Sourced from the New Paltz Oracle
New York companies and residents rallied together to provide alternative and homemade medical supplies as hospital resources continue to be exhausted due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Friday, April 3, New York had over 100,000 reported cases of COVID-19. The state with the next highest amount of reported cases was New Jersey, with over 25,000 reported cases.
Due to the large number of cases in New York, hospitals have quickly run out of essential supplies needed to treat patients, such as masks, ventilators, hand sanitizer and even hospital beds. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that while the Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving New York State 400 ventilators, the state still needs at least 30,000.
Some non-essential companies have transformed their factories to produce these supplies and hospitals are now calling on residents to make and donate homemade face masks