Mr. Cuomo delivered a stark message Tuesday from a New York City convention centre being converted into a makeshift medical centre.
Andrew Cuomo said he needed 30,000 ventilators for the state of NY in order to be prepared for the "apex" of its caseload - which his team predicted was two to three weeks away - he criticized the federal government for offering up a fraction of that need. The statewide death toll is nearing 300.
But he said he would never consider abandoning potential victims to illness or death amid the still-spreading pandemic.
"I don't think it's binary", he said. "There's a risk-stratification quotient". At Elmhurst Hospital Center, which serves about one million people in New York's Queens borough, scores of people, most wearing surgical masks, queued up on Wednesday to be tested at a tent outside. The governor was in the city Tuesday. It's experimental, but there's little choice, Cuomo said. "I would follow the CDC guidelines". Just look at what we did in Westchester when it was the hottest cluster in the United States.
"The theory is given the density that we're dealing with, it spreads very quickly, but if you reduce the density you can reduce the spread very quickly". Cuomo has said doctors would start trialling the use of one ventilator for two patients.
Governor Cuomo said more than 30,800 people had tested positive for the virus in his state and more than 17,800 in New York City alone.
Trump appeared to be dramatizing a report from a New York Department of Health task force in 2015 which predicted that, if faced with a pandemic like the 1918 Spanish flu, New York would run into a ventilator shortage to the tune of 15,000. The state will use empty dormitories and shuttered nursing homes to meet the coming need.
The report, however, did not recommend that New York Health Department should have stocked up on ventilators, nor did it find a low-priced option to do so, as Trump indicated Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer called the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package "the exact kind of medicine" that the nation and the state needs. He said many Americans will receive it in a few weeks.
Trump had voiced hope on Tuesday that the country could begin to reopen by Easter but his top infectious disease advisor, Anthony Fauci, said the timetable would need to remain "very flexible". "Send us the equipment that we need".
Seeking to douse a bubbling war of words with Trump, Cuomo noted that he spoke to the president Wednesday and praised Jared Kushner for being "extraordinarily helpful" amid the crisis. The governor, in turn, thanked Trump for his cooperation.
"We are asking the country to help us, we will return the favor, and we are all in this together". "We will repay it with dividends". In his daily update on efforts to contain the deadly pandemic, Cuomo said on Wednesday that projection rates suggested hospitalisations were increasing at a slower rate than before.
Trump said he would make the decision based on facts and data but stuck with his Easter timeframe. "The arrows are headed in the right direction".
"Your greatest weakness is also your greatest strength". "We're very close to having a nominee and it's not clear there's any place for him to go".
Cuomo warned that the coming months would be hard, but that New Yorkers would, of course, endure. "And that's undefeatable. We will be there for each other as we always have been".
In response to that idea, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said: "There has been some talk over the last 24 hours by some about who this nation might be willing to sacrifice to COVID-19, for the sake of our economic interests". "I promise you that".