De Blasio joined Cuomo in criticizing the stimulus deal.
The coronavirus has compelled restaurants, malls and hotels to close in New York and tens of thousands of workers to lose their paychecks. It has also wreaked havoc on state and city coffers.
The economic slowdown is projected to cost New York State $9 billion to $15 billion in tax revenue, with the worst-case scenario putting the state in financial straits not seen since the 2008 recession.
State and city officials had hoped that Congress would soften the blow of the pandemic in the $2 trillion stimulus package that was approved this week.
But Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called the package “terrible” for New York on Wednesday. He said that only $3.1 billion was earmarked to help the state close its budget gap, a paltry sum compared with what states with far fewer confirmed virus cases and smaller budgets were slated to get.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the measure “immoral.” He said New York City would get only $1 billion, despite having a third of the country’s virus cases. He said he planned to ask President Trump, a native New Yorker, to “fix this situation.”
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said the deal’s benefits for New York included over $40 billion in unemployment insurance, grants for hospitals and funding for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, whose ridership had plummeted.
Just last week, New York State spent more than $600 million on medical supplies. The budget gap could result in a cash crunch within a few months and affect spending on education and health care.
New York City is forecasting billions in lost revenue, leading the mayor to order agencies to identify $1.3 billion in budget cuts.
A New York hospital is treating multiple patients on one ventilator.
A Manhattan hospital has begun treating multiple patients on some of its ventilators, a breakthrough that could alleviate a critical shortage of the breathing machines and help hospitals around the country respond to the expected surge of coronavirus patients.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital began so-called “ventilator sharing” this week at its Columbia University Irving Medical Center, hospital officials said.
The technique has worked in scientific studies and was used after the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting. This is believed to be the first time that it has been used as a long-term strategy.
Many of the sickest Covid-19 patients require ventilators in breathe. Generally, when patients are mechanically ventilated, a tube is placed into their windpipe, and a pump sends oxygen-rich air into their lungs.
NewYork-Presbyterian is using ventilator sharing only for two patients at a time who need similar ventilator settings. Dr. Jeremy Beitler, a pulmonary disease specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, said that each patient is still receiving the same amount of oxygen and level of care. Sharing will not immediately double ventilator access, he added, because many patients will need their own.
Schools is in session online, but homeless students are shut out.
Allia Phillips was excited to pick up an iPad from her school in Harlem last week. She did not want to miss any classes and hoped to land on the fourth-grade honor roll again.
On Monday, when New York City’s public schools began remote learning, Allia fired up the iPad at her family’s room in a homeless shelter on the Upper West Side.
And saw nothing.
“I went downstairs to find out that they don’t have any internet,” Allia’s mother said. “You’re screwing up my daughter’s education. You want to screw me up? Fine. But not my daughter’s education.”
The public school system’s switch from regular school to remote learning is leaving poor and vulnerable students behind — especially the estimated 114,000 living in shelters and unstable housing — because most shelters in the city do not have Wi-Fi available for residents and the Department of Education has not yet provided devices with built-in internet.
The department is scrambling to fix the problem, but it’s not clear how much time will be lost. The new deadline for distribution to all students was this coming Monday, but on Wednesday, the department told shelter operators that deliveries would not even begin until Monday.
Afraid of the coronavirus, he stopped driving for Uber. He died of it on Tuesday.
Anil Subba moved to New York from Nepal about 15 years ago. A hardworking, family-oriented man, he tried his hand at various types of business, including a restaurant and a jewelry shop.
Around six or seven years ago, he began driving for Uber.
In early March, Mr. Subba drove a sick passenger from Kennedy International Airport to Westchester County, relatives told The New York Post.
He grew so worried he would contract the coronavirus that he abruptly stopped picking up passengers, his family said.
Tuesday morning, Mr. Subba, 49, died at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens after having tested positive for the coronavirus, his sister, Pushpalata Subba, said in an interview.
For years, Mr. Subba called his sister every day. The last time she spoke to him was Saturday. He told her the hospital was not allowing him any visitors, including his wife, two sons and daughter.
A nephew, Tumya Subba, said, “He was friendly to everyone, and focused on his family. He was a social worker too, in our community too, he used to help other families.”
Uber’s C.E.O., Dara Khosrowshahi, said in a statement, “Our hearts go out to Anil’s loved ones and to everyone suffering during this unprecedented time.”
The Independent Drivers Guild, which represents for-hire drivers, said that drivers were exposed to dangerous conditions at airports.
“Poor federal screening and quarantine procedures at the airports put Uber, Lyft, and taxi drivers at unnecessary risk,” said Moira Muntz, a spokeswoman for the guild. “The government was telling returning travelers to go home and self-quarantine but wasn’t providing a safe way to get them home.”
Army medical workers are set to arrive in New York today.
More than 200 medical workers from an Army field hospital in Kentucky were set to deploy to New York State on Thursday to help the state battle the coronavirus outbreak.
The personnel, from the 531st Hospital Center at Fort Campbell, an Army base along the Kentucky-Tennessee border, will “provide medical support and hospital capabilities,” according to a statement.
As the outbreak worsened in New York, Governor Cuomo had asked for medical assistance from the military. Members of the National Guard have already been sent to help turn several large buildings, including the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan, into makeshift medical centers.
The Army earlier this week issued deployment orders to three of its hospital centers, sending field hospitals to Washington and New York, two of the states hardest hit by the pandemic.
One day, 13 deaths, and an overwhelmed city hospital.
In several hours on Tuesday, Dr. Ashley Bray performed chest compressions at Elmhurst Hospital Center on a woman in her 80s, a man in his 60s and a 38-year-old who reminded the doctor of her fiancé. All had tested positive for the coronavirus and had gone into cardiac arrest. All eventually died.
Elmhurst, a 545-bed public hospital in Queens, has begun transferring patients not suffering from coronavirus to other facilities as it moves toward becoming a facility dedicated entirely to the outbreak. Doctors and nurses have struggled to make do with a few dozen ventilators. Calls over a loudspeaker of “Team 700,” the code for when a patient is on the verge of death, come several times a shift. Some have died inside the emergency room while waiting for a bed.
A refrigerated truck has been stationed outside to hold the bodies of the dead. Over the past 24 hours, New York City’s public hospital system said in a statement, 13 people at Elmhurst had died.
“It’s apocalyptic,” said Dr. Bray, a general medicine resident at the hospital.
Across the city, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, hospitals are beginning to confront the kind of harrowing surge in cases that overwhelmed health care systems in China and Italy.
The city is taking down basketball hoops and closing streets to traffic.
New York City will temporarily close more than two dozens blocks to vehicles beginning Friday morning to give people more open public spaces and prevent them from crowding city parks in violation of social distancing rules.
The closings are the start of a city pilot program announced on Tuesday by Mr. de Blasio after criticism from Mr. Cuomo over the number of people congregating over the weekend.
The closed blocks are on four different stretches:
Manhattan: Park Avenue between 28th Street and 34th Street
Brooklyn: Bushwick Avenue between Johnson Avenue and Flushing Avenue
Queens: 34th Avenue between 73rd Street and 80th Street
Bronx: Grand Concourse between East Burnside Avenue and East 184th Street
The streets will close to vehicles from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Monday. Police officers will enforce social distancing of at least six feet. Traffic will still be allowed on cross streets.
Mr. de Blasio said this week that New Yorkers were “overwhelmingly” following social-distancing guidelines, even as the city has put in new regulations to address Mr. Cuomo’s concerns.
In another measure, the city is taking down basketball hoops from 80 of the city’s 1,700 basketball courts where pickup games were still being played.
“There will not be any basketball games because there will not be any basketball hoops,” Mr. de Blasio said on Wednesday.
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