New York’s mayor said on Wednesday that his city would use its emergency powers to help treat the sick and wounded as the city braces for the coronavirus pandemic.
“I don’t want to say we have a shortage of emergency responders,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
“We do have a real shortage of volunteers and people who want to help, and I think we’re going to have to have some help.
But it’s going to be a great help.”
De Blasio’s comments came after an epidemic in New York has put an additional strain on resources and resources are stretched.
A total of 633,837 cases of coronaviruses have been reported in the United States and more than 6,400 cases of the new virus have been confirmed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The city has a massive emergency preparedness program, which has taken in more than 8,000 people from all over the world.
De Blasio was joined on the show by his chief of staff, Michael Hough, and health commissioner Dr. Andrew Kolodny, who said the city would deploy “a team of heroes” to help with the crisis.
Hough also said that de Blasio had requested the help of emergency services and was in touch with the federal government.
“We are going to put together a team of people that will be there to provide assistance,” Hough said.
“And as we’ve said many times, the people who need help are going not to have it unless we get help.”
A federal law signed by President Barack Obama in September requires cities and towns with a population of more than 100,000 to take steps to make sure they have access to trained medical professionals and other support.
The law also says that hospitals can’t refuse to treat people in need of care, and states are required to provide emergency funding to hospitals.
DeBlasio also suggested that people might be looking to make donations for the city’s relief efforts, and suggested that those who donated could get a special gift of free vaccines.
De Blasio told O’REILLY he has been told by friends and family that the city has seen an increase in calls for help in recent days.
DeBlasio said he has spoken with the Mayor of San Francisco and that the Mayor is supportive of the city taking on this crisis.
“You don’t hear about this in our community,” he said.
De Blasio has previously said that he wants to spend time with people in his district.
Haugh said the mayor has been supportive of his efforts, as well.
“There’s a sense of relief that we’re finally getting help,” Haugh said.
Deblasio told the news outlet he has made “some personal commitments” to get the city up and running.
“And I’m going to continue to do my best to do that,” he added.