NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo calls Brooklyn clashes 'disturbing,' asks attorney general to review Overnight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus MORE (D) announced Saturday that the NBA will donate 1 million surgical masks for the state’s essential workers, in collaboration with multiple New York NBA teams, as well as Chinese official Huang Ping.

“New York thanks you,” Cuomo shared in a tweet Saturday, naming the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. “We are beyond grateful for this gift of critically needed [personal protective equipment].”

Cuomo also confirmed Saturday during a COVID-19 briefing that the state will accept 1,000 ventilators from Chinese donors. Jack Ma, Joe Tsai, the Jack Ma Foundation and the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation all contributed the stock of essential equipment for treating patients infected with the coronavirus.

New York has been the hardest hit area in the U.S. amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As of Saturday, there have been a total of 113,706 cases reported in New York state and at least 3,565 deaths. 

Cuomo also confirmed 10,841 new coronavirus cases since Friday, a record one-day jump.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE announced Saturday that 1,000 additional military personnel will be deployed to New York City to help area officials manage the outbreak and “assist where they’re needed the most." 

"That’s the hottest of all the hot spots,” Trump told reporters during a Saturday briefing, saying that the number is going to increase in the New York area. Trump added that although there are no current plans, military personal could also be sent to other parts of the country facing outbreaks.