NYC Auctioned Off Extra Ventilators Due To Cost Of Maintenance

New York City auctioned off hundreds of ventilators at least 5 years ago under Bill de Blasio’s administration because maintenance costs were too high, according to a report by ProPublica.

The report says that the city under Mayor Bloomberg put together a pandemic plan in 2006 that included stockpiling ventilators and N95 masks. A few hundred ventilators were acquired, which were eventually auctioned off.

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New York City auctioned off hundreds of city-owned ventilators at least five years ago under Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, according to an investigation by ProPublica.

The city acquired the ventilators in 2006 under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, when a new strain of the flu was circulating in Asia, according to a report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene obtained by the news outlet.

The city began to acquire ventilators and “stockpile a supply of facemasks,” which were later auctioned off because the machines broke down and the health department “couldn’t afford to maintain them,” according to ProPublica.

Years later, the city has become the epicenter of the novel coronavirus in the U.S., with 72,324 confirmed cases and at least 5,489 deaths throughout the five boroughs, the mayor reported Tuesday. More

Even a hammer needs to be cleaned from time to time. Every tool, especially a tool that is used a lot, or even a tool that is seldomly used needs to be taken care of, so it’s ready when to use when needed. Maintenance is always a lot cheaper than buying new tools. 

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