On March 30, Gov. Baker said the federal government had assured Massachusetts it would be sending us 1,000 ventilators from that fabled national stockpile - but Baker cautioned he'd believe it when he saw it, because these days "you don't have a confirmed order until it actually shows up."
Baker was right to add that caveat.
On Friday, Vice Dotard Mike Pence announced, like it was some grand gesture, that Massachusetts would be getting 100 of the devices.
The entire Massachusetts delegation in Washington now wants to know what happened to the other 900 ventilators. In a letter today to FEMA, which runs the alleged stockpile, they write:
We have heard from hospitals in the state that they will run out of invasive ventilators in a matter of days and will run out of other ventilators that can be adapted for use for COVID-19 patients within a week.
Massachusetts currently has a total of 12,500 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 231 deaths from COVID-19, and the virus is expected to peak in the coming days, infecting between 47,000 and 172,000 residents - or up to 2.5% of the population. Governor Baker recently announced projections showing that a COVID-19 surge in hospitalizations is expected between April 10th and April 20th, and that the state could see up to 2,580 COVID-19 deaths.