything they are doing because they are true heroes.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 8,327 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 122,031 confirmed cases in New York State.