New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pleaded for medical supplies, warning that COVID-19's peak in the state will be worse than anticipated.
He said the federal government was not sending enough equipment to combat the crisis, noting the state needs 30,000 ventilators.
New York now has more than 25,000 confirmed virus cases and at least 210 deaths.
Mr. Cuomo's warning comes as President Donald Trump suggested having the US back in business by early next month.
But the New York governor believes more emphasis must be placed on public health rather than on the economy.
"No American is going to say accelerate the economy at the cost of human life because no American is going to say how much a life is worth. Job one has to be save lives," he asserted.
With 25,665 cases in New York, the state accounts for more than half of all US infections.
The governor said the number of new cases in the state is doubling every three days and showing no sign of slowing down.