WATCH LIVE: NYC Mayor de Blasio holds news conference on the coronavirus outbreak – 3/19/2020


UPDATE REMOTELY, AND WE’RE DOING THAT TO PROTECT EVERYONE AND TO SHOW NEW YORKERS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. WE’RE ALL GETTING USED TO THAT. MY FELLOW NEW YORKERS, ANYONE OUT THERE WHO’S SCARED, ANYONE WHO IS CONFUSED, ANYONE WHO FEELS LIKE WE’RE DEALING WITH SOMETHING WE HAVEN’T DEALT WITH IN OUR LIFE, YOU’RE RIGHT. I’M ALSO CONFIDENT WE CAN GET THROUGH THAT. THEY HAVE CONFIDENCE IN ALL OF THE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE CITY, THE HOSPITALS, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, MY CONFIDENCE IN THE WORKING PEOPLE IN NEW YORK CITY AND MY CONFIDENCE IN OUR GOVERNMENT COULDN’T BE STRONGER. I’M GOING TO TALK HONESTLY AND BLUNTLY ABOUT WHAT WE NEED FROM OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND HOW CRUCIAL THAT IS IN THE EQUATION. CITY OF NEW YORK IS WORKING CONSTANTLY TO PROTECT ALL OF THE PEOPLE. I KNOW THE STATE OF NEW YORK IS DOING THE SAME THING. WE ARE COORDINATED AND SHARE GOALS AND STRATEGIES, BUT WE ALL ARE WAITING FOR FEDERAL HELP THAT STILL IS NOT ARRIVING. THAT IS A CENTRAL CHALLENGE. WE HAVE TO TALK BLUNTLY ABOUT THAT, AND I WILL TODAY. BUT TO EVERYONE WHO’S DEALING WITH THIS CONFUSION, THESE CHALLENGES, I FEEL IT, MY FAMILY FEELS IT JUST LIKE YOU. WE’RE ALL TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF A NEW REALITY. WHAT I’M GOING TO TRY AND DO EVERY TIME I GIVE YOU AN UPDATE IS TELL YOU THE BLUNT TRUTH. I’M TRYING VERY HARD TO MAKE SURE I TELL YOU WHAT WE EXACTLY KNOW. WHEN WE’RE NOT SURE ABOUT SOMETHING, WE NEED TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT, TOO. IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO TELL YOU SOMETHING CERTAIN IF WE’RE NOT CERTAIN. IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO HOLD BACK THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AND IT CERTAINLY WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO SUGAR COAT THIS VERY, VERY PAINFUL REALITY. I THINK NEW YORKERS WANT REAL TALK. I THINK NEW YORKERS LIKE IT STRAIGHT, AND WE’RE GOING TO DO THAT. SO I’LL BE TALKING ABOUT SEVERAL THINGS TODAY THAT ARE REALLY PAINFUL AND TROUBLING, AND I WANT EVERYONE TO UNDERSTAND THAT. I AM NOT HERE TO GIVE YOU FALSE REASSURANCE. I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS THAT I WILL SAY THAT SHOULD CAUSE YOU TO BE CONFIDENT ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO IN THIS CITY, CONFIDENT IN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE THE FINEST HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS, THE FINEST DOCTORS AND NURSES AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN OUR HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, THE LAB TECHS, EVERYONE WHO WORKS IN OUR FACILITIES. THIS IS — THERE IS LITERALLY NO PLACE ON EARTH WITH A STRONGER AND BETTER HEALTH CARE SECTOR THAN NEW YORK CITY, NOWHERE ON EARTH. AND WE’RE GOING TO ASK OF OUR COLLEAGUES IN HEALTH CARE SO MUCH IN THESE WEEKS. THEY ARE ALREADY HEROES, BUT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO WORK IN BATTLEFIELD CONDITIONS. THEIR STRENGTH, THEIR COURAGE, THEIR RESILIENCE ARE GOING TO BE NEEDED. WE’RE ALL GOING TO BE DEPENDING ON THEM, JUST LIKE WE DEPEND ON THEIR WORK AND OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS. EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE NEEDED. EVERYONE NEEDS TO ANSWER THE CALL. EVERYONE NEEDS TO STEP UP FOR THE GOOD OF EVERYONE ELSE. BUT DESPITE MY TREMENDOUS CONFIDENCE IN OUR PEOPLE AND OUR ABILITY TO SERVE THEM, I ALSO HAVE TO BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THE EXTENT OF THIS CRISIS. IT IS UNLIKE ANYTHING WE HAVE SEEN OUTSIDE OF WAR TIME WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION ITSELF. WE CAN MAKE OBVIOUS AND POWERFUL PAINFUL PARALLELS EVEN TO THINGS LIKE 9/11, THE DAYS, WEEKS AFTER THAT, BUT THIS CRISIS IS EVEN MORE UNKNOWN IN MANY WAYS BECAUSE WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THE EXACT TRAJECTORY WE’RE ON. AND WE KNOW IT WILL REACH VERY DEEP INTO OUR COMMUNITIES. THAT IS NOT A REASON TO BE HOPELESS BY ANY STRETCH BECAUSE, REMEMBER, EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF EVIDENCE WE HAVE CONTINUES TO TELL US THAT THIS IS A DISEASE THAT FOR 80% OF THOSE INFECTED WILL HAVE VERY LITTLE IMPACT. SO I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THIS. I’LL TELL YOU A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE TOUGH AND SOBERING, BUT I ALSO WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THIS SIDE OF THE EQUATION. THERE ARE MANY NEW YORKERS WHO WILL NEVER GET THE DISEASE, MANY WHO WILL GET IT. 80% WILL GET IT AND FEEL VERY LITTLE AND EXPERIENCE VERY LITTLE, BUT THOSE 20% WHO EXPERIENCE A MUCH TOUGHER TIME WITH THIS DISEASE, PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR WHO ARE OLDER, THAT MEANS PARTICULARLY FOLKS OVER 50 AND ESPECIALLY OVER 70, AND IT MEANS THOSE OF COURSE WITH THOSE SERIOUS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WE TALK ABOUT SO OFTEN, LUNG DISEASE, HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, CANCER, AND COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEM, FOR THOSE PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY OVER 50, WE’RE WORRIED AND WE NEED THEM TO TAKE EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES. WE NEED YOU TO TAKE EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES. IF YOU’RE IN THAT CATEGORY OF PEOPLE, WE NEED YOU TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY AND WE NEED YOUR FAMILIES TO ADJUST AS WELL. YOU’RE GOING TO HEAR FROM DR. BALBOA IN A FEW MINUTES AND SHE’LL GIVE ADVICE DIRECTLY TO NEW YORKERS IN LIGHT OF AN EVER GROWING CRISIS, BUT I HEARD FROM A FRIEND IN BROOKLYN, FROM THE MIDWIFE COMMUNITY JUST YESTERDAY. HE SAID SOMETHING THAT I THOUGHT CAPTURED IT. HE SAID IN A VERY TIGHT KNIT, EXTENDED FAMILY OVER DECADES AND DECADES IT WOULD HAVE BEEN UNIMAGINABLE TO KEEP HIS OLDER PARENTS AWAY FROM THEIR GRANDCHILDREN, BUT HE SAID NOW HE UNDERSTANDS BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS THAT HIS OLDER PARENTS, WHO HAVE VULNERABILITIES OF THEIR OWN, THEY HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO VISIT WITH THEIR GRANDCHILDREN BECAUSE WE JUST CAN’T RUN THAT RISK. IT’S TIME FOR GETTING ON THE PHONE TO YOUR LOVED ONES. IT’S TIME FOR GETTING ON FACETIME, BUT IT’S TIME TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS THAT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN IMAGINABLE IN OTHER SITUATIONS BECAUSE WE’VE NEVER DEALT WITH THIS BEFORE. THIS IS LITERALLY UNLIKE ANYTHING WE HAVE SEEN IN OUR MEMORY. IT WILL NOT BE THE SAME AS THE 1918 FLU EPIDEMIC BECAUSE, FOR ONE THING, THE HEALTH CARE CAPACITY OF THIS CITY AND THIS NATION ARE TREMENDOUSLY BETTER. PUBLIC HEALTH ABILITY, THE INFORMATION FLOW, IT’S NIGHT AND DAY COMPARED TO 100 YEARS AGO, BUT IN TERMS OF THE EXTENT, THAT’S THE ONLY OTHER PARALLEL WE CAN MAKE IN TERMS OF RECENT HEALTH CARE HISTORY. THAT IT’S GOING TO BE AN EPIDEMIC, A PANDEMIC THAT REACHES DEEP INTO OUR COMMUNITIES. WE’VE GOT TO BE HONEST ABOUT THAT. WE’VE GOT TO MAKE MORE CHANGES IN THE WAY WE LIVE. WE’VE GOT TO DO THINGS WE WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO. I ALSO WANT TO EMPHASIZE, THIS IS A CRISIS THAT HAS AN END POINT. AS I SAID, IT WILL PLAY OUT IN UNPREDICTABLE WAYS AND IT WILL PLAY OUT FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, AND THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT FROM SOME OTHER THINGS WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH, AND IT WILL GO ON FOR MONTHS, BUT IT WILL NOT GO ON FOREVER. AT SOME POINT IN THE COMING MONTHS THIS CRISIS WILL START TO ABATE AND WE’LL BE ABLE TO START THE WORK OF GETTING OUR LIVES BACK TO NORMAL AND GETTING OUR CITY BACK TO ALL THE THINGS ABOUT IT THAT WE LOVE SO MUCH. BUT IT WILL BE MONTHS. SO IT WILL BE A LONG BATTLE. I DON’T THINK IT SERVES ANYONE TO BE TOLD, GET READY FOR SOMETHING EASY. I THINK IT IS MUCH BETTER TO TELL PEOPLE TO GET READY FOR SOMETHING THAT WILL GO ON FOR A LONG TIME AND WILL BE DIFFICULT AND HAVE CONFIDENCE WE CAN GET THROUGH IT. THAT’S WHAT I TRULY BELIEVE. THE NUMBERS I’LL GO OVER WITH YOU TODAY ARE NOTHING SHORT OF STAGGERING, BUT THEY ARE NOT JUST NUMBERS. I’LL TELL YOU STATISTICS THAT I HAVE TROUBLE EVEN CONCEIVING OF MYSELF. I DON’T WANT YOU TO THINK OF THEM AS STATISTICS, I WANT YOU TO THINK OF THEM AS YOUR FELLOW NEW YORKERS. EVERY NUMBER MEANS ANOTHER PERSON HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS DISEASE, ANOTHER FAMILY, AND THAT’S WHAT I FEEL. WE’RE WATCHING A CRISIS THAT IS REALLY, REALLY AFFECTING THE LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE AND PUTTING A LOT OF PEOPLE IN DANGER. SO I’LL TELL YOU THE HONEST TRUTH, AND I’LL GO OUT OF MY WAY IN THE WEEKS AHEAD TO ALWAYS LEVEL WITH YOU, BUT I’LL ALSO TELL YOU WHAT WE CAN DO, AND THAT’S A LOT. AND I WILL BE VERY HONEST ABOUT WHAT WE NEED OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO BECAUSE I HAVE TO BE CLEAR WITH YOU, WE ALONE, EVEN IF WE’RE THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD, AND WE ARE, WE ALONE CANNOT SOLVE THIS CRISIS. NOW I NEED PEOPLE TO HEAR THAT NOT TO CREATE FEAR BUT TO LEVEL WITH PEOPLE. IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WITH THE EXTRAORDINARY RESOURCES IN NEW YORK CITY, WE WILL FIGHT THIS BATTLE NO MATTER WHAT. BUT AS WE GET INTO APRIL, THE FARTHER WE GET INTO APRIL, THE MORE WE WILL NEED THE HELP OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT MUST ARRIVE IN TIME, AND THERE IS TIME FOR THAT HELP TO ARRIVE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT DO ALL IN ITS POWER IMMEDIATELY. IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THIS. THERE WILL BE A LOT MORE PEOPLE WHO GET SICK WHO DIDN’T NEED TO GET SICK AND PEOPLE WHO WILL DIE WHO DIDN’T NEED TO DIE. IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. SO WE NEED TO ACT NOW. AND I KNOW OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS THE CAPACITY WITH THE FINEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD, THE LARGEST BY FAR. EXTRAORDINARY RESOURCES UNLIKE THE CITY OR THE STATE. I ALWAYS SAY IT VERY BLUNTLY. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LITERALLY PRINTS MONEY. THEY CAN CREATE ANY CREDIT LINE THEY WANT TO SAVE THE LIVES OF AMERICANS, BUT WE ARE NOT SEEING THAT, NOT EVEN CLOSE AT THIS POINT. SO I’LL GO INTO SOME VERY SPECIFIC INFORMATION NOW, THEN YOU’LL HEAR FROM DR. BARBO AND WE’RE DOING THIS REMOTELY. WE’LL TRY AND GET IT RIGHT, BUT IT MAY BE A LITTLE DIFFICULT THE FIRST TIME, BUT PLEASE BEAR WITH US AS WE TRY AND PERFECT THIS NEW SYSTEM. THIS IS SOMETHING WE’LL BE HAVING TO DO FOR QUITE A WHILE TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE. I’VE GIVEN YOU A FRAMEWORK TO THINK ABOUT THE SITUATION WITH, AND I’LL BE UPDATING YOU REGULARLY. BUT, AGAIN, IT WILL NOT ALL BE BAD NEWS. IT OFTEN WILL BE TOUGH INFORMATION TO HEAR, BUT NOT ALL OF IT IS BAD. IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS FIGHT WE HAVE THE EXTRAORDINARY HEART AND SOUL AND SPIRIT OF NEW YORKERS, AND HERE IS AN EXAMPLE FOR YOU. JUST ON TUESDAY I PUT OUT A CALL TO RETIRED HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND THOSE WHO WORK IN PRIVATE HEALTH CARE OFFICES TO COME FORWARD AND JOIN UP TO SERVE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS. I ASKED PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY GIVEN SO MUCH OF THEIR LIVES TO OTHERS TO STEP FORWARD AND TO COME OUT OF RETIREMENT. I ASKED PEOPLE WHO ARE EARNING A LIVING AND ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO JOIN PUBLIC SERVICE, I ASKED THEM TO JOIN NONETHELESS IN THE NAME OF ALL NEW YORKERS. THAT WAS TUESDAY. TODAY, THURSDAY, AS OF TODAY 1,746 HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS HAVE STEPPED FORWARD TO AUGMENT THE RANKS OF THOSE ALREADY SERVING AT THE FRONT LINE IN OUR HOSPITALS AND CLINICS. THAT’S SOMETHING ALL NEW YORKERS SHOULD BE VERY, VERY PROUD OF, AND I AM CERTAIN THOSE NUMBERS WILL GROW. THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT MOMENTS IN NEW YORK CITY HISTORY. I ASK EVERYONE WHO HAS HEALTH CARE TRAINING AND WHO CAN HELP US TO PLEASE STEP FORWARD NOW AND ANYONE WHO’S WILLING TO VOLUNTEER, PLEASE GO TO NYC.GOV/HELPNOWNY C. NYC.GOV/HELPNOWNY C. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY TREMENDOUS GRATITUDE ON BEHALF OF 8.6 MILLION NEW YORKERS, TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE COME FORWARD AND ALREADY TO SERVE TO PROTECT ALL OF US. AND WHAT YOU ARE SEEING FROM THOSE RETIRED HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND THOSE PRIVATE SECTOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS YOU’RE SEEING IN MANY OTHER WAYS. EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS OF OUR COLLEAGUES IN OUR PUBLIC HOSPITALS AND CLINICS AND ALL OF THOSE IN THE VOLUNTARY HOSPITALS. THE FIRST RESPONDERS, THE ENVY OF THE NATION, ALL THAT THEY ARE DOING TO PROTECT US. OUR SOCIAL SERVICE WORKERS WHO ARE HELPING PEOPLE THROUGH ALL OF THE CHALLENGES THEY’RE CONFRONTING NOW. OUR SANITATION WORKERS WHO ARE DOING ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL WORK TO KEEP THIS CITY CLEAN WHILE WE ENCOUNTER A HEALTH CARE CRISIS. ON MONDAY I TALKED ABOUT A VERY VALIANT, NOBLE GROUP OF WORKERS, SCHOOL CLEANERS AND CUSTODIANS AND FOOD SERVICE WORKERS WHO WENT TO SCHOOL TO MAKE SURE KIDS HAD MEALS EVEN THOUGH SCHOOL WAS NOT IN SESSION. THOSE WORKERS SHOWED UP AT THEIR POSTS TO HELP OUR CHILDREN HAVE ENOUGH FOOD TO EAT. I WANT TO THANK OUR SCHOOL SAFETY AGENTS AND FOOD SERVICE MANAGERS, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF TEAMSTERS LOCAL 237 WHO HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL, STOOD UP TO HELP OUR CHILDREN AND THOSE FAMILIES WHO NEED FOOD. I WANT TO THANK OUR SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS WHO HAVE BEEN PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN WHO WENT TO GET FOOD. WE’RE GOING TO KEEP TALKING FROM NOW ON ABOUT ALL THOSE WHO ARE STANDING UP, UNAFRAID, WILLING TO FIGHT, WILLING TO HELP OTHERS. I SAY UNAFRAID. THAT’S NOT TO SAY THEY’RE NOT HUMAN BEINGS, THEY’RE NOT WORRIED LIKE THE REST OF US, BUT I SAY UNAFRAID BECAUSE THEY SHOWED UP, THEY STOOD UP, THEY DID THE RIGHT THING TO HELP OTHERS AND I THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THAT. AGAIN, ALL I ASK OF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO BE AS GOOD AS THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. LOOK AT THESE EVERYDAY NEW YORKERS THAT I’VE MENTIONED TO YOU, AND THESE ARE JUST THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS WHO ARE ALL AT THEIR POSTS DOING WHAT IS NEEDED. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF STORIES EVERY DAY OF NEW YORKERS HELPING EACH OTHER OUT. I’VE CALLED ON NEW YORKERS TO HELP THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIVES, YOUR NEIGHBORS, THOSE YOU WORSHIP WITH, THOSE WHO LIVE ON YOUR BLOCK, YOUR BUILDING, MIGHT BE DISABLED, HAVE A SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITION, OR SENIORS WHO CAN’T GET AROUND SO WELL, HELP THEM OUT, HELP THEM WITH THE GROCERIES, GET THE MEDICINES THEY NEED. WE’VE BEEN GETTING WONDERFUL STORIES FROM ALL OVER THE CITY, NEW YORKERS STEPPING UP, MAKING THINGS HAPPEN RIGHT THERE WHERE THE NEED IS GREATEST. THERE’S SO MANY PEOPLE HELPING EACH OTHER RIGHT NOW. AGAIN, I’M JUST ASKING OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO ITS JOB. HELP ALL OF US. AND THAT’S EVENTUALLY GOING TO BE THIS WHOLE COUNTRY. IT’S NEW YORK CITY TODAY, IT’S PLACES LIKE SEATTLE, BUT WE CERTAINLY SAW WHAT HAPPENED IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY. MAKE NO MISTAKE, IT WILL EVENTUALLY BE EVERYWHERE. SO OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO RIGHT NOW GO WHERE THE NEED IS GREATEST, AND THERE IS NO PLACE WHERE THE NEED IS GREATEST THAN NEW YORK STATE AND NEW YORK CITY. OF COURSE I AM HEARTENED THAT THE CONGRESS PASSED AN INITIAL RELIEF BILL, BUT INITIAL IS THE KEY WORD. IT IS A SMALL BEGINNING. IT’S FAR FROM WHAT WE NEED. I NEVER LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH, BUT I CAN SAY WITH ASSURANCE THAT THE FIRST STEP TAKEN BY CONGRESS IS JUST A SMALL FIRST STEP AND WE NEED A HUGE STIMULUS RELIEF BILL IMMEDIATELY THAT PUTS MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST SO MUCH. HELPS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS KEEP GOING AND DOING THE WORK WE DO AND REALLY RESPONDS TO THE REALITY ON THE GROUND, PARTICULARLY IN PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TO SO MANY PEOPLE. RIGHT NOW THE UNITED STATES HEALTH CARE ISN’T WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE. BUT I DO THANK THE HOUSE AND SENATE FOR THE ACTION THEY TOOK. I AM VERY THANKFUL TO THE UNITED STATES MILITARY FOR SENDING THE SHIP THAT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR, THE “USNS COMFORT” WHICH IS A 1,000 BED FLOATING HOSPITAL AND WILL BE CRUCIAL TO OUR EFFORTS IN THIS CITY AND STATE TO PROTECT PEOPLE. THE MILITARY, AS I’VE SAID, I HAVE NO DOUBT IN MY MIND, STANDS READY TO DO ALL NECESSARY TO HELP THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS. I JUST WISH THEY WOULD GET THE ORDER AND THEY HAVE NOT GOTTEN THAT ORDER. PRESIDENT TRUMP, I WILL ONLY SAY TO THE PRESIDENT, I DON’T UNDERSTAND. I THINK THERE ARE MILLIONS AND TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW. YOU ARE NOT USING THE TOOLS OF YOUR OFFICE. THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST EMERGENCIES OUR NATION HAS FACED IN GENERATIONS. EVERY TALL MUST BE BROUGHT TO BEAR. FOR SOME REASON YOU CONTINUE TO HESITATE. I SAID IT NOT TO BE FLIP BUT TO NOTE THE HISTORIC PARALLEL. PRESIDENT TRUMP, RIGHT NOW, YOU ARE THE HERBERT HOOVER OF YOUR GENERATION. YOU ARE WATCHING AND WAITING AND MISSING EVERY CHANCE TO BE BOLD AND TO ACT TO PROTECT OUR NATION. HERBERT HOOVER’S SUCCESSOR, FRANKLIN DELL NOR ROOSEVELT, DETERMINED THAT OUR NATION NEEDED URGENT AND IMMEDIATE ACTION AND CREATED THE NEW DEAL AND TRANSFORMED THE PEOPLE AND TRANSFORMED THE COUNTRY LITERALLY. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOT DOING THAT NOW FOR REASONS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY INEXPLICABLE TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF US, BUT THERE’S STILL TIME. NOT MUCH, BUT THERE’S STILL TIME. THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY INVOKED THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THE PRESIDENT WAITED UNTIL MARCH 18th TO INVOKE THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT, WHICH HAS BEEN USED REPEATEDLY IN DECADES. SEEMS TO ME GIVEN WHAT WE KNEW ABOUT THIS CRISIS, GIVEN THAT THE CITY OF NEW YORK HELD ITS FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE OUR STEPS ON CORONAVIRUS ON JANUARY 24th, I THINK THE PRESIDENT COULD HAVE INVOKED THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT IN FEBRUARY OR EVEN JANUARY, BUT HE’S FINALLY DONE IT. AND WE KNOW THE HISTORY THAT THAT AUTHORIZATION ALLOWS FOR MASSIVE ACTIONS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE COMPANIES ARE PRODUCING NEEDED GOODS AND THAT THEY GET TO WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED MOST. HOWEVER, THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT ORDERED ANY OF THOSE SUBSEQUENT ACTIONS, AND THIS MUST CHANGE IMMEDIATELY. FLEW THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT THE PRESIDENT CAN AUTHORIZE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO ORDER MANUFACTURERS TO PROVIDE MATERIALS AND SERVICES AND TO USE THEIR PRIVATE FACILITIES FOR MANUFACTURING NEEDED ITEMS. THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED. WE HAVE NOT SEEN THE ORDER FROM THE PRESIDENT ENSURING MAXIMUM 24/7 PRODUCTION OF ALL ITEMS NEEDED BY OUR HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY, AND I WOULD SAY IT VERY PLAINLY. EVERY FACTORY IN AMERICA THAT CAN BE CONVERTED TO HEALTH CARE PRODUCTION, TO THE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES THAT OUR VALIANT HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS NEED, AND THEY WILL NEED EVEN MORE IN THE COMING MONTHS, EVERY SUCH FACTORY SHOULD BE ORDERED ON A FULL PRODUCTION BASIS ON A LEVEL PRIORITIZED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND THEN THOSE GOODS MUST BE DISTRIBUTED. THEY CANNOT BE DISTRIBUTED IN A BUSINESS AS USUAL MANNER BECAUSE, AS I SAID, HERE IN NEW YORK CITY WE ARE TWO WEEKS OR THREE WEEKS AWAY FROM RUNNING OUT OF THE SUPPLIES WE NEED MOST FOR OUR HOSPITALS. THE ONLY WAY THOSE SUPPLIES CAN BE PROVIDED IN TIME IS THROUGH THE FULL MOBILIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. AT THIS POINT THERE’S NEVER BEEN A GREATER NO BRAINER IN THE HISTORY OF THE REPUBLIC. HOW ON EARTH IS THE FINEST MILITARY ON EARTH BEING LEFT ON THE SIDELINES? THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, AND I GUARANTEE YOU, GO INTERVIEW OUR GENERALS AND OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN THE MILITARY. GO INTERVIEW THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SOLDIER AND ASK THEM IF THEY STAND READY TO GET THE SUPPLIES NEEDED TO NEW YORK CITY AND THE OTHER PARTS OF THIS NATION THAT ARE IN SUCH DANGER RIGHT NOW. I GUARANTEE YOU TO A ONE, THAT IS EXACTLY WHY THEY ARE PART OF OUR ARMED FORCES AND THEY WOULD NOT ONLY AWAIT THE ORDER, THEY WOULD WELCOME THE ORDER. BUT THAT ORDER HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN BY OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND IT IS BEYOND COMPREHENSION. IT IS IMMORAL THAT OUR PRESIDENT HAS NOT ORDERED OUR MILITARY TO FULL MOBILIZATION BECAUSE THIS IS THE GREAT THREAT TO OUR NATION. WE HAVE ARMED FORCES OVER SEAS WHO ARE PROTECTING US AGAINST TERRORISM AND FOREIGN THREATS, BUT RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A DOMESTIC THREAT ON A LEVEL WE HAVE NEVER SEEN IN DECADES. OUR MILITARY IS THE ONLY ANSWER AT THIS POINT, AND IF WE EXPECT THOSE GOODS THAT ARE PRODUCED THAT WE NEED FOR OUR HOSPITALS TO GET THERE IN TIME, THERE’S ONLY ONE ORGANIZATION THAT CAN GUARANTEE THAT, AND THAT IS THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. WHEN WILL PRESIDENT TRUMP GIVE THE ORDER? THAT IS MY QUESTION, WHEN WILL HE GIVE THE ORDER? WHY IS HE HESITATING? PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING NOW AND THEY WILL BE SUFFERING SO MUCH MORE IN THE MONTH OF APRIL, AND THE PRESIDENT GIVES HIMSELF AN A GRADE AND HE CONGRATULATES HIMSELF AND YET HE WILL NOT ACT IN THE WAY WE NEED IT MOST. THIS IS PATENTLY UNACCEPTABLE. OUR MILITARY ALSO IN ADDITION TO THEIR EXTRAORDINARY LOGISTICAL CAPACITY, OUR MILITARY HAS THE ABILITY TO BRING EXCEPTIONAL MEDICAL PERSONNEL DIRECTLY TO WHEREVER THE NEED IS GREATEST. OUR HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP HERE IN THE CITY HAS MADE CLEAR THAT SUPPLIES AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ARE A DEEP CONCERN. PHYSICAL CAPACITY TO BUILD OUT EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF NEW HEALTH CARE ABILITIES AND BEDS IS CRUCIAL, BUT THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IS PERSONNEL. WE’RE GOING TO NEED ALL THE PEOPLE I’VE SPOKEN ABOUT PREVIOUSLY TO DO ALL THEY CAN DO, BUT THEY CAN’T DO IT ALONE. IN OUR MILITARY OUR EXTRAORDINARY TRAINED PROFESSIONALS USED TO DEALING WITH THE MOST DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES, AND YET THEE ARE AT THEIR BASES RIGHT NOW ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY. THEY ARE NOT AT THE FRONT. THE FRONT IS HERE IN NEW YORK CITY. LET’S BE VERY CLEAR. THIS IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR, AND THE FRONT IS RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK CITY. HOW ON EARTH ARE SOME OF THE FINEST MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS IN THIS NATION WHO SERVE THIS NATION, WHY HAVE THEY NOT BEEN ACTIVATED AND SENT TO NEW YORK CITY AND NEW YORK STATE AND CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON STATE WHERE THEY COULD BE HELPING RIGHT NOW? WE NEED THEM. WE NEED EVERYTHING THE MILITARY CAN BRING TO BEAR. I’VE SENT TWO LETTERS THIS WEEK, AND I’LL BE SENDING MANY MORE, TRYING TO GET ACTION. AND LETTERS ARE JUST A WAY OF MAKING 100% CLEAR OF WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. THIS LETTER TO SECRETARY ALEX AZAR AND SECRETARY ROBERT WILKE, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, THIS LAYS OUT VERY CLEARLY OUR REQUEST THAT THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FACILITIES IN THIS CITY, ALL AVAILABLE BEDS, ALL AVAILABLE MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN OUR VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FACILITIES BE ACTIVATED IMMEDIATELY TO SERVE IN THE CAUSE OF FIGHTING THE CORONAVIRUS. WE KNOW FOR A FACT THAT OUR VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FACILITIES HAVE EXCESS CAPACITY AND WE KNOW WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A NATIONAL CRISIS. I SNOW, AGAIN, THAT THE MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN THESE FACILITIES STAND READY TO HELP, BUT THEY NEED THE ORDER FROM THESE TWO SECONDS SO THEY CAN PROVIDE MAXIMUM SUPPORT. I SENT THIS LETTER TO SECRETARY AZAR OF HHS DELINEATING THE SUPPLY REQUEST AGAIN. THIS IS ONE OF MANY REQUESTS WE HAVE MADE, BUT I’M DOING IT VERY PUBLICLY. WE’LL PUT THIS ONLINE FOR EVERYONE TO SEE. HERE ARE THE SUPPLIES THAT MUST BE PROVIDED TO NEW YORK CITY EARLY IN APRIL FOR US TO ENSURE THAT OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE, CAN BEAR THE BRUNT OF THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AND SERVE OUR PEOPLE. WE NEED 3 MILLION N-95 MASKS. WE NEED 50 MILLION SURGICAL MASKS. WE NEED 15,000 VENTILATORS. AND 25 MILLION EACH OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, WHICH OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS WOULD USE DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION, SURGICAL GOWNS, COVERALS, GLOVES, FACEMASKS. WE NEED THESE IN GREAT NUMBERS. THEY MAY SOUND LIKE DAUNTING NUMBERS AT FIRST, BUT GIVEN THE EXTRAORDINARY PRODUCTION CAPACITY OF THIS COUNTRY, THEY ARE VERY MUCH ACHIEVABLE IF OUR NATION IS PUT ON A WAR FOOTING AND OUR PRESIDENT USES THE POWERS HE ALREADY HAS TO COORDINATE AND TO PRIORITIZE THROUGH THE PRIVATE SECTOR THE PRODUCTION WE NEED. THAT’S THE KIND OF LEVEL OF PRODUCTION WE NEED. THOSE SPECIFIC SUPPLIES WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT HEALTH CARE IN NEW YORK CITY CAN CONTINUE ON THE LEVEL WE NEED TO FIGHT THIS CRISIS. OUR SENIOR SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER HAS PUT FORWARD A STRONG IDEA. IT’S CALLED A NEW MARSHALL PLAN. IT’S A MARSHALL PLAN FOR OUR HOSPITALS. HE’S USING ONE OF THE GREAT EXAMPLES IN HISTORY, THE MARSHALL PLAN WHICH LITERALLY REBUILT THE EUROPEAN CONTINENT THAT HAD BEEN LEFT IN RUINS AFTER THE WAR. AND RE-ESTABLISHED A THRIVING ECONOMY. . THE ORIGINAL MARSHALL PLAN MADE THE UNITED STATES THE ENVY OF THE WORLD AND TREMENDOUS GRATITUDE FOR OUR NATION ALL OVER THE GLEEB. AND THAT WAS AT A TIME WHEN WE HAD A LOT LESS TECHNOLOGY AND MANY DISADVANTAGES JUST HAVING COME OUT OF WAR OURSELVES. SENATOR SCHUMER’S RIGHT, IT’S THE RIGHT ATTITUDE. IT’S THE RIGHT APPROACH. A MARSHALL PLAN FOR OUR HOSPITALS, FOR THE ENTIRE NATION WOULD INVOLVE MASSIVE NEW INVESTMENTS TO SUPPORT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT ALREADY ARE DOING SO MUCH TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS AND THAT ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE CHALLENGE IN SO MANY WAYS. TO STRENGTHEN AND BUILD OUT OUR HEALTH CARE WORK FORCE. IT WOULD INVOLVE MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN OUR STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE AND OUR CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND IT WOULD ALLOW FOR THE LARGE SCALE INFRASTRUCTURE WE NEED TO FIGHT THIS EXTENDED WAR. SO I WANT TO THANK SENATOR SCHUMER, AND I ASK ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO INCLUDE SENATOR SCHUMER’S PLAN IN THE UPCOMING LEGISLATION YOU PASS. THAT I HATE TO GIVE BUT I NEED TO ABOUT THE OVERALL SITUATION. I WILL SAY WE WILL ATTEMPT TO GIVE NEW YORKERS CONSTANT UPDATES, INCLUDING ONES WE WISH WE DIDN’T HAVE TO GIVE. ANYONE WHO NEEDS AN UPDATE CAN GO TO NYC.GOV/ CORONAVIRUS. WE ARE SEEING AN EXPLOSION IN THE NUMBER OF CASES HERE IN NEW YORK CITY. I WILL BE CLEAR THAT PART OF THAT IS THAT WE FINALLY HAVE MORE EXTENSIVE TESTING GOING ON. WE HAVE NOWHERE NEAR THE AMOUNT OF TESTING THAT WE SHOULD IDEALLY HAVE. WE HAVE NOWHERE NEAR THE AMOUNT OF TESTING WE SHOULD HAVE HAD WEEKS AGO TO GET AHEAD OF THIS CRISIS. NOWHERE NEAR THE AMOUNT OF TESTING THAT A PLACE LIKE SOUTH KOREA HAD AND THEY WERE ABLE TO USE TESTING AS A POWERFUL PART OF A STRATEGY TO BEAT BACK THE CORONAVIRUS. WE ARE STILL FAR FROM WHERE WE SHOULD BE. BUT WE HAVE A LOT MORE TESTING THAN WE USED TO HAVE. IT’S NATURAL AS YOU HAVE MORE TESTING, YOU WILL SEE NUMBERS GROW SIMPLY BECAUSE THE LARGER REALE REALITY IS BEING CAPTURED. THIS NUMBER IS NONETHELESS VERY, VERY PAINFUL. I WILL TELL YOU THAT THE CITY OF NEW YORK WILL BE EVERY DAY AT 10:00 A.M. AND 6:00 P.M. PUTTING TOGETHER OUR NUMBERS AND PROVIDING UPDATES AS WE ARE READY ONCE THEY ARE CONFIRMED. SO BASED ON THE UPDATE FROM 10:00 A.M. TODAY, WHICH IS DIFFERENT FROM THE STATE’S UPDATE WHICH CAME FROM LAST NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT. SO THIS IS AGAIN A DIFFERENT NUMBER THAN THE STATE HAD FOR THE CITY, DIFFERENT NUMBER BECAUSE IT IS TEN HOURS DIFFERENT. THIS WILL SHOW YOU HOW FAST THIS CRISIS IS GROWING. AT THIS POINT, NEW YORK CITY BASED ON THE 10:00 A.M. NUMBER, 3,615 CONFIRMED CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN NEW YORK CITY. AGAIN, EACH OF THOSE A HUMAN BEING AND A FAMILY REPRESENTED. THAT NUMBER IS UNDOUBTEDLY GONE UP SINCE 10:00 A.M. IT’S A PAINFUL, DISTRESSING NUMBER. I ALSO HAVE TO REPORT ANOTHER EVEN MORE PAINFUL NUMBER, THERE HAVE BEEN 22 DEATHS NOW IN NEW YORK CITY DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS. THE BREAKOUT BY BOROUGH. IN QUEENS, 980 CASES, BROOKLYN 1,030, BRONX 463, STATEN ISLAND, 165 CASES. I’M GOING TO GO THROUGH SOME SPECIFIC ISSUES BEFORE I TURN TO DR. BARBO. I WILL GO QUICK HERE. UNFORTUNATELY, WE CAN REPORT THAT WE HAVE THE FIRST INSTANCE OF AN INMATE ON RIKERS ISLAND TESTING POSITIVE. INMATE IS INDIVIDUAL IN HIS EARLY 30s. THANKFULLY AT THIS MOMENT HEALTH-WISE IS DOING OKAY. IS IN ISOLATION. HAS BEEN MOVED TO OUR COMMUNICABLE DISEASE UNIT ON RIKERS ISLAND. THIS INMATE WAS IN A HOUSING UNIT WITH OTHER INMATES, ALL HAVE BEEN CHECKED FOR SYMPTOMS. EIGHT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED WITH SYMPTOMS AND MOVED ALSO TO ISOLATION IN THE COMMUNICABLE DISEASE UNIT. QUESTION CAME UP ABOUT THOSE IN INCARCERATED AND IF ANYONE SHOULD BE RELEASED BECAUSE OF HEALTH VULNERABILITIES AND BECAUSE OF THEIR STATUS PUT THEM AT LOW RISK OF REOFFENDING OR BEING ANY KIND OF THREAT. AT THIS POINT, THIS IS AN ONGOING EFFORT. IT WILL GO AS WE REVIEW MORE CASES. CASES ARE BEING REVIEWED BY THE NYPD AND MAYOR’S OFFICE. AS THEY REACH AGREEMENT, WE START THE PROCESS TO RELEASE THEM. 40 INMATES HAVE BEEN PUT ON THE LIST. WE ARE AWAITING SIGN-OFF, DEPENDING ON THE CASE FROM THE RELEVANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND/OR THE STATE OF NEW YORK. WE INTEND TO BEGIN RELEASES AS EARLY AS TODAY ONCE WE HAVE THAT SIGN-OFF. WE WILL CONTINUE REVIEWING OTHER CASES. AN UPDATE ON TESTING AVAILABILITY. AS WE SAID A FEW DAYS AGO, THE HEALTH AND HOSPITAL SYSTEM IS GREATLY INCREASED ITS TESTING CAPACITY. THERE ARE TEN NEW SITES AT HOSPITAL S, AND THESE SITES WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO SERVE APPROXIMATELY 150 PEOPLE PER DAY, EIGHT — I’M GOING TO EMPHASIZE — THROUGHOUT, I KNOW WE WILL GET THIS QUESTION CONSTANTLY AND REITERATING, ON A PRIORITY BASIS, RESERVATION. EVERYTHING MUST BE FOCUSED ON THOSE IN GREATEST NEED. EVERYTHING WILL BE DONE ON A RESERVATION BASIS. PEOPLE WALK UP OR DRIVE UP WITHOUT A RESERVATION CANNOT BE TESTED. WE HAVE TO KEEP THE PRIORITIES TIGHT HERE. WE KEEP WORKING EVERY DAY TO TRY AND EXPAND THE AMOUNT OF TESTING TO REACH AS FAR AS WE CAN. TEN SITES WILL SERVE 150 PEOPLE PER DAY, APPROXIMATELY, INITIALLY. AGAIN, IN EVERY CASE WE WILL LOOK TO INCREASE THE NUMBERS AS MUCH AS WE CAN. EIGHT ARE OPEN AT BELLEVIEW, ELMHURST, KINGS, LINCOLN, WOODHULL AND QUEENS HOSPITALS. TWO WILL OPEN AT CONEY ISLAND AND JACOBY. THERE ARE SEVEN NEW SITES AT GOTHAM CLINIC. THEY CAN DO 50 TO 75 PEOPLE PER DAY. ALL WILL BE OPEN THIS WEEK. THEY INCLUDE CUMBERLAND, EAST NEW YORK, MORRISANIA AND ZANDERBILT. FOUR NEW TESTING CENTERS, EACH WILL SERVE AND TEST 100 PEOPLE PER DAY APPROXIMATELY, TWO ARE OPEN AT CONEY ISLAND AND JACOBY, TWO COMING UP SHORTLY AT KINGS COUNTY AND QUEENS HOSPITAL. THIS IS ALL SEPARATE FROM THE STATE OPERATED DRIVE-THRU CENTER IN STATEN ISLAND AND SEPARATE FROM THE FIVE NEW TESTING CENTERS THAT ARE COMING SOON IN COORDINATION WITH FEMA THAT WILL BE SET UP IN NEW YORK CITY. WE WILL HAVE DETAILS ON THAT AS THEY GET SOLIDIFIED. ALL APPOINTMENT ONLY, ALL PRIORITIZING OF THE SICKEST AND MOST VULNERABLE REMEMBERING THAT 80% OF ALL CORONAVIRUS CASES WILL BE MILD. THANK GOD FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THEM. AGAIN, IF YOU ARE YOUNGER THAN 50 AND YOU DON’T HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, THOSE ARE EXACTLY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING THROUGH OVERWHELMINGLY PRETTY WELL THROUGH THIS CHALLENGE. WE WANT THOSE PEOPLE ESPECIALLY, IF YOU GET SICK, TO STAY HOME AND WAIT THREE OR FOUR DAYS TO SEE IF YOUR SYMPTOMS GET BETTER OR WORSE. ONLY IF THEY GET WORSE DO YOU CALL THE DOCTOR AT THAT POINT. IN TERMS OF OUR BUSINESSES, I WANT TO THANK ALL THE RESTAURANT OWNERS, BAR OWNERS, CAFE OWNERS, PEOPLE WHO WORK THERE. YOU HAVE BEEN PUT THROUGH SO MUCH. I’M SORRY FOR THAT. THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT HAD TO BE DONE FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE IN NEW YORK CITY. THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY GREAT INSTANCES OF PEOPLE WHO OWN THE ESTABLISHMENTS WORKING WITH THE NEW RULES, KEEPING THOSE TAKEOUT AND DELIVERY OPTIONS GOING. TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR WORKERS. WE UNDERSTAND WHAT A STRAIN THAT IS. WE UNDERSTAND THERE HAVE BEEN REAL LAYOFFS. IT’S VERY, VERY SAD. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU ARE TRYING TO DO TO KEEP GETTING PEOPLE FOOD WHO NEED IT AND KEEP YOUR BUSINESSES ALIVE TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY. I WANT TO NOTE FOR ALL THOSE WHO DOUBTED THE ABILITY OF NEW YORKERS TO DEAL WITH THIS NEW DYNAMIC, OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS, WE HAVE SENT OUT THE NYPD, DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO ENFORCE, TO ENSURE THAT RESTAURANTS, BARS, THAT SERVE FOOD, WERE CLOSING AT THE APPROPRIATE HOUR, NOT ALLOWING CUSTOMERS TO DINE IN. WE HAVE SEEN OVERWHELMING COMPLIANCE BY THOSE WHO OWN AND WORK IN THESE ESTABLISHMENTS. THERE HAVE BEEN — AS OF YESTERDAY, I BELIEVE THIS NUMBER IS 8,150 INSPECTIONS THAT YIELDED ONLY SIX VIOLATIONS. THAT’S ABOUT AS CLOSE TO PERFECT AS IT GETS IN HUMAN LIFE. I REALLY WANT TO THANK EVERYONE AND THANK THESE INSPECTORS WHO ARE DOING SUCH IMPORTANT WORK TO ENSURE EVERYONE IS SAFE BY AVOIDING SOCIAL DISTANCING THAT GOES WITH WHAT WE USED TO KNOW AS SOCIAL LIFE ONLY A FEW DAYS AGO, HELPING PEOPLE NOT CONTINUE THE HABITS WE USED TO HAVE THAT UNFORTUNATELY ONLY LED TO THE SPREAD OF THIS DISEASE. THESE INSPECTORS ARE DOING SUCH IMPORTANT WORK. I WANT TO THANK THEM ALL. ON TELECOMMUTING, STATE ISSUED A NEW GUIDANCE WHICH I APPROVE OF 100%. TAKING 75% THE NUMBER OF WORKERS WHO SHOULD BE OUT OF THEIR OFFICES, EVEN FOR THOSE BUSINESSES THAT CONTINUE IN THEIR PHYSICAL LOCATIONS. WE ARE WORKING WITH THE STATE ON A PROPER ENRCEMENT MECHANISM. TO EVERYONE, IF YOU STILL ARE NOT YET TELECOMMUTING, YOU MUST. IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. WE NEED EVERY EMPLOYER TO UNDERSTAND THAT. ANY EMPLOYEE WHO STILL HAS TO GO TO A WORK SITE AND IS NOT AN ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEE, PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA HOW YOU COULD TELECOMMUTE OR SOME ALTERNATIVE, TALK TO YOUR EMPLOYER. WE NEED PEOPLE TO BE CREATIVE HERE. ANYONE WHO BELIEVES THAT THERE’S A PROBLEM WITH THEIR WORK SITE THAT COULD BE ADDRESSED, CALL 311. WE WILL TRY AND HELP. OUR DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND WORKER PROTECTION OR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS CAN STEP IN IF SOMEONE IS BEING KEPT AT A WORK SITE WHO DOES NOT NEED TO BE AND IS A NON-ESSENTIAL WORKER. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EMPLOYERS GET THE MESSAGE THAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE HOME WHO CAN BE HOME. AS TO THE CITY WORK FORCE, WHICH IS ABOUT 380,000 STRONG, WHEN YOU FACTOR IN ALL ELEMENTS OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR AT THE CITY LEVEL, BY SUNDAY, ALL NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ACROSS ALL OF OUR AGENCIES WILL BE WORKING FROM HOME IN SOME FORM OR FASHION OR WILL BE WAITING FOR A SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENT. MANY, OF COURSE, CAN DO TELEWORK. SOME WE’RE GOING TO COME UP WITH A NEW WAY TO WORK AT HOME, EVEN IF IT DOESN’T EXIST NOW. SOME MAY BE MOBILIZED TO ADDRESS FOOD ISSUES OR OTHER ISSUES AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL. THE ESTIMATE AT THIS POINT, WE WILL HAVE A BETTER NUMBER BY THE BEGINNING OF NEXT WEEK, THE ESTIMATE IS 250,000 CITY WORKERS WILL BE OUT OF THEIR TRADITIONAL WORK SITES AND WORKING FROM HOME UNLESS THEY ARE GIVEN A SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENT IN THE FIELD AS PART OF FIGHTING THIS CRISIS. THAT IS APPROXIMATELY TWO-THIRDS — TWO-THIRDS OF OUR WORK FORCE THAT NO LONGER ARE WORKING OR NO LONGER WILL BE WORKING AT THEIR TRADITIONAL WORK SITE. YOU WILL SEE A LOT OF CITY OFFICES ARE SHUT DOWN BECAUSE WE CAME UP WITH AN ALTERNATIVE. FOR ALL CITY WORKERS WITH SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS, AS YOU ARE GOING THROUGH THOSE THREE OR FOUR DAYS WAITING TO SEE IF YOU GET BETTER OR WORSE, AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS ENTIRE PROCESS, WE WILL NOT TAKE AWAY SICK TIME FOR ANYONE WHO HAS SYMPTOMS AND IS WAITING FOR CLARITY ABOUT THIS DISEASE. WE WILL NOT TAKE THAT OFF YOUR SICK DAYS. A FEW LAST POINTS. QUESTIONS EARLIER IN THE WEEK ABOUT FOOD STAMPS AND PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. WANT TO CLARIFY, THERE ARE NO MORE IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS FOR FOOD STAMPS OR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. ALL OF THAT HAS BEEN CONVERTED TO ONLINE AND PHONE INTERVIEWS AND PROCESSING. VERY SPECIFIC ISSUE, THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE TO SAY TO PEOPLE. IT’S PAINFUL TO SAY IT. I’VE GOTTEN CONCERNS RAISED BY COMMUNITY LEADERS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE AT THIS POINT CANNOT IN GENERAL GO TO THEIR HOUSE OF WORSHIP. WE UNDERSTAND HOW PAINFUL THAT IS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS. WHAT A PILLAR OF THEIR LIVES THEIR FAITH IS AND HOW IMPORTANT THEIR VISIT EACH WEEK OR MORE OFTEN TO THEIR HOUSE OF WORSHIP IS. BUT WE ARE IN A MOMENT OF TREMENDOUS DANGER, AND WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT REALITY. WE HAVE TO PROTECT EACH OTHER. I KNOW THAT CLERGY ALL OVER THIS CITY — I HAVE TALKED TO CLERGY LEADERS. I HAD A CALL WITH MEMBERS OF OUR CLERGY LEADERSHIP JUST A FEW DAYS AGO. THEY WERE UNIFIED ACROSS ALL FAITHS, LED BY THE CARDINAL. UNIFIED IN RECOGNIZING THAT MANY, MANY PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO FORGO TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS SERVICES. CLERGY HAVE BEEN LEADING THE WAY IN TELLING PEOPLE TO STAY HOME WHO NEED TO STAY HOME AND REDUCE SERVICES OR CLOSING THEM DOWN ALL TOGETHER WHERE NEEDED. WHAT WE HAVE HEARD IN SOME COMMUNITIES IS THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF TRADITIONAL SERVICES, SOME INDIVIDUALS ARE CHOOSING TO CREATE HOME-BASED WORSHIP SERVICES. THAT, PER SE, MIGHT NOT BE A DANGER, EXCEPT WHEN IT MEANS IN SO MANY CASES THAT LARGE NUMBERS OF CONGREGANTS ARE BEING CRAMMED INTO A VERY SMALL SPACE, WHICH IMMEDIATELY VIOLATES THE CONSENT OF SOCIAL DISTANCING. THE RULE IS TO TRY TO KEEP SIX FEET APART OR CLOSE TO THAT AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. WORSHIPPING IN A LIVING ROOM WITH NUMEROUS PEOPLE IMMEDIATELY VIOLATES THAT IDEA AND MAKES EVERYONE VULNERABLE. I THINK SOMETHING UNITES ALL FAITHS IS THE DESIRE TO PROTECT EACH OTHER, UPLIFT EACH OTHER, RESPECT EACH OTHER. IT IS NOT HELPFUL, IT IS NOT SAFE, IT IS NOT FAITHFUL TO GATHER LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE IN A SMALL SPACE FOR INFORMAL SERVICES THAT WOULD ONLY SERVE TO CAUSE THIS DISEASE TO SPREAD. YOU KNOW WHO WILL BE IN DANGER. OUR SENIORS AND THOSE WHO ALREADY ARE DEALING WITH SERIOUS HEALTH CARE CONDITIONS. I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY FAITH ON EARTH THAT WOULD CONDONE THAT. PLEASE TO ALL OF YOU WHO ARE DOING THIS OR ARE CONSIDERING DOING IT, PLEASE STOP. SIMPLY FOREGO TRADITIONAL SERVICES. DON’T TRY TO RECRUIT THEM. IF YOU FEEL YOU MUST DO A SERVICE THAT NEEDS TO BE JUST A SMALL HANDFUL OF PEOPLE, SOCIALLY DISTANCE, SIX FEET PER PERSON APART OR ELSE YOU ARE CREATING A RISK TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED. TO CLOSE WITH, A REMINDER, THANK GOD WE SEE THAT FOR YOUNGER, HEALTHIER PEOPLE, THIS IS A DISEASE THAT THEY CAN SEE THROUGH AND COME OUT SAFELY OVERWHELMINGLY. SO LET’S KEEP THE FOCUS ON THOSE IN NEED, THOSE WHO ARE MOST VULNERABLE. LET’S HELP THEM OUT. ANY TIME YOU CAN HELP YOUR FELLOW NEW YORKER — I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STOCKING UP ON GROCERIES AND ALL SORTS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS. IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HELP, COME ON, DON’T KEEP IT ALL FOR YOURSELF. SHARE IT WITH YOUR FELLOW NEW YORKER. THAT’S HOW WE’RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS. THIS WILL GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER. WE HAVE ALL HEARD THAT PHRASE. BUT THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST BLUNT EXAMPLE WE’RE GOING TO SEE IN OUR LIVES OF THE NOTION THAT IS GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER. WE HAVE TO BRACE OURSELVES FOR THAT. BUT IT WILL GET BETTER. IT WILL GET BETTER IN THE END. WE WILL SEE IT THROUGH. A FEW WORDS IN SPANISH. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] WITH THAT I WANT TO TURN TO OUR HEALTH COMMISSIONER WHO HAS A MESSAGE OF REAL URGENCY. SHE WILL SAY IT IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH. SHE’S THE CITY’S DOCTOR. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A DOCTOR, SHE’S ALSO YOUR DOCTOR. FOR THOSE THAT DON’T HAVE A DOCTOR, SHE’S YOUR DOCTOR. SHE IS GOING TO TELL YOU NOW THE TRUTH YOU NEED TO HEAR.>>THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. I ACTUALLY I WANT TO START WHERE YOU LEFT OFF IN TERMS OF THINGS WILL GET WORSE BEFORE THEY GET BETTER. ACTUALLY, WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING IS THAT THINGS WILL GET WORSE BEFORE THEY GET BAD. HOW FAST THINGS GET BETTER WILL DEPEND ON ALL OF US. THIS IS A SOBER MOMENT THAT WE ARE IN WITH REGARD TO THE CITY’S HEALTH. AS THE CITY’S DOCTOR, I TAKE PAUSE WHEN I LOOK AT THE SPEED WITH WHICH WE ARE IDENTIFYING NEW CASES. AND I TAKE FURTHER PAUSE WHEN I PUT THAT AGAINST PRECIOUS RESOURCES THAT ARE QUICKLY DWINDLING. I CALL UPON ALL NEW YORKERS TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. THIS CALLS INTO ACTION OUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, OUR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT WE TAKE EVERY MEASURE POSSIBLE SO THAT WE MINIMIZE THE POTENTIAL RISK AND HARM TO NEW YORKERS, THOSE THAT ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO THIS VIRUS, THOSE THAT ARE ELDERLY, HAVE UNDERLYING CHRONIC ILLNESSES AND WHO OTHERWISE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS CARE. OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS, I HAVE BEEN CONVEYING MESSAGES TO NEW YORKERS ABOUT HOW THEY CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES. THOSE MESSAGES HOLD TRUE, ENSURING THAT WE ARE DILIGENT ABOUT KEEPING UP WITH HAND HYGIENE, COVERING OUR MOUTHS AND NOSES WHEN WE COUGH AND SNEEZE. BUT THE REALITY IS, AT THIS POINT IN THE OUTBREAK, WE NEED TO DO MORE. WE NEED TO DO MORE IF WE ARE GOING TO STAVE OFF THE ONSLAUGHT OF POTENTIAL CRISIS THAT ARE FACING THE CITY. AND DOING MORE MEANS STAYING HOME. IF YOU ARE NOT AN ESSENTIAL WORKER, I NEED YOU TO STAY HOME. IF YOU ARE DEVELOPING SYMPTOMS, I NEED YOU TO STAY HOME AND STAY AWAY FROM INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE AT RISK FOR BAD OUTCOMES SUCH AS THOSE THAT ARE OVER 50 AND HAVE CHRONIC ILLNESSES, SUCH AS THOSE WHO MAY HAVE DISABILITIES AND NOT BE ABLE TO ISOLATE THEMSELVES. I NEED YOU TO ENSURE THAT YOU STAY HOME AND YOU DON’T WORRY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE A TEST. I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT, YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN EXPOSED AND HAVING A TEST DOESN’T REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT YOU STAY HOME, YOU STAY HOME FOR AT LEAST THREE TO FOUR DAYS AND THAT IF YOU ARE GETTING BETTER, TO STAY HOME FOR SEVEN DAYS OR 72 HOURS AFTER YOUR FEVER HAS GONE AWAY. IF YOU ARE NOT GETTING BETTER, AFTER THREE OR FOUR DAYS, THAT’S WHEN YOU SHOULD REACH OUT TO YOUR DOCTOR. ONE OF THE MOMENT IMPORTANT WAYS IN WHICH WE AS NEW YORKERS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IS BY STAYING HOME. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL THAT WE HAVE TO REDUCE THIS POTENTIAL ONSLAUGHT OF COVID-19 INFECTION. IT’S THE BEST CHANCE THAT WE HAVE OF ENSURING THAT OUR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM ISN’T OVERRUN WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE COMING TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM OR COMING TO THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE BECAUSE THEY ARE WORRIED AND IN REALITY THEY HAVE MAYBE MINIMAL SYMPTOMS. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW YORKERS TO STEP UP AND TO STAY HOME IF THEY HAVE NO SYMPTOMS OR MINIMAL SYMPTOMS. THE BEST CHANCE THAT WE HAVE TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO MAY ULTIMATELY DIE BECAUSE OF COVID-19 IS IF WE TAKE OUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS SERIOUSLY AND IF WE ALL TAKE THAT COVENANT SERIOUSLY OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY TO EACH OTHER’S HEALTH. THERE WILL BE AS THE MAYOR HAS SAID BEFORE PEOPLE WHO WILL SUCCUMB TO THIS ILLNESS. BUT THE REALITY IS THAT, IF WE DON’T PROTECT OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THERE WILL ALSO BE OTHER PEOPLE WHO DIE OF OTHER REASONS BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T HAD — DIDN’T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS THE VITAL HEALTH CARE THAT THEY NEED. SO THIS IS AS MUCH ABOUT PROTECTING OUR RESOURCES TO TREAT COVID-19 AS IT IS TO PROTECT THOSE PRECIOUS HEALTH CARE RESOURCES SO THAT FOLKS WHEN THEY DEVELOP HEART ATTACKS, WHO MAY HAVE ONGOING NEEDS FOR CANCER TREATMENT, CAN GET SECURE, ONGOING ACCESS TO THOSE IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE SERVICES. THE LAST THING THAT I WANT TO ENSURE THAT I SHARE WITH NEW YORKERS IS THAT AS THE CITY’S DOCTOR, MY JOB IS TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT MAY NOT BE POPULAR. AND I DON’T TAKE THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS LIGHTLY. I KNOW THAT ASKING PEOPLE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE CREATES HARDSHIPS. AS THE MAYOR HAS SAID, WE ARE PUTTING MEASURES IN PLACE TO TRY AND REDUCE THOSE HARDSHIPS. BUT THE REALITY IS THAT UNLESS WE TAKE THOSE SERIOUS STEPS TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE OURSELVES FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, WE MAY FIND OURSELVES IN A PLACE THAT OVERRUNS OUR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM AND OVERRUNS OTHER SYSTEMS. SO I NEED NEW YORKERS TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ONLY GET TESTED IF THEY’RE NOT GETTING BETTER, TO LOOK OUT FOR OUR ELDERS AND ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE ALL THE RESOURCES THAT THEY NEED TO MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM TO STAY HOME SAFELY AND TO ONLY REACH OUT TO THE DOCTORS IF THEY’RE NOT GETTING BETTER. LASTLY, THOUGH WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE, PHYSICALLY DISTANCE, THIS IS A TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. I WANT TO REMIND NEW YORKERS THAT WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS RESOURCE IN NYC WELL. I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO CALL OR TEXT, REACH OUT TO NYC WELL. THE NEWS THAT PEOPLE ARE HEARING EVERY DAY IS SOBERING. TODAY I HOPE IT’S CLEAR THAT WE ARE CHANGING THE TONE. I AM CHANGING THE TONE. AND THAT MAY CREATE ANXIETY. IT MAY CREATE FEELINGS THAT INDIVIDUALS NEED HELP WORKING THROUGH. THIS IS THE TIME TO REALLY ACCESS NYC WELL. I WANT TO NOW JUST MAKE SOME REMARKS IN SPANISH. [ SPEAKING IN SPANISH ] [ SPEAKING IN SPANISH ]>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE ARE GOING TO NOW TURN TO QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE TO OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE MEDIA, PLEASE ASK YOUR QUESTION. IF THERE’S AN OBVIOUS FOLLOW-UP, I WILL CERTAINLY TAKE THAT. WANT TO TRY AND GET TO EVERY MEMBER OF THE MEDIA WHO HAS A QUESTION AS WE DO EVEN WHEN WE’RE IN PERSON. I WILL ENTERTAIN A FIRST QUESTION, A FOLLOW-UP IF THERE IS. BUT THEN WE’RE GOING TO AGGRESSIVELY MOVE TO THE NEXT PERSON TO GET THROUGH EVERYONE. I KNOW OLIVIA FROM OUR PRESS OFFICE WILL BE MANAGING THE FLOW OF THE QUESTIONS. OLIVIA, PLEASE START THE QUESTIONS.>>FIRST UP IS A.M. NEW YORK.>>HI. THEY PROPOSED A RELIEF PLAN FOR CITY BUSINESSES AND WORKERS IMPACTED BY THE PANDEMIC. CAN YOU SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT?>>COULD YOU REPEAT THE SPECIFIC FIGURE? I COULDN’T HEAR YOU. >>$12 BILLION. >>THE REALITY RIGHT NOW — THERE’S TREMENDOUS NEED FOR RELIEF FOR OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AND WORKING PEOPLE. THAT HAS TO COME FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TO BE VERY MINDFUL THAT OUR CITY GOVERNMENT IS PAYING FOR A LOT OF EXTRAORDINARY EXPENSES AND WHILE DEALING WITH REAL REVENUE CHALLENGES. WE’RE GOING TO KEEP SERVING NEW YORKERS NO MATTER WHAT. THOSE REALLY BIG BAILOUTS HAVE TO COME FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT SENATOR SCHUMER IS TALKING ABOUT. HE IS ONE OF THE PEOPLE LEADING THE WAY. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS A PLACE THAT HAS THAT CAPACITY. THEY NEED TO DO IT.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>NEXT UP IS ALEX. >>SAY IT LOUDER.>>ALEX.>>HI, MR. MAYOR. TWO QUICK QUESTIONS. ONE IS JUST I KNOW THE CITY HAD SAID THAT THEY — THERE ARE 300,000 FAMILIES WHO ARE IN NEED OF DEVICES TO ACCESS REMOTE LEARNING. I’M WONDERING WHETHER THE CITY THINKS IT WILL HAVE ALL OF THOSE IN FAMILIES’ HANDS BY THIS COMING MONDAY.>>WE HAVE A SPECIAL CHAIR WELL DISTANCE FOR SOME OF OUR KEY LEADERS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. THE CHANCELLOR WILL GIVE YOU THE ANSWER.>>WE’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE 300,000 DEVICES BY MONDAY. WE NEVER SAID WE WOULD. WE DO HAVE A PLAN FOR HAVING THOSE DEVICES IN THE HANDS OF OUR STUDENTS IN THE COMING WEEKS. THERE ARE 25,000 DEVICES THAT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED OVER THE NEXT WEEK TO FAMILIES. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS RIGHT NOW OF COLLECTING THE SURVEY RESULTS THAT TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS HAVE BEEN SHARING WITH FAMILIES OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST THREE DAYS. WE ARE PRIORITIZING STUDENTS IN PUBLIC HOUSING, STUDENTS THAT ARE HOMELESS AND LOW INCOME, TITLE 1 STUDENTS AS PRIORITY TO GET THOSE DEVICES OFF THE BAT. WE ARE COMMITTED TO HAVING DEVICES FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. ALSO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT SCHOOLS HAVE LAPTOP COMPUTERS. MANY SCHOOLS ARE ASSIGNING THOSE ASSETS THAT THEY HAVE IN THEIR SCHOOLS TO THE STUDENTS AS WELL. IT’S NOT PURELY DEVICES BUT ALSO SCHOOLS ARE ASSIGNING DEVICES THAT THEY HAVE IN THEIR SCHOOLS AS WELL. THE GOOD NEWS AS WELL IS THAT WHILE WE ARE READY TO GO IN REMOTE LEARNING MODE, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF RESOURCES THAT ARE STILL IN YOUR HANDS KIND OF MATERIALS THAT FAMILIES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL BE PICKING UP AS WELL. WE’RE GOING TO BE TRANSITIONING IN THIS WAY. THOSE DEVICES WILL BE HERE IN A MATTER OF WEEKS.>>ALEX, DID YOU HAVE ANOTHER?>>DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY — WHAT THE GAP WILL BE MONDAY? HOW MANY MORE YOU WILL HAVE TO GO BY THEN OR WHAT THE NUMBER IS?>>WE DON’T KNOW THAT. WE WILL KEEP UPDATING. >>WE’RE GETTING INFORMATION IN REAL TIME. WE WILL UPDATE AS WE GET THAT INFORMATION.>>THE SECOND QUESTION WAS JUST I KNOW IN THE PAST THE CITY HAS BEEN CONFIRMING POSITIVE CASES. A LEASE IF A MEMBER OF A SCHOOL COMMUNITY TESTED POSITIVE. IT SEEMS LIKE THAT STOPPED. I’M WONDERING WHY THE CITY STOPPED CONFIRMING POSITIVE CASES GIVEN THERE HAVE BEEN TEACHERS IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS.>>I WILL START AND THE CHANCELLOR CAN JUMP IN. WE SAID TO YOU LAST WEEK THAT WE WERE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GO OVER INDIVIDUAL CASES THE WAY WE USED TO IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM. THE NUMBER IS STAGGERING. THERE WILL BE SPECIFIC SITUATIONS WHERE WE HAVE INFORMATION WE THINK IS CRUCIAL TO SHARE ON A PARTICULAR CASE. BUT I THINK THAT WILL BE A RARITY, HONESTLY. IN TERMS OF SCHOOL COMMUNITIES, OBVIOUSLY, THE VAST MAJORITY OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS ARE SHUT DOWN EXCEPT FOR THAT FOOD FUNCTION THIS WEEK. THAT’S GOING TO BE RESET NEXT WEEK INTO SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHERE WE STILL MANAGE TO GET A LOT OF FOOD OUT BUT IT WILL NOT BE ALL SCHOOL BUILDINGS. WE ARE WORKING ON WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. THERE WILL BE A SMALL NUMBER OF SPECIFIC LEARNING CENTERS FOR CHILDREN OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS. THAT’S BEING ENGINEERED AS WE SPEAK. EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING IN REAL TIME BECAUSE NONE OF US HAS DONE THIS BEFORE. WE’RE CREATING CONSTANTLY. SO I THINK THE FACT IS THAT THE REALITY OF UPDATING YOU AS FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED. OBVIOUSLY, TWO THINGS. ONE GOING FORWARD, AS WE HAVE ONGOING FACILITIES LIKE THOSE LEARNING CENTERS FOR THE CHILDREN OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS, WE’RE GOING TO BE VERY MINDFUL OF ANY PERSON IN THAT BUILDING GETS SICK, THEY WILL BE IMMEDIATELY ISOLATED AND WILL WORK IN EVERY WAY TO MAKE SURE ANYONE ELSE WHO NEEDS TO BE ISOLATED. WE HAVE ENTERED A DIFFERENT REALM. THE DOCTOR SHOULD EMPHASIZE THIS. WE SIMPLY CAN’T DO WHAT WE USED TO DO EVEN JUST A WEEK OR TWO AGO. NOW WHAT’S BEEN REPLACED BY GENERAL RULES FOR EVERYONE TO FOLLOW — THIS IS BASED ON THE A — IT’S PAINFUL. CORONAVIRUS IS WIDESPREAD IN OUR CITY. WE HAVE TO APPROACH IT DIFFERENTLY. TAKING THIS EXAMPLE, IF IN ONE OF OUR FEEDING STATIONS OR ONE OF OUR LEARNING CENTERS SOMEONE WHO WORKED THERE WAS SYMPTOMATIC OR LATER TESTED POSITIVE, HOW WE’RE GOING TO APPROACH THAT SITUATION AND HOW PEOPLE HAVE TO LIVE BY SOME GENERAL RULES NOW THAT ARE DIFFERENT.>>ABSOLUTELY. SO AS I SAID IN PREVIOUS PRESS CONFERENCES, AT THIS POINT IN TIME WITH THE DEGREE OF COMMUNITY SPREAD THAT WE HAVE, INDIVIDUALS WHO DEVELOP SYMPTOMS OF FEVER AND A COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, SHOULD ASSUME THEY HAVE BEEN EXPOSE AND THEY SHOULD ISOLATE THEMSELVES, STAYING HOME FOR SEVEN DAYS FROM THE ONSET OF SYMPTOMS. IF THEY HAVE FEVER, TO STAY HOME THREE DAYS AFTER THE FEVER IS GONE, WHICHEVER IS LONGER. THE REALITY IS THAT WHEN ON A DAILY BASIS WE HAVE NEW CASES THAT ARE IN THE TRIPLE — DOUBLE AND TRIPLE DIGITS, IT BECOMES — I WILL BE BLUNT HERE. REALLY MEANINGLESS TO GO THROUGH A CASE BY CASE ACCOUNTING. WHAT’S IMPORTANT HERE IS ENSURING THAT WE FOCUS ON VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, FOCUSING ON PROTECTING THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM AND IMPLORING NEW YORKERS TO DO THE RIGHT THING, TO STAY HOME AND TO NOT OVERLOAD OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS. WE NEED TO BE READY TO SEE THAT KIND OF VOLUME AND TO REDIRECT OUR THINKING AWAY FROM INDIVIDUAL CASES AND HOW IT IS THAT TOGETHER AS A CITY WE ARE PROTECTING OUR HEALTH CARE WORK FORCE AND WE’RE PROTECTING OUR MOST VULNERABLE.>>THANK YOU. WHO IS NEXT?>>NEXT IS ANDREW FROM NBC NEW YORK. >>ANDREW. ANDREW?>>YES. I’M HERE. CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YEP. >>OKAY. MAYOR, THE QUESTION IS ABOUT THIS SAN FRANCISCO-STYLE, SOME CALL IT A SHELTER IN PLACE. I KNOW YOU AND THE GOVERNOR HAVE BEEN HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF A VERBAL DISAGREEMENT ABOUT WHAT TO CALL IT. THE QUESTION IS, IF YOU ARE GOING TO ISSUE A DIRECTIVE OR A RECOMMENDATION OR AN URGING THAT PEOPLE STAY AT HOME LIKE THEY HAVE DONE IN SAN FRANCISCO, WHY NOT DO IT RIGHT NOW? WHY NOT — WHY WAIT UNTIL FRIDAY OR SATURDAY OR SUNDAY OR MONDAY? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?>>THANK YOU, ANDREW. LET ME TRY AND LAY OUT A COUPLE OF FACTS I THINK WILL MAKE IT CLEAR. FIRST OF ALL, WE ARE WORKING WITH THE STATE OF NEW YORK. I SPOKE TO THE GOVERNOR YESTERDAY. I WILL SPEAK TO HIM LATER ON TODAY. WE NEED TO BE COORDINATED WITH THE STATE OF NEW YORK. PERIOD. THAT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO IN TERMS OF BEING EFFECTIVE FOR OUR PEOPLE. THAT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO ACCORDING TO THE LAW. WE WILL BE COORDINATING WITH THE STATE OF NEW YORK. THE STATE OF NEW YORK HAS TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE DECISION HERE. I RESPECT THAT. I RESPECT THE GOVERNOR. DOESN’T MATTER IF WE HAD DISAGREEMENTS ALONG THE WAY. RIGHT NOW WE’RE IN A CRISIS TOGETHER. I WOULD NOTE THAT I ACTUALLY THINK THE GOVERNOR HAS HANDLED THIS VERY WELL. I AGREE WITH THE DECISIONS HE MADE THAT — I CANNOT THINK OF A MAJOR DECISION THAT I DISAGREED WITH. IN THIS INSTANCE, I THINK THE DEFINITION REALLY MATTERS. AND I WANT TO BE CLEAR. I THINK I THOUGHT IT WAS UNDERSTOOD AND CLEARLY IT WASN’T. THAT’S ON ME. WHEN I FIRST MADE THIS POINT, IT WAS AS WE SAW SAN FRANCISCO MAKE ITS ANNOUNCEMENT, IT IS THERE A PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER AND THEY USE THE PHRASE SHELTER IN PLACE. BUT WITH A VARIETY OF STEPS TO ENSURE THAT ESSENTIAL SERVICES WOULD CONTINUE AND THAT PEOPLE COULD STILL GET BASIC GOODS THEY NEEDED, FOOD, MEDICINE. I THINK THAT SAN FRANCISCO MODEL IS A CLEAR, HUMANE, SMART VERSION OF SHELTER IN PLACE THAT REALLY KEEPS THE ESSENTIALS GOING BUT GETS RID OF EVERYTHING NON-ESSENTIAL. I THINK IT’S A SMART APPROACH. ANYONE WHO IS NOT CLEAR WHO IT IS OR ISN’T, IT’S NOT HARD TO FIND. JUST GO ON THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO WEBSITE AND IT’S A COUPLE OF PAGES AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT THEY’RE DOING. FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND THE STATE OF NEW YORK, THE DECISION HAS TO BE MADE BY THE GOVERNOR LOOKING AT ALL THE FACTORS. I AM GIVING HIM A SENSE OF WHAT WE ARE SEEING AND WHAT I THINK WE NEED HERE. I ALSO UNDERSTAND HE HAS TO THINK ABOUT THE ENTIRE STATE. HE HAS TO THINK ABOUT THE INTERCONNECT OF THE CITY TO OTHER COUNTIES. THERE ARE ISSUES. THIS IS SOMETHING HE FEELS URGENCY, I FEEL URGENCY. IT HAS TO BE DECIDED QUICKLYLY WHAT ADDITIONAL STEPS WILL BE TAKEN. HE DID SOMETHING VERY GOOD TODAY BY TAKING THAT LEVEL, THE 75% FOR BUSINESSES TO CLEAR OUT THEIR EMPLOYEES AND GET THEM HOME. I KNOW THE GOVERNOR IS TAKING A SERIES OF OTHER ACTIONS TO REDUCE NON-ESSENTIAL ACTIVITY, WHICH I AGREE WITH. THAT CONVERSATION WILL HAPPEN LATER ON TODAY. I WILL CERTAINLY HAVE AN UPDATE FOR PEOPLE BY TOMORROW. WHO IS NEXT?>>UP NEXT IS BRIDGETTE. >>CAN YOU HEAR ME? I DON’T HEAR BRIDGETTE. >>WE CAN’T HEAR YOU. WE WILL COME BACK. UP NEXT IS AARON.>>CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YES, I CAN. CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>THERE YOU GO. LOUD AND CLEAR.>>GREAT. I’M WONDERING, IS HOUSING TAKING STEPS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS THERE? ARE THERE ANY CONFIRMED CASES AMONG THOSE RESIDENTS?>>I HAVE NOT BEEN TOLD OF A CASE AMONG THOSE RESIDENTS. I WANT TO NOTE WITH THE NUMBERS GROWING, IT’S HARDER TO SPECIFICALLY CONFIRM EXACTLY WHO IS WHERE, OBVIOUSLY. I HAVE NOT BEEN TOLD OF ANYTHING AMONG THEM. IN TERMS OF STEPS, I KNOW I HAVE SPOKEN TO THE CHAIRMAN AND GENERAL MANAGER. THEY HAVE DONE OUTREACH, FLYERS AND ROBOCALLS AND TELLING RESIDENTS HOW TO APPROACH THIS CRISIS. THEY HAVE DONE LOTS OF EXTRA CLEANING. OBVIOUSLY — WE KNOW THIS FROM SANDY AND THE YEARS SINCE AND I KNOW EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, THE COMMISSIONER IS HERE, WORKS WITH THEM TO KEEP TRACK OF ANY RESIDENTS WHO HAVE PARTICULAR MEDICAL NEEDS, WHO NEED MEDICINE OR WHO ARE INCAPACITATED AND NEED HELP. SO THEY ARE AWARE OF WHO TO CHECK ON AND SEE IF THEY NEED ANYTHING SPECIAL. THOSE ARE THE BASICS. I CAN GET YOU A MORE DETAILED UPDATE ON THAT. WE CAN HAVE THAT FOR YOU. GET YOU SOMING SOME OF THAT AND HAVE MORE TOMORROW. IS BRIDGETTE BACK?>>NO.>>CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YES, INDEED.>>I WANT TO SAY, I HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND TEAM ARE WELL AND SAFE. >>THANK YOU. THAT’S VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. I HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE SAFE.>>WHO KNOWS. ANYWAY, THERE HAS BEEN — >>THAT WAS NOT REASSURING. WE HOPE YOU ARE SAFE.>>I HAVE TO BE HONEST. MY TEAM IS SEPARATED. LAST WEEK WHEN YOU URGED NEW YORKERS TO BIKE TO WORK IF THEY COULD, THERE HAS BEEN A HUGE SURGE IN CYCLING. NOW NEW NYPD STATISTICS JUST RELEASED TODAY SHOW THAT THERE HAS BEEN A 43% INCREASE IN INJURIES TO CYCLISTS, EVEN AS INJURIES TO DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS ARE DOWN. YOU KNOW CITIES AROUND THE GLOBE ARE EXPANDING THEIR CYCLING NETWORKS DURING THE CRISIS. COLUMBIA IS ADDING 47 MILES OF NEW ROUTES. YOU HAVE BEEN ASKED BY TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES AND THE MANHATTAN PRESIDENT TO PROVIDE THOSE SAFE ROUTES. WHEN WILL YOU ACT ON THIS?>>THE FIRST I HEARD — I THINK YOU UNDERSTAND. I KNOW YOU HAVE AN AREA OF FOCUS. I RESPECT THAT. I THINK YOU UNDERSTAND WE’RE TRYING TO ADDRESS MANY, MANY ISSUES SIMULTANEOUSLY. THE FIRST I HEARD WAS FROM THE BOROUGH PRESIDENT YESTERDAY. I THINK IT’S AN IMPORTANT PROPOSAL. WE WILL GET A SENSE QUICKLY FROM OUR DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WHERE WE THINK THERE ARE AREAS WE CAN DO THAT IN REAL TIME. I THINK IT’S A VERY FAIR POINT WHEREVER WE CAN DO A FAST EXPANSION WE WILL. I THINK THERE’S GOING TO BE OBVIOUS LIMITS AS WE DEAL WITH SO MANY OTHER CHALLENGES IN THIS CRISIS. WE WANT PEOPLE BIKING WHO CAN. I WILL HAVE AN ANSWER FOR YOU ON THAT TOMORROW.>>OKAY. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. WHO IS NEXT?>>GLORIA.>>HELLO. CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YES. GO AHEAD.>>MR. MAYOR, I WONDERED IF YOUR ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE ANY FOLLOW-UP ON THE REPORT OF A CLUSTER OVER IN BROOKLYN AS WE SEE THE NUMBERS INCREASING THERE AND IF YOU HAVE ANY UPDATE OR NEW INFORMATION? YOU NOTED IN YOUR REMARKS YOUR MESSAGE TO PEOPLE ABOUT RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS. I’M WONDERING IF PART OF THE REASON YOU DID THAT IS BECAUSE YOU ARE SEEING AN INCREASE IN THAT ACTIVITY IN THAT COMMUNITY AND IF YOUR HEALTH CARE OFFICIALS HAVE ANY UPDATE ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF THERE BEING A CLUSTER IN THAT AREA.>>FIRST LET ME SAY, I SPOKE TO SOME LEADERS, AS I MENTIONED, I SPOKE TO A BROAD RANGE OF FAITH LEADERS LED BY THE CARDINAL. SPOKE YESTERDAY TO LEADERS OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY WHO DID NOTE THEIR CONCERN ABOUT THOSE IN THE HOME CROWDED SERVICES. I WANTED TO BE VERY CLEAR. IT’S NOT JUST FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY. IT’S FOR ALL COMMUNITIES. ANYBODY WHO IN PURSUIT OF THEIR FAITH UNDERSTANDABLY WANTS TO KEEP THEIR SERVICES GOING, I FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT. THEY CAN’T DO IT IN A WAY THAT’S DANGEROUS TO THEMSELVES AND OTHERS. THAT’S WHERE I’M BEING VERY EXPLICIT. YOU CANNOT HAVE THOSE GATHERINGS THAT CROWD PEOPLE TOGETHER. I HAVE ASKED OUR HEALTH COMMISSIONER IN THE LAST HOUR OR SO WHETHER THERE ARE ANY WHAT WE CALL CLUSTERS ANYWHERE IN NEW YORK CITY. THE ANSWER REMAINS NO. THERE ARE AREAS ALL OVER THE CITY WHERE WE SEE INCREASES. WE CAN SAY THE COMMISSIONER AND I BOTH WOULD BE QUICK TO INDICATE IF WE THOUGHT SOMEPLACE WAS GOING THROUGH AN EXTRAORDINARY SITUATION. THE COMMISSIONER WILL SPEAK TO WHY WE THINK THERE’S SOME PARTICULAR FOCUS IN BROOKLYN, PARTICULARLY AROUND BOROUGH PARK THAT’S NOT INDICATIVE OF A BIGGER PROBLEM. JUST A DIFFERENT DYNAMIC. RIGHT NOW, WE ARE SEEING GROWTH IN THE DISEASE WITH SOME CONSISTENCY ACROSS THE FIVE BOROUGHS. THAT PART OF BROOKLYN IS NOT ANY MORE IN DANGER THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. COMMISSIONER, EXPLAIN WHY WE ARE SEEING SOME OF THAT CONCERN.>>ABSOLUTELY. AS YOU SAID — I WANT TO EMPHASIZE, WE ARE SEEING WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION IN ALL OF OUR BOROUGHS. CONCERNS ABOUT QUOTE UNQUOTE CLUSTERS REALLY AT THIS POINT IN THE OUTBREAK JUST INDICATE WIDESPREAD TRANSMISSION. WHEN WE HAVE PARTICULAR INSTITUTIONS THAT MAY BE MORE AGGRESSIVELY TESTING INDIVIDUALS, WE MAY SEE WHAT WE THINK OF AS QUOTE UNQUOTE FALSE SIGNALS. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REMIND NEW YORKERS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE ACCESS TO TESTING FOR THE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT THE MOST. PEOPLE THAT ARE IN HOSPITALS, IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AND NOT GETTING BETTER, PEOPLE AT HOME AND GETTING WORSE AND WHERE THEIR DOCTORS FEEL THAT IT IS — HAVING A TEST RESULT IS NECESSARY FOR THEIR TREATMENT PLAN. WE ARE NOT RECOMMENDING THAT THERE BE WIDESPREAD TESTING BECAUSE, AGAIN, WHEN YOU HAVE GOT WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION AND YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS, I WANT NEW YORKERS TO ASSUME THAT THEY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 AND I WANT THEM TO FOLLOW DOCTOR’S OFFICES TO STAY HOME UNTIL THEY ARE BETTER, SEVEN DAYS OR 72 HOURS AFTER THEIR FEVER IS GONE, WHICHEVER IS LONGER.>>GO AHEAD.>>COULD I ASK A FOLLOW-UP?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>THANK YOU. MR. MAYOR, I WANTED TO — YOU CITE INCREDIBLE NUMBERS ABOUT WHAT THE CITY IS GOING TO BE IN NEED OF. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT UP INS IN THE MILLIONS IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT STEP UP AND YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT TWO WEEKS TIME LINE. WITH THE SPEED THAT WE ARE SEEING THINGS MOVE AT, HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL STEP UP IN THE NEEDED TIME? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? WHAT IS THE CITY GOING TO DO IF THE DELAYS CONTINUE AND WE RUN OUT OF THESE SUPPLIES IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS?>>IT’S NOT THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS WE’RE WORRIED ABOUT. PLEASE, I THOUGHT I WAS PRECISE. I WANT TO SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES IN THE MEDIA, YOU HAVE A SACRED RESPONSIBILITY RIGHT NOW, EVEN MORE SO THAN LAST WEEK, WE ARE GOING INTO A FULL BLOWN CRISIS SUCH AS WE HAVE NOT SEEN IN GENERATIONS. YOU HAVE A SACRED RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THE INFORMATION THAT YOU PORTRAY TO THE PUBLIC IS ACCURATE. I WOULD ASK YOU, PLEASE, TO BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL NOT TO PROVIDE MISINFORMATION BY ACCIDENT. I SAID VERY CLEARLY THAT FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH WE HAVE THE SUPPLIES THAT WE NEED. THE CITY HAS VERY STRONG RESERVES OF THE KIND OF SUPPLIES THAT I TALKED ABOUT. THERE ARE PLACES WHERE THERE MAY BE SHORTAGES SPECIFICALLY. WE WILL WORK TO GET THOSE SHORTAGES ADDRESSED. IT’S NOT BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE STRONG OVERALL SUPPLIES TO GET THROUGH THE IMMEDIATE NEED. IT’S GOING INTO APRIL THAT I’M WORRIES ABOUT. I DON’T HAVE THE PERFECT DAY FOR YOU. WE’RE ASSESSING ALL THE TIME. IT’S A DAY GO WEEKS FROM NOW OR THREE WEEKS FROM NOW WHERE WE MUST BY THEN HAVE HAD A VERY SUBSTANTIAL RESUPPLY. THE SIMPLE WAY TO THINK IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ESSENTIALLY TWO WEEKS TO GET US MAJOR RESUPPLY OR THE PEOPLE IN NEW YORK CITY ARE GOING TO BE IN MUCH GREATER DANGER. WHERE DO I HAVE CONFIDENCE? I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN OUR STATE GOVERNMENT AND IN GOVERNOR CUOMO. I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN OUR NATIONAL GUARD HERE IN NEW YORK STATE. I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. I MENTIONED TWO DAYS AGO I SPOKE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF. WE REVIEWED THE KIND OF CAPACITY THAT THE MILITARY HAS TO BRING TO BEAR IN THIS CRISIS AND WHAT OPTIONS THEY MIGHT HAVE. IT IS VERY, VERY ENCOURAGING REALITY. BUT THE MILITARY MUST BE GIVEN THE ORDER TO MOBILIZE. THAT ORDER HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN. IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY ON EARTH I EVEN HAVE TO SAY THIS SENTENCE. I DON’T KNOW — I DON’T THINK ANY PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY WOULD HAVE HESITATED TO MOBILIZE OUR MILITARY IN THIS KIND OF CRISIS WHEN WE’RE NOT IN WARTIME IN THE SENSE OF A THREAT TO OUR SHORES AND WE HAVE SUCH EXTRAORDINARY MILITARY CAPACITY AVAILABLE TO US. THE CRISIS IS GROWING INTENSELY AND THERE’S A GLOBAL PANDEMIC. I DON’T THINK THIS IS EVEN CLOSE. IF OUR MILITARY IS MOBILIZED IMMEDIATELY, EVEN ELEMENTS OF OUR MILITARY BEING MOBILIZED IMMEDIATELY WOULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. IF WITH THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT THOSE ASSEMBLY LINES, THOSE PRODUCTION CAPACITIES ARE IMMEDIATELY ACTIVATED, WE COULD GET A STEADY STREAM OF SUPPLIES THAT WOULD KEEP US MOVING FORWARD. THERE’S CLEARLY TIME. BUT THERE WON’T BE TIME A WEEK OR TWO FROM NOW. I HAD THIS CONVERSATION IN DETAIL WITH SENATOR SCHUMER EARLIER TODAY. I WENT THROUGH THE EXACT NUMBERS WITH HIM. I UNDERSTAND HOW PERSONALLY AND DEEPLY HE FEELS THIS CRISIS. HE HAS PUT FORWARD THIS MARSHAL PLAN IDEA. THE WORD IS SPREADING. WE WILL ASK OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO FIGHT LIKE HELL TO GET THIS DONE. LET’S FACE IT, THE GREAT IRONY, GLORIA, THE FATE OF NEW YORK CITY RESTS IN THE HANDS OF ONE MAN AND HE IS A NEW YORKER AND RIGHT NOW HE IS BETRAYING THE CITY HE COMES FROM. WE ARE THE FRONT LINE. WE ARE GOING THROUGH MORE THAN ALMOST ANYPLACE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY BY PURE NUMBERS THE STATE IS GOING THROUGH THE WORST OF ANY STATE. HOW ON EARTH IS THE PRESIDENT SITTING IDLY BY AND NOT ACTIVATING THE FORCES THAT COULD HELP US? IF HE ACTS TODAY, IF HE ACTS TOMORROW, IF HE ACTS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, WE CAN AND SHOULD GET WHAT WE NEED. IF HE REFUSES TO ACT, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AN EXTRAORDINARILY DIFFICULT SITUATION AT SOME POINT IN THE FIRST HALF OF APRIL.>>THANK YOU.>>BACK TO BRIDGETTE.>>CAN YOU HEAR ME? BRIDGETTE? WHAT’S UP WITH YOUR PHONE?>>WE WILL GO TO GWEN. >>CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YES.>>I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS. ONE JUST LOGISTICAL. CAN YOU GIVE US A BREAK DOWN HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN ICU AND HOW THAT SQUARED UP WITH OUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY?>>I HAVE A REPORT THAT IS HELPFUL BUT NOT PERFECT. JUST BEAR WITH ME. THE LAST CONFIRMED NUMBERS FOR HOSPITALIZATION ICU WERE AS OF 5:00 P.M. YESTERDAY. WE’RE TRYING TO GET THESE NUMBERS TO TIGHTEN UP. YOU CAN IMAGINE, THERE’S SO MUCH OF AN INFORMATION FLOW. WE’RE TRYING TO GET EVERYTHING ALIGNED BETTER. AS OF 5:00 P.M. YESTERDAY, WHEN OBVIOUSLY THE OVERALL NUMBER OF CASES WAS SUBSTANTIALLY LESSER, WE HAD 554 HOSPITALIZATIONS AND 169 ICU CASES. THAT WAS AGAINST A BASE OF ABOUT — I SAY APPROXIMATELY, ABOUT 2,000 CASES AT THAT POINT. SO 554 HOSPITALIZATIONS OF WHICH 169 WERE IN THE ICU. TRYING CONSTANTLY TO UPDATE THOSE NUMBERS AND GET THEM CLOSER TO REAL TIME AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN.>>OKAY. IS THERE ANY UPDATE ON INCREASED HOSPITAL CAPACITY AT THAT POINT? HOW DOES THAT — WHAT IS THAT OUT OF TOTAL HOSPITAL — >>THE REALITY — AS THE EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT I ISSUED RELATED TO ENDING ELECTIVE SURGERY, AS THAT HAS BEEN FULLY IN EFFECT IN ALMOST EVERY HOSPITAL NOW HAS TURNED OFF ELECTIVE SURGERY, THERE’S A FEW THAT ARE FINISHING UP NOW, BUT BASICALLY ELECTIVE SURGERIES HAVE BEEN ENDED ACROSS THE CITY, THAT HAS OPENED UP A LOT OF CAPACITY. EARLY DISCHARGES AS WE TALKED ABOUT. THE NEXT PHASE WILL BE BUILDING NEW HEALTH CARE CAPACITY, THOSE TENTS AND OTHER BUILD-OUTS. TO HANDLE THE INCOMING, THAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVABLE BECAUSE SO MUCH SPACE WAS BEING GIVEN TO ELECTIVE SURGERY. SO THE SYSTEM IS ABLE TO MAKE THAT ADAPTATION. DR. KATZ TOLD ME ABOUT A VISIT TO A HOSPITAL WHERE HE SAW IN A PLACE WHERE THERE HAD BEEN A NUMBER OF CASES, BUT HE SAW THE OBVIOUS POSITIVE IMPACT OF GETTING ELECTIVE SURGERIES OUT OF THE WAY AND OPENING UP SPACE AND CAPACITY FOR INCOMING CORONAVIRUS CASES. SO THAT IS OUR REALITY AT THIS HOUR TODAY. WE HAVE TO RADICALLY EXPAND CAPACITY IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. I THINK AS — IT’S HARD FOR US ALL TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE EXACT TRAJECTORY. WE ARE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT TELLING YOU WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE CAN CONFIRM VERSUS WHAT IS SPECULATIVE. IF PEOPLE THINK ABOUT TWO WEEK, THREE WEEK DYNAMIC AND CALL IT TWO WEEKS, FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, WE HAVE IN OUR HOSPITAL SYSTEM A LOT OF CAPACITY. WE CAN BRING TO BEAR A LOT OF ADJUSTMENTS. JUST THE POWER OF GETTING RID OF THE ELECTIVE SURGERIES AND GETTING THE EARLY DISCHARGES AND SURGING IN PERSONNEL IS HELPING US IMMENSELY. WE DO HAVE A RESERVE OF EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES. AFTER TWO WEEKS, TO FINISH, AFTER TWO WEEKS THAT SITUATION IS GOING TO GET HARDER. WE HAVE TO USE THESE TWO WEEKS TO BUILD OUT ALL THE CAPACITY WE CAN IN HOSPITALS AND IN NEW FACILITIES. REALLY QUICKLY — WE WILL GET YOU UPDATES ON THAT OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS IS THAT COMING TO BEAR. AGAIN, DESPERATELY NEED THAT FEDERAL RESUPPLY WHILE WE’RE DOING THAT.>>THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. JUST ONE QUESTION ABOUT ENFORCEMENT. YOU MENTIONED THE NYPD WAS DOING ENFORCING. IS THAT OF THE CLOSURE OF BARS AND LARGE GATHERINGS?>>YES.>>MY QUESTION IS REALLY — HAS TO DO WITH ALL THE STORES THAT ARE OPEN. TOY STORES OPEN, CLOTHING STORES OPEN IN NEIGHBORHOODS THAT I HAVE SEEN. IT’S BUSINESS AS USUAL EXCEPT FOR RESTAURANTS AND BARS. I WAS AT A FACTORY IN SUNSET PARK WHERE WORKERS HAD WALKED OFF THE JOB BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT REDUCING STAFF. THEY DON’T HAVE ANY PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR. SOMEBODY HAS GOTTEN SICK. WHO IS ENFORCING THIS?>>YOU SAID SEVERAL THINGS. I WILL RESPOND QUICKLY. THE RESTAURANTS, BARS, FOR EXAMPLE, AS I SAID, NYPD, BUILDING, SHERIFF ALL PARTICIPATING IN DIFFERENT WAYS. LOTS OF ACTIVITY. IT WAS IMPORTANT TO GET IT RIGHT IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS. CLEARLY, WE ARE SEEING TREMENDOUS ADHERENCE TO THE LAW. I THINK EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS. WE WILL KEEP AN EYE ON THAT. WE HAVE DO NEW ENFORCEMENT IN DIFFERENT WAYS ALL THE TIME AS THE STATE IS ISSUING NEW RULES. I AGREE WITH THOSE RULES. WE WILL ENFORCE IN EVERY WAY WE CAN. ALL THOSE AGENCIES HAVE TO DO WHAT THEY NORMALLY DO ON TOP OF THAT. TO YOUR POINT, I DO THINK THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS STILL HAPPENING THAT — A WEEK AGO, I WAS CERTAINLY TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING I COULD TO KEEP EMPLOYMENT GOING AND KEEP PEOPLE HAVING A LIVELIHOOD AND FELT VERY, VERY DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE DISLOCATION. AND I FEEL THAT STILL. I FEEL DEEP PAIN FOR FAMILIES RUNNING OUT OF MONEY, DON’T HAVE A LIVELIHOOD. I’M MORE WORRIED ABOUT THE LIVES THAT ARE ON THE LINE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS. THAT’S WHY I WANT TO SEE US TAKE EVERY STEP WE CAN TAKE TO LIMIT ANYTHING NON-ESSENTIAL. WE WILL DO ALL THE ENFORCEMENT IN OUR POWER TO MAKE THAT COME TO LIFE. I THINK THERE’S MORE THAT CAN BE DONE. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW.>>IS THE NYPD EMPOWERED TO RIGHT NOW ENFORCE THE WORKING — THE ONLY 25% OF — IS IT IF I BUSINESS A STAFF HAS TO BE ON SITE?>>THE STATE RULE ON THE BUSINESSES, WHICH WAS JUST ISSUED BY THE STATE UPDATED TO 75%, THAT SPECIFIC ENFORCEMENT, WE ARE WORKING WITH THE STATE TO FIGURE OUT HOW STATE AND CITY CAN PLAY THEIR OWN DIFFERENT ROLES TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER ON ENFORCEMENT. WHAT NYPD IS DOING THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT, RESTAURANTS AND BARS. THE OTHER THINGS RELATED TO IMMEDIATE HEALTH AND SAFETY. THIS IS GOING TO CHANGE. EVERYONE — LOOK, NEW YORKERS ARE VERY REALISTIC PEOPLE. THIS SITUATION IS GOING TO CHANGE. WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME IN TWO OR THREE WEEKS. THE NYPD IS GOING TO BE AN EXTRAORDINARY SAVIOR HERE. WE NEED THEM TO HELP US THROUGH EVERYTHING. I KNOW THEY ARE THE BEST IN NATION. THEY WILL ANSWER THE CALL. WE JUST HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, IT WILL CHANGE CONSTANTLY AS THE RULES CHANGE, AS THE REALITIES CHANGE.>>NEXT UP IS HANCY FROM NPR.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MAYOR, CAN YOU CONFIRM REPORTS THAT 20 MEMBERS OF NYPD HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19? WHAT IS THE CITY DOING AT THIS POINT TO ENSURE THAT FIRST RESPONDERS ARE PROTECTED AND NOT EXPOSING THE PUBLIC TO ANY POTENTIAL CORONAVIRUS INFECTION AND GIVEN THAT THEY ARE IN THE ROLE OF ENFORCING A LOT OF THESE NEW REQUIREMENTS. >>WE NEED OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. WE NEED OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE ESSENTIAL. I CANNOT CONFIRM THAT NUMBER BECAUSE I HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN THAT UPDATE. I REMIND YOU, THERE ARE 36,000 MEN AND WOMEN IN THE NYPD. THAT’S JUST THE UNIFORM SIDE. THERE’S ANOTHER I THINK 15,000 OR SO ON THE CIVILIAN SIDE. THEY ARE PART OF OUR COMMUNITIES, TOO. THEY ARE FELLOW NEW YORKERS. A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE INFECTED BY THIS DISEASE. THANK GOD, A LOT OF MEMBERS OF THE NYPD OVERWHELMINGLY, OF COURSE, ARE YOUNGER, HEALTHIER FOLKS WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE TOO MUCH OF A CHALLENGE. I’M NOT BELITTLING IT. WE ARE CONCERNED TO PROTECT THEM. THAT’S WHY WE NEED THAT PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. WE HAVE GIVEN FROM OUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO NYPD. WE WILL GIVE THEM MORE BECAUSE THEY IMMEDIATE IT. THEY DESERVE IT. WE HAVE TO GET THAT FEDERAL RESUPPLY. I WOULD SAY TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE NYPD, ALL OF THE FDNY, MEMBERS OF OUR HEALTH AND HOSPITAL SYSTEM, VOLUNTARILY HOSPITALS, THE CITY — I KNOW THE STATE FEELS THE SAME WAY. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO GET EVERY CONCEIVABLE SUPPLY OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FROM ANYWHERE IN THE NATION THAT WE CAN ON THE PRIVATE MARKET AND GET IT TO YOU. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS TO GIVE THE ORDER FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GET YOU WHAT YOU DESERVE. I JUST ASK EVERYONE TO JOIN IN IN ISSUING THE CALL TO THE PRESIDENT TO RELEASE THE SUPPLIES THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY, TO ORDER THE PRODUCTION OF NEW SUPPLIES ON AN EXPEDITES BASIS AND ENSURE THEM TO DEEPLY AFFECTED AREAS IMMEDIATELY.>>I APOLOGIZE FOR INTERRUPTING. HOW IS YOUR OFFICE KEEPING TRACK OF CONFIRMED CASES AMONG NYPD RANKS AS WELL AS OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS GIVEN THEY PLAY A BIG ROLE IN HOW THE CITY IS RESPONDING TO THIS CRISIS?>>THE SAME WAY. THE FACT I DON’T HAVE THE LATEST UPDATE IS DIFFERENT FROM HOW EACH AGENCY HANDLES THE WORK. I TALKED TO OUR FIRE AND POLICE COMMISSIONER, LONG BEFORE THIS CRISIS. I’M AWARE WHAT THEY DO.>>A COUPLE OF THEM. TO WHAT EXTENT DOES THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER LIMIT WHAT YOU CAN DO AND TO WHAT EXTENT DOES IT LIMIT WHAT YOU CAN DO UNDER THE ORDERS YOU’VE ALREADY SIGNED? AND THEN AT THE TOP OF THE CALL, YOU LISTED CERTAIN VERY IMPORTANT, VITAL ITEMS YOU’RE RUNNING OUT OF — MASKS, A COUPLE VENTILATORS, ET CETERA. APPROXIMATELY HOW MANY OF THESE ITEMS THAT YOU LISTED DO YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW? ASSUMING THE FEDS DO COME THROUGH WITH THIS WISH LIST, HOW LONG WILL THE SUPPLIES LAST? AND FINALLY, WILL ELON MUSK BE PRODUCING VENTILATORS FOR THE CITY? I KNOW THEY’RE DOING SOME BACK-AND-FORTH ON TWITTER.>>WITH ELON MUSK, WE’RE VERY HAPPY TO RECEIVE HIS OFFER OF HELP. WE’RE TRYING TO ASSESS WHAT IT MEANS AND HOW QUICKLY IT COULD MAKE AN IMPACT. YOU KNOW, I’M HOLDING THE OUT THE HOPEFUL IDEA THAT HE COULD DO SOMETHING THAT’S IMPORTANT HERE, BUT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO CONFIRM WHAT IT MEANS YET SPECIFICALLY. WE’LL GET TO MORE ON THAT WHEN WE KNOW. ON THE QUESTION OF TIMELINE, I THINK I SPOKE TO IT EARLIER IN THIS SESSION, AND I’LL JUST SAY IT AGAIN — WE WILL BE SUPPLIED THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH AND INTO THE BEGINNING OF APRIL. A FEW DAYS AGO — I DON’T HAVE ALL OF IT IN FRONT OF ME NOW, BUT A FEW DAYS AGO, I DELINEATED THE KIND OF RESERVES WE HAD IN TERMS OF MASKS AND OTHER CAPACITY, OTHER SUPPLIES. AGAIN, WE HAVE, THANK GOD, THE BIGGEST, BEST HEALTH CARE APPARATUS ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY, AND WE DO HAVE WHAT WE NEED TO GET THROUGH THE NEXT, AT MINIMUM, TWO WEEKS, HOPEFULLY THREE WEEKS OR MORE. BUT IT IS TIME TO BE BLUNT AND HONEST THAT WE MUST BE RESUPPLIED. AND SO, THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYING HERE TODAY. I’M BEING ABUNDANTLY CLEAR. FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH, WE HAVE SUPPLIES. IT WILL TAKE US INTO THE BEGINNING OF APRIL.>>AND HOW LONG WILL THAT LAST, IF THE FEDS COME THROUGH? WHEN WILL YOU NEED ANOTHER RESTOCK?>>AGAIN, RESPECTFULLY, MATT, I THINK I’VE SAID THIS NUMEROUS TIMES. WE NEED TO BE, I’VE SAID, TWO WEEKS IS THE GOOD, WORKING RULE. IT COULD BE MORE LIKE THREE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST ACTIVATE ITS CAPACITY IMMEDIATELY SO THAT WE CAN START TO GET THOSE SUPPLIES WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. WE DON’T NEED EVERYTHING SIMULTANEOUSLY, BUT WE NEED SUBSTANTIAL RESUPPLY IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, MAXIMUM THREE WEEKS. >>LAST TWO, BACK TO KATIE.>>KATIE?>>CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?>>YES.>>THANK YOU. SORRY. THANKS FOR THE TECH HELP TO THE WEBEX TEAM. MY QUESTION IS, I KNOW THAT YOU SAID THAT THE NUMBERS OF PATIENTS ARE UPDATED EVERY DAY AT 10:00 AND 6:00. IT’S NOW 6:44 P.M. DO YOU HAVE THOSE UPDATED NUMBERS? BECAUSE THE DATA WE’RE WORKING WITH IS FROM 10:00 A.M. AND IT’S PROBABLY AT THIS POINT, UNFORTUNATELY, REALLY OUT OF DATE. >>YEAH, WHEN I SAY THEY’RE UPDATED, KATIE, THERE’S A LOT OF CROSS-CHECKING THAT HAPPENS, AND SO, 6:00 IS THE TIME — AS I UNDERSTAND IT, IT’S OUR CALL TIME-OUT AT 6:00. THEN THEY HAVE TO DO ALL OF THE ANALYSIS TO MAKE SURE IT’S RIGHT. IF WE HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE TEAM, IF WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR PUBLISHING NOW, I’LL HAPPILY DO IT. IF WE DON’T, WE’LL GET IT TO YOU WHEN WE HAVE IT. WE’RE CHECKING RIGHT NOW. >>SECONDLY — >>NO, IT IS NOT READY YET IS WHAT WE’RE GETTING, BUT WHEN WE DO HAVE IT, WE’LL PUT IT OUT. >>THANK YOU. AND SECONDLY, I KNOW YOU ANNOUNCED NEW TESTING FACILITIES, BOTH THE NEW DRIVE-THRU FACILITIES IN OTHER BOROUGHS. I KNOW QUEENS HAS SOME OF THE HIGHEST NUMBERS, BUT I DON’T KNOW IF THEY HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF TESTING CAPABILITIES AS OTHER BOROUGHS.>>WELL, LET ME CLARIFY, AGAIN. I EXPLICITLY DID NOT USE THE WORD DRIVE-THRU, BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT DRIVE-THRU, SO I WANT TO BE REALLY, REALLY CLEAR ABOUT THAT. AND I’LL ASK EVERYONE — I’LL TRY TO BE PRECISE. I’M SURE I’LL BE IMPERFECT, BUT IF YOU EVER NEED CLARIFICATION, PLEASE SAY SO. THE ON-TESTING CENTERS THROUGH H&H — TEN NEW SITES AT HOSPITALS. THOSE ARE NOT DRIVE-THRU. EACH WILL SERVE 150 PEOPLE PER DAY WITH TESTING. EIGHT OPEN ALREADY, BELLEVUE, ELMHURST, HARLEM, JACOBY, KINGS COUNTY, LINCOLN, WOODHALL, QUEENS HOSPITAL. TWO MORE OPEN NEXT WEEK, CONEY ISLAND AND JACOBY, NONE DRIVE-THRU. ON THE SEVEN NEW SITES AT THE GOTHAM CLINICS, THESE ARE ALSO NOT DRIVE-THRU, EACH WILL SERVE 50 TO 75 PEOPLE, AND THOSE ARE ALL OPEN, WILL BE OPEN THIS WEEK, BELVIS, CUMBERLAND, EAST NEW YORK, GUV NEAR, SIDENHAM AND VANDERBILT. FOUR NEW TESTING CENTERS, 100 PEOPLE PER DAY, TWO OPEN, CONEY ISLAND, JACOBY. TWO COMING UP, KINGS COUNTY, QUEENS HOSPITAL. NONE DRIVE-THRU. ALL, EVERYTHING I’VE JUST SAID BY APPOINTMENT AND PRIORITIZED TESTING ONLY. THE ONLY DRIVE-THRUS ARE THE STATE-OPERATED ONE ON STATEN ISLAND AND THE FIVE THAT ARE COMING IN COORDINATION WITH FEMA, BUT WE DON’T HAVE LOCATIONS OR START DATES FOR THOSE YET.>>THAT’S WHAT I WAS ASKING ABOUT, DO WE KNOW WHEN WE’LL HAVE THE START DATES AND LOCATIONS YET?>>THAT’S WHAT I SAID, WE DON’T HAVE IT YET, BUT WHEN WE HAVE IT, WE’LL TELL YOU. >>LAST BUT NOT LEAST, JOHOV. >>HI, MR. MAYOR.>>HEY. >>TWO QUESTIONS. ONE, I KNOW YOU SAID THERE IS NO CITYWIDE SHORTAGES, AND THERE’S NOT EXPECTED TO BE FOR A FEW WEEKS, BUT ARE YOU HEARING FROM INDIVIDUAL HOSPITALS ABOUT SPECIFIC SHORTAGES, EITHER OF MASKS OR VENTILATORS? AND IF SO, WHAT IS THE CITY DOING ABOUT THOSE? AND CAN YOU IDENTIFY ANY THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD FROM?>>I HEARD RUMORS, BUT THEN GENERALLY — AND AGAIN, WE HAVE THE HEALTH COMMISSIONER HERE, CEO OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS HERE, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMISSIONER HERE. I THINK. IF ANYONE HAS DIFFERENT INFORMATION, THEY’LL JUMP IN. BUT WE HEARD RUMORS. WE DID SOME FOLLOW-UPS. I THINK THERE WERE SOME PLACES THAT HAD EITHER, YOU KNOW, THEY WERE GETTING WORRIED ABOUT A SHORTAGE OR THEY HAD SOME VERY PARTICULAR THING THEY NEEDED SOME QUICK INFUSION OF. BUT THE BASIC REALITY HAS BEEN, WE HAVE SUPPLIES. AND IF HEALTH FACILITIES NEED THEM, MEANING HOSPITALS, WE CAN GET THEM WHERE THEY NEED TO GO, BUT I AM NOT SEEING THIS AS A MAJOR PROBLEM AT THIS POINT. I AM VERY CONCERNED GOING FORWARD, BUT I DON’T SEE IT AS A MAJOR PROBLEM AT THIS POINT. DR. KATZ, DO YOU WANT TO ADD? OR DR. BARBO. >>I WANT TO VALIDATE WHAT THE MAYOR SAID. THEY OPERATE NINE HOSPITALS AND WE HAVE HAD TO MOVE AT TIMES SUPPLIES FROM ONE HOSPITAL TO ANOTHER. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE SENSIBLY WORRIED THAT WILL WE HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLIES FOR TWO WEEKS FROM NOW. AND THE MAYOR HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR, THAT’S WHY WE NEED A RESTOCKING. SO, I WANT TO ASSURE PEOPLE THAT, YES, AS OF THIS MOMENT, WE DO HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLIES AND WE’RE ABLE TO MOVE SUPPLIES, AND I KNOW THAT’S TRUE OF OTHER HOSPITALS. BUT ALSO UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE MAY NOT HAVE THAT PERCEPTION BECAUSE THEY’RE LOOKING AT, IN THEIR HOSPITAL, HOW MANY OF THE N-95 MASKS ARE THERE RIGHT NOW AND THINKING THIS IS NOT ENOUGH. SO, I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS, AND I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE MAYOR’S CALL FOR HELP FOR US TO GET THAT RESTOCKING. BUT AT THE MOMENT, THE HOSPITALS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED. >>SO, BOTH OUR DOCTORS HERE, I THINK IT WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL — I THINK IT’S A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION — LET’S KIND OF DEMYSTIFY A LITTLE. IF A VOLUNTARY HOSPITAL OR AN HH FACILITY NEEDED SUDDENLY MORE SURGICAL MASKS OR WHATEVER IT WAS, JUST LET’S EXPLAIN TO OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE MEDIA HOW THAT REQUEST WOULD BE ACTED ON. WHO WOULD THEY CALL AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT TO MAKE SURE THEY GET WHAT THEY NEED? AND OBVIOUSLY, OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMISSIONER MIGHT WANT TO CHIME IN AS WELL. DO EITHER OF YOU WANT TO START. >>SURE, I’LL START. >>GO AHEAD. >>SO, WE WORK CLOSELY WITH OUR STATE COUNTERPART TO ENSURE THAT WE COMMUNICATE WITH OUR HOSPITALS ON A REGULAR BASIS AND QUERY THEM ON WHERE THEY ARE WITH REGARDS TO SPECIFIC SUPPLIES RELATED TO MASKS, GOWNS, ET CETERA. AND WE ASK THEM HOW LONG THEY THINK THE PARTICULAR SUPPLIES WILL LAST AND IF THEY ARE ANTICIPATING A DELIVERY SO THAT IF THERE ARE CONCERNS ABOUT POTENTIAL SHORTAGES, WE THEN WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS AT NYSOM, OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, AND AT THE STATE TO ENSURE THESE HOSPITALS GET THEIR SUPPLIES IN A TIMELY MANNER. >>DO YOU WANT TO?>>YES, AND TO DEMYSTIFY, AS THE MAYOR HAS ASKED. ALL OF OUR 11 HOSPITALS HAVE ALREADY BEEN MOVING SUPPLIES AND MOVING PATIENTS. SO, SOME OF OUR HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN MORE HEAVILY AFFECTED, SUCH AS ELMHURST AND OTHER HOSPITALS, AND WE’VE RESPONDED AS A SYSTEM BY MOVING SUPPLIES, STAFFING, TO ELMHURST TO DO THAT, AND ALSO MOVED OTHER PATIENTS WHO DIDN’T NEED TO BE AT ELMHURST TO OTHER HOSPITALS. SO, THAT’S WHAT HOSPITAL SYSTEMS DO TO RESPOND IN A CRISIS LIKE THIS.>>OKAY, THANK YOU. AND I DID WANT TO ASK ONE OTHER THING ABOUT THE DISEASE DETECTIVES. I’M CURIOUS IF THEIR ROLE HAS CHANGED NOW THAT THE NUMBER OF CASES COMING IN IS SO HIGH? YOU WERE PLANNING TO DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE TEAM. BUT IF THEY ARE STILL DOING WHAT THEY WERE DOING, HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH CASES TO INVESTIGATE? AND IS THAT WORK EVEN — YOU KNOW, HOW USEFUL IS IT AT THIS POINT OF WIDESPREAD, COMMUNITY SPREAD?>>I’LL START WITH THE COMMISSIONER. WE’VE DOUBLED THE MONEY. WE’LL CONTINUE ADDING. WE’RE IN A DIFFERENT STRATEGIC CONTEXT, BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF SITUATIONS WHERE THAT WORK IS ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL. THE COMMISSIONER CAN GIVE YOU A FLAVOR OF THAT. >>CERTAINLY. WE’VE SAID BEFORE THAT AS THIS OUTBREAK MATURES THAT THE WORK OF THE DISEASE DETECTIVES WILL FOCUS TO PRIORITIZE ON IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL OUTBREAKS AMONGST HEALTH CARE WORKERS, BECAUSE AGAIN, THE PRIMARY FOCUS HERE IS TO ENSURE THE CAPACITY OF THE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE, AND THEN ALSO TO WORK TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL CLUSTERS IN NURSING HOME FACILITIES AS WELL AS ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES.>>OKAY. ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY, THANK YOU. WE APPRECIATE IT. WE’RE IN A NEW WORLD TOGETHER HERE, BUT HOPEFULLY, WE MADE THIS WORK TOGETHER TODAY, AND WE’LL BE GIVING YOU MORE UPDATES SHORTLY. THANKS SO MUCH.

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