Monday, March 30 Update
NEW MONDAY: This morning, New Yorkers were greeted by a “beacon of hope” as the USNS Comfort hospital ship arrived in New York harbor fully stocked, staffed, and ready to serve. This was a very sobering moment as we watched this enormous ship, which is typically reserved for our wounded warriors coming off the battlefield, as it sailed past the Statue of Liberty in a grey haze, ultimately finding its home in New York harbor as we face a new kind of battle together.
The arrival of the Comfort is one piece of the state’s all-out effort to rapidly expand the capacity of our hospital system and make better use of the resources we already have in place. Today also marked the opening of the Javits Medical Center with its 2,900 beds, and both of these facilities will act as “pressure relief facilities,” taking in non-coronavirus patients so that local hospitals can focus on treating patients with covid-19.
The search for ventilators and personal protection equipment continues to be an aggressive, worldwide effort as we find ourselves in a difficult position competing against other states, the US government, and hospitals themselves. I continue to urge the federal government to do everything in its power to nationalize this effort so that New York, and the states that follow us in this outbreak, can have the equipment we all need to survive.
Our recruitment effort for healthcare workers continues beyond our own borders, as we are now encouraging out-of-state medical professionals to join us in the fight here in New York until they’re needed back at home. Thus far, we’ve recruited over 80,000 professionals to our medical reserve workforce, and anyone interested in answering the call to serve can sign up at https://health.ny.gov/assistance
As of today, 7,344 Nassau County residents have tested positive. Statewide, 66,497 New Yorkers have tested positive, with 9,517 people currently hospitalized, 2,352 ICU patients, and a total of 4,204 patients who have been discharged from the hospital and are recovering or fully resolved.
The trends in the data are continuing to show signs of progress, as the rate of new hospitalizations continues to slow, even though the number itself continues to climb. Additionally, we are seeing a continued upward trend in the number of people being discharged from the hospital each day—this is a great sign.
A staggering amount of tragedy continues to be a part of our daily lives during this crisis, and as of today, over 1,218 New Yorkers have lost their lives. In Nassau County, 9 more of our neighbors have succumbed, 7 men and 2 women aged 42-87, bringing the total number lost in Nassau to 48.
New Federal Action
FEMA is sending 60 ambulances to New York City, with up to 190 more to follow in different locations.
FEMA is also sending refrigerated trucks to New York City to serve as temporary morgues as the death toll from the coronavirus grows.
New State Action
The Governor issued an executive order to postpone several local elections as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Any special election which was previously scheduled to occur on April 28, 2020 will occur on June 23, 2020. Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is postponed until at least June 1, 2020 and subject to further directive as to the timing, location, or manner of voting in such elections.
Additionally, the governor suspended the circulation of nominating positions for local offices that would have normally begun petitioning on March 31, 2020.
ICYMI: Governor Cuomo issued an executive order extending vehicle safety and emission inspections set to expire on March 31, 2020 until further notice.
The State’s volunteer mental health hotline is available for anyone who wants to call and make an appointment to talk to a professional, free of charge. We’re all going through a lot right now, and there are people who are standing by to help you through it. Call 844-863-9314
How You Can Help
New York Blood Center is in urgent need of blood and plasma donors who have not been exposed to coronavirus. If you are considering donating, please call NYCB at 800-688-0900.
With the coronavirus sure to impact New York’s budget in a big way, it’s more important than ever that every New Yorker participate in the census so we can get the level of federal funding we deserve, but haven’t gotten for a long time. Please, take a few minutes today and fill out the census right away. Visit my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 and do your part to help NY get its fair share.
The Nassau County Police Department is requesting medical supplies, including N95 surgical masks, eye protection, Nitrile rubber gloves, disposable gowns, shoe covers, no-touch thermometers, HEPA filters for ventilators and anesthesia machines, antibacterial and disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer. Donations will be accepted at Field 3 of Eisenhower Park on Park Boulevard in Westbury. Collection hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., from March 30 to April 3.
We're All In This Together
Governor Cuomo had some really powerful words today to close out his daily press conference, and I’m going to share them with you, because they’re worth repeating:
“This is a statewide battle. No politics. No partisanship. No division.
There is no time for that. Not in this state, not in this nation…if there is division at this time, the virus will defeat us. If there was ever a moment for unity, this my friends, is the moment.
In this situation there are no red states, there are no blue states, and there are no red casualties, and there are no blue casualties. It’s red, white and blue.”
As always, if there’s any way I can be of assistance to you and your family as we navigate these difficult times, please contact me at 516-746-5924 or email@example.com.
Thank you for allowing me the privilege of being your Senator.
Senator Anna M. Kaplan