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WATCH LIVE: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio holds briefing on the coronavirus pandemic – 4/7/2020

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FRONT NOW IS MORE AND MORE AN ECONOMIC ONE AS WELL WHERE FOLKS ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET

RUNNING OUT OF MONEY NEW YORKERS WHO DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY THE RENT, TO GET THE MEDICINES THEY NEED, TO GET THE FOOD THEY NEED SO WE'RE GOING TO TALK TODAY ABOUT OUR EFFORTS TO GET FOOD TO NEW YORKERS WHO NEED IT BECAUSE THIS IS A GROWING PROBLEM THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT IS GOING TO MORE AND MORE AFFECT THE PEOPLE OF OUR CITY AS THEY RUN OUT OF MONEY

AND EVEN THOUGH THERE IS SOME FEDERAL HELP COMING, IT IS NOT THAT MUCH AND IT IS GOING TO TAKE TOO LONG FOR MANY PEOPLE SO JUST AS WE DEAL WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ILLNESS, IN OUR HOSPITALS TO SAVE LIVES, THERE IS A NEW FRONT OPENING UP AND WE HAVE TO BE THERE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED FOOD WE CANNOT HAVE ANY NEW YORKER GO HUNGRY SINCE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TWO FRONTS, I WANT TO OPEN ON THE FIRST ONE AND I'M GOING TO SAY TO ALL OF YOU, IT IS WAY TOO EARLY TO DRAW ANY DEFINITE CONCLUSIONS

I WANT TO REALLY MAKE SURE NONE OF US IN PUBLIC LIFE TELL YOU WE HAVE TURNED A CORNER UNTIL WE ARE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN WE ARE NOT THERE YET AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE NO ONE STOPS PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SHELTER IN PLACE WE MUST CONTINUE TOZ STRATEGIES IF WE'RE GOING TO PROTECT LIVES BUT I CAN SAY IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS SOMETHING IS STARTING TO CHANGE

WE DON'T KNOW IF IT WILL BE SUSTAINED BUT IT IS MEANINGFUL NOW WE PROJECTED TO YOU EVEN ON SUNDAY THAT WE HAD SEEN A LITTLE BIT OF PROGRESS IN TERMS OF WHEN WE'RE GOING TO NEED VENTILATORS WE'VE SEEN MORE PROGRESS NOW THAT MEANS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE SHOWING UP IN OUR HOSPITALS IN NEEDS OF VENTILATOR, THAT SITUATION HAS IMPROVED A BIT IN RECENT DAYS I'M HOPEFUL BUT I'M NOT DRAWING CONCLUSIONS UNTIL I'M 100% SURE AND MY HEALTH TEAM IS 100% SURE

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS, IT IS GIVING US SOME MORE TIME IT IS GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET MORE VENTILATORS IN AND KNOW WE COULD GET FARTHER INTO THE WEEK SO THAT IS VERY GOOD NEWS JUST THE FACT THAT WE KNOW WE'VE BOUGHT A FEW MORE DAYS AND WE COULD ABSOLUTELY PROTECT LIVES BECAUSE VENTILATORS WILL BE THERE, THAT'S CRUCIAL NEWS WE'LL HAVE TO SEE IN THE DAY AS HEAD IF IT IS SOMETHING SUSTAINED OR DEEPENS AND WE'LL GIVE YOU DAILY UPDATES TO TELL WHAT YOU IS GOING ON

BUT I WANT TO AT LEAST NOTE A LITTLE IMPROVEMENT IN THE LAST FEW DAYS AND THANK GOD FOR THAT BUT AS I SAID, WHEN IT COMES TO THE ECONOMIC BATTLE, WHEN IT COMES TO BATTLING TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE THE FOOD THEY NEED, THAT SITUATION IS NOT GETTING BETTER IT'S GETTING WORSE AND THINK ABOUT WHY BECAUSE ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE LOST JOBS

ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE STILL WORK BUT NOT AS MUCH ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE NOT GETTING A PAYCHECK OR A REDUCED PAYCHECK THE NUMBER IS STAGGERING THE INITIAL PROJECTION IS HALF A MILLION NEW YORKERS ARE EITHER ALREADY OUT OF WORK OR SOON WILL BE THAT IS THE KIND OF LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DISTRESS, THE ONLY COMPARISON YOU COULD MAKE FOR THAT IS THE GREAT DEPRESSION WHICH SCARES ME TO THE DEATH TO EVEN SAY THAT

AND RIGHT WHERE WE ARE HERE, HERE IN MANHATTAN, I'M REMINDED OF WHAT THIS CITY WENT THROUGH IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION I'M REMINDED OF IT BECAUSE OF THE STORIES I HEARD FROM MY FAMILY MY OLDER RELATIVES WHO WENT THROUGH THE DEPRESSION RIGHT HERE IN THIS PART OF NEW YORK CITY AND THE STORIES THEY TOLD ABOUT HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS, HOW PAINFUL IT WAS, HOW DISORIENTING IT WAS

WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH NOW AND WHAT WE WILL GO THROUGH, THAT IS THE ONLY PARALLEL WE CAN LOOK AT AND WE CANNOT UNDERESTIMATE THE PROBLEM FOR EVERY DAY NEW YORKERS, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD WE'RE HAVING A LOT OF PEOPLE LITERALLY HAVING TO ASK THE QUESTION, WHERE IS MY NEXT MEAL COMING FROM MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE IN THAT SITUATION SO WE HAVE TO ACT VERY AGGRESSIVELY TO ADDRESS THAT

NOW, I WANT TO BE CLEAR I'VE GIVEN YOU THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM BUT I WANT TO BE CLEAR WHAT MISSION STATEMENT IS I WANT TO BE CLEAR WHAT OUR RESOLVE IS WE WILL NOT LET ANY NEW YORKER GO HUNGRY

LITERALLY WE WILL NOT LET ANY NEW YORKER GO HUNGRY WE HAVE PLANNING FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS CRISIS TO ADDRESS THE HUNGER PROBLEM AND BECAUSE WE UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS WOULD BE A PROFOUND PART OF WHAT WE FACED, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAD SEEN IN OTHER CRISIS AS WELL, BUT THIS IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT SCALE, WE KNEW THIS WAS SOMETHING WE NEEDED TO PREPARE FOR I NAMED AN EXTRAORDINARY PUBLIC SERVANT COMMISSIONER CATHERINE GARCIA HAS OUR FOOD CZAR WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY TO COME UP WITH A SYSTEM THAT WE'VE NEVER HAD TO HAVE IN DECADES IN THIS CITY

BUT A SYSTEM TO FEED PEOPLE ON A MASS SCALE IF IT CAME TO THAT SHE HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TO IMMEDIATELY PUT INTO ACTION A FOOD PLAN BUT ALSO BUILD FOR ANYTHING BIGGER WE MAY NEED TO DO THE CHANCE AND I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY, A VERY SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TIME WITH FOOD SERVICE WORKERS HERE AT PS 1 THEY'VE SERVED 33100 MEALS IN THE PAST WEEK TO PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THE GOOD PEOPLE, I SAID IN THERE, THERE ARE ANOTHER KIND OF FIRST RESPONDERS

THEY'VE SHD TO HELP PEO IN NEED AND THEY'VE BEEN A LIFELINE FOR PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY SO 3,100 MEALS IN THE PAST WEEK CHILDREN AND FAMILIES RIGHT HERE IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE THIS IS A PART OF SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER AND I WANT TO THANK, OF COURSE, EVERYONE AT PS-1, THE TEACHERS AND STAFF AND EVERYONE PART OF THE EFFORT HERE, THE FOOD SERVICE WORKERS, THE PRINCIPAL JAIME HUANG AND THIS TEAM COMING TOGETHER FOCUSED ON FOOD CHANCELLOR CARANZSA AND ELAINE VASQUEZ AND DR

BARBOW AND WORKING UNDER CATHERINE GARCIA WHO IS COOPERATING ALL OF THE AGENCIES AND COMMON CAUSE AND AS ALWAYS OUR ELECTIVE OFFICIALS ARE HELPING US SPREAD THE WORD AND HI U FIND PEOPLE WHO NE HELP A MAKING SURE WE HAVE THE RESOURCES WE NEED THANK YOU TO STATE SENATOR BRIAN CAVANAUGH WHO IS WITH US NOW FOR EVERYTHING HE'S DONE SO I WANT TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF THE SCALE OF THIS EFFORT AND THIS IS JUST A BEGINNING IN THE LAST THREE WEEKS THE EFFORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ALL COORDINATED BY COMMISSIONER GARCIA, THOSE EFFORTS HAVE PROVIDED 2

6 MILLION MEALS TO NEW YORKERS WHO NEEDED FOOD 26 MILLION MEALS IN THE LAST THREE WEEKS AND THAT IS JUST THE BEGINNING NOW EVERYBODY, THE SITE YOU SEE HERE, THERE ARE 434 OTHER SITES AROUND THE CITY JUST LIKE THIS WHERE ANYONE CAN COME, GET BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, ALL THREE IF THEY NEED IT FOR AS MANY MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILY AS THEY NEED

SO WE'RE ASKING FOR STUDENTS OR STUDENTS WITH THEIR PARENTS TO COME EARLIER IN THE DAY, 7:30 TO 11:30 WE'RE ASKING ADULTS WHO ARE ALONE TO COME LATER IN THE DAY, 11:30 TO 1:30 BUT IT IS THE SAME EXACT STANDARD EVERYWHERE NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY NO ONE PAYS ANYTHING

YOU GET AS MANY MEALS AS YOU NEED THIS IS ABOUT KGRO HD E IS A DIFFERENT INITIATIVE FOR THOSE SENIOR CITIZENS WHO NEED HELP FOR FOLKS WHO ARE HOME-BOUND FOR FOLKS WHO ARE VULNERABLE AND THE ONLY SOLUTION FOR THEM IS A DELIVERY THERE IS ALSO A GROWING DELIVERY SYSTEM, THIS IS SOMETHING LORRAINE VASQUEZ CORTEZ IS WORKING ON AND BUILDING ALL OF THE TIME

SO ANYBODY WHO TRULY NEEDS A HOME DELIVERY COULD CALL 311 AND WE'LL GET THEM THAT DELIVERY OR GO TO NYCGOV/GETFOOD TO SIGN UP THERE IS A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS WE COULD GET FOR PEOPLE WE HAVE GRAB AND GO SITES AT THE SCHOOLS AND FOOD PANTRY AND HOME DELIVERY MAKE SURE THOSE PEOPLE WHO DON'T GET FOOD STAMPS SIGN UP

IF THEY ARE ELIGIBLE ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP COULD GO TO 311 AND NYCGOV/GETFOOD OR TEXT THE WORD "FOOD" OR IN SPANISH, THEY COULD TEXT THE WORD "COMIDA" TO 877877 TO FIND THE SITE NEAREST THEM SO YOU COULD USE THAT TEXT, AGAIN, THE WORD FOOD OR COMIDA AND FIND A SITE NEAR YOU WHERE YOU COULD FIND THE FOOD YOU NEED FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY NOW, THAT'S ABOUT HELPING ALL NEW YORKERS

ANYONE IN NEED BUT I ALSO WANT TO MENTION SOMETHING VERY PARTICULAR ABOUT OUR HEROES OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AT THE FRONT LINES DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS IT HAS BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT MONTH FOR THEM THE MONTH OF MARCH INTO APRIL HAS BEEN VERY, VERY TOUGH

THESE FOLKS ARE WORKING SO HARD UNDER SUCH ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCES THEY DON'T HAVE TIME TO GO OUTSIDE FOR A FEW MINUTES OR TIME TO GO TO THE DELI AT THE HOSPITAL OR THE CAFETERIA THEY NEED HELP IN EVERY WAY THEY COULD GET IT AND WE WANT FOOD TO GET TO THEM SO MANY PEOPLE ARE RESPONDING AND COMMUNITIES ALL OVER NEW YORK CITY IN GETTING FOOD TO HOSPITALS HELPING OUR HEALTH CARE WORKER DIRECTLY BUT I WANT TO MENTION A VERY SPECIAL EFFORT

REALLY APPRECIATE THESE EFFORTS FOR EXAMPLE, LAVATA COFFEE, THAT COMPANY IS HELPING HOSPITAL STAFF, DONATING 60,000 BAGS OF COFFEE FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES AND HOSPITAL WORKERS AND WE ALL KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HAVE COFFEE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIGHT SO I THANK THEM DEEPLY FOR THAT ON A VERY BIG LEVEL, AMAZING ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY, THIS IS SOMETHING I'M ANNOUNCING THAT IS BRAND-NEW, I WANT TO THANK DEBORAH AND LEON BLACK, TWO NEW YORKERS WHO ARE SHOWING EXTRAORDINARY GENEROSITY THEY HAVE TEAMED UP WITH THE MAYOR'S FUND

THEY HAVE DONATED $10 MILLION TO HELP GET FOOD AND CRUCIAL HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS SO THIS INITIATIVE IS CALLED HEALTH CARE HEROES AND THEY HAVE PUT THEIR $10 MILLION FORWARD AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR MATCHING DONATIONS FROM OTHERS WHO COULD HELP IF MORE COMES IN, THEY'RE READY TO PROVIDE ANOTHER $10 MILLION TO MATCH UP THE $10 MILLION IN DONATIONS FROM OTHER DONORS SO AN INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLE EFFORT

I WANT TO THANK BOTH OF THEM ON BEHALF OF ALL 86 MILLION NEW YORKERS THEY TEAMED UP WITH THE MAYOR'S FUND AND IN TURN THEY HAVE PARTNERED WITH THE COMPANY ARROW MARK THAT DOES FOOD SERVICES THEY'LL BE PUTTING TOGETHER AT LEAST 300,000 PACKAGES OF FOOD AND HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES FOR DOCTORS, NURSES, HOSPITAL WORKERS OF ALL KIND TO EASE THINK BURDEN AND TO HELP THEIR FAMILIES THE RED CROSS WILL BE DOING A LOT OF DELIVERIES FOR THE HEALTH CARE HEROES

THE ROBIN HOOD FOUNDATION WILL BE MANAGING THE MATCHING FUNDS TO MAKE SURE THAT OTHER DONATIONS COME IN WE ACTIVATE THAT MATCH THIS ENTIRE INITIATIVE WILL BE BEGINNING TO DELIVER THESE CRUCIAL SUPPLIES AND THE FOOD TO THE FAMILIES OF THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS HOPEFULLY NO LATER THAN MONDAY MAYBE EVEN SOONER SO THAT IS AN AMAZING EFFORT WE ALSO HAVE AN FOR THE BY NEW YORK ROAD RUNNERS

THEY ARE A WONDERFUL NEW YORK ORGANIZATION LAST WEEK THEY HAD 20,000 PAIR OF GLOVES TO HELP OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS NOW THEY'RE DONATING 10,000 MEALS FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES AND FRONTLINE STAFF SO WE SEE SO MANY DIFFERENT EFFORTS COMING TOGETHER EVERY DAY NEW YORKERS STANDING UP, PEOPLE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO HELP OUR HEROES

NOW, ONE MORE POINT I WANT TO MAKE BEFORE SOME QUICK SUMMARY IN SPANISH I TALKED TO YOU OVER THE WEEKEND IT WAS VERY MOVING TO ME THAT THE GOVERNOR OF OREGON KATE BROWN DONATED VENTILATORS TO HELP NEW YORK SEE, ANOTHER GREAT ACT BY A GOVERNOR, GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM OF CALIFORNIA WHO HAS TAKEN 500 VENTILATORS THEY WERE USING AND CALIFORNIA HAD A VERY TOUGH TIME AND WE KNOW IT IN MANY PARTS OF THE STATE, THEY'RE TAKING 500 VENTILATORS AND RETURNING THEM TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE SO THEY COULD GO TO NEW YORK AND THE OTHER PLACES THAT ARE HARD HIT SO I WANT TO THANK GOVERNOR NEWSOM

THERE IS SOMETHING HAPPENING ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE ARE POURING OUT THEIR HEARTS TO NEW YORK THEY'RE STANDING WITH US PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE STANDING WITH US AND I THINK NEW YORKERS ARE FEELING IT MORE AND MORE WE'RE IN A DEEP, DEEP FIGHT

BUT NEW YORKERS KNOW WE CAN WIN THIS FIGHT WE SEE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE HELPING US AND OUR OWN TOUGHNESS AS NEW YORKERS, OUR OWN RESILIENCY IS COMING THROUGH MORE AND MORE BUT LOOK AT WAYS PEOPLE ARE LIFTING EACH OTHER UP IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

SO WE'RE IN A FIGHT BUT WE WILL NOT LOSE THIS FIGHT WE WILL PREVAIL AND I HAVE GREAT FAITH THAT WITH ALL OF THE HELP WE'RE GETTING WE ARE GOING TO SEE THIS THROUGH TOGETHER A FEW WORDS IN SPANISH [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] >> WITH THAT AND AGAIN WITH GREAT GRAT ATTITUDE TO EVERYONE HELPING US AND MY AMAZING COLLEAGUES HERE FOR THE WORK THEY'RE DOING

>> WANT TO TAKE QUESTIONS FROM OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE MEDIA YES >> WE'VE BEEN TALKING TO FIRE AND EMS BOTH AND THEY'RE TELLING US THEY'RE GETTING — 12 HOUR SHIFTS AND HOW LONG THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING AND N-95 MASKS — >> SPEAK UP A LITTLE MORE I'M SORRY >> [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]

>> YEAH, I SPOKE TO SUBMISSIONER NIGRO YESTERDAY AND HE AFFIRMED EVERY TIME HE SAID THEY NEED ADDITIONAL N-95 MASKS OR PPE THEY'RE GETTING THEM INSTANTLY IT IS APPLY ORT TO SUPPORT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS EVERY ONE IS WORKING ON A CRISIS STANDARDS I KEEP SAYING THIS IT IS SO IMPORTANT

THERE IS AN IDEAL STANDARD WE WOULD LIKE TO BE AT WE'RE NOT THERE NOW BECAUSE WE'RE IN A CRISIS BECAUSE OF THE SHORTAGES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY SO THE STANDARD — THE CRISIS STANDARD HELD BY THE CDC IS WHAT WE'RE MATCHING CONSISTENTLY AND FIRE DEPARTMENT AND OTHERS HAVE THE N-95 MASKS TO IMMEDIATE THAT STANDARD ANYTHING MORE THEY NEED THEY WILL GET PERIOD

PERIOD IF THEY NEED SOMETHING IT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY PROVIDED FROM EVERYTHING WE HAVE T TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS TESTING HAS BEEN PRIORITIZED FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO TRY TO ADD TO THE AMOUNT OF TESTING WE ALL KNOW THAT IS AN UPHILL BATTLE FROM THE BEGINNING BUT AS WE GET MORE TESTING CAPACITY, FIRST RESPONDERS AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS ARE A PRIORITY

SO I THINK LITERALLY WITH EVERY DAY, PARTICULARLY WE GET A LITTLE BIT OF RELIEF IN THE PROGRESSION OF THE DISEASE, WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET MORE AND MORE SUPPLIES IN AND BE ABLE TO HELP MORE AND MORE PEOPLE BUT THERE IS NO QUESTION IN THE WORLD, THEY ARE PRIORITY >> [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> HE SAID HE HAD THE N-95s THAT HE NEEDED AND WHENEVER YOU NEED A NEW SUPPLY YOU'LL GET IT IMMEDIATELY PERIOD

YES YOU CAN TAKE IT DOWN YOU'RE WELL DISTANCED >> [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> YEAH

SO I SPOKE TO DR MITZCATS AND THE HARDEST HIT, ELMHURST HAS RIGHTFULLY BEEN FOCUSED ON THE EPICENTER OF THE EPICENTER BUT WE KNOW THAT LINCOLN HOSPITAL IN THE BRONX AND BELLEVUE AND QUEENS AND MANY OTHERS HAVE BORN THE BRUNT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY DAYS WE DID NOT SEE A MAJOR INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF VENTILATORS NEEDED IN THOSE HOSPITALS YESTERDAY VERY STRIKING WHEN YOU GO BACK ABOUT TWO WEEKS, EVERY DAY THERE WAS A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE

SOME DAYS MORE SOME DAYS LESS BUT EVERY DAY WE NEEDED MORE VENTILATORS THAN THE DAY BEFORE, EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE FIRST TIME YESTERDAY THEY WERE PRETTY MUCH BREAKING EVEN THAT IS NOT THE END OF THE DISCUSSION

AGAIN, WE HAVE TO WATCH OUT THIS IS A DISEASE THAT IF YOU TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE BALL, THERE IS NOTHING THAT STOPS IT FROM REASSERTING SO WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL AND NO ONE SHOULD LET DOWN THEIR GUARD OR STOP TAKING PRECAUTIONS BUT JUST ON THE SHEER NUMBERS, SOME IMPROVEMENT WAS EVIDENT YESTERDAY AGAIN THAT IS BUYING US SOME TIME TO GET MORE VENTILATORS IN AND GET AHEAD OF THINGS

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THAT'S ENCOURAGING BUT WE HAVE TO SEE IT HAPPEN FOR A NUMBER OF DAYS BEFORE WE COULD DECLARE IT A BIGGER TREND >> [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> THE NUMBER INTUBATED, ABOUT 830 ACROSS THE SYSTEM SO THEY'RE ABOUT 20% OF THE HEALTH CARE CAPACITY OF NEW YORK CITY IS HEALTH IN HOSPITALS IN TERMS OF HOSPITAL BEDS

THEY HAD ABOUT 830 PEOPLE INTUBATED SO THAT NUMBER WAS PRETTY STABLE FROM SUNDAY INTO MONDAY >> THAT IS THE TOTAL NUMBER? >> CORRECT >> AT THE STATE LEVEL — [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> WE'RE TRACKING THE STATE INFORMATION, IT IS WHAT WE ARE USING

SO WE AGREE WITH THE STATE ON THAT BUT ALSO, AND I THINK THE STATE IS IN THE SAME PLACE, WE WANT TO REPORT SOMETHING GOOD JUST LIKE WE HAVE HAD TO REPORT THE TOUGH STUFF, BUT IT IS TOO EARLY TO CALL IT A PATTERN OR TREND BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT A SITUATION WHERE YOU COULD SEE SOMETHING CHANGE RAPIDLY THE OTHER WAY AND WE DON'T WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE THE WRONG SENSE THINGS ALSO REALLY CRUCIAL, THIS IS TESTAMENT TO THE FACT THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING, SHELTER IN PLACE IS CLEARLY HAVING AN IMPACT WE HAVE TO KEEP IT TIGHT IF WE'RE GOING TO CONSOLIDATE OUR GAMES HERE IF PEOPLE SUDDENLY LOOSEN UP, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE NUMBERS SHOOT RIGHT BACK UP

YES YOU COULD TAKE IT DOWN WITHIN YOUR RIGHT >> WITH THE SOCIAL DISTANCING, WHAT IS HAPPENING IN LAUNDRY, SUPERMARKETS I SEE PEOPLE IN LAUNDRY AND A SCHOOL OF PEOPLE AND NOT WEARING A MASK AND THIS IS GETTING, LIKE, PEOPLE IS NOT GETTING THE MESSAGE

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT? BECAUSE I KNOW THAT LAUNDRIES ARE ESSENTIAL PLACES SO THERE IS A LIMIT FOR PEOPLE THAT COULD BE OUTSIDE, CAN WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT GETTING IN FRONT OF THE — [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> WELL I DON'T THINK NOTG I YOU'VE SEEN EXAMPLES AND I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THAT I THINK GENERAL, BECAUSE I'VE — LOOK, OUR ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, NYPD, FDNY, SHERIFF'S OFFICE, BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT, YOU NAME IT, THEY'VE BEEN OUT THERE CONSTANTLY NOW FOR WEEKS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TIMES THEY'VE GONE TO BUSINESSES, THEY'VE GONE UP TO EVERYDAY NEW YORKERS TO DO ENFORCEMENT AND WHAT WE'RE FINDING CONSISTENTLY IS PEOPLE DO RESPOND TO THE ENFORCEMENT IF THEY'RE TOLD BREAK UP OR SPREAD OUT THEY DO IT, WITH VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS

BUT WE HAVE TO KEEP TIGHTENING UP, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, CALL 311 AND THAT ENFORCEM IS SUPPOSED TO COME RAPIDLY HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH COMMISSIONER SHEA AND OTHER COMMISSIONERS THIS HAS TO BE FAST YES, PEOPLE NEED THE LAUNDROMATS AND THEY WERE KELD OPEN FOR A REASON

WE WANT PEOPLE CLEAN CLOTHES THE CLEANING OF CLOTHES KILLS THE CORONAVIRUS THAT IS A GOOD THING BUT YOU CAN'T CROWD INTO A LAUNDROMAT OR A SUPERMARKET OR A PHARMACY OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT SO THE PEOPLE THAT WORK THERE HAVE TO REMIND PEOPLE AND IF THEY'RE NOT GETTING COOPERATION THEY NEED TO CALL 311 IMMEDIATELY

I NEED YOU TO SAY THAT ANYONE WHO SEES CROWDING OR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING, CALL 311 RIGHT AWAY AND WE'LL SEND ENFORCEMENT AGENTS IMMEDIATELY AND AGAIN, WE'RE GOING TO WARN PEOPLE, IF THEY DON'T FOLLOW THE WARNING THEY COULD BE FINED NOW AND THE FINES COULD BE VERY SUBSTANTIAL BUT WHAT WE WANT TO DO, IF SOMEONE SHOWS UP THE LAUNDROMAT, IT IS TOO CROWDED, HOLD BACK, FORM A LINE, IF YOU CAN'T WAIT COME BACK ANOTHER TIME PEOPLE SHOULD BE REALLY SMART

ONLY GO TO LAUNDRY MAT AS FEW TIMES AND STOCK UP AND THEN STAY HOME BUT THAT ABILITY TO SEND ENFORCEMENT OVER QUICKLY IS WHAT WILL MAKE ALL OF THE DIFFERENCE HERE WHO HAS NOT GONE OKAY, JEFF >> MR

MAYOR, THERE IS CONCERNS BEING RAISED ABOUT PEOPLE AROUND THE CITY — [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> YES WE ARE RELEASING DATA THIS WEEK THE DATA IN AN ATMOSPHERE CRISIS IS LESS PRECISE THIS WON'T SURPRISE YOU, JEFF

GENDER IS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE AGE IS AIMMEDIATE — IS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE AND WHERE HEALTH CARE IS BEING PROVIDED RAPIDLY TO EVERYONE THAT CAN BE REACHED, THAT IS LESS OF A FOCUS TO GET THE ETHNICITY DATA IN THAT ENVIRONMENT SO WE HAVE ENOUGH DATA TO PUT OUT I'M NOT SURE IT IS AS PERFECT AS IT COULD BE

AND I THINK IT WILL TAKE TIME TO MAKE IT BETTER BUT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING OUT THIS WEEK FOR SURE AND WHAT IT WILL SHOW, AND I'VE ALREADY SPOKEN TO THIS FROM THE MAPS THAT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS PUT OUT THIS IS CLEARLY TRACKING HEALTH DISPARITIES IN GENERAL I SAID THAT BEFORE AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN

I CANNOT BE MORE BLUNT THIS DISEASE IS AFFECTING PEOPLE DIS PROPORTIONATELY IN LOWER INCOME COMMUNITIES IN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE HAD MORE HEALTH PROBLEMS HISTORICALLY AND IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR THE EXTENT OF THAT DISPARITY WE'RE STILL TRYING TO FULLY UNDERSTAND AND THE DATA WILL HELP US UNDERSTAND BUT IT IS NOT THE FINAL WORD BECAUSE, AGAIN, IT IS PRELIMINARY AND IMPERFECT DATA IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRISIS

BUT THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND, WE'VE ALREADY PUT THAT OUT PUBLICLY AND SAID THERE IS A DISPARITY DYNAMIC HERE IT IS REAL, IT IS MEANINGFUL NOW, HOW DO WE KEEP ADDRESSING THAT, FIRST OF ALL, IN THE QUESTION OF BEDS, THERE IS NO QUESTION WE'VE BEEN TRACKING BEDS TO A FARE-THEE-WELL BEDS ARE AVAILABLE I'VE HAD THIS CONVERSATION LITERALLY EVERY DAY AND THE PEOPLE AT OEM

WE PROJECTED THE WORST CASE SCENARIO AND WE ARE NOT EXPERIENCING THE WORST CASE SCENARIO RIGHT NOW, THANK GOD THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE PUBLIC HOSPITAL AND, JEFF, YOU WOULD AGREE THE PUBLIC HOSPITALS ARE THE PLACE WHERE SO MANY PEOPLE EXPERIENCE THE HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES GO FOR CARE THAT IS THE NUMBER ONE VENUE THERE ARE BEDS IN ALL OF THE PUBLIC HOSPITALS SOME HAVE HAD TO TRANSFER PATIENTS AT TIMES, AT PEAK TIMES FROM ONE PUBLIC HOSPITAL TO ANOTHER

BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A BED SO WE KNOW THERE IS DISPARITY THE WHOLE EFFORT TO KEEP AHEAD OF THIS WITH THE VENTILATORS, WITH THE PPEs HAS BEEN FOR EVERYONE BUT CLEARLY IF THIS IS TRACKING HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES IT MEANS THAT ALL OF THIS HERCULEAN EFFORT AND ALL OF THE SUPPLIES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY IS EXPLICITLY TO HELP EVERYONE IN NEED AND THEREFORE, IF IT IS AN ATMOSPHERE DISPARITY, THANK GOD ALL OF THE EFFORTS IS BEING EXTENDED FOR EVERYONE AND THAT IS NOT SHOWING DISPARITY

WHERE WE'RE NOT SEEING DISPARITY IS THE FULL-COURT PRESS TO HELP EVERYONE IN NEED EVERYWHERE THE AMOUNT OF HELP GONE TO HEALTH AND HOSPITALS, GONE TO ELMHURST IN PARTICULAR, HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING THE NUMBER OF HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL THAT HAVE MOVED OVER THERE AND BEEN SENT OVER THERE AND THE SUPPLIES THERE IS NO DISPARITY IN THAT THE MILITARY, WHEN I MADE THE REQUEST OF THE MILITARY, TO SEND MEDICAL PERSONNEL EXPLICITLY FOR OUR PUBLIC HOSPITALS, FOR FRONT LINE WORK IN THE ICU AND THE DEPARTMENTS, WE HAVE ABOUT 300 MILITARY MEDICAL PERSONNEL I'M EXPECTING MORE

BUT THAT IS GOING RIGHT TO WHERE THE NEED IS GREATEST SO ALL OF THAT SPEAKS TO THE SITUATION THE TESTING ISSUE THIS IS THE WORST PART OF EQUATION FROM THE BEGINNING IF WE HAD THE TESTING, JANUARY, FEBRUARY IS WHEN IT COULD HAVE MADE A HUGE STRATEGIC DIFFERENCE

ONCE IT STARTED TO ARRIVE WE ESSENTIALLY FOUND OUT WITHIN DAYS IT WAS TOO LATE AND WE ALREADY HAD COMMUNITY SPREAD TESTING NOW COULD NOT ALLOW US TO CHANGE THE BASIC TRAJECTORY AT SOME POINT THERE MAY BE A ROLE STRATEGICALLY FOR TESTING AGAIN BUT RIGHT NOW IT DOES NOT ALLOW US TO FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THE REALITY IT DOES ALLOW US TO ENSURE THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS ARE AVAILABLE TO SAVE EVERYONE ELSE

IT DOES ALLOW US TO FOCUS ON THE MORE SEVERE CASES WHICH ARE STILL VERY NUMEROUS IT DOES NOT ALLOW US TO STOP THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WILL GET INFECTED FROM GETTING INFECTED TESTING DOESN'T DO THAT BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY IF YOU WET TESTED ONE DAY YOU COULD BE NEGATIVE AND THE NEXT DAY IT IS POSITIVE TESTING IS NO PROPHYLACTIC OR PREVENTATIVE

WE'RE NOWHERE NEAR THAT RIGHT NOW SO I UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE YEARNING FOR TESTING AND THEY SEE WHAT FEELS LIKE DISPARITIES IN THE PROVISION OF TESTING BUT I WANT TO SAY — AND THERE ARE CLEARLY BUT THAT IS NOT THE SAME THING AS WHETHER THE TESTING WOULD SAVE LIVES THE WAY WE NEED LIVES SAVED THAT TRAIN LEFT THE STATION A LONG TIME AGO BUT WE'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE WE CAN DO AND I'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY TO THAT IN THE COURSE OF THE WEEK

I THINK THERE ARE STRATEGIES TO INNOVATE TO FIGURE OUT WHERE WE COULD GET PARTICULARLY MORE EDUCATION EFFORTS AND MORE MULTI-LINGUAL EDUCATION TO THOSE THAT NEED THEM GOING BACK OVER HERE >> HAVE YOU TALKED TO COMMISSIONER SHEA ABOUT HOW THE DEPARTMENT IS DOING TODAY WITH THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS THAT ARE SICK OR THE ONES THAT STILL NEED TESTING AND DO YOU KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY SPECIFIC TESTING SITES OPENED AROUND THE CITY FOR COPS, FIREMEN, PARAMEDICS? >> I DON'T KNOW AND WE COULD GET BACK YOU TO TODAY ON SPECIFIC LOCATIONS I DO KNOW THAT BOTH POLICE AND FIRE FROM TALKING TO BETH COMMISSIONERS, REPORT A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF MEMBERS COMING BACK FROM THE DISEASE WHAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE

THEY'RE FRONT LINE FORCES ARE OVERWHELMINGLY YOUNGER HEALTHIER PEOPLE OFFICERS ON PATROL, FIREFIGHTERS, EMT, PARAMEDICS ANY OF THOSE GETTING SICK, THE VAST MAJORITY ARE COMING BACK RAPIDLY AFTER A WEEK OR TWO EACH SOME NOT AND WE'RE VERY, VERY CONCERNED ABOUT ANYONE SUFFERING OR ANYBODY WHOSE LIFE IS IN DANGER

BUT THE VAST MAJORITY ARE COMING BACK QUICKLY BUT THE ABSENTEE LEVEL, THE SICKNESS LEVEL IS STILL VERY HIGH BOTH COMMISSIONER SHEA AND NIGRO ARE CONSISTENT TO SAY THEY HAVE A DEEP BENCH AND MOVING TO KEEP PROVIDING THE SERVICE WE NEED TO PROVIDE WE'LL GET YOU THE SPECIFICS ON HOW TESTING IS DONE CLEARLY WHEN FIRST RESPONDERS NEED TESTING THAT IS A PRIORITY

WAY BACK I'M SORRY A LITTLE LATER YOU COULD TAKE THE MASK DOWN SO I COULD HEAR YOU THERE YOU GO

>> [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> I COULDN'T HEAR THE BEGINNING >> [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> YEAH, SO WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE I'M LOOKING AT MY LINEUP

YES, YOU CAN JOIN IN — BEHIND YOUR BANDANA, I WANT SURE FROM OVER THERE THE CITY IS CONTINUING TO — THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS CONTINUING TO LOOK AT THIS ISSUE TO DETERMINE HOW HELPFUL IT COULD BE WHAT DR KATZ SAID, I BELIEVE IT WAS YESTERDAY OR SUNDAY, IT IS BEING ADMINISTERED TO CERTAIN PATIENTS THAT ARE COVID POSITIVE BECAUSE OF THE EXTREMITY OF THE SICKNESS TO SEE IF IT WOULD BE HELPFUL

BUT THAT IS IN REACTION TO PARTICULAR DYNAMICS THAT INDIVIDUAL IS HAVING WITH THE DISEASE, NOT A BROADER EFFORT BECAUSE SO FAR, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, DOCTOR WILL CLARIFY, THERE ARE WHAT YOU WOULD GAIN AND VERSUS THE DANGERS AND THE NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS THERE ARE SIDE EFFECTS THAT COULD BE VERY SEVERE, PARTICULARLY FOR OLDER OR MORE VULNERABLE PEOPLE SO TRYING TO STRIKE THAT BALANCE HAS BEEN A BIG QUESTION IN THE HEALTH CARE COMMUNITY DOCTOR BARBOW

LET ME GO BACK AND GET OUT OF YOUR WAY >> SO I WANT TO ECHO WHAT THE MAYOR SAID IN THE USE OF HYDROXY CHLOROQUINE I THINK THE MAIN POINT HERE IS — I THINK THE MAIN POINT HERE IS THAT HEALTH AND HOSPITALS IN COLLABORATION WITH OTHER HOSPITAL SYSTEMS THROUGHOUT THE CITY HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT ANY AND ALL POTENTIAL THERAPIES TO HELP SAVE AS MANY NEW YORKERS AS POSSIBLE AND HYDROXY CHLOROQUINE IS ONE OF THOSE EARLY MEDICATIONS I THINK THAT THERE HAVE BEEN TO DATE VERY FEW PATIENTS ACTUALLY ABLE TO TAKE THE MEDICATION

SO IT IS TOO EARLY TO SAY WHAT THE CLINICAL BENEFIT HAS BEEN DR KATZ HAS BEEN CLEAR THAT THE FOCUS OF USING HYDROXY CHLOROQUINE HAS BEEN TO TRY AND HAVE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CURRENTLY SUFFERING RESPIRATORY DISTRESS FROM HAVING TO KEEP THEM FROM GOING ON VENTILATORS, WHICH I THINK IS A REALLY CRITICAL COMPONENT BUT AGAIN IT IS STILL TOO EARLY TO KNOW THE EFFICACY OF WHAT HYDROXY CHLOROQUINE WILL BE AND THAT IS WHY IT IS CRITICAL FOR US AS A CITY TO ADHERE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING BECAUSE WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS SLOW THE SPREAD AND REDUCE THE POTENTIAL IMPACT TO INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED, ESPECIALLY THOSE ABOVE THE AGE OF 50 WITH CHRONIC UNDERLYING ILLNESSES >> ANYONE ELSE? ERIN

>> THE NUMBER OF DEATHS — [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> I'LL START AND THEN IF DR BARBOA IF WANT TO ADD LOOK, RIGHT NOW I'LL SAY THIS AS A NON-DOCTOR I'M ASSUMING THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE DEATHS ARE CORONAVIRUS- RELATED

IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE IN A CRISIS THAT BEING ABLE TO MAKE THE CONFIRMATION IS HARDER TO DO WITH ALL OF THE RESOURCES STRETCHED SO THIN AND WITH THE CENTRAL CONCERN ERIN, I THINK YOU WOULD AGREE, THE CONCERN THE FIRST USE IS ALL OF THE — EVERYTHING WE'VE GOT OUR PROFESSIONALS, OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, OUR RESOURCES, THE FIRST THING WE'RE FOCUSED ON IS SAVING THE NEXT LIFE SO WE DO WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN EVERY DEATH AT HOME BUT I THINK WE COULD SAY IT IS SAFE TO ASSUME THEY ARE CORONAVIRUS RELATED AND THAT MAKES EVEN MORE SOBER SENSE OF HOW MANY PEOPLE WE'RE LOSING AND HOW MANY FAMILIES ARE SUFFERING AND HOW REAL THIS CRISIS IS

AGAIN WHY I'M TRYING TO BE VERY CAREFUL, EVEN WHILE SAYING SEE WE SOME GOOD NEWS THAT WE NOTE OVERRATE THE GOOD NEWS SO I THINK WE'LL OVER TIME BE ABLE TO GET A CLEARER PICTURE BUT I DON'T EVEN DOUBT FOR A MOMENT WHAT THAT BROADER REALITY IS AND HOW WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT IT TO DRIVE OUR ACTION TO KEEP SAVING LIVES ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD? GOOD OKAY

LAST CALL ANYONE ELSE? YES >> HOW DO YOU PLAN TO DEAL WITH THE BODIES — [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> AGAIN, I'M GOING TO BE VERY CLEAR THAT I'M JUST GOING TO DRAW A LINE ON THIS QUESTION AND SAY WHAT I SAID LAST NIGHT ON NEW YORK 1 AND THEN I'M NOT GOING TO KEEP GETTING INTO DETAIL WE HAVE THE CAPACITY WE NEED

WE DON'T WANT — WE ARE HOPING AND PRAYING WE NEVER HAVE TO COME NEAR USING IT WE'RE GETTING TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FROM THE MILITARY AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EVERYTHING WE'VE ASKED THEM FOR THEY'VE GIVEN US WE HAVE A LOT OF CAPACITY TO DEAL WIITH IT

BUT, REMEMBER, THIS IS ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS AND FAMILIES THAT ARE SUFFERING AND THE REASON I DON'T THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD DWELL ON IS I THINK EVERY TIME WE TALK ABOUT IT, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FAMILIES THAT ARE GOING THROUGH A LOT OF PAIN RIGHT NOW TO THEM IT IS THEIR LOVED ONE IT IS NOT SOME BIGGER DISCUSSION IT IS ABOUT THE PERSON IN THEIR LIFE THEY'VE LOST AND WE WANT TO BE REALLY DIGNIFIED AND RESPECTFUL IN OUR SUPPORT FOR THOSE FAMILIES

SO WE'RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HANDLE EACH CASE ONE BY ONE RESPECTFULLY AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH WHATEVER IS THROWN AT US BUT RIGHT NOW I JUST WANT TO LEAVE IT AT THAT AND SAY THE FOCUS IS ON BEING RESPECTFUL TO THOSE FAMILIES WHILE ALWAYS PUTTING EVERYTHING WE HAVE INTO SAVING THE NEXT LIFE LAST CALL OKAY THANK YOU, EVERYONE

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