Ventilators in New York could be exhausted in six days as the state is taking "extraordinary measures" to make up the difference, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday in his daily briefing.
New York now has 92,381 confirmed cases of the virus and more than 13,000 people have been hospitalized.
There are 3,396 people who are in intensive care units, an increase from 374 patients a day earlier.
The virus been attributed to the deaths of 2,373 people in New York.
- LIVE UPDATES: Coronavirus Impact Across CNY
- LIVE UPDATES: Coronavirus Impact Across Capital Region, Hudson Valley
- LIVE UPDATES: Coronavirus Impact Across Rochester
- LIVE UPDATES: Coronavirus Impact Across Buffalo
- INTERACTIVE | Where Are the Positive Coronavirus Cases in Upstate New York?
There has been a significant rise in confirmed cases in the New York City area. Meanwhile, there are now confirmed cases of the virus in all of the state's 62 counties.
"Everyone is basically waging the same battle," Cuomo said ahead of the coming apex of hospitalizations, which could be between a week and 30 days. "Can you handle the height of that impact on the hospital system?"
The state is taking steps to deal with the shortage of ventilators, such as splitting them among patients and converting BIPAP machines.
"The burn rate of ventilators is troubling, and six days of ventilators is very troubling," Cuomo said, "but we have these extraordinary measures that if push comes to shove, we are on good footing."
The state has a stockpile of about 2,200 ventilators that are available, Cuomo said. On Thursday, Cuomo called on hospitals to provide a list of their supplies and equipment. The state plans to stockpile that equipment and then distribute on an as-needed basis to hospitals.
"We need what you need," Cuomo said. "If a person comes in and you don't have a ventilator, the person dies."
On a lighter note, Cuomo was joined by his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who teleconferenced into the briefing. Chris Cuomo was diagnosed this week with the coronavirus. The governor praised his brother for "demystifying" the virus and providing a public service for still doing his show.
"Not many people would have stood up the way you stood up," Cuomo said.