Coronavirus in NY: Cuomo will allow state to redistribute ventilators

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will sign a new executive order that allows the state to take ventilators and personal protective equipment from hospitals and institutions that do not currently need them and redeploy them to other parts of the state that are in dire need.

“I’m not going to be in a situation where people are dying and there are several hundred ventilators somewhere else,” Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus press briefing in Albany.

“I’m not going to let people die because we didn’t redistribute ventilators,” Cuomo added.

Cuomo noted that there are other hospitals in New York state that have available ventilators.

Those institutions that the state takes the ventilators from will either get the ventilators back or they will be reimbursed and paid for the machines, the governor said.

“Ventilators are expensive pieces of equipment,” Cuomo said. “I understand if they’re not using them, they’re reluctant to see them go out the door.”

But the governor said it would be “wholly irresponsible” if the state did not take those ventilators and redeploy the machines and equipment where it is needed.

The National Guard will pick up the ventilators and other equipment and redeploy them, Cuomo said.

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