New York City's Brookdale University Medical Center says that the massive number of patients they are seeing during the Covid-19 crisis is causing a strain on the number of oxygen tanks available.
Brookdale's vice president of external affairs Khari Edwards confirmed to CNN they are short but could not say how short they are.
A respiratory therapist at the hospital in Brooklyn tells CNN that the number of patients requiring oxygen has increased so dramatically that they have used nearly all their oxygen tanks, including about 50% of the emergency reserves.
The respiratory therapist says that they are expecting a shipment on Monday morning to fully replenish their supply and the reserves.
Now, instead of having nearly 130 tanks delivered twice a week, the respiratory therapist says the hospital is trying to get oxygen tank deliveries daily. They say they'll also be increasing the size of the deliveries until the crisis is over.
The amount of time an oxygen tank lasts depends on its size and the oxygen concentration a patient needs, according to the respiratory therapist.
New York state has the highest number of confirmed cases of any state in the US, with at least 59,513 infections and 965 deaths, according to CNN's tally.