As the epicenter for the country’s outbreak, the city will be in dire need of staffing, supplies and medical equipment like masks, gowns and ventilators by next Sunday, de Blasio said during an evening briefing.
“After next Sunday, April 5, is when I get very very worried about everything we’re going to need,” the mayor said.
De Blasio said he stressed that “crucial” date to President Trump during a phone call between the two Friday, urging more outside help.
“We are not where we need to be yet in terms of support from Washington,” de Blasio said.
Several “essential” workers have already died from the virus, and de Blasio warned that more will fall.
“Sadly we are sure to lose more of our colleagues, and that’s painful,” de Blasio went on. “Some of the most senior members of the NYPD leadership have been afflicted by this disease and are fighting it now.”
At least two MTA workers have died from the virus, as well as Dennis Dickson, an NYPD employee; Irene Weiss, a city DOT worker; David Perez, a Correction investigator, Kious Kelly, a nurse at Mount Sinai West; and Dezann Romain, a Brooklyn school principal.
“You cannot have an economic recovery if our health care system isn’t working,” the mayor said. “You cannot have an economic recovery if hundreds or thousands of people are dying.”
Deliveries of supplies were making their way to city hospitals Friday, de Blasio said. Twenty trucks will be delivering 20,000 N95 respiratory masks; 40,000
Trucks tomorrow will deliver another 800,000 respirator masks and two million more surgical masks.
But even those supplies will run dry by next Sunday, according to the mayor.
“We need [personal protective equipment] in huge quantities going forward,” he said.