Mayor Bill de Blasio has blamed President Trump for the city’s severe shortage of COVID-19 supplies even though City Hall didn’t secure its first order for emergency protective gear until March 6, The Post has learned.
Officials with the city’s Office of Emergency Management tried to purchase nearly 200,000 n95 masks on Feb. 7, but weeks later they learned the vendors had already run out.
It was not until March 6 and March 10 — over two months after the coronavirus outbreak first hit China— that they finally secured the first emergency procurements of masks and hand sanitizer, according to the city comptroller’s office.
Meanwhile at Rikers where 58 employees reportedly tested positive for the virus:
“This is a disgrace to all correction officers — insane and dishonorable,’’ a city Department of Corrections source raged to The Post on Friday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio “hasn’t even given us masks to wear, let alone made sure we received masks.”
Another disgusted source familiar with the handouts said he was “surprised [the inmates] weren’t given stretch limos.’’
City Hall spokeswoman Avery Cohen said inmates who are showing coronavirus symptoms are being given hotel rooms used by the Department of Homeless Services for isolation.