How come NYC is so short on ventilators, all states are so short on Test Kits, Masks and Protection equipment?
Ask and ye shall receive.
From 2015 New York Sate Report.
Some good background info on how New York arrived at where it is now.
Start reading at page 20.
Currently, New York State has 7,241 ventilators available in acute care facilities, of which approximately 2% are restricted for neonatal patients only; 8% are suitable for pediatric patients only; 50% could support either an adult or pediatric patient (“dual-use” ventilators); and nearly 41% are for adult patients only. In addition, 1,750 ventilators are stockpiled, which can be used for pediatric or adult patients, bringing the total number of ventilators available to 8,991
New York State has stockpiled 1,750 ventilators to help reduce ventilator need in the face of the moderate scenario; however, there are no current plans to buy enough ventilators for the most severe model. The State’s current approach to stockpiling a limited number of ventilators balances the need to prepare for a potential pandemic against the need to maintain adequate funding for current and ongoing health care expenses. Furthermore, severe staffing shortages are anticipated, and purchasing additional ventilators beyond a threshold will not save additional lives, because there will not be a sufficient number of trained staff to operate them.