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Oregon sending ventilators to New York

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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBS) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Saturday that Oregon will be sending 140 ventilators to New York State.

Cuomo described Oregon’s kind gesture as “astonishing and unexpected.”

Cuomo said the coronavirus has killed 3.565 people in New York State. There are 113,704 positive cases across NYS.

Monroe County has 436 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

On Friday, the governor called for resources from the across the country to be deployed to New York, saying it is “in crisis.”

Cuomo announced on Saturday that 1,000 ventilators have been donated to New York by the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation. The Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation also donated one million surgical masks, one million KN95 masks and more than 100,000 pairs of goggles to NYS.

The Chinese government and Ambassador Huang Ping, Chinese Consul General, have facilitated these donations. On Saturday morning, the ventilators arrived to the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

Cuomo said the only practical solution to the nationwide crisis as it continues to unfold is: “Focus on the emergency that is in front of you.”

“Focus on the emergency at the place and time that is in front of you and then redeploy to the next situation,” he said. 

“I do not see any operational, practical alternative to dealing with this going forward.”

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