De Blasio: NYC needs 400 ventilators, 3.3 million N95 masks by Sunday

De Blasio: NYC needs 400 ventilators, 3.3 million N95 masks by Sunday
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response Trump calls New York City 'hellhole' after court upholds subpoena from city prosecutors NYPD retirements surge over 400 percent amid tensions with mayor MORE (D) said Wednesday that the city needs 400 ventilators and 3.3 million face masks by Sunday. 

"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," de Blasio said at a press conference.

"We’re going to need the masks, the N95s, gowns. Every single week, we are going to need more of that," he added.


The mayor also said the city is working on getting more health care workers now that hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. 

“They need to see reinforcements come. They need to see some downtime,” de Blasio added. “They need a chance to get some downtime to finally recover.”

On Tuesday, de Blasio said the “horizon of deepest concern” for the city will be April and May, moments after announcing that part of the tennis stadium that hosts the U.S. Open will be turned into a field hospital. 

Hours earlier, New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York City reports zero COVID-19 deaths for first time since pandemic hit Florida health officials agreed to receive remdesivir from New York before DeSantis dismissed offer Cuomo says Northeast will likely see rise in COVID-19 cases due to surge in other parts of country MORE (D) said he plans to close New York City playgrounds and called for the New York City Police Department to enforce social distancing rules. 

As of Wednesday evening, New York has confirmed more than 83,000 coronavirus cases and reported 1,940 deaths.