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De Blasio’s COVID Response Lacked Crucial Plan and Supplies, Stringer Charges

The comptroller’s ongoing investigation found the city was short on everything from masks to an up-to-date disaster playbook when the pandemic hit. Stringer also accused the mayor of stonewalling his probe, even amid a lawsuit.

Public Hospital Pandemic Prep Playbook Called for Massive Mask Stockpile That Didn’t Materialize

The June 2019 document proved prescient in advising getting more PPE, enough staff to deal with throngs and space to isolate infected patients: "Lack of readiness creates significant safety problems."

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De Blasio Administration Millions Behind on COVID Mask and Glove Stockpile Goals

The mayor Wednesday touted a $900 million plan for a 90-day supply of crucial gear for frontline medical workers. But figures obtained by THE CITY show some key items won’t be in full stock for a month or more as virus cases grow.

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Unmasked: NYC Hospitals Lag on COVID PPE Stockpile Requirement as Virus Surges

Some hospitals still don’t have a state-mandated 90-day supply of protective equipment for frontline medical workers as mayor warns renewed restrictions on public life loom.

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Wrong Masks and ‘Missing’ Ventilators: NYC’s Billion-Dollar COVID Gear Bungle

At the height of the pandemic, the city issued $1.4 billion in emergency, no-bid contracts for crucial medical equipment — and got the wrong masks and lost track of deliveries, records show. "Stop this s—t!" one bureaucrat cried during an online meeting.

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City Cancels $91 Million Ventilator Contract With De Blasio Donor

Digital Gadgets still keeps millions in city coronavirus protective gear deals as owner Charlie Tebele joins mayor’s small business advisory panel.

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Millions of N95 Masks NYC Ordered Weeks Ago for Public Hospitals Still MIA

The city’s purchasing agency has signed deals for up to 34 million masks — and has received just 637,760 so far, a review of contract records shows.

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Some Hospitals Defy Cuomo Panel Mask-on-Demand Order, Nurses Charge

Workers say protective equipment remains scarce, despite ruling. Meanwhile, public hospital nurses plan a protest over doctor’s note sick day edict.

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Quest for COVID Gear Brings $119 Million Deal with de Blasio Donor

NYC to buy 2,000 ventilators and more equipment via Digital Gadgets, a New Jersey firm with a history of trading in QVC hoverboards and Apple laptops.

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NYCHA Employees to Get Masks Even as Workplace Tensions Rise

A half-million surgical masks are on tap after THE CITY reveals staff and tenants left unprotected. Meanwhile, a manager threatens employee crackdown.

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How NYC’s Emergency Ventilator Stockpile Ended Up on the Auction Block

A 2006 pandemic plan warned the city could be short by up to 9,500 ventilators. But the few hundred acquired were scrapped over maintenance costs.

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No Masks for NYCHA Staffers Working in Tenant Apartments

Building managers report coronavirus is taking a toll in absences, illnesses and worse in a housing system where 20% of residents are 62 or older.

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MTA’s Pandemic Preparations Not Running as Planned, Union Charges

The transit agency’s 2012 disaster plan, obtained by THE CITY, calls for stockpiles of gloves, masks and wipes that workers say they’re not getting.

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New York Nursing Homes Struggle to Defend Against Coronavirus

Sick and elderly people in group residences make up 15% of NYS COVID-19 deaths — yet those who care for them are short on tests and protective gear.

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To Fight Mask Shortage, Motorcycle Fleet Rolls Donations to Doctors

The New York chapter of Masks for Docs is up and running. Their first mission brought in a cache of safety supplies from Montauk.

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Frontline NYC Medical Staffers Describe Daily Battle at Struggling Hospitals

They’re scrambling to make do with shrinking resources as the patient apex nears. "I am most worried I will get sick and die," one Bronx doctor said.

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NYC Bus Drivers Fighting for Protective Masks From MTA

The transit agency won’t provide the respirator masks it has to its bus operators yet, saying it is waiting to see if the state needs them elsewhere.

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Mask Shortage at Bellevue and Other City-Run Hospitals Alarms Staff

There aren’t enough N95 masks, the best defense against coronavirus. Staffers say they’re being forced to reuse them or rely on less effective models.