"I'm sure that this virus is just about everywhere", said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "I find it irresponsible". Emotion is a luxury.
The state itself has recorded 210 deaths at the time of writing, a third of the US' total.
Although the legislation would designate $3.8 billion for the state, Cuomo said that it would entail a revenue shortfall of at least $9 billion because the response to the outbreak has already cost the state $1 billion.
"It's not ideal", Cuomo said on Thursday, "but we believe it's workable". "The number of ventilators we need is so astronomical - it's not like they have them sitting in the warehouse", Cuomo added.
"That is a ton of money for the state of New York's budget", Cuomo said Thursday during a press conference.
While the relief plan before Congress would fund COVID-19-related expenses, Cuomo said the larger issue is lost revenue. Sen.
The governor said it is an extraordinary time for the nation and the government, urging US leadership to put politics aside and partisanship aside.
There are now more than 65,000 cases of coronavirus across the USA, and fatalities have reached 938.
The money at stake amounts to almost half of the total $4.7 trillion the US government spends annually.
In China, where the virus first emerged, factories worked nonstop for about a month to try and produce ventilators but were initially held back by shortages of raw materials, according to Chinese media reports.
The bill is the latest battleground between NY officials and the federal government; De Blasio and Cuomo have continually challenged the Trump administration and Congress to do more for their constituents.
"96-0 in the United States Senate".
Cuomo said the state also is scouting dormitories and hotels for emergency beds.
"That is a situation where people just deteriorate over time", Cuomo said.
He added that under nearly any COVID-19 scenario, hospitals would be overwhelmed.
"In the event of an overwhelming burden on the health care system, NY will not have sufficient ventilators to meet critical care needs despite its emergency stockpile. So, a little reality, keep the curve down as low as you can, but you cannot get the curve down low enough so that you don't overwhelm the hospital capacity", Cuomo said.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said: "What we're seeing now is that, understandably, people want to get out of NY".
At Elmhurst Hospital Centre, which serves about 1 million people in New York's Queens borough, scores of people, most wearing surgical masks, queued up on Wednesday to be tested at a special tent set up outside.
Cuomo went on to say that his team has been talking to the White House about the concept of "rolling deployment" to coronavirus "hotspots" in a time when NY has "the greatest need in terms of numbers". He added that experts expect the number to increase as critically ill patients who have been on ventilators for several days succumb to the virus.
Dr Craig Smith, surgeon in chief at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan, wrote to staff that teams had worked "day and night" to get the split-ventilation experiment going. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
At least 1,178 people in the United States have died from Covid-19, which has proven especially risky to the elderly and people with underlying chronic health conditions, according to a running tally based on reports from state and local public health authorities.