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city but from all over the nation to help our city in our time of need we're dealing with the big challenge together but we are certainly not alone and there are so many amazing stories people who want to help and are helping are giving their all from New York City right now and a few minutes I'm going to talk about an old friend who has returned and we are so happy he's back coming to our aid at the moment we need it but first let me talk to you about a conversation I had earlier today with the administrator for FEMA Pete Gaynor this is a man who the president has tasked with leading the effort nationally to ensure that the efforts to stop coronavirus are fully resourced in New York and around the country so he's really leading this extraordinary mobilization all over our nation and Administrator Gaynor was very very focused very concerned concerned about the needs of New York City very aware of the details of what we're facing we had a long and detailed conversation we went item by item really related to everything we need here timelines specifics about how to get the job done and also about how important it is to protect New Yorkers in this moment to stay ahead of this to recognize the challenges of next few weeks and get the personnel and the equipment and the supplies in place in time I think everyone knows I've talked about this Sunday April 5th is a crucial crucial day and I've done that for a reason I want everyone to understand it it's not to be alarmist it's to focus the energies of our national government to focus the attention of everyone who can help us to help them understand how important it is to maximize support for New York City by this Sunday and then in the days immediately following as we prepare for a real up search but I'm happy to say that administrator Gaynor could not be more pleased with the conversation the focus he showed on each and every item the ability we had to determine together how we would proceed to the maximum I expressed my thanks to him on behalf of all eight point six million New Yorkers for everything FEMA has done already and we are so especially appreciative for the amazing support we've gotten with the ambulances that have arrived and the EMTs and paramedics to help us address the challenges we're having and I think a lot more help is on the way so it's a very encouraging conversation now I'm going to talk about our immediate needs and I'm going to give you some real detail about what we need in the coming days and then of course I'm going to be talking about the important work that Jimmy O'Neill is going to be doing starting immediately but let me say as I go into the specific numbers and you'll hear I should say also after my report you'll hear from dr.

Katz and he's going to go over some very specific updates related to Health and Hospitals and then how we're going to be building out our hospital capacity in general and then you'll hear from Jimmy O'Neill after that but I want to emphasize how much effort has already been expended unbelievable if you look at what's happened over the last weeks how many people have gathered together to provide support already and again the toughest weeks are ahead but I want to tell you upfront hundreds and hundreds of people who have worked to ensure that the supplies we need have kept coming in and I'll talk about them more as I talk about Jimmy's new role but there are so many people at the emergency management command center in Brooklyn folks from City Hall who are there at the command center and working remotely who have played a crucial role folks who work at Department of Health and Health and Hospitals in their warehouse in their supply operations so many people every single day are participating in getting the supplies where they needed we talked about huge huge distribution that happened yesterday this is going to be an ongoing effort and it's going to be like nothing we've ever seen in the history of the city and a lot of people making it happen I want to thank all of them and all New Yorkers should have them in their hearts because this group their unsung heroes but they're doing amazing work to protect all of us now I want to talk about since I've put Sunday April 5th is that kind of demarcation line that d-day by which we have to get ready this coming Sunday let me tell you where there is good news and we said this Sunday to prepare for the entire week of April 6th ahead there are two types of supplies that we're now confident we will have a sufficient amount of for the week of April 6 for all hospitals in New York City for all first responders I want that standard to be really clear we are all working together federal government state government city government nonprofit organizations charities everyone's working together when we think about our hospitals we are thinking about all hospitals together public voluntary independent we're thinking on all of them everyone is wearing the same uniform we're also thinking about our first responders who obviously need to get the protective gear the PPE s when they need them we have to make sure that supply is strong so we are confident based on all our projection is that for next week we will have sufficient eye protection that means the face shields and the goggles and sufficient surgical gloves for all those needs for everyone is doing this crucial work for all our heroes who are out there protecting us for all those health care workers who are at the frontline we will have enough of those two categories we need major resupply in some other categories now I want to emphasize I say this we have requests out to the federal government the state government to private vendors to many many individuals who are seeking help so when I tell you these numbers it's against a backdrop of many moving parts already many actions already to make sure we will get the help but my job is to tell you where we stand I'll constantly update you as more supplies come in so the need at this moment here on this day thinking ahead to Monday we still need 3.

3 million and 95 masks to come in by Sunday to prepare us for the week ahead we need two point 1 million surgical masks we need 100, 000 isolation gowns these are big numbers for sure but they are reachable numbers but we have to make sure it happens in time now those are all very very important but the area that I focus on all the time is ventilators what comes to equipment and supplies the number one concern I have is ventilators because they keep people alive and they give our healthcare professionals an opportunity to save lives we have continued to get a very substantial supply of ventilators but we still need 400 more to be in place by Sunday to prepare us for the week ahead so we have many many requests out many efforts that are underway to get those 400 in place in time that's to be ready for Monday in the course of next week and again we have requests out to the federal government state government many sources in the course of next week we will need a minimum of 2, 500 to 3, 000 more ventilators now extraordinary efforts are underway to tap into the supply all over the country and to work to see what we can produce here in this city but that is the number we're working with at this moment for next week there's also an ongoing effort to get personnel this is a growing concern as we go forward but again one where we see a tremendous response so many New Yorkers have volunteered folks with medical training of all kinds more and more volunteer and come forward they're being acted on right or right right away we'll talk about the many people have been found by medical professionals been put on the contract who are joining us rapidly and the request that made to the White House and the Pentagon for over a thousand a military medical personnel I realized that request to administrator gainer of FEMA earlier today as well I'll keep you updated on that so many personnel needs but also a lot of personnel coming our way quickly but we have to always remember to keep building out that ICU capacity we need to keep using those ventilators we need we need the personnel to go with it we also have to constantly think about giving some relief to the heroic folks at the frontline right now in our hospitals they need to see reinforcements come they need a chance to get some down time so they can finally recover from everything they've been doing and then they can get back into this battle so we'll keep an eye constantly on that personnel situation and update you regularly so the bottom line supplies continue to come in at a very rapid rate and they go out right away to hospitals all over the city and to first responders the speed has become remarkable the turnaround time very very quick – again all the hundreds of people especially – that team at emergency management all the folks from emergency management from the agencies from city hall my extraordinary colleagues who came together to create this rapid deployment plan of bringing in supplies and getting them out I want to give you again profound thanks for what you've achieved and we're going to need you even more in the weeks ahead now I decided as we built out this apparatus that we wanted to bring in additional leadership and some of the best leadership anywhere in this country and we know him well he led with great distinction our Police Department I was so proud the day I named him police commissioner he did an outstanding job in those years serving leading an organization of over 50, 000 extraordinary people and keeping the city safe I'm going to talk about the role that Jimmy O'Neil will play and it's going to connect exactly into what I've just told you already about everything we're doing to keep our hospitals strong but I want to take a moment to express my gratitude because Jimmy's coming to aid us because of the willingness of his company visa particularly its CEO al Kelly who's someone I've known for quite a while who someone really loves New York City and cares about this place I want to thank al I want to thank visa for freeing up so much of Jimmy's time so he can do this crucial work it's going to be a truly life saving so profound thanks to you now that team as I mentioned the hundreds and hundreds of people who are moving the shipments constantly that's been an area where we've seen tremendous strength and consistency what I want to see now is absolute seamlessness in terms of how supplies equipment go into our hospitals immediately get distributed where they need where they're needed in the hospital to the frontline workers that we constantly are able to say exactly which hospital needs what at any given hour I'm not talking about week I'm not talking about day I'm talking about any given hour knowing exactly what each hospital needs so we can make those rapid moves those rapid shipments and ensure that within each Hospital the distribution is strong and smart and of course we are being honest we've always been honest I know dr.

Katz will make this point as well that as we get in supplies we have to Shepherd them we have to make sure they're being used properly support our healthcare workers with everything we've got but also be smart about rationing what we have to make it last in this tough situation I thought about all of those pieces and I thought about the many different kinds of hospitals and I'm I think we've got some of the greatest hospitals in the world everyone knows that in this city we've got our public health system which is really distinguished itself in this crisis and dr.

Katz his leadership and his team has been amazing we've got independent hospitals there they're smaller community-based hospitals and they play a crucial role in our city but a lot of them have gone through four years financial hardships they often deal with folks with tremendous medical needs but well many many times people who don't have insurance so those independent hospitals are absolutely crucial in our ability to fight this battle and a lot of them a struggle lately a no fault of their own they've always been there for people in greatest need but they need special help now so I've asked Jimmy O'Neal to develop a system for ensuring that we'll have personnel in every hospital where they're needed to help make sure that this supply chain is seamless and constant and focused that the supply usage is just the way it should be and any hospital and these additional help will be able to get to them quickly Jimmy will assemble a team with folks from City Hall and other agencies so we can have that presence in the hospitals and it will allow us to have a much faster more precise communication and get people what they need when they need it so I'm very very appreciative you'll hear from Jimmy in a few minutes and now I want to talk to you about looking ahead this whole month of April I told you what we're trying to get done by Sunday I've told you how we see next week next week is going to be a very difficult intense week and yet the preparations have very very strong for next week as well we'll keep updating you on that but here's the overall situation you've alluded to it many a time but I want to just remind all New Yorkers about this we're always going to need more of that supplies that supply chain I talked about we're going to need the masks and the n95 s and the gloves the gown – all that every single week we're gonna need more of that we're gonna need the ventilators especially in that number that we've said I've said from the very beginning 15, 000 for New York City that number is a very specific number based on the projections we've had that number continues to be the right number continue I've told the president knighted States and everyone else I've spoken to in the federal government that is the true number and the second we don't need all those ventilators we will happily share them with the rest of the country immediately when it comes to hospital beds again the goal is to take the 20, 000 or so we started with the month of March with normal complement of hospital beds in this city that were staffed with professionals all over our hospital system those 20, 000 are increasingly going to become all ICU beds over the month of April that's what our hospitals will be for more and more taking on the toughest kovat cases at the frontline we need to build out during the month of April an amazing number of additional hotel beds 60 she mean I said hospital beds well I should say my apology hospital beds and hotels will be one of the ways that we achieved that but hospital beds we need to build out an additional number of 65, 000 hospital beds in the city of New York by the end of April we already have a tremendous start the 20, 000 beds as I say they were already there hospitals are now adding up to 50 percent more capacity just drawing on all the space they have and dr.

Katz talked about this from the beginning the ability of hospitals to quickly build out more beds more space more I see use that number we'll add an additional almost 10, 000 beds right there Javits Center we've talked about dr.

Katz we'll go over this thousands of beds there and then all the hotels will bring online increasingly so this is going to be an epic process through the month of April to build out that capacity but this goal is within reach it's going to take our acute but I'm confident it can be reached so now as I turn to dr.

Katz we're going to talk about where we are today on our Hospital capacity the building out process starting with our public hospitals them this is a this growth pattern this building out I'm talking about is literally going on 24/7 and that profound thanks to everyone who's participating in it so dr.

Katz is gonna give you a sense of where we stand today and how we're going to be moving forward over the coming weeks dr.

Mitch Katz thank you so much mr.

mayor and thank you for supporting the public hospital system it's clear in this emergency how lucky we are that New York City kept open its public hospital systems didn't allow them to close the way it happened in Philadelphia in Washington DC in Milwaukee because in this crisis we so desperately need the public system we have 324 ICU beds that we run under normal circumstances and a total of four thousand four hundred and twenty-eight beds and while that those are very large numbers they pale in comparison mr.

mayor to what you showed us we're actually going to need in this crisis but we are prepared to meet the crisis in our immediate surgery surge to handle it Elmhurst Hospital which is on the forefront of handling kovat patients it's in an area of central Queens where a large number of districts depend on this hospital because there is no other hospital near it it has already increased from 29 intensive care beds to 111 intensive care beds and so that's in the matter of 10 days I mean these are changes that you would expect under normal circumstances would take six months to a year to get the the beds in place to get the staff in place to get the equipment in place every single one of these beds represents a courageous nurse taking care of the patients of courageous physicians and all of the support intensive care patients need a great deal of support from pharmacy from transport from radiology it's a tremendous effort to take care of each intensive care unit patients and yet Elmhurst has magically gone from 29 to 111 beds at Lincoln Hospital they've grown their ICU from 34 beds to 114 beds with 30 more coming there and Bellevue Hospital has grown from 66 to 127 with 52 more coming and this is really just the beginning of what we need in order to handle this emergency we have in order to deal with the fact that kovat 19 patients have not appeared evenly across our system as the epidemic hits different parts of our city at different moments also we recognize that some areas of our city like Queens have markedly fewer hospitals so it's not just Elmhurst Hospital but Queens hospital that has also been hit extremely hard by patients and very sick patients so in order to be able to do this we have transferred a hundred and ninety three non ICU patients and 43 ICU patients from the hospitals that have been most affected and moving them to hospitals where we've had greater capacity in the last few weeks so we've been moving patients to Coney Island Hospital to Jacobi to Harlem to Metropolitan and the North Central Bronx have all taken patients in order to make sure that we are able to provide care for every patient who needs it every hospital and I speak to them every night knows exactly what space their next going to open during the night we've seen a large number of patients needing intubation come in in the evening hours so we open the units often in the middle of the night in order to accommodate them but in every case we know what those surge Ward's will be it fits with the very plans that we started working on in January and February when we first saw the data coming from China we recognize mr.

mayor that while these are huge efforts they won't meet the needs as you've outlined them to New Yorkers so in the short term we're going to bring on an additional 762 intensive care beds for a total additional beds of 2466 and again while these numbers are astronomical they don't add up to the numbers that you showed New Yorkers of what's going to be needed we intend to convert all of the hospitals into intensive care units because an intensive care patient relies tremendously on the ability of the laboratory on the pharmacy on equipment radiology you cannot create an intensive care unit a bed in a hotel but what we can do is turn our facilities into large intensive care units and then use the hotels and the other alternative facilities for medicine patients who do need support but don't need the same level with ICU needed this is going to require huge influx of equipment and even more importantly of staffing the issue is not one of spacing and we've said this right from the beginning there are many places in New York City that would be available to create additional space the challenge is having the staff having the equipment and in the case of intensive care units having all of the other services that would be necessary in order to keep people alive so it's our commitment up to you mr.

mayor that we are going to do everything working with you and all of the great people in New York City to achieve this in order to reach just what we've done so far we've added 100 sixty-five physicians nurse practitioners physician's assistant to the system we deployed a thousand registered nurses we have another thousand registered nurses coming within two weeks and we've added another 350 physicians nurse practitioners and physician assistants that will be coming in the next week but this will still again not be sufficient we will need a great deal more staff than this to be able to successfully increase by the number of intensive care beds that New York City is going to need we're doing everything possible to support the incredibly brave nurses and physicians and support staff of every kind who are working long hours often watching their own co-workers become ill it creates a tremendous sense of distress to both be working hard and know that co-workers have gotten sick people but people are bravely working on we want to do everything possible that we can can to support them we're making sure that there is kovat 19 testing available free for any of our frontline personnel that's starting at our occupational health clinics we've received more than 1.

6 million dollars in donations to provide comfort items to our frontline staff they can't take any breaks to go out to get food that's not even in in our rule book about how you get through these kinds of crises so having people give us their nation's so that we basically can bring in food for all the shifts of workers people do need to eat and we are very grateful the rooms in the hotels many people who are working 12 16 hours in around many many patients with Cova do not feel comfortable returning home to their spouses and their children so we have provided hotel rooms so that they can go to a place where they feel they can get rest without putting their families at risk and come back the next day we're providing taxi rides userid provided a parking vouchers for people so that they can park their cars easily our helping healers heal is extending emotional psychological counseling to health care workers in dealing with the stress having your patients die despite the very best efforts is so distressing this is a very fierce disease for a very small number of people we've put up the four people who wish to donate to support your health care workers at NYC HHC dot Network for good comm and we so much appreciate the support of all of the first responders of Fire EMS the police the people at the Office of Emergency Management who have been getting us supplies and keeping us going in terms of additional surge mr.

mayor would you like to speak about these facilities would you like me to speak about them I'll just say broadly image you can talk about some of the specifics but broadly when you look at this list I remember every one this is a series of facilities that just days ago were not outfitted to provide health care so if you go through the list which and and Mitchell talk about it but every single one of them is either a place that was doing something totally different or is something brand new in this city obviously the most powerful example the most you know compelling example which we all are feeling is the presence of the USNS comfort so Mitchell talk to you about the specifics that we have already moving and then I'm going to talk about how we're going to turn more and more hotels into hospitals so you start Mitch sir had the pleasure of going to Javits Center and seeing a tremendous number of staff who are willing and able to take care of patients to help us to unload our hospitals so that we can focus on the intensive care unit of intubated patients located on the west side of Manhattan and phase one a thousand medical surgical beds are currently available with another 1, 500 medical surgical beds to come in late April Samaritan's Purse located in Central Park with additional support for Mount Sinai 65 beds 10 intensive care unit and 55 medical surgical beds that we believe will come up in 24 to 48 hours we were all so proud to see the Navy bring the comfort ship located in western Manhattan with 750 medical and surgical beds and a crew of phenomenal physicians and nurses who are prepared to take care of patients at one of our own facilities on Roosevelt Islands we were able to open up 240 medical surgical beds we already have more than 25 patients who are being taken care of in that facility and during this week we will fill it up we have I know you were yesterday at the National Tennis Center located in Corona Queens showing New Yorkers that you've prepared a facility that can take care of up to 350 medical and surgical beds at Brooklyn cruise terminal and Red Hook we believe it will be possible to create up to 750 medical and surgical beds that will go up in mid-april and then finally we know that the hotel industry is capable of providing us with the large number of rooms we so far have secured 10, 000 beds and 20 hotels and we believe that the capacity is there again staffing we'll be one of the things we almost work with you mr.

mayor to be sure that the people and all these facilities are fully cared for thank you very very much Mitch and get ready I'm gonna come back to you on the way people can donate to your frontline health care workers so get that website ready again but let me first say so think about the amazing amazing fast intense passionate effort that's being made here to expand our Hospital capacity in record time nothing like this has ever happened literally in the history New York City let's go back to that previous slide I want to work off of that the again think of where we started we started the month of March 20, 000 staffed hospital beds in what everyone would say is you know that were the finest hospitals in the United States of America take all the hospitals New York City take all the professionals all the amazing talent you know this is where so many of the doctors of tomorrow trained for the whole nation that was an amazing place to start no one could have imagined a world in which we'd have to build out so much so quickly but now when you think about the fact that those hospitals that were there 20, 000 beds are basically adding 10, 000 more within those hospitals you look at what mitch has reviewed on this slide before us the thousands of beds at Javits the USNS comfort like adding right there in that ship adding another major hospital to New York City all these different pieces are starting to add up and then we go to the hotels so the fact that right now the hotels we've already identified and contracted with and I want to thank everyone the hotel industry by the way I want to thank the owners of hotels the managers the hotels the people work in the hotels the unions who represent the people in the hotels everyone has been working shoulder-to-shoulder to speed this effort because it has to happen in record time so right now we already have accounted for 10, 000 additional beds he's ate the 20, 000 we started with the 10, 000 more we're adding in the hospitals themselves look at 10, 000 more already from the hotels they'll be coming online soon that's 40, 000 the thousands more you see on this slide in specific locations and we're going to keep building and building the key going forward is going to be more hotels and more big spaces we've got obviously in the case of the Javits Center in the case of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the case of the Brooklyn cruise terminal these are large spaces where you can do hundreds of beds at time or the case of Javits thousands we're gonna be looking for more and more spaces like that I know the state of New York is also doing the same and we're all coordinated we're dividing labor they've got major spaces that they'll be working on the city will be adding our own we've been gained tremendous cooperation from the private sector again I'll tell you the day we ask someone to help fight the coronavirus and they say no but I have not had that day yet so in terms of finding the additional beds we need we believe there is enough major venues bigger spaces in New York City that we can retrofit and we can do that quickly I'm working with folks in the construction trades contractors folks in real estate they're all saying yes they're all quickly helping us get this work done and then those hotels and I'm very very sorry for what the hotel industry has been through in this crisis a lot of people have put in put in a tough tough situation to work in our hotels they're obviously struggling but what it is men at the same time is a huge number of hotels have become available to the city of New York and literally we can go in and lease an entire hotel building and we can do that dozens and dozens and dozens of times until we get to the point that we have all the beds we need so that is the game plan it's going to be furious and intense but we're going to get it done and I'm so grateful to everyone's a part of it as I say a few more words and then we'll turn to to Jimmy I want to remind people again if you're able to help our frontline hospital workers these heroes have been doing so much and Mitch's folks in the public hospitals have borne the brunt have done amazing work Mitch one more time what's the website people can go to if they just want to give those direct donations the food and the other things that I'll help your heroic workers get through the day what's that website again Thank You mr.

mayor it's NYC hhc .

network for good all one word.

com today one more time NYC hhc .

network for good dot-com all right and then to all new yorkers and anyone in the country who wants to help new york city with equipment with supplies who wants volunteer their time reminding you anyone can call 833 NYC zero zero four zero eight three three NYC zero zero four zero and we are so thankful for the help so let me pull this all together I think we've known for a long time that New Yorkers are the strongest the toughest the most resilient and in a crisis we show what were made of and it's happening again an amazing way I you know I don't have to say again what our doctors and nurses and health care workers are doing our first responders they've been exemplary our companies the private sector has stepped up in a huge huge way donating so much to help our frontline heroes what's happening now at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as an example it keeps coming back to me it really touches my heart and please go see the video that we've had on my Twitter feed on this at NYC Mayor the it's unbelievable to see a wartime Factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard making those face shields to protect our health care workers and our first responders and there's more going on in the Brooklyn Navy Yard we'll be talking about in the coming days but the fact that PPEs are being built right here in new york city by hand each piece built by hand labor love to help their fellow New Yorkers is so moving so extraordinary every day people who donate food to Mitch's colleagues who are who are purchasing and donating mask gloves you name it it's been non-stop so this virus is tough this virus is going to give us a real battle but this virus is no match for the people of New York City this city is strong we will get through this we will get through this together we will come out the other side an even stronger city and I mentioned that we are blessed to have help always and I want to talk about that but I realize I first needed to say a few words in Spanish just to summarize durante las ultima Samanas hemos estado in focus in amply are la capacidad de nuestros Ospital no Sarah fazil tera necesitamos Millis the comas mass in West Was hospitals con cada , podemos Savar Vera's yep oh yeah los trabajadores de salud so everyone as I said help has been pouring in from around the country and I got some help a few weeks back from San Francisco the second San Francisco put their shelter in place order out I thought that that looked like the model we should follow here in New York City immediately but I wanted to make sure it was functioning in a way that would really protect people make sure we could get ahead of this virus and also work in terms of people's day-to-day lives I needed an eyewitness to tell me what was happening in San Francisco and someone I could trust to confirm that it would work here in New York City and once I got that confirmation I said that this was something we have to do right here well that eyewitness happened to be none other than our former police commissioner Jimmy O'Neill who has been based in recent months in San Francisco working for visa and not just every day seemed like every hour Jimmy was sending me reports up day me telling me what he saw tell me what he thought would work and then a few days ago he reached out to me and he said although he would be coming back to New York he said he was ready to serve his city again and whatever capacity we needed no matter how big or how small and I said to Jimmy that knowing the amazing ability he brings we needed to take on a major major role and we talked about all the ways he knows the city and he knows the city so well from his 35 plus years on our police force he's been in every hospital he's been in every neighborhood he's knows the people the city so deeply cares so deeply for this city and so I talked to him about this vision of ensuring that not only the supplies get to the hospital but that we could really make sure everything was being used ideally and that we could resupply instantly whenever hospitals needed it needing a leader of that effort to create that network of professionals that we could work with to really make that precise and hone that so I can tell you that Jimmy O'Neill has answered the city's called a for and he's answering the call again and it is just a great honor to welcome him back our former police commissioner and now my senior advisor helping us wage this battle against coronavirus welcome back Jimmy O'Neill New York City first of all I want to thank chief bill Scott from San Francisco PD who provided me with a lot of the Intel of what was happening and plus it took a couple of trips into San Francisco myself and I wish to wish the people out in the West Coast all the best it's just uh it's a responsibility of all New Yorkers to do their part I always felt that way and I continue to feel that way and I want to thank mr.

mayor I want to thank you I want to thank all the great people at visa that I've been working with over the last four months and I will continue to work with and I really want to thank the CEO al Kelly forgive me the opportunity to do this job and to do my job at visa and it's important that we all come together at as New Yor is one thing I saw in my time as a cop you know this is a resilient City everybody's supportive lately I've just been seeing reading hearing about all the great work that's going on in New York City right now and I just felt compelled to come back and and offer to help and do whatever I whatever I couldn't basically what I got to be doing it's got to be helping to manage or managing the supply chain supply making sure that this inspection regime make sure that we're sourcing delivering distributing and tracking to make sure that we do our best continue to do our best for the healthcare workers that are out there right now this very minute doing their best to save lives lives it's a system of accountability and we have to make sure that it's operating efficiently just before I wrap it up then we're gonna some of that equipment is n95 masks surgical masks isolation gowns face shield goggles all the equipment that our health care workers need just really I'm truly inspired by what I've seen over the last two months the doctors physician's assistants nurse practitioners nurses all the other workers in the hospital now we have the military involved thank you to the Navy the State Police the Port Authority police it's it they really as people truly are an inspiration and I'm thankful for them and last but not least I want to thank the men and women of the NYPD who continue continued to keep the city safe and in spite of everything that's going on right now they're out there answering radio runs doing their best to keep people safe and I like like to commend Commissioner Shea what a great job that you're doing right now so how could you not want to help this great city and I'm gonna do my best and thanks for it give me the opportunity mr.

mayor thank you very much Jimmy your best is very very good so I know with you here our health care workers are going to get even more support and I want to thank you it means a lot to all of us in this city that you are back okay with that we are going to turn to questions from the media and Olivia you're gonna let me know the name and the outlet of each caller yeah I just have three quick programming notes at the top the first is we're gonna do one question per reporter to get to as many outlets as possible also if reporters have additional questions about hospital capacities we are gonna have a technical briefing with dr.

Katz after this press conference you can save those questions for later and finally Commissioner Shay's on the phone and Olivia just to clarify that reporters who want to be a part of the technical briefing to just stay on the line after yes you want to do that okay and Mitchell stand by when we finished the main portion of the press conference and welcome to the call Dermot che and we will go ahead now with the first question from the media and from New York one yes Gloria hi mr.

mayor thank you first I want to ask for a question about Queens specifically and I know that you have been talking about the increased cases that we are seeing there but I wondered if for dr.

Katz if there is anything that you guys as professionals have found about why there is such a concentration in Queens specifically and I understand you mentioned today the lack of hospitals but is there anything else to it we have been getting some reports today about the situation at Elmhurst specifically about the lack of ventilators and I'm wondering if there's any detail from today that you can give us an update on in terms of what the current status is there a zapateria ventilators at that Hospital for the ventilators there are enough ventilators right now for Elmhurst in all of our hospitals as the mayor has been very clear we having a ventilators in New York City until Sunday beyond that we're waiting to get help from the federal and state governments I think what anytime people and we've had at various times at various hospitals people think that there aren't enough ventilators that's because at any one area of the hospital such as within the emergency department they may not see all of the ventilators that they are they that are there in the hospital physically but I check every night myself before I go to sleep I look at how many ventilators each Hospital has and I'm sure that they will have enough to get through the night and I restock every single day so we are totally on top of it but we the issue that the mayor has pointed out is that that will not go beyond Sunday when we will exhaust our supply in terms of why Queens I think the clearest answer and we've looked at this is that Queens has about half the number of hospital beds per thousand persons than Manhattan and especially where Elmhurst is the there is a huge area of population that are extremely dependent on Elmhurst it's the klitz the the hospital that's closest is also a hospital that's very well regarded where immigrants and the uninsured feel safe to go so that also plays a role into why people go and then finally although it will be a while before we fully understand all of the aspects of the epidemiology we know that in Queens many families because of poverty live together in very close quarters so that while we are practicing as a city social distancing you may have multiple families living together in a very small apartment and so it's easy to understand why there's a lot of transmission of kovat occurring Henry from Bloomberg is up next Henry can you hear me yes Henry you know we're coming up on some religious observances and I want to know specifically whether the city is going to exempt some groups of people some size of groups is there any policy that's set forth Henry just to clarify you mean do me for religious gatherings yes the satyrs the Easter.

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