Oregon Sends Ventilators to New York

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Oregon National Guard members pack ventilators into a truck that were sent to New York, Monday, April 6.

Two U.S. states, Oregon and Washington, have committed to transfer ventilators to New York.

New York remains the state most impacted by the coronavirus, with more than 130,000 laboratory-confirmed cases.

The state has tallied 4,758 deaths from COVID-19.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other officials have said the state needs more ventilators.

Nearly 17,000 people are hospitalized in New York. The governor asked President Donald Trump Monday to allow the U.S. naval hospital ship Comfort to be converted from a non-COVID-19 facility to one that could take virus patients. The ship is docked in New York harbor.

He said the Comfort’s 1,000 beds, plus 2,500 more beds managed by the federal government at a field hospital inside New York City’s convention center, would act as a major “relief valve” for the city’s hospitals, which are overwhelmed with the majority of the state’s virus cases.