U.S. Assistant Health Secretary Adm. Brett Giroir told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that New York has received “everything they have asked for,” in terms of coronavirus relief from the federal government.
“I think you probably heard Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo [Wednesday] that we have poured materials into New York,” said Giroir, pediatrician and member of the White House coronavirus task force. “Everything they have asked for to this point, we’ve been able to provide them.”
New York has been the hardest hit state in the U.S., with more than 37,258 confirmed cases, the vast majority of which are in New York City, and 385 deaths. State officials and healthcare workers have complained about a lack of supplies, particularly personal protective equipment, respirators, and ventilators. Despite this, the governor did say that social distancing measures have already showed signs of slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
“The arrows are headed in the right direction, and that is always better than the arrows headed in the wrong direction,” Cuomo said Wednesday in a press conference.
“You’ll hear very exciting news about tens of millions of new masks coming into the system, but we think we’ve supplied everything New York has needed,” Giroir said.
“They talked about 30,000 ventilators, we’ve sent 4,400,” he added. “We urged them to use their resources, for example, make sure all the anesthesia machines can be used. That’s a primary source we know they have not fully tapped into yet.
“So, we will continue to supply New York with every single thing they need,” Giroir continued. “The stockpile is moving, masks are moving, ventilators are moving.”