Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York’s greatest critical need is ventilators to treat “people who will have acute needs” and those “under respiratory distress” from coronavirus. He said the state has procured 7,000, but needs at a minimum another 30,000 — and he needs them in 14 days. Ventilators will “make the difference between life and death” for some patients, Cuomo said.

He said New York is “scouring the globe” for ventilators and has resorted to trying an experimental procedure where they split the ventilators between two patients because “we have no alternative.”

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