NEW YORK (AP) — With coronavirus deaths climbing rapidly in New York, the governor announced Friday he will use his authority to take ventilators and protective gear from private hospitals and companies that aren’t using them. The decision comes as the coronavirus outbreak has snapped the United States’ record-breaking hiring streak of nearly 10 years.
We do not have enough ventilators.
I am signing an Executive Order allowing the state to take ventilators and redistribute to hospitals in need.
The National Guard will be mobilized to move ventilators to where they are urgently required to save lives.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 3, 2020
And medical workers in the U.S. and Europe are watching supplies of medicine, protective equipment and breathing machines dwindle by the hour.