“It’s in the American DNA to say we’re here to help one another,” Mr. Cuomo said.
New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, has been warning that the city is just days away from a “D-Day” when the outbreak will overwhelm the health care system, and made his own plea for bringing in health care workers from elsewhere.
“Unless there is a national effort to enlist doctors, nurses, hospital workers of all kinds and get them where they are needed most in the country in time,” Mr. de Blasio said on MSNBC Friday morning. “I don’t see, honestly, how we’re going to have the professionals we need to get through this crisis.”
The crisis is hitting New York City particularly hard. Nearly 50,000 people have tested positive and 1,500 have died in the city, more than 1,000 of them in the past week alone. The city’s emergency medical system is becoming overwhelmed.
One out of every six New York City police officers is out sick or in quarantine, placing serious strains on the department at a time when its 36,000 officers have been asked to enforce emergency rules intended to slow its spread. A veteran detective and five civilian workers have died from the disease caused by the virus.
And some of the extra steps taken to ease the city’s burden are slow. The U.S.N.S. Comfort, a 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship that was dispatched to New York to treat people without the virus to free up hospital beds elsewhere, has been slow to accept patients, taking just 20 as of Thursday night.
Mr. Cuomo said that the need for more beds for virus patients had grown so acute that he had sought, and won, permission for the 2,500-bed emergency hospital operated by the military in the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, which was originally intended for people without the virus, to begin accepting patients with it. He thanked Mr. Trump for pushing through the change “despite the fact that federal agencies were not eager to do it.”