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Pres. Trump says he’s sending 1000 military personnel to NY City including doctors and nurses to help with sheer volume of virus crisis-Reuters, 4/4/20…(If all 1000 are in NY City within 24 hrs it will be a beginning)

April 5, 2020

4/4/20, Trump says thousands of military to be sent to help states battle coronavirus,” Reuters, Washington, “Reporting by Jeff Mason and Makini Brice; writing by Lindsay Dunsmuir; Editing by Richard Chang”

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday [April 4] the U.S. government would be deploying thousands military personnel to states to help them deal with the coronavirus epidemic.

“We’re going to be adding a tremendous amount of military to help,” Trump said in a daily briefing with reporters.

He added that 1,000 military personnel are being sent to New York City, including military doctors and nurses.”

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“Reporting by Jeff Mason and Makini Brice; writing by Lindsay Dunsmuir; Editing by Richard Chang”

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Additional source: CNBC

4/4/20, “Trump says 1,000 military personnel deploying to New York City, warns coming week toughest yet in coronavirus fight,” CNBC, Emma Newberger

“President Donald Trump on Saturday announced that 1,000 medical military personnel are deploying to New York Cityto help fight the coronavirus pandemic and warned that the upcoming week will likely be the toughest yet.

“This will be probably the toughest week between this week and next week — and there will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” the president said at a White House briefing….

“We’re taking people now out of our military. We’ve been doing it but now we’re doing it on a larger basis,” Trump said.

The administration will potentially send additional medical personnel to the state as cases continue to surge and hospitals become more overwhelmed.

“They’re going into war,” Trump said. “They’re going into a battle that they’ve never really trained for.”

New York City reported 305 new deaths on Friday, marking the biggest one-day jump so far and bringing the city’s death toll to at least 1,867. The city has confirmed at least 57,159 cases and makes up roughly a quarter of confirmed cases in the country. Cuomo said the state has 113,704 total cases.

Military personnel are operating the Javits Center in the city, which has been converted into a makeshift hospital. The Pentagon has also deployed the USNS Comfort, a naval hospital ship which is supposed to take in non-infected patients to relieve burden on the city’s hospitals. 

New York officials have implored the Trump administration to enlist more medical personnel to work in strained medical facilities. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly urged the federal government to create a national enlistment program for doctors and nurses in New York and across the country.”…

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Comment: I’ve heard and seen anecdotal reports that a big part of NY City’s problem is that a large percentage of health workers who’ve been caring for virus patients for weeks and months now have the virus themselves so have gone home. In addition, they’ve only just now started testing health care workers in NY City--hard to believe, but I heard it on a radio network news report on Sat. April 4.–Susan

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