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Cuomo: ‘We Don’t Need Any Additional Ventilators’

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Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the state does not need additional ventilators “right now.”

In a change from his pleas for ventilators for New York coronavirus patients, Cuomo told members of the press on Monday that “we don’t need any additional ventilators right now.”

“There is no hospital that needs ventilators that doesn’t have ventilators, there is no hospital that needs PPE [personal protective equipment] that doesn’t have it in the state system,” Cuomo said, The New York Times reported. (RELATED: Cuomo Paints Dire Picture Of Coronavirus In New York, Expects ‘Wave’ Of Patients To Flood Hospitals)

“Have we saved everyone?” he asked. “No. But have we lost anyone because we didn’t have a bed or we didn’t have a ventilator, or we didn’t have health care staff? No.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 23: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media and members of the National Guard at the Javits Convention Center which is being turned into a hospital to help fight coronavirus cases on March 23, 2020 in New York City. The plan is part of his New York state request for assistance to the federal government for four field hospital sites and aid from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. New York has been one of the hardest hit states in the nation with over 10,000 cases of COVID-19. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media and members of the National Guard at the Javits Convention Center which is being turned into a hospital to help fight coronavirus cases on March 23, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

“Everyone has what they need,” he continued. “There is no one who said I’m out of ventilators, and I have a critical need, who hasn’t gotten one.” (RELATED: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thanks Trump For ‘Cooperation,’ Says President Is Using Defense Production Act ‘Well’)

The New York governor added that his state has proactively moved “thousands and thousands of ventilators” to wherever they are needed throughout New York, TheNYT reported.

Cuomo also dispelled a rumor that those who have died from coronavirus will be buried in an unspecified park.

“I have heard a lot of wild rumors, but I have not heard anything about the city burying people in parks,” he said.

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