Hochul: "We'll be ready when it hits here."

Lt. Governor assures WNY the focus is not just on NYC

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul calling on Bishop Richard Malone to resign. August 27, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The Governor’s office is looking to reassure people in Western New York that they will have the resources necessary to fight Coronavirus.

Even though much of the focus during Governor’ Andrew Cuomo’s daily briefings is placed on New York City, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul told WBEN Monday morning that there is a constant eye on Western New York, too.

“We’ll be ready when it hits here,” Hochul told WBEN. “A lot of the attention had to be on New York City, that’s where the intensity is, that’s the epicenter of this whole crisis. Thankfully the Governor predicts this will be more of a rolling situation, that we will see an increase, but we’ll be able to handle that capacity.”

That’s provided the teamwork is there.

“We need a lot of coordination among our individual hospitals, even those who aren’t in the same system.”

That level of coordination extends to the state and Governor’s office. 

Hochul said the increasing numbers in Erie County are not a reason to panic.

“The Governor is aware of what’s happening in every corner of the state,” Hochul said. “What we’re trying to do is contain this downstate, and give upstate more time to prepare.” 

As the cases increase, medical supplies should too.

“A Hospital may have supplies for the next few days. They don’t need to have a two to three-week stockpile right now as would normally be the case. We just don’t have that luxury. But 24 hours a day, our teams are scouring the earth looking to get more shipments.”

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