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Bill De Blasio: Not Enough Ventilators For Next Week | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Apr 05, 2020
joining us now the mayor of new york city

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that's a pretty extreme decision to make given the medical shortage for the most part. I want to start there. He has called for a national enlistment of doctors. staff from what we are hearing from the front we have doctors who are in crisis also a mental health crisis given the fact that their fellow doctors and nurses are getting sick along with them we are going to have

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doctors to get through this Amica the truth is unless there is a national effort to recruit doctors, nurses, hospital workers of all kinds and get them where they are most needed in the country and time, unless that happens I honestly don't see how we're going to get the professionals I need Getting through this crisis look at the dizzying number of cases look at how many of these patients need ICU care that requires a lot of medical staff taking

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this country is not actually this time this is the sad truth that this country is in no condition to deal with this crises in the future.
bill de blasio not enough ventilators for next week morning joe msnbc
Whatever we've seen so far, I guarantee

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week

will be a lot tougher and I mean that with no joy. I'm saying this to try to shake our national leaders into understanding that

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in New York City is going to be very difficult next week in New York state in Detroit and New Orleans and many other places and sometimes Unless they, the army is completely mobilized and we create something that we have never had before, which is a kind of national enlistment of medical personnel that is constantly transferred to the most urgent needs of the country.
bill de blasio not enough ventilators for next week morning joe msnbc

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If we don't have that, we're going to see that the hospital just can't handle so many people that could be saved in mica this is what makes me so angry and I've been talking to the leaders of this nation for weeks saying we're running out of time I think we have literally days to create something that has never existed before for a crisis this counting ry has never seen before we have days to put in place a structure to mobilize the medical community of this nation to truly mobilize our military and if that is not done in the next days, you're going to see people die who didn't need to die not just in New York, but in many parts of this country, so we're hearing from the doctors on the front lines, especially the ED, that there are people waiting in stretchers up to five hours and that people are dying unnecessarily.
bill de blasio not enough ventilators for next week morning joe msnbc
What does that tell us about what comes next? what is the week going to be like and do you need the military to step in and help mieka? I have repeatedly called for the military to be fully mobilized. I asked the president. I've talked to the secretary of defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I've told everyone to just do the math, there's no way the civilian sector alone can handle this crisis right now, you're right that the hospitals are under pressure in ways they never have before so what's going to happen next week it looks like we're going to see an increase in the number of cases that we're going to see could easily be at this point 5000 or more people in New York City who need to be intubated who need a used Icee with

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ventilators just to get to Sunday Monday we don't have enough yet for next week certainly when it comes to staff you can't run an ICU without non people can have a ventilator save a life without a doctor or nurse there constantly monitoring and adjusting it, we're not going to be able to do that much longer.
bill de blasio not enough ventilators for next week morning joe msnbc
It's time for each patient if we don't get reinforcements. I asked the White House. I asked the Pentagon to send a thousand nurses, 150 doctors, 300 respiratory therapists. I asked him to bring it here on Sunday, I included him in that request 10 days ago. I spoke with FEMA. I haven't gotten a firm response to that request yet, but I literally told everyone what's going to happen today. Today I think that somehow in Washington there is an assumption that there are weeks to prepare and there are no more weeks now but days before not only New York but other places will run out of doctors they will run out of nurses they will run out of equipment and why heck these countries are acting like somehow we're still in peacetime this is a war it's a very different enemy it's an enemy you can't see but it's look at the death toll for god's sake look how many people are in danger this is just as bad as if a foreign invader had landed on our shores and yet our army is at their bases.
I know they don't want to be, but they still are. It does not make any sense. Mayor DeBlasio, what specifically could the military do that the civilian force at this time cannot accommodate? President Trump watches as he responds to him. the tweets from him that show he is watching so speak directly to the president what could he do to help new york city right now? not just on regular duty, but in the reserves, many of those doctors and nurses are in places where they are doing important work, but it is not the same as fighting on the front lines to save thousands of lives, they should all be mobilized immediately. the military has the best logistical and operational capabilities of any organization on earth our military should be organizing a civilian enlistment of medical personnel if you think of a doctor somewhere in the heartland of america right now doing business as usual good job but we need that doctor on the front lines where they could be saving lives we are going to lose lives that could have been saved it's as simple as that we need the military with their incredible logistical and organizational ability their command and control ability to look at this whole nation and say it's okay.
These are the places where we need to increase the medical staff, use as many of their own medical staff as possible and bring in a civilian enlistment program and they could get a doctor who is doing a good job right now in Iowa or Utah they could have him in the New York City on the front lines on ours that's how good our military is but they haven't been given that order and time is running out if they were given that order we could create something in our time that could rival the amazing work from that great WWII generation where they were created from scratch remember our military was almost non-existent at the time of Pearl Harbor it had to be created almost from scratch to fight WWII our nation did that we have to create something we've never had before we have to create the ability to take the incredible medical talent around this country and put it on a war footing put our military If you're on a warpath get the resources to the front and then move them because the second time New York City turns the corner move them get those medics get those ventilators where they're needed after nothing like that is being done right now Myka, that's the honest truth.
I have had this conversation with all due respect to the President and all other leaders of this nation. I have had that conversation repeatedly. I have warned you where this is going and no such order has been given. Mayor. DeBlasio is Willie Geist when I ask him some specific questions about what is happening in New York yesterday he recommended that New Yorkers when they go out wear some kind of mask that covers their nose and mouth what was the medical basis what information did you get make that recommendation public yesterday well just a bunch of studies have come in in the last few days especially one from Singapore which is a place that has handled this crisis very well but points out now for the first time our medical leadership here in the city is seeing more and more evidence that there could be asymptomatic transmission there hasn't been any real evidence in your opinion of that before so this is not a bountiful precautionary move it's face covering could be a scarf bandana anything and the plain truth is that people think they're thinking right oh this will mean I personally can't get this disease that's not really the idea the idea is to help make sure that all of us don't accidentally pass it on to someone else because we could have it we could be asymptomatic not even know this isn't much of a precaution move to make sure people aren't passing it on to other people and only relevant when you could being close to people if you're socially distanced you don't need it if you're among the people who live under the same roof you don't need it but if you think you could be closer it's a smart thing but willy no this doesn't mean taking those surgical masks or the n95 mask to our first responders or a healthcare person, they will know it is sacred, they need it, they are protecting us all, anyone can wear a face covering at home again. like what is going to do yes and we hope the White House makes a similar recommendation today nationwide the USNS sent by the president in the United States Navy sailed dramatically into New York Harbor and up the Hudson River a couple days past the statue of liberty we learned yesterday that it was supposed to provide relief to hospitals to receive 19 non-kovat patients and provide a thousand hospital beds.
Yesterday we learned that so far only 20 patients on board that ship. Why is that number so low and do you expect to see that? pick it up soon yes I have spoken to our colleagues in the Navy I have no questions on my mind Willy that number is going to change very quickly and the comfort of the USNS was extraordinary the appearance on arrival meant a lot to New Yorkers. It was like the biggest sign of hope we've gotten in weeks. I'm sure the ship will be very full soon. They have to be smart with the cases they take and create a protocol that works because it's going to get really good. s and very fast next week so i'm convinced in the next few days they will be ready and they will be filled next week is what worries me that's when things really jump and we're going to need the comfort and all the other places of the city where we can put hospital beds in operation because we expect a big increase in the next few days and also the Jacob Javits Convention Center which will provide an additional twenty five hundred beds to provide some relief as well.
I've had them in a group for the last couple of months, Mayor de Blasio talking about this, he's been kind enough to join a group and update us and the country on the state of the issue, obviously, the set of facts that we have today. they are very different than they were two months ago, but you tried to calm people down in these

morning

interviews where you would say that I am not going to close the schools and I will close the playgrounds. I think you can still go out and live your life. your lives knowing what you know How do you wish you had closed the schools a little earlier?
Do you wish you had closed the restaurants and bars a little earlier just to stop the spread and maybe save a few lives? something we've never dealt with before every day look at this city I gave the order to close the restaurants and bars obviously that was one of the we were one of the first places to do it I called shelter in place right after San Francisco did it made. I give them great credit. The mayor of the race did something very important there. I applied immediately after we were one of the first places in the country to do so.
There will always be questions about you. Is it necessary, do we act accordingly? i did the best i could i think all the decision makers are doing the best they can but this isn't even the problem now the problem now is we're about to get into the hard part and this is where we really have a chance to save lives think about this The way Willy and I had this conversation with our healthcare leaders, they can project right now the number of cases that they expect next week. They could project right now how many ventilators we need, how many doctors, how many nurses and we know we don't.
I have all of that for next week despite constant pleas to Washington and everyone knows where the epicenter of cases is across the country so Willy, I'm obsessed. I had this conversation with the president yesterday and all the top leaders in his administration. I'm obsessed with getting us through the next week and saving every life every life we ​​can save and I want our national government to see it that way to recognize that there are lives out there and people who will be alive and living full lives if they act now and if they don't we do first it will be hundreds willie then it will be thousands who will lose americans will lose that they didn't need to die that urgently that's where all our focus needs to be right now as a nation when the smoke clears when this crisis is over and thank god we know that the day will come when this is over, then we can figure out what we should learn from it, but right now, how could we not be on the warpath? might feel the nation is not on a war footing and yet we are fighting the war well and let's try to send a message of some facts toour leaders here, let's talk about Mayor de Blasio because of how difficult it is, it's about the death rate in New York City and accommodating the bodies the government has ordered 100,000 body bags what is the death rate right now in the city from New York what do you expect next week to be how it looks and if you can accommodate that mica I think it's very important that people hear the truth.
You have the doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, paramedics, all heroically doing their job, they are fighting to save every life, I have absolute faith in them, well I don't. having faith is that they will have the ent team they certainly need especially those ventilators and they will have the backup they need because this is the problem many of our healthcare workers and our first responders have gotten sick now most of them come back after seven days, 10 days, but we have to admit that we are not. even you know we don't even have our full complement that we normally would have of these crucial crucial these life saving people because so many of them got sick plus the man keeps rising that's why we need those backups now I again tell the president of the united states i tell you the pentagon over a week ago thousand nurses 150 doctors 300 respiratory therapists for the largest city in the nation eight point six million people what would you think in a country as big as this strong that would be a request easy to complete and I'm still waiting so those reinforcements have to come or our healthcare professionals will have already flooded 1,500 deaths and we haven't even gotten to the hard part of this mayor Bill DeBlasio thank you very much we look forward to speaking with you again soon trying to see our way through this still ahead thanks for checking out MSNBC on YouTube and make sure Be sure to subscribe to stay up to date on the biggest stories of the day and you can click on any of the videos around us for more four Morning Joe and MSNBC thanks so much for watching

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