For more coverage of the coronavirus, click here. Cuomo said the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and China’s New York Consul General Huang Ping have teamed up to give one million surgical masks to essential workers across New York. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that he will issue an executive order allowing medical students who are scheduled to graduate to begin practicing immediately. Check the New York State website for updates. In a press conference on Saturday, Governor Cuomo announced that he will issue an executive order which will allow medical students who are scheduled to graduate to begin practicing. Cuomo decided to create this executive order to help healthcare providers and give more resources. Additionally, Cuomo talked about another source of ventilators for the state. Oregon Governor, Kate Brown has offered some of their resources, giving New York 140 of their ventilators. Governor Cuomo said that as of Saturday, there are 85,000 healthcare professionals including 22,000 individuals from out-of-state who have volunteered to help during the pandemic. Governor Cuomo also announced that New York is receiving ventilators and PPE from China. The Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation has donated 1,000 ventilators that have arrived at JFK Airport. The Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation have also donated PPE for healthcare providers in New York.
View this post on Instagram Blake Bivens, a pitcher on the Rays’ Double-A Montgomery team, discovered that his wife, child and mother-in-law had been killed after reading a Facebook headline.Bivens’ family was killed last August in Virginia, and police arrested his brother-in-law, who was charged with three counts of first-degree homicide. He recently recounted the events of that day during a service at The River Church in Danville, Virginia. Two days ago my heart was turned to ash. My life as I knew it is destroyed. The pain my family and I feel is unbearable and cannot be put into words. I shake and tremble at the thought of our future without them. Emily, my sweetheart, you are the best wife and mother this world has ever seen. You made me into the man I am today and you loved me with all of my flaws. You brought our precious baby boy into this world and made our family complete. Your love and kindness changed countless lives, including mine. My sweet little boy, dada loves you so much! I can’t breathe without you here. I finally understood what love was when you were born and I would have done anything for you. You have changed my life forever, you are my reason why. I long to hold the both of you again in heaven. I’m so glad you are with all your Great-grandmothers now, I know they are eating you up. This earth did not deserve either of you; you were just too wonderful to comprehend. Joan you were the best mother-in-law anyone could ask for. You loved your family more than anyone I’ve ever seen. You raised the most wonderful girl in the world. I’m so glad y’all are still together. You were the best Nana this world has ever seen and I will never forget you. Skip you are a wonderful father and grandfather. We will get through this together as a family. We will not let the devil win! Thank you God for giving me the most wonderful family in the world! I’ve been blessed beyond belief. Thank you to all my family and friends who have reached out to me during this time of sorrow. Thank you @raysbaseball @biscuitbaseball for your support through everything. I am comforted by all the messages and well wishes. I’m not sure what is next for me, but I do know God has a plan even though I can’t see it.A post shared by Blake Bivens (@blakebbins) on Aug 29, 2019 at 6:55pm PDTAfter Bivens read the Facebook headline, he still had to take the plane ride back home. And he had a layover in Charlotte before he could eventually go home.”The only thing I really remember from the plane ride is I kind of went through periods of, I just stared at the back of my seat the whole time,” Bivens said. “Trying to get my mind to wrap around what I’m hearing. And it’s almost like, ‘This isn’t really happening.’ I would go through periods of shaking. Then I’d kind of start to lose it a little bit, break down and cry. It was just kind of a circle. The plane rides kind of seemed like they took forever.”Once Bivens made it home, he said going inside the house was the most difficult part. The pitcher knew something was wrong when he didn’t receive his typical texts from his wife, Emily. He couldn’t reach Emily or other immediate family members and his concerns grew. His bosses arranged for him to fly home, and while sitting in the Chattanooga airport he turned to social media for more information. That’s when he saw the headline.”First headline I see is two females and a small child were gone,” Bivens said. “And I immediately knew that was them. I found out my family was gone over a Facebook headline. And I just immediately began to scream in the middle of the airport.”Bivens’ wife Emily, his 14-month old son Cullen and his 62-year-old mother-in-law Joan Bernard were killed. His brother-in-law, who was arrested and charged with the three murders, is awaiting trial. “I think the hardest moment for me was when I got home and I walked in my son’s bedroom for the first time and realized I was never going to see him on this Earth again,” Bivens said. “That was the worst moment in my life. Nothing ever will come to being, to feeling the way I felt at that moment. Then again, I know I will see him again one day, and it won’t be long.”It’s been a little over eight months since that day, but Bivens says he still remembers it well. He credits his faith for helping him get through these times.“It was an experience, it’s unbelievable how much I can vividly remember from the day,” he said. “And it’s kind of unbelievable to see how far things have come from that day also.”