NEW YORK, NY – For all the clamoring done by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about President Trump needing to lend a hand on the ventilator shortage, you’d think he’d acknowledge those ventilators that were auctioned off slightly before 2016 in his city.
Namely, extra ventilators owned by the city were specifically purchased in the event of an outbreak such as this. Apparently, they were then simply auctioned away like a medical-themed episode of Storage Wars.
— smithsk (@smithsk) April 7, 2020
Back in 2006 when mini Mike Bloomberg was running the show in New York City, his then-administration had a feeling that a pandemic was a matter of “when” rather than “if.”
For all of Bloomberg’s shortcomings, he digested the information and acted 14 years ago.
While no one in Bloomberg’s administration could have specifically predicted COVID-19, what they did anticipate was that some kind of flu would eventually rear its ugly head and create some chaos.
When they ran the numbers from scenarios that involved ICU admissions, they realized that they could be in a pinch when it came to operational ventilators.
With the plan in place, the city wound up getting an additional 500 ventilators.
Purchased in 2006, auctioned by 2016. Not replenished.
— George Pittman (@pittman_george) April 7, 2020
Yet, some time before 2016, the city auctioned off those newly acquired machines.
The reasoning behind this? The city claimed that they couldn’t afford to keep those machines operational. An additional note was that the model purchased in 2006 was no longer manufactured by 2009.
According to a spokesperson for de Blasio’s office, they stated that cities typically don’t try to foresee and prepare for these types of pandemic:
“[Cities] do not typically stockpile ventilators and that such emergency reserves are the responsibility of state and federal government. Despite our best efforts to stretch our resources, there was no foreseeing a crisis of this magnitude.”
Well, that’s odd, because Bloomberg did that very thing in 2006 in the very same city.
Edward Skyler, New York City’s former deputy mayor for operations, said just that of Bloomberg:
“Mayor Bloomberg wanted there to be every plan for every disaster you have: coastal storm, pandemic, terrorist attack — and make sure it was up to date and we were going to drill it.”
Interesting. While one mayor tried to plan for what could happen, the succeeding mayor holds a garage sale for ventilators. The detailed hypothetical scenario that drove Bloomberg’s decision to work on acquiring ventilators bears an eerie likeness to COVID-19.
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) April 7, 2020
The 266-page plan produced in 2006 expected a 30% infection rate of the city, an 11% hospitalization rate of those infected, a fatality rate of 2%, a vaccine could take six to nine months to produce, and community containment efforts would have to be used before a vaccine was produced.
If one mayor can address that in 2006, and the plan was already tangible when Mayor de Balsio hit office in 2014, then he needs to cool the blame-Trump game.
Honestly, nothing Mayor de Blasio does should surprise anyone at this point.
When you take a look at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s track record during the COVID-19 pandemic, he seems like he’s able to change a tune quicker than in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Starting in late January to late March of this year, he and one of his cronies managed to go from “there’s nothing to worry about” to “run for the hills.”
So, is anyone else surprised that New York City has been devastatingly hit by COVID-19 while officials in the city were encouraging people to go to parades in February and movie theaters in March?
But hey, the viral spread is all Trump’s fault, right?
The naivety stated back on January 26th, when NYC’s Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot gave this idiotic advice:
“We are encouraging New Yorkers to go about their everyday lives and suggest practicing everyday precautions that we do through the flu season.”
Oh, it gets better. She also added this gem as well:
“[Those] who had recently traveled from Wuhan were not being urged to self-quarantine or avoid large public gatherings.”
So, having known the virus came from Wuhan, China back in January, Barbot was telling those who just came back from there NOT to self-quarantine. This is a health commissioner, not some political pundit who can have an excusable amount of obliviousness.
Then, on February 2nd, Barbot was telling people to go to a parade.
She tweeted the call to join the parade directly in spite of COVID-19, saying:
“As we gear up to celebrate the [Lunar New Year] in NYC, I want to assure New Yorkers that there is no reason for anyone to change their holiday plans, avoid the subway, or certain parts of the city because of [COVID-19].”
As we gear up to celebrate the #LunarNewYear in NYC, I want to assure New Yorkers that there is no reason for anyone to change their holiday plans, avoid the subway, or certain parts of the city because of #coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/r4gNWklGPX
— Commissioner Oxiris Barbot (@NYCHealthCommr) February 2, 2020
I can’t believe we have people upset that President Trump merely hinted that chloroquine might be a beneficial treatment, while we had health officials saying this nonsense in February.
This doctor was also telling people to feel free to take the subway, dine out at their favorite eatery, and to not be scared of taking the bus.
Barbot on Feb. 2nd: "There is no reason not to take the subway, not to take the bus, not to go out to your favorite restaurant, and certainly not to miss the parade next Sunday.” (via FNC) pic.twitter.com/qpg2aKCChV
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 27, 2020
Take one guess as to which state has the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.
It’s New York.
Think about that for a second, NYC officials were handing out this advice in January and February, and they also happen to have several times the amount of fatalities than the next highest state’s death toll for COVID-19.
You know what didn’t help in all this? That truck the city calls their mayor agreeing with his top-doctor handing out piss-poor advice.
Mayor de Blasio was echoing the advice of Barbot saying to just keep things going as normal on February 10th. While he mentioned common sense practices like wash your hands and the ilk, he simply told the elderly not to visit sick people.
Because silent carries aren’t a thing, you know?
Flashback: NYC ‘Health Commissioner’ Urged New Yorkers to Gather in Public Places https://t.co/DiAap3fSvd
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 27, 2020
Now, some could say that many people weren’t well aware of the gravitas of COVID-19 in early February. Fair enough. Yet, we had a pretty dang good idea what we were stacked up against by March.
So, what does this stellar leader of New York City suggest on March 2nd? He suggests to go to the movies, again, in spite of COVID-19:
“Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions. Here’s the first: thru Thurs 3/5 go see ‘The Traitor’. If ‘The Wire’ was a true story + set in Italy, it would be this film.”
Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions. Here’s the first: thru Thurs 3/5 go see “The Traitor” @FilmLinc. If “The Wire” was a true story + set in Italy, it would be this film.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) March 3, 2020
Even on March 11th, de Blasio was still saying to just keep things going on as normal:
“If you’re not sick, you should be going about your life.”
All the sudden, Mayor de Blasio had a drastic change of tune.
By March 15th, the mayor closed down schools.
Then, by March 27th, he effectively threatened to close up churches for good if they keep their doors open to the public.
Quite the remarkable timeline. People in New York City will not forget this anytime soon.
Want to make sure you never miss a story from Law Enforcement Today? With so much “stuff” happening in the world on social media, it’s easy for things to get lost.
Make sure you click “following” and then click “see first” so you don’t miss a thing! (See image below.) Thanks for being a part of the LET family!