"We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York", Musk tweeted on Wednesday. There have been over 30,000 positive cases confirmed in the state. COVID-19 attacks the lungs and can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia. Officials have warned that ventilators, needed to help patients breathe, remain in short supply. In the interview, Ishrak singled out Tesla as one of the partners Medtronic has enlisted to speed up production of ventilators as COVID-19 spreads through the US.
Earlier this week, it was reported the state had about 3,000 to 4,000 ventilators on hand.
"What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000?"
Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak told CNBC yesterday its own capacity was steadily rising and said a lower-end ventilator-a more generic version used for initial treatments-would now be made open source so others could replicate the design.
Tesla is one of several tech executives providing medical supplies to the USA amidst shortages. Tesla will work with medical equipment company Medtronic to start building them.
At Gigafactory New York, Tesla produces its solar roof tiles as well as other products and accessories, like components for its Supercharger V3.
Recall that Tesla had recently announced that it was suspending operations at its factories at Fremont and NY where it produced electric vehicles and solar panels respectively.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said that Tesla has already delivered about 1,000 promised ventilators to Los Angeles. Gov. Gavin Newsom described the delivery as a heroic effort.
He also outlined points in a letter to the SpaceX and Tesla CEO.
Authorities have identified the state of New York, especially New York City, as a high-risk zone during the coronavirus outbreak.
"Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanely possible", Musk tweeted on Wednesday.