New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing on the coronavirus outbreak — 5/21/2020


PLEASURE TO SEE ALL YOUR SMILING FACES. BEAUTIFUL DAY HERE. BEAUTIFUL CITY OF NEW YORK. LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME FACTS AS TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO IS WITH US TODAY FROM MY LEFT ROBERT HUH-UH CAN A, MELISSA DeROSA, GARETH RHODES YOUNG GENIUS. CORONA HOSPITALIZATIONS DOWN. GREAT NEWS. 5,187. THE NEXT CHANGE IS DOWN, THAT’S GOOD NEWS. INTUBATIONS ARE DOWN, THAT’S VERY GOOD NEWS. NEW COVID CASES ARE DOWN TO 246 WHICH IS ACTUALLY LOWER THAN WE WERE WHEN THIS FIRST STARTED. SO WE’RE BACK TO A POINT EARLIER THAN WE WERE WHEN THIS COVID CRISIS HIT US AND WE STARTED THAT SPIKE. SO THAT’S REALLY GOOD NEWS. THE NUMBER OF DEATHS, 105, THAT’S TERRIBLE NEWS. THE RELATIVELY IT’S BETTER THAN IT HAS BEEN. STILL 105 FAMILIES WHO ARE GRIEVING TODAY AND THEY ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. BUT YOU SEE THE OVERALL TRAJECTORY OF THIS SITUATION, MARCH 20th TO MAY 20th, IT’S BEEN A PERIOD OF TIME THAT WILL GO DOWN TO IN HISTORY. A LOT OF PAIN, UNIQUE PERIOD, BUT WE GOT THROUGH IT. WE GOT THROUGH IT. WE GOT OVER THE MOUNTAIN, LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY. WE ARE NOW TALKING ABOUT REOPENING ACROSS THE STATE. WE ARE DOING IT REGION BY REGION. ROCKLAND COUNTY TODAY IS ELIGIBLE FOR ELECTIVE SURGERY AND AMBULATORY CARE. WHEN WE OPEN UP FOR ELECTIVE SURGERY IN THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM IT MEANS WE HAVE THE HOSPITAL BED CAPACITY, ONE OF THE MAD SCRAMBLE, IF YOU REMEMBER, EARLY ON WAS TO MAKE SURE WE HAD ENOUGH HOSPITAL CAPACITY BECAUSE THE PROJECTIONS WERE WE WOULD NEED DOUBLE OUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY IN THIS STATE SO WE STOPPED ELECTIVE SURGERIES. OPENING UP ELECTIVE SURGERIES MEANS WE HAVE HOSPITAL CAPACITY. WHEN WE REOPEN A REGION WE START TO REOPEN A REGION THERE WILL BE INCREASED ACTIVITY. MORE PEOPLE ARE COMING OUT. THAT DOES NOT NECESSARILY EQUATE TO AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THAT INCREASED ACTIVITY MEANS MORE CASES. IT TENDS TO BE TRUE BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE TRUE. YOU CAN HAVE MORE ACTIVITY AND IF PEOPLE TAKE THE RIGHT PRECAUTIONS YOU DON’T NECESSARILY NEED TO SEE A RISE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES. AND NONE OF THIS IS PREORDAINED. AS YOU INCREASE ACTIVITY WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS A FUNCTION OF WHAT WE DO AND THAT’S NOT JUST RHETORICAL. IF YOU TELL ME HOW NEW YORKERS REACT WITH INCREASED ACTIVITY I WILL TELL YOU WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE INFECTION RATES. IT LITERALLY DEPENDS ON WHAT WE DO. EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY AS WE GO FORWARD. YOU REOPEN SHOPS FOR CURBSIDE RETAIL, HOW DO THE SHOP KEEPERS, THE RETAIL OWNERS, HOW DO THEY PERFORM? HOW DO THE EMPLOYEES PERFORM? HOW DO THE EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE PEOPLE COMING BACK PERFORM? AND PROBABLY MOST IMPORTANTLY AS INDIVIDUALS HOW ARE WE ACTING AND HOW ARE WE PERFORMING? ARE WE MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCING, ET CETERA? OF ALL THE BIZARRE THINGS WE’VE GONE THROUGH THIS FACT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS TO ME. LOGIC WOULD HAVE SUGGESTED THAT FIRST RESPONDERS WOULD HAVE HAD THE HIGHEST INFECTION RATE. RIGHT? JUST COMMON SENSE. THE NURSES, THE DOCTORS, THE EMS WORKERS WHO ARE FIRST RESPONDING TO COVID-POSITIVE PEOPLE WORKING WITH COVID POSITIVE PEOPLE ALL DAY LONG, THEY HAD TO HAVE THE HIGHEST INFECTION RATE. RIGHT? JUST LOGIC. THINK ABOUT THOSE EMERGENCY ROOMS. PEOPLE WORKING 12, 14, 16, 18 HOURS A DAY WITH COVID-POSITIVE PEOPLE. THEY MUST HAVE HAD THE HIGHEST INFECTION RATE. NYPD FIRST RESPONDERS, FIRST DEPARTMENT THEY MUST HAVE HAD A HIGHER INFECTION RATE. THE FIRST RESPONDERS, THE FRONT LINE WORKERS WIND UP HAVING A LOWER INFECTION RATE THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION IN THAT AREA. HOW CAN THAT POSSIBLY BE? BECAUSE THE PPE WORKS. THOSE MASKS WORK. WE’VE LITERALLY TESTED ALL THE FRONT LINE WORKERS, TRANSIT WORKERS, THEY ARE DRIVING THE BUSES, THEY’RE ENCOUNTERING HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE A DAY, THEY’RE DRIVING THE TRAINS, SUBWAY SYSTEM, ON STATIONS, IN CARS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS, NURSES, DOCTORS, HOSPITAL STAFF, NYPD, FIRE DEPARTMENT, CORRECTION OFFICERS IN STATE PRISONS WITH A CONGREGATE POPULATION, STATE POLICE OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATION, THEY ALL HAVE A LOWER PERCENTAGE THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION. NOW, IT’S GOOD NEWS FOR THE FRONT LINE WORKERS AND WE WERE ALL WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE DOING, BUT THERE’S A MESSAGE FOR ALL OF US WHICH IS THAT THE PPE ACTUALLY WORKS. THE MASK IS NOT JUST A SOCIAL SYMBOL, RIGHT? THIS IS NOT DO IT BECAUSE WE’RE ASKING YOU TO DO IT. THE SURGICAL MASK, THIS MASK, IS THE SAME THING THAT IS GIVEN TO THE FRONT LINE WORKERS. THEY’RE NOT USING ANY DIFFERENT. IF IT REDUCED THE INFECTION RATE FOR THEM IT WILL REDUCE THE INFECTION RATE FOR YOU, BUT YOU HAVE TO WEAR IT. NOW, WE SAY THAT EMPLOYERS MUST PROVIDE THIS TO EMPLOYEES WHEN THEY GO BACK TO WORK. IF THEY DO NOT GET ONE EMPLOYEES SHOULD CALL THIS NUMBER AND REPORT AN EMPLOYER WHO IS NOT OPERATING WITH THE RIGHT PRECAUTIONS. ALSO WE’RE STARTING OUR TRACING OPERATION AND THIS IS TOTALLY NEW. A PERSON WHO TESTS POSITIVE THE TRACERS WILL THEN CONTACT THAT PERSON AND ASK WHO THEY MAY HAVE EXPOSED AND YOU COULD GET A PHONE CALL FOLLOWING UP ON THIS TRACING INFORMATION SAYING YOU WERE WITH JOHN SMITH LAST NIGHT, JOHN SMITH IS NOW POSITIVE, YOU MAY WANT TO BE TESTED. ON THE TELEPHONE IF YOU HAVE ONE OF THE NEW FANCY PHONES, WHICH I DO NOT, IT WILL COME UP NYS CONTACT TRACING. YOU SHOULD ANSWER THAT CALL. IT’S NOT A HOAX, IT’S NOT A SCAM, IT’S NOT A FRAUD. THAT IS AN OFFICIAL MESSAGE SAYING NEW YORK STATE CONTACT 6÷@xo CALLING. SO IF YOU GET THAT MESSAGE, TAKE THAT PHONE CALL, IT’S FOR YOUR HEALTH, IT’S FOR YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STRUGGLING, THE NUMBERS OF SMALL BUSINESSES THAT THEY ARE PROJECTING MAY NOT COME BACK ARE REALLY STAGGERING. WE’RE TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN ON A STATE LEVEL. I HOPE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PASSES AN ADDITIONAL SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF PROGRAM. BUT WE ARE EXTENDING THE SALES TAX FILING, WE’VE EXTENDED IT FROM MARCH 20th TO MAY 19th. WE’RE NOW GOING TO EXTEND IT TO JUNE 22nd. WE UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE FINANCIAL ISSUES OBVIOUSLY SO THE STATE IS DOING EVERYTHING THAT THEY CAN. ON SCHOOLS WE ADOPTED A STATEWIDE POLICY FOR OUR SCHOOLS. MAY 1st WE ANNOUNCED K TO 12 AND COLLEGE WOULD BE CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR. SCHOOLS OBVIOUSLY POSE RISKS, THEY ARE PLACES OF GATHERING, THEY ARE ON BUSES, THEY ARE IN CLASSROOMS, HOW DO YOU REDUCE HOW DO YOU REDUCE DENSITY IN A CAFETERIA, ON A SCHOOL BUS, ET CETERA. HOW DO YOU GET CHILDREN TO WEAR MASKS? AND WE HAVE ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT THAT WE’RE TRACKING WHICH IS THE COVID-RELATED CHILD ILLNESS. MS. RUSSO HAS DONE GREAT WORK ON THIS. I BELIEVE AND I’VE SAID THIS FROM THE START, THIS DID NOT PRESENT AS A COVID SITUATION BECAUSE IT’S NOT RESPIRATORY AND WE WERE TOLD EARLY ON THAT CHILDREN ARE NOT AFFECTED BY COVID AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE PIECES THAT NEWS THAT ACTUALLY REDUCED ANXIETY EARLY ON. WE’RE NOW STARTING TO SEE THAT CHILDREN WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID OR TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID ANTIBODIES ARE DEVELOPING THESE INFLAMMATORY SYSTEM SYMPTOMS, INFLAMMATION OF THE BLOOD VESSEL, INFLAMMATION OF THE HEART, BUT IT’S QUITE SERIOUS AND WE HAVE LOST A NUMBER OF CHILDREN. NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WAS THE FIRST TO REALLY INVESTIGATE THIS. THE MORE THEY INVESTIGATED THE MORE CASES THEY FOUND. LAST THURSDAY THERE WERE SEVEN COUNTRIES THAT ALSO INVESTIGATED AND FOUND CASES. THERE WERE 17 STATES THAT FOUND CASES. OKAY? THIS WAS LAST THURSDAY. TODAY THERE ARE 13 COUNTRIES AND 25 STATES. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS WHERE THE MORE THEY LOOK I BELIEVE THE MORE THEY’RE GOING TO FIND. SO WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SCHOOLS, AGAIN, THE FACTS HAVE CHANGED FROM THE, QUOTE/UNQUOTE, EXPERTS BECAUSE THERE ARE NO EXPERTS ON THIS COVID VIRUS. I’VE LEARNED THAT THE HARD WAY. CHILDREN ARE NOT AFFECTED. WELL, NOW MAYBE CHILDREN ARE AFFECTED. RIGHT? AND WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT SCHOOLS AND YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN AND YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT DENSITY, EXPLORING THIS SITUATION AND MAKING SURE THAT THIS IS NOT A WIDESPREAD SITUATION AFFECTING CHILDREN. THEY ARE NOT EVEN SURE THE DURATION AFTER THE COVID EXPOSURE THAT THIS MIGHT OCCUR BECAUSE THIS IS ALL A CASE OF FIRST IMPRESSION. BUT THIS IS A RELATED ISSUE THAT DOES AFFECT CHILDREN AND OBVIOUSLY IT’S SOMETHING WE’RE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT. SO THE QUESTION WAS ON SUMMER SCHOOL, WOULD SUMMER SCHOOL OPEN. SUMMER SCHOOL IS NOT GOING TO OPEN STATEWIDE FOR IN-CLASS TEACHING. IT WILL BE THROUGH DISTANCE LEARNING AND MEAL PROGRAMS AND CHILD CARE SERVICES FOR ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES WILL CONTINUE. IN TERMS OF OPENING UP THE SCHOOL FOR THE FALL, IT’S STILL TOO EARLY TO MAKE THAT DETERMINATION. WE WANT TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON THIS INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME. WE ALSO WANT TO SEE HOW THE DEVELOPMENT FOR TREATMENT OF VACCINE PROCEEDS. WE WILL ISSUE GUIDELINES BEGINNING OF JUNE ON WHAT SCHOOLS WOULD NEED TO DO TO COME UP WITH A PLAN TO PREPARE TO OPEN. THE SCHOOLS WILL DO THOSE PLANS, PROVIDE THEM TO THE STATE IN JULY, THE STATE WILL APPROVE THOSE PLANS OR NOT APPROVE THOSE PLANS IN JULY ALL IN PREPARATION FOR AN OPENING IN SEPTEMBER, BUT, AGAIN, WE DON’T WANT TO MAKE THAT DECISION UNTIL WE HAVE MORE FACTS. AS THE FACTS KEEP CHANGING PRUDENCE DICTATES THAT YOU DON’T MAKE A DECISION UNTIL IT’S TIMELY SO YOU HAVE THE MOST RECENT FACTS TO MAKE THE DECISION. WE’RE COMING UP TO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. DOWN STATE BEACHES, THEY ARE ON LONG ISLAND, THOSE BEACHES OPEN AT 6:00 A.M., THEY CLOSE AT 9:00 P.M., SWIMMING IS ALLOWED FROM 9:00 A.M. UNTIL 5:00 P.M. AND THE PEACH IN HARRIMAN STATE PARK. JUST A NOTE ON THESE BEACHES. THERE ARE CERTAIN RULES ON BEACHES THAT ARE OPERATING, PRIMARILY 50% CAPACITY AND THEN SOCIAL DISTANCING ON THE BEACH. NO CONTACT ACTIVITIES OBVIOUSLY. SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE ENFORCED. MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN WHEN SOCIAL DISTANCING IS IMPOSSIBLE. BUT THERE IS SUCH A DEMAND IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA TO GET TO A BEACH, TO GET SOME RESPITE, IT’S MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, PEOPLE WANT TO GET OUT OF THE HOMES, 50% CAPACITY, THOSE BEACHES MAY REACH CAPACITY AT 10:00, 11:00 IN THE MORNING SO THAT’S SOMETHING TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION. I’M A QUEENS BOY. IT’S A RIDE TO THESE BEACHES AND YOU DON’T WANT TO TAKE THAT RIDE AND GET ALL THE WAY OUT THERE AND FIND OUT THE BEACH IS ALREADY CLOSED. AGAIN, THIS IS A FIRST TIME FOR ALL OF US, BUT 50% CAPACITY WITH THIS PENT UP DEMAND, THOSE PARKING LOTS WILL REACH CAPACITY VERY QUICKLY. SO TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN YOU’RE MAKING YOUR PLANS. THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL EMS WEEK AND IT’S A TIME TO THANK THE EMS WORKERS WHO JUST WERE ON THE FRONT LINES AND DID A MAGNIFICENT JOB. SOME OF THEM ACTUALLY GAVE THEIR LIVES TO THIS AND WE ARE ALL VERY, VERY GRATEFUL TO THEM. THE EMS WORKERS AS WELL AS ALL THE FRONT LINE WORKERS. BUT TO THOSE WHO WE LOST IN THIS BATTLE, AND IT WAS A BATTLE, IT IS A BATTLE, WE WANT TO SAY A SPECIAL CONDOLENCES TO THEIR FAMILIES. WELL EVERYBODY KNEW, THEY KNEW WHAT INFERNO THEY WERE RUNNING INTO AND THEY RAN INTO THE FIRE FOR US. EVERYBODY KNEW COVID-19 WAS DANGEROUS BUT THEY DIDN’T STAY HOME, THEY DIDN’T CALL IN SICK. SOME PEOPLE VOLUNTEERED TO COME FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HELP US HERE IN NEW YORK AND THEY LOST THEIR LIVES. WE SHOULD REMEMBER THAT. WHEN WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF THIS NOW. WHEN WE GET A CHANCE TO REFLECT ON WHAT HAS BEEN DONE HERE, WHAT WE’VE GONE THROUGH AND HOW PEOPLE REACTED, WINSTON CHURCHILL NEVER WAS SO MUCH OLD BY SO MANY TO SO FEW. COVID-19 IT COULD KILL YOU, EVERYONE STAY HOME, EXCEPT THE FRONT LINE WORKERS AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS, WE NEED YOU TO GO TO WORK. WELL, I THOUGHT YOU JUST SAID COVID-19 COULD KILL ME. YES, BUT YOU HAVE TO GO TO WORK ANYWAY. AND THEY DID. AND THEY DID. HOSPITAL WORKERS, NYPD, FIRE DEPARTMENT, EMS, GROCERY STORE WORKERS, DELIVERY BOYS, DELIVERY WOMEN, THEY SHOWED UP. GOD BLESS THEM. GOD BLESS THEM. AND WE THANK THEM. QUESTIONS, COMMENTS?>>THE NUMBER OF SUMMER CAMPS THAT ARE SLEEP AWAY THAT HAVE ALREADY MADE A DECISION TO CLOSE FOR THE SUMMER THAT THEY CAN’T SAFELY REOPEN, IN TERMS OF DAY CAMPS IS THAT A DIFFERENT STANDARD OR ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT SOME OF THEM CAN GO FORWARD AND OPEN? I KNOW WE ARE FAST APPROACHING A DEADLINE FOR SCHOOLS, SUMMER SCHOOL AND SEPTEMBER, BUT WHAT ABOUT CAMPS?>>DO WE HAVE A DEADLINE FOR CAMPS?>>GUIDELINES WERE PREPARED AS THE GOVERNOR MENTIONED WITH THE NEW COVID RELATED ILLNESSES IN CHILDREN WE ARE RELOOKING AT THOSE GUIDELINES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT DOING THIS TOO EARLY. SO THERE ARE GUIDELINES THAT APPLY TO DAY CARE PRESENTLY, BUT WE ARE REALLY LOOKING AT THE GUIDELINES FOR SUMMER CAMPS, NONSLEEP AWAY CAMPS JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE GUIDELINES ACTUALLY STILL WORK IN LIGHT OF WHAT WE’RE NEWLY FINDING WITH THE CHILDREN AND THAT GROWING NUMBER, WHICH IS NOW AT 157. >>THE GUIDELINES MEANING YOU THINK IT’S STILL POSSIBLE TO OPEN ALBEIT — >>IF WE CAN PREPARE GUIDELINES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FEELS THAT YOU CAN DO IT SAFELY. SO RIGHT NOW WE HAVE GUIDELINES THAT ARE IN PLACE FOR DAY CARE, RIGHT NOW WITH THIS NEW POPULATION AND THE NEW NUMBER OF CASES WHICH ARE INCREASING EVERY DAY, BEFORE WE GO AHEAD AND SAY WE WANT TO OPEN MORE, RIGHT, PLACES WHERE CHILDREN CAN CONGREGATE, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN DO AND MITIGATE IT WITHIN THE GUIDELINES AND WE HAVEN’T MADE THAT DETERMINATION YET. >>YOU KNOW, ZACH, ONE OF THE CAUTIONS HERE IS, LOOK, YOU KNOW ME, YOU KNOW MY PERSONALITY, I TEND TO BE TYPICAL NEW YORKER, I’M AGGRESSIVE, I WANT NEW YORK TO BE THE FIRST, THE BEST. I UNDERSTAND THE DESIRE REOPEN EVERYTHING LET’S GO, WE’VE BEEN ON PAUSE FOR TOO LONG, THE ECONOMY IS SLOW, I DON’T HAVE A PAYCHECK, I HAVE TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE, WE ARE ALL ABOUT ENERGY AND AGGRESSIVENESS IN NEW YORK. THE CAUTION FLAG IS THEY KEEP CHANGING THE FACTS ON US, YOU KNOW? WE MAKE A DECISION BASED ON FACTS, BUT THEN THE FACTS CHANGE AND YOU REVISIT THE SAME DECISION WITH A DIFFERENT SET OF FACTS AND IT’S DIFFERENT. WELL, IF YOU GET THIS DISEASE YOU HAVE ANTIBODIES AND THEN YOU’RE IMMUNE. OKAY. SO LET’S PLAN THAT ALL THE PEOPLE WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR ANTIBODIES THEY CAN BE THE WORKFORCE THAT GOES BACK SAFELY BECAUSE THEY CAN’T GET INFECTED AGAIN. THAT WAS THE FACT THAT HE GAVE US. ANTIBODY TEST CAME UP, THAT’S WHY THERE WAS SUCH A DEMAND. WE DO THE ANTIBODY TEST, YOU’RE POSITIVE FOR ANTIBODIES, YOU’RE CLEAR TO GO BACK TO WORK. OKAY. HOLD ON. WE’RE NOT SURE ABOUT THAT ANYMORE. WHAT DO YOU MEAN? YOU SAID IF THEY HAVE THE ANTIBODIES THEY WERE IMMUNE. YEAH, BUT NOW WE’RE NOT SO SURE. OKAY. NEW SET OF FACTS. CHILDREN ARE NOT AFFECTED. OKAY. LET’S SEE WHAT WE DO ABOUT CAMPS, LET’S SEE WHAT WE DO ABOUT SCHOOL. HOLD ON. CHILDREN MAY BE AFFECTED. THIS INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME IS MORE FRIGHTENING THAN COVID RESPIRATORY ILLNESS IN SOME WAYS BECAUSE IT INFLAMES THE HEART. WELL, WE KNOW IT EXISTS, WE DON’T KNOW HOW WIDESPREAD IT IS, BUT THE MORE WE LOOK, THE MORE WE FIND IT. AND IN ONE WEEK WE DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES WHO NOW FOUND IT AND WE DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF STATES. WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT SUMMER CAMPS? I SAID HAVE THE SAME CONVERSATION WITH OUR HEALTH EXPERT. I SAID, LET’S PUT IT THIS WAY, I WANT TO SEND MY CHILDREN TO DAY CAMP. SHOULD I SEND MY CHILDREN TO DAY CAMP? IS IT SAFE? UNTIL WE HAVE THIS ANSWER ON THIS PEDIATRIC SYNDROME, AS A PARENT UNTIL I KNOW HOW WIDESPREAD THIS IS I WOULD NOT SEND MY CHILDREN TO DAY CAMP. IF I WON’T SEND MY CHILDREN TO DAY CAMP I WOULDN’T ASK ANYONE ELSE TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO DAY CAMP. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. AND THEY’RE STILL EXPLORING THIS. SO YOU MAKE A DECISION ON THE FACTS. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THEY KEEP CHANGING THE FACTS? CAUTION FLAG. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN. >>GOVERNOR, FOLLOWING UP ON THIS NEW YORK AGGRESSIVENESS AND STRENGTH, WHEN WE WERE THE EARLY HOT SPOT SOME OTHER GOVERNORS BY EXECUTIVE ORDER DECIDED TO SORT OF PREVENT US FROM BUILDING THERE. HAWAII, PLACES LIKE THAT. NOW IN JUNE IF FLIGHTS START COMING HERE MORE AND MORE OFTEN IT’S SORT OF THE REVERSE. WHAT DO YOU DO AS THE GOVERNOR HERE TO AT OUR AIRPORTS DO SOMETHING BEYOND WHAT’S BEING DONE NOW AND ARE WE AT A POINT WHERE THEY ARE A LITTLE BIT MORE, TO USE THE WORD AGGRESSIVE, AGAINST PEOPLE WHO COME AND MAKING SURE THEY QUARANTINE THAN WE ARE AT THE MOMENT?>>WELL, YOU’RE RIGHT, THE TABLES HAVE TURNED SOMEWHAT. NEW YORK, OUR INFECTION RATE IS GOING DOWN. YOU LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS, NEW YORKERS HAVE DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB OF DOING WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO TO FLATTEN THAT CURVE, ANOTHER NEW EXPRESSION THAT NOBODY WOULD HAVE HEARD OF LAST YEAR, BUT NOW EVERYBODY KNOWS. AND THE INFECTION RATE IN NEW YORK IS COMING DOWN. THE INFECTION RATE IN THE REST OF THE NATION IS GOING UP. YOU HAVE SOME STATES THAT HAVE MORE CASES THAN THEY HAVE EVER HAD RIGHT NOW. WE ARE WATCHING IT. THE ABILITY OF A STATE — WE DON’T DO CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL. THAT IS BASICALLY A FEDERAL OBLIGATION AND FEDERAL DUTY AND A FEDERAL ROLE. THEY DO ALL THE CLEARANCES OF PEOPLE COMING IN AT AIRPORTS. WE ADMINISTRATIVELY OPERATE THE AIRPORTS FOR THE PORT AUTHORITY BUT IT’S FEDERAL LAW AND FEDERAL AGENTS THAT CAN STOP PEOPLE FROM COMING IN, THAT CAN QUARANTINE AT AN AIRPORT. IT’S QUESTIONABLE ABOUT WHAT THE STATE’S ROLE S BUT IT’S SOMETHING WE’RE WATCHING. TAKING TEMPERATURES OF PEOPLE COMING IN, ASKING QUESTIONS OF PEOPLE COMING IN IS SOMETHING WE’RE CONSIDERING. >>WOULD YOU SAY IT’S UNACCEPTABLE THE FEDS ARE LETTING US DOWN SO I HAVE TO STEP IN?>>IT RAISES LEGAL QUESTIONS AND POLICY QUESTIONS, BUT IT IS SOMETHING WE’RE WATCHING.>>GOVERNOR, A NEW MODEL FROM A UNIVERSITY SUGGESTS THAT FEWER THAN 4,300 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE NEW YORK METRO AREA THIS THIS BEEN IMPLEMENTED THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER EARLIER ON MARCH 8. MAYOR de BLASIO SAID TODAY I WISH WE HAD NO MORE BECAUSE WE WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO MORE. I’M WONDERING IF YOU THINK THIS COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE ACTED EARLIER IN IMPLEMENTING A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. >>YEAH, I THINK IT’S FRANKLY THE SITUATION IS WORSE THAN THE STORY SUGGESTS. WE MAY LOSE 100,000 PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY TO COVID. IF THIS COUNTRY KNEW MORE AND KNEW IT EARLIER I THINK WE COULD HAVE SAVED MANY, MANY MORE LIVES. I MEAN, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT IN RETROSPECT, THE VIRUS IS IN CHINA NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER, EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT. WE DO A CHINA TRAVEL BAN FEBRUARY 1. THE PRESIDENT DID IT. SOME PEOPLE SAID AT THAT TIME HE WAS CRITICIZED THAT IT WAS TOO EARLY. WE DO A EUROPEAN TRAVEL BAN MARCH 16th. OKAY? BY THE TIME YOU GET TO MARCH 16th, STARTS IN CHINA NOVEMBER — DECEMBER, YOU THEN HAVE JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH. WE NOW KNOW THE VIRUS LEFT CHINA, GOT ON A PLANE AND WENT TO EUROPE AND FROM EUROPE THE VIRUS GOT ON A PLANE AND CAME TO THE UNITED STATES AND CAME TO NEW YORK. JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, MARCH 16th EUROPEAN TRAVEL BAN, 3 MILLION EUROPEANS TRAVELED TO NEW YORK STATE. 3 MILLION. IF YOU KNEW THAT THE VIRUS LEFT CHINA NOVEMBER/DECEMBER AND WENT TO EUROPE, YOU WOULD HAVE DONE A EUROPEAN TRAVEL BAN DECEMBER 31. CHINA TRAVEL BAN DECEMBER 31. HOW MANY LIVES COULD YOU HAVE SAVED? SO I THINK IT’S ACTUALLY — WHEN YOU START TO DO MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKING I THINK IT GOES BACK BEFORE THAT. “NEW YORK TIMES” DOESN’T CALL FOR A CLOSE DOWN UNTIL MARCH 24th. THINK ABOUT IT. MARCH 24th. FORGET MARCH 24th. SHOULD HAVE BEEN DECEMBER 31st. BUT WHO KNEW THE VIRUS LEFT CHINA? WHO KNEW THE VIRUS WENT TO EUROPE? WHO KNEW THE VIRUS WAS ALREADY HERE JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH. NOW, WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN IS ABOVE MY PAY GRADE AS THE GOVERNOR OF ONE STATE, BUT WHAT FEDERAL AGENCY, WHAT INTERNATIONAL HEALTH ORGANIZATION I DON’T KNOW. IT’S NOT WHAT I DO. IT’S NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY. BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER IT’S IN CHINA. EVERYBODY SAYS IT’S COMING FROM CHINA, COMING FROM CHINA. IT CAME FROM CHINA. IT LEFT CHINA. WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WAS GOING TO SIT IN CHINA AND WAIT FOR YOU TO GET THERE? NO. IT TRAVELED LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE TRAVELED. WE ALL TALK ABOUT MOBILITY, ET CETERA. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER IN CHINA. WE DON’T ACT UNTIL MARCH. SIR?>>GOVERNOR, STATE LAWMAKERS ARE RECONVENING NEXT WEEK. ARE THERE ANY ISSUES THAT YOU WOULD WANT THEM TO ADDRESS AND HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN ANY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ON WHAT CAN STILL BE DONE IN THE UPCOMING WEEKS AND MONTHS?>>I TALKED TO THE LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ON EVERY SIGNIFICANT THING I DO WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER SO I’VE BEEN TALKING TO THEM ALL ALONG. I UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, THE LEGISLATORS HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD, THEY ARE IN TOUCH WITH PEOPLE ON THE DISTRICT, PEOPLE THINK, WELL, THEY ARE NOT IN ALBANY THEY ARE NOT WORKING. NO, THEY ARE WORKING. I THINK THEY’RE WORKING HARDER THAN THEY HAVE EVER WORKED BY THE WAY BECAUSE THE DEMANDS IN THE DISTRICT ARE VERY HIGH. BUT THEY’VE BEEN INVOLVED WITH EVERYTHING WE’RE DOING AND WHATEVER THEY PLAN TO DO WE WILL TALK ABOUT.>>ANY THOUGHTS ON WHAT COULD STILL BE DONE THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?>>WELL, LOOK, YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A SITUATION THAT NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN BEFORE SO THE RANGE OF WHAT YOU COULD DO IS ALMOST LIMITLESS. THE QUESTION IS WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO AND WHAT CAN YOU DO. RIGHT? WE’RE WAITING FOR WASHINGTON TO ACT. WE’RE DESPERATE FOR WASHINGTON’S ACTION. IF WASHINGTON DOES NOT PROVIDE FEDERAL RELIEF BECAUSE WE HAVE SUCH A BIG DEFICIT — I WANT TO MAKE SURE NEW YORKERS KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. YOU KNOW, WASHINGTON IS FAR AWAY, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT REALLY MAKE, IT’S ALL POLITICS. THIS LEGISLATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE. IF WE DON’T GET FEDERAL FUNDING, LOSS OF SCHOOL AID, LOSS OF FUNDING TO HOSPITALS BECAUSE THAT’S THE STATE BUDGET, RIGHT? WHERE DOES THE STATE BUDGET GO? GOES TO EDUCATION, GOES TO HEALTH CARE, THAT’S WHERE OUR FUNDING GOES, AND GOES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. LOSS OF SCHOOL AID, HOSPITAL AID, LOSS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, POLICE, FIRE, FIRST RESPONDERS. >>ANY DETAILS IN THE UPCOMING RECESS?>>WELL, WE HAVE TO SEE WHAT WASHINGTON DOES, OTHERWISE YOU KNOW — YOU KNOW THE EQUATION. IF WE DON’T GET FEDERAL FUNDING WE HAVE TO CUT THOSE AREAS ABOUT 20%. THAT’S WHERE WE ARE.>>THANK YOU, FIRST OF ALL, FOR YOUR KIND WORDS, I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU FOR YOUR GOOD WORK.>>THANK YOU. I HAVE — AND FOR YOURS. REGARDING THE CASES OF CHILDREN WITH INFLAMMATORY ILLNESS AND THEN I HAVE TO ASK ANOTHER QUESTION IF YOU WILL ALLOW ME. CAN YOU UPDATE US ON THE NUMBERS. HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE NOW? HAVE YOU REVISED THE NUMBER OF DEATHS THAT YOU BELIEVE ARE ATTRIBUTABLE IN NEW YORK STATE AND WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE CURVE OF THESE CASES? DO THEY SEEM TO BE MIRRORING WHAT YOU SAW. I KNOW WE DON’T KNOW HOW LONG THE LAST TIME IS BUT I GUESS MY QUESTION IS WHAT MAKES YOU THINK SO FAR THAT WHAT WE’VE SEEN [ INAUDIBLE ]. >>WE HAVE THE ONLY UPDATE ON THE NUMBERS IS WE HAVE NOW 159 CASES WE ARE INVESTIGATING. I SAID THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG, LET’S SAY TEN DAYS AGO OR ONE WEEK AGO, WHENEVER THIS CAME. TIME ALL BLURS FOR ME IN THIS. TIP OF THE ICEBERG WAS RIGHT BECAUSE IN ONE WEEK WE DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES AND WE DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF STATES. THAT’S WHAT I MEAN BY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. ALSO I WOULDN’T CALL THIS A CURVE THE WAY WE TALK ABOUT CURVES. THIS IS NOT REALLY A CURVE OF THE INFECTION RATE, THIS IS A DISCOVERY PHASE WE’RE IN. THE MORE THEY LOOK THE MORE THEY FIND, RIGHT? SO YOU HAVE A UNIVERSE OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE HAD THnS ONSET OF THIS SYNDROME? I DON’T BELIEVE THEY HAVE AN ANSWER ON THAT YET, WHICH IS WHAT’S FRIGHTENING. YOU KNOW, THEY’RE NOW STARTING TO SAY, WELL, YOU COULD HAVE THESE ANTIBODIES AND THESE ANTIBODIES MAY HAVE A NEGATIVE AFFECT ON YOUR SYSTEM. BECAUSE WE’VE NEVER SEEN THESE ANTIBODIES BEFORE FOR THIS VIRUS AND NOW AFTER ONE WEEK OR TWO WEEKS OR THREE WEEKS OR A MONTH WITH THESE ANTIBODIES YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS LIKE THIS, BUT THEY’RE ALL JUST DISCOVERING IT. THAT’S WHAT’S SO DIFFICULT AND FRIGHTENING ABOUT THIS. YOU KNOW, THERE IS NO ROADMAP.>>ON THE OTHER SUBJECT, IF I CAN — >>THEY ARE ALWAYS ANNOYING QUESTIONS, DID YOU EVER NOTICE THAT? I’M KIDDING. HE’S A GOOD FELLA. >>HOW CAN CONNECTICUT OPEN BARS AND RESTAURANTS WHILE NEW YORK COMMUNITIES JUST TWO MILES AWAY CAN’T? WHATEVER HAPPENED TO YOUR CONCEPT OF REGIONAL INC. SYNCHRONICITY?>>WE ARE COORDINATING WITH ALL THE REGIONS. WE SAID FROM DAY ONE COORDINATION AND COLLABORATION DOES NOT MEAN UNIFORMITY. THERE WON’T BE UNIFORMITY BECAUSE YOU HAVE AREAS OF DIFFERENT DENSITY. YOU HAVE AREAS WITH DIFFERENT INFECTION RATES. YOU KNOW, WE DON’T HAVE UNIFORMITY ACROSS OUR OWN STATE. NEW YORK CITY IS ONE SITUATION, LONG ISLAND IS ANOTHER SITUATION, WEST CHESTER IS ANOTHER SITUATION, UPSTATE WE ARE ALREADY REOPENING. SO IT’S NOT UNIFORMITY, IT’S COLLABORATION BECAUSE WHAT WE DO IN ALBANY MIGHT AFFECT THE MID HUDSON, MIGHT AFFECT WHAT THEY DO IN JERSEY, MIGHT AFFECT WHAT CONNECTICUT DOES, MIGHT AFFECT — SO IT’S A COLLABORATION AND THAT HAS BEEN GOING WELL, BUT CONNECTICUT HAS A DIFFERENT SITUATION THAN WHAT WE HAVE HERE IN TERMS OF DENSITY, NUMBERS, INFECTION RATE, HOSPITALIZATION RATE, THEIR REALITY IS A DIFFERENT REALITY.>>WHEN IT CAME TO SHUTTING DOWN, SHUTDOWN OF THE SCHOOLS, IT SEEMS THE CITY AND THE STATE WERE ON DIFFERENT PAINLESS. THAT SEEMS TO BE THE CASE NOW WITH REOPENING. WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO GET ON THE SAME PAGE AND HOW DO YOU BRING CLARITY TO NEW YORKERS ABOUT REOPENING?>>YEAH, I DON’T THINK WE ARE ON A DIFFERENT PAGE AT ALL ON SCHOOLS AND REOPENING. MY POSITION IS I DON’T HAVE A POSITION. I DON’T KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THEY SHOULD REOPEN YET. WE’RE GETTING MORE INFORMATION, WE’RE GETTING MORE DATA AND WE WILL MAKE THE DECISION ON THE FALL REOPENING IN A TIMELY WAY. WE’RE TELLING THEM GO AHEAD, DO YOUR PLANS, TELL ME HOW YOU WOULD TAKE A CLASSROOM, REDUCE THE DENSITY, TELL ME HOW YOU WOULD REDUCE DENSITY ON A SCHOOL BUS, TELL ME HOW YOU WOULD REDUCE DENSITY IN A CAFETERIA SETTING, ET CETERA. GIVE US THOSE PLANS BY JULY AND THEN WE HAVE TO MAKE THE DECISION ABOUT SEPTEMBER. BUT I DON’T THINK THERE IS A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION OR POSITION BETWEEN THE STATE AND THE CITY. ARE YOU AWARE OF THAT?>>NO, WE SPEAK TO THE CITY 17 TIMES A DAY, WE HAVE BEEN IN LOCKSTEP ON EVERYTHING. THE INDICATORS THAT THEY LAID OUT INITIALLY ALIGN WITH OUR INDICATORS. WE DID THE RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES DECISION THAT THEY AGREED WITH, ON BEACHES WE WANTED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE LOCAL SITUATIONS AND THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT I KNOW MAYOR de BLASIO SUPPORTED. WE’VE BEEN OPERATING IN LOCKSTEP WITH THE CITY.>>SOMETIMES THE MESSAGING SEEMS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. >>WELL, FORGET THE CITY. I CAN TELL YOU THIS, THERE ARE 700 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE. I CLOSED DOWN — THIS IS A DECISION WE DO STATEWIDE. I CLOSED DOWN ALL SCHOOLS. WHEN I CLOSED DOWN ALL THE SCHOOLS OF THE 700 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IF YOU WERE TO HAVE POLLED THEM OR TAKEN A VOTE, 550 OF THEM WOULD HAVE DISAGREED WITH WHAT I WAS DOING. IN RETROSPECT IT TURNED OUT RIGHT, BUT IF YOU WERE TO ASK ALL OF THOSE 700 THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY WERE AGAINST THE CLOSEDOWN. NOW, THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT FRANKLY, SET OF CONCERNS THAN I DO. YOU’RE OPERATING A SCHOOL DISTRICT, YOU ARE GOING TO THEN GO TO A REMOTE SYSTEM, THIS IS A MAJOR TRANSFORMATION, HOW DO I DO IT, BUT YOU HAVE 700 SCHOOL DISTRICTS, NOBODY HAS BEEN HERE BEFORE, YEAH, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE BUT THEN YOU DISCOVERED THAT THERE IS A PATTERN AND IT’S AFFECTING MORE MINORITY CHILDREN.>>YEAH, I CAN GET YOU THE BREAKDOWN OF THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN. THE WORK WITH ROCKEFELLER AND THE GENOME CENTER IS THEY’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY THESE CHILDREN? IS THERE SOMETHING IN THEIR DNA CODE? IS THERE SOME COMMON DENOMINATOR AMONG THESE CHILDREN? WHY ARE THESE CHILDREN AFFECTED WHEN OTHER CHILDREN AREN’T INFECTED? THAT’S BASICALLY WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO FIND OUT. THERE HASN’T BEEN ANY RECENT DEVELOPMENT OF ANY SIGNIFICANCE. THIS KIND OF RESEARCH TENDS TO BE TIME INTENSIVE, BUT THEY’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IT IS AND WHY IS IT AND ARE CERTAIN CHILDREN MORE AT RISK BECAUSE THE INITIAL FINDING IS SO BROAD IT GOES FROM LESS THAN ONE YEAR OLD, A CHILD LESS THAN ONE YEAR OLD TO 18, 19, 21 YEARS OLD. THAT’S A BIG RANGE. MALE, FEMALE, NOW IT’S COUNTRIES ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE. SO THEY’RE TRYING TO FIND — THEY’RE TRYING TO NARROW THE UNIVERSE TO SEE IF THERE’S SOME COMMON LINKAGE, GENETIC OR OTHERWISE, I DON’T THINK THESE CHILDREN. BUT THEY HAVEN’T FOUND ANYTHING YET. I CAN GET YOU THE MOST RECENT BREAKDOWN OF THE CASES THAT WE HAVE IN NEW YORK. WE CAN GET YOU THAT TODAY. LAST QUESTION.>>I JUST WANT TO TALK FROM THE PREMISE OF REOPENING. SO NEW YORK CITY FOOD LINES HAVE GROWN, BUSINESSES ARE SHUTTING DOWN AND MAYOR de BLASIO IS SAYING WE HAVE TO REOPEN BY EARLY TO MID-JUNE. DID YOU DISCUSS THIS WITH MAYOR de BLASIO OR IS THIS NEWS? AND ALSO HOW MUCH LONGER CAN NEW YORK CITY BE CLOSED JUST, YOU KNOW, CONSIDERING THE DIRE SITUATION, FINANCIAL SITUATION?>>LOOK, IT IS — IT’S A VERY, VERY DIFFICULT PLACE TO BE, RIGHT? YOU HAVE FINANCIAL STRESS, YOU HAVE PERSONAL STRESS. ON THE OTHER HAND YOU HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF HOSPITALIZATION OR DEATH. RIGHT? SO THERE IS NO GOOD CHOICE HERE AND WE WANT TO FIND THE ROOT THAT GETS US BETWEEN THE TWO. WE DON’T WANT FINANCIAL RUIN, BUT WE DON’T WANT DEATH, EITHER, RIGHT? SO THAT’S THE DIFFERENCE WE’RE TRYING TO FIND. HOW DO YOU FIND THE BALANCE? YOU DO IT ON THE SCIENCE AND DO IT ON THE DATA AND ON THE NUMBERS. WHAT’S THE INFECTION RATE? WHAT’S THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE? WHAT’S THE DEATH RATE? AND FIND THAT PATH THROUGH THE MIDDLE USING THE DATA. WE HAVE THE BEST SCIENTIFIC THINKING AND THE BEST DATA ANALYSIS AND WE HAVE A SET OF SEVEN CRITERIA THAT MEASURE THE INFECTION RATE AND THE SPREAD, AGAIN, WHICH IS DETERMINED BY HOW PEOPLE ACT. THAT’S WHY WHEN YOU HAVE THESE GATHERINGS AT PARKS OR BARS AND NOBODY IS WEARING A MASK, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE NOBODY TO BLAME BUT THE PERSON IN THE MIRROR. RIGHT? IT’S OUR ACTIONS THAT ARE CREATING THE INFECTIONS. BUT WE HAVE THOSE METH MEDICAL METRICS AND THEY GUIDE THE REOPENING FOR NEW YORK CITY, LIKE THEY DO FOR NASSAU AND SUFFOLK AND WEST CHESTER AND BUFFALO AND BUFFALO. SAME METRICS ALL ACROSS THE STATE IT’S JUST HOW THAT LOCALITY FITS WITH THOSE METRICS. YOU CAN’T DO IT BY TIME. IF YOU MAKE THOSE NUMBERS TOMORROW YOU OPEN TOMORROW. IF YOU MAKE THEM IN A MONTH, THEN YOU REOPEN IN A MONTH, BUT YOU DON’T REOPEN UNTIL YOU CAN REOPEN SAFELY BECAUSE THE LAST THING WE WANT IS TO GO BACK WHERE WE WERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. RIGHT? WE SAW THE SPIKE, WE THEN SAW A VERY SLOW DECLINE THAT TOOK A LOT OF PAIN AND A LOT OF TIME. WE DON’T WANT TO MAKE A MISTAKE NOW AND GO BACK TO A SPIKE. THAT WOULD BE THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO. >>IF I COULD JUST ADD I DON’T BELIEVE THAT’S WHAT MAYOR de BLASIO SAID, I BELIEVE WHAT THE MAYOR SAID IS IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE ON TRACK WITH JUNE BASED ON THE METRICS WITH A BIG ASTERISK OF WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN NOW AND THEN AND WE ARE ON THE EXACT SAME PAGE WITH THEM. BASED ON THE METRICS THAT’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]>>YES, HE SAID WE ALL HAVE THE SAME NUMBERS AND THE SAME CRITERIA, THE ONLY QUESTION IS WHEN WE HIT THOSE NUMBERS AND THAT COMES DOWN TO WHAT PEOPLE DO. I WILL SEE YOU GUYS. THANK YOU.

100 thoughts on “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing on the coronavirus outbreak — 5/21/2020

  1. #1,Homeschooling via internet(.All toddler to university..) #2 work at home if it is possible.#3 Governmental and Medical video appointments. via cell phones,4 wear masks and Protect eyes with protective glasses,and gloves……or face an extinction events. . ..

  2. Thank you Governor Cuomo. Stay healthy and safe.Today you sounded a little tired .a Good nutrional meal with fruits and veggies plus an 8 hours non interrupted sleep will do you wonders.🤗😊

  3. Covid19 viruses have been around forever . There has never been a vaccine for a Covid19 virus and there is no reason to believe CV19 will be any different. Like the swine flu of 68-69 it will run its course . Time to ge back to reality .

  4. The fact that Cuomo has spent 45+ minutes everyday talking directly to the people with facts and charts is already miles ahead of the president

  5. Its funny how most governors in their briefings talk about cutting funding to teachers, police, and healthcare because it comes out of the state budget. How about cutting salaries for Senators, Legislators, and governors? You can all afford to not get paid, instead of the essential employees getting laid off or having their salaries cut. Also, superintendents of schools don't need to make $150,000+ and administrators in school don't need to make $120,000+ . Take the money from there! Stop going after the little people. There's plenty of money at the top to spread around!

  6. Albert 'The Boston Strangler' DeSalvo only murdered 13 women and he's in Hell.

    Hey, Governor Slow Adult: which afterlife destination do you think is yours? #cuomocrimefamily

  7. So we can't open up completely until no one dies. Brilliant Mr Nipples, just brilliant (rolling eyes)

  8. if you talk to a epidemiologist…the expert will tell you why the front line workers are exposed to the virus so their immune systems are getting stronger. And the fact that you locked down healthy people tells you why there’s most infections inside houses…the safe bubble weakened people. First time ever in human history that millions and millions of healthy people got quarantine! Absolutely stupid. Look it up the word “quarantine”.

  9. Was in Venice in mid December. it was packed with Chinese tourists!!! In fact other than the Chinese, there was no other noticeable national groups of present there other than native Italians .

  10. He’s a great manipulator. He keeps changing the facts! He keeps blaming others for his wrong decisions. All he wants is money he doesn’t care about your live, my life and other people lives, he’s hungry of more power and control. Why is so hard for people to acknowledge that?!

  11. So if Trump says it’s a virus that comes from China he’s rac/st but if he says “European virus” it’s ok. Where’s the virus comes from again?

  12. Hey Cuomo, I BET you would never send Covid patients to a nursing home your mother was in! As long as it's OUR mothers it's OK huh??? YOU are an EVIL man!

  13. NYE is dying & this moron is covering it up. Everything he said has been false how many ventilators did you need? Hospital beds. You nipple pierced ghoul, you should be charged for man slaughter.

  14. And a lot of people are now in proverty because, of mismanagement i understand that people died because of this i believe the sick and the elderly can still be isolated but,small business owners need to support their family unemployment not coming fast enough the state will hit bankruptcy if you continue this president Thrump is not going to support you in all the money you required.And hello brainwashed individuals that believes that this man is a pro advocates for lives when he pass a law for abortions at 9 months.

  15. Love you Gov.. Cuomo. We stand behind U and for U. And trump is scared of you. Its really funny. 🙏🏼🙏🏼💖💖💞💞😇😇

  16. While Cuomo has done a lot, all of this needed to be done last month. We announced we'd be doing contact tracing and here we are a month later and we still don't have it. All of this is taking way too long.

  17. Thank you, governor!!!🔝👏🏻🙏🏻Best and true leadership!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🔝🔝🔝

  18. Logic. Here is the logic Cuomo, hospitals, nypd , mta, and fdny have PROPER PPE. That’s how it can possibly be. Regular masks and bandana’s do not work for micro particles. You regular folks with brains probably get it but this guy just wants to lie. N95 masks and respirators with proper filters for micro particles will work. Regular masks and bandanas aren’t made for that. Sorry to say.

  19. It is not a mystery how people comment this videos. Their information is based on who they hear and what they follow. Some believe X because their favorite celebrity said so, others because their ideology better stands with it, and the reasons for most people to say the opposite are the same. They all could hold hands and eat the Jambalaya, because they are not different. If they were computers instead of people, it would be the same program running on different data. As people, it is the same program running on different data.
    It is like Trump and Governors disagreements. They have the same mindset, they just direct it to defend different stand points. The errors are also the same: Unscientific assertions and populist agendas.
    Who loses the most with all that ? The people. The US people, the EU people, the Chinese people, all the people. Most of the people are worried about their daily lives, their community, their lives, and not about squabbling politics over trade and wars. For most people, even in the US, China is far away and irrelevant to their lives, to which they are right.
    People have been saying "now it is a global world and everyone influences everyone" since before the XIX century. Adam Smith writes about it in his book. The merchants in Babylon wrote about a "Globalized World", and that was always the same, a populist point to enlist feelings.
    The World today is a parody of itself, copying movies. Old movies, and the best movies, talk about people living their lives, and their problems, and their adventures. The new idea that movies talk about one person "caring about the World", and "couple heroes" for everyone, and concepts that everyone agree, like the idiocy of "Captain America" celebrated in all his values for everyone, even when we know Chinese, or Vietnamese people hardly adhere to the American standard of politics and social policy. These movies are detrimental more to the US and EU people than anyone else, because it makes the average person on these places to be oblivious that people in other places believe in different things, and want different lives. They end up being perceived as egocentric bullies just because they are led to believe their morals are shared by everyone.
    And that is the foundation of this we have now. People using this misconception for populist agendas, and making a point of pitching people against people, when the best course of action is for everyone to cooperate and solve a problem that no country, no hero, no culture, will ever solve single handedly.
    And if the US or the EU wants to go to war on this, they will probably not only fight the rest of the World, but themselves, because no US or EU average citizen will want to fight over something that is political non-sense.

  20. I like that Cuomo added the names and photos of essential workers who have lost their lives to Covid-19. It's a salute to them for their service during a pandemic and a reminder to everyone to wear their masks/gloves because these workers do not owe us their lives because we were too absent minded to practice social distancing guidelines.

  21. cumo should be lock up him and his clan and be put back to the zoo gauge they came from hes a lair and a gangster

  22. Dear Chelsea Handler, I'm begging you please!! Take our King Corona away to a deserted island and keep him there until this virus, and his term is over.

  23. “November, December and China, we don’t act til March.” Lol. Funny to hear a lil mis-wording China needs to Be held responsible for letting people travel especially people from Wuhan. European countries allowing them to again leave need to be held responsible. And also US customs need to be held responsible. Basically China needs to be brought to justice,then European and US customs need to answer for allowing people to even step on a plane. Also, in all reality the whole information couldn’t have been communicated unless this was purposely done. China needs to do something for all citizens in the world., and it must start with an apology.

  24. Dear King Corona, the facts say that states like Georgia are faring much better than your state since opening up almost 4 weeks ago.. Sweden, which never shut down, is doing better than Pennsylvania which is still in full lock down because of Gov. Wolfe being in alliance with you. Sweden Population: 10.1 million: deaths:3871. Deaths per million:383. Penn. population: 12.8 million. deaths:4917. Deaths per million 384. Only difference is Sweden economy is up and working and our is going down the toilet.

  25. When I turned over apartments where senior citizens lived sometimes we would need biochemical suites for the decomposition of bodily fluids and chemical reactions. Something like what people use for meth labs. Why don't doctors have the same biochemical suits. It certainly is biochemical warfare.

  26. Science, Facts, Statistic, Lies, Ego, Dominance, Constitutional Rights. Where will the roulette ball land?? "Its up to you New York, New York"….. I bet you can hear Frank singing now!

  27. SCAREDEMIC PLANDEMIC SCAMDEMIC FEARDEMIC!!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE FOR GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF LIES AND CONFUSION BUT HIS ADVERSARY IS PLEASE ALL GODS CHILDREN TURN BACK TO HIM AND FEAR NOT MAN BUT THUS SAYETH THE LORD FOR GOD HAS NOT GIVEN HIS PEOPLE THE SPIRIT OF FEAR BUT OF LOVE POWER AND SOUND MIND. FOR MY CHILDREN WILL HEAR MY VOICE AND KNOW MY NAME WHEN I CALL THEY WILL ALL RISE UP AND NOT FALL THEY WILL NOT BE SLEEP NOR SLUMBER BUT WILL BEAR THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT LOVE PEACE JOY PATIENCE KINDNESS GOODNESS FAITHFULNESS GENTLENESS SELF-CONTROL …AND MOST OF ALL THE SPIRIT OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS HOLY SPIRIT SO COME AMONGST FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD AND BECOME HEARERS AND DOERS OF THE LIVING WORD OF GOD FOR MAN DOES NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD AND YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!!!!!!!

  28. you're going to jail B-hole for elderly abuse and manslaughter; that not talking about all the money you have ripped of the NEW YORK state people

  29. The fall Presidential nominee for this Psycho-Twisted Masked Plandemic Missionaries 

    Drive-in horror flick are as follows King Cuomosexual the Dabbing Power Drunkaneer Vs The Artificial Tang Induced President and the winner is…..! Nancy Pelosi for President, c'mon y'all YEAH, hey anybody gonna clap for Nancy? I didn't say you'd get The Clap!

  30. Seems that the super rich who are losing the most $$$$$$$$ are mostly the ones behind trying to force a premature and unsafe the reopening.

  31. You think people in NY are going to listen to rules and regulations 😂 new yorkers do whatever they want so hey fuggin fuggett abottt itttt

  32. Both Cuomo Brothers need to be jailed.. Disgusting. Making jokes about Coronavirus. Cuomo needs to be SUED by all the families that lost a loved one in nursing homes when he allowed elderly patients that had tested positive with the Coronavirus to go BACK to their nursing homes. UTTERLY disgusting – he's a murderer……

  33. Them is me ask someone this, would you find it perverse that man breaks a woman's privacy by watching her undress, why would anyone want a tracer so the government to can track you, Democide and Tyranny!

  34. WHAT A FN MORON. WANTED 30K VENTILATORS FROM TRUMP GOT 400 AND BITCHED AND USED 200 PLUS GAVE DEATH SENTENCES TO ELDERS SENDING TO CARE HOMES INSTEAD OF HOSPITAL SHIP. THEN SAYS STAY HOME AND WATCH NETFLIX IF YOU WANT TO GO WITHOUT FOOD TO USE SHITFLIX

  35. I love how he blames everyone for not acting sooner, except the Chinese Communist government. They broke the treaty and failed to inform the world of the severity of this pandemic as they sent people packing, destroyed evidence, silenced whistleblowers and quietly locked down their borders.

  36. "There are no experts" I agree. It keeps changing. The schools should be close enough to talk to, instead of taking a bus.

  37. The rest of the country paid the price for New York state’s elected leaders mismanaging this whole thing

  38. Over 98,000 American are killed and over 38 millions American workers lost their jobs and trillions of dollars in economy lost. None of Democrat congress and senator and media dare to condemn and hold the Chinese communist regime who have too much to hide and lie to the world to be accountable for covering up and caused the global pandemic.

  39. Love Governor Cuomo and his leadership.
    I am very concerned about my aged friend in the Golden Hills Réhabilitation Center in Kingston. Hopefully this facility is observing the CDC guidelines and
    my lifelong friend is not correct in her observations.
    Thank you and your team for extraordinary service to humanity.

  40. This is weird about their father. wikipedia: Mario Cuomo first became
    widely known in New York City in the late 1960s when he represented "The
    Corona Fighting 69".

  41. Cuomo….great job murdering nursing home patients, you POS! We're in this together? Hey dickhead, how about you and the rest of you thieving government workers pay back all the money you stole while forcing citizens from their jobs. I hope a piano falls on your head!

  42. We're doing better but there is still many many people who don't get it . They think opening up means back to normal life as it was before covid. Many people act as if nothing happened and as if nothing is happening. I see many people not wearing masks in public ,in stores they are literally taking this all ,everything we've done for the past two or three months for granted it's a shame because going back to the way it was before covid is the same as if we never had covid its crazy

  43. The slick-talking salesman's going to be in for a rude awakening. We know you're Clinton and Gates foundation puppet.would you care to explain why you band hydroxychloroquine in the state of New York On March 6th. sick people have to wait 18 months for the vaccine when they can get help now with hydroxychloroquine. Death equals money right Cuomo?

  44. There rose at murderer talk and on the air again somebody arrest him hes a murderer that qual wall hes a murderer

  45. "It came from China. It left China. What do you think it's gonna sit in China and wait for you to get there?" LOL! This is funny.

  46. The funeral directors association of New York has named Governor Andrew Cuomo man of the year, for helping the funeral homes of New York by increase their profitability during this difficult time in our nation’s history. One funeral director said he has never seen this many seniors in the coolers, work is piling up more everyday. 👍Keep up the good work Gov. Cuomo 👍.
    Brought to by the “vote this ass out of office and save New York Association”.

  47. Now there is a child virus now. Yea ok guy we have the worst scientists it’s ridiculous China is doing good now and like us we are always behind. I am so sick of the politics.

  48. Everyone needs to listen to all his comments and interviews on what he said during all the month of March and you will see the true devil it's not Coumo it's cujo

  49. He cant handle the nursing home, good luck to newyorkers who trust their lives in his hands. He said people will be okay if acting smart whereas he is so far from being smart. Dont know how to get ventilators, overly estimated number of ventilators, hospital beds…. wasting tax payers money on building hospitals… dumb as dumb can be

  50. Its getting old now. He gonna extend anyway the last minute. FOr now we enjoy talking to friends family on video chat tik tok

  51. Reasonable person : "Uh, why did you force covid positive people into nursing homes?"

    Cuomo: "uh,uh….it was Trump's fault"

    Liberals : "DAMN YOU TRUMP!!!!!!!!"

    Reasonable person : "okay, but why did you tell people to ignore Trump and go ahead and ride the subways?"

    Cuomo: "uh, uh….it was Trump's fault"

    Liberals : "DAMN YOU ORANGE MAN!!!!!!!!!!"

  52. Cuomo the huomo. Send the Covid 19 patients to the nursing homes. Have a good morning and a wonderful day. Unless I sentenced you loved one to death.

  53. The sign language interpreter missed a lot of information, if it's a problem of speed then he should have asked for a substitute, but he is good but he keeps on skipping words just because they passed

  54. For the record
    eporters at Andrew Cuomo’s daily press conference on Friday failed to ask the New York governor about a scathing Associated Press report, published just hours prior, that was highly critical of the way in which Cuomo had handled the state’s nursing home coronavirus crisis. It was the latest instance of what critics say is the mainstream press' unwillingness to ask the popular governor any tough questions about the decisions he has made during the pandemic, in which his state has seen by far the most reported cases and deaths in the United States.

    According to the new report, more than 4,300 coronavirus-infected elderly patients were sent to "New York’s already vulnerable nursing homes" under Cuomo's directive, in order to free up hospital beds.

    Cuomo was all smiles for his daily news conference on Friday, when he opened with a tidbit about upcoming Memorial Day celebrations in New York.

    NURSING HOME CORONAVIRUS: DO FAMILIES HAVE LEGAL RECOURSE?

    Cuomo also urged reporters to guess the number of people who have logged onto a government website to vote on the best pro-mask promotional video. In the process, he sarcastically referred to the press as “geniuses” and joked that a specific reporter always asks “annoying” questions.

    The governor was asked about reopening New York, Memorial Day weekend beach policies, whether or not the state should legalize marijuana and sports gambling and the state’s COVID-19 death count – but not the nursing home crisis or the AP’s bombshell report.

    DePauw University professor Jeffrey McCall penned a column for The Hill last month noting that Cuomo was the “appointed darling to step into the ring and serve as pugilist against Trump” during the coronavirus pandemic.

    “Since that is now the narrative, the media can't reverse course to hold Cuomo accountable without having to scrape the egg off their collective faces,” McCall told Fox News after the governor wasn’t asked about the AP report on Friday.

    GOV. ANDREW CUOMO GETS A PASS FROM CNN ON NURSING HOME POLICY CONTROVERSY

    “Cuomo continues to get largely Teflon treatment. It is interesting to note that reporters get in line at Trump press conferences to ask him challenging questions and then get applauded by their journalistic peers,” McCall added. “But they largely cower in front of Cuomo and are afraid to break ranks with their reporter colleagues.”

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    Cuomo was fawned over by the mainstream media in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. MSNBC’s Joy Reid said, “In a way, he is the president,” when praising Cuomo’s leadership, while The Washington Post compared his leadership traits to those of Franklin D. Roosevelt. CNN’s Chris Cillizza even boasted that many see him as the “reassuring face of America’s fight against the coronavirus.”

    But recently, his March decision to admit patients who had coronavirus into his state's nursing homes has come under scrutiny.

    USA Today opinion columnist Glenn Harlan Reynolds wrote on Thursday that Cuomo “does not deserve kudos for his COVID-19 policies” because he “put the elderly at great risk.”

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    Then on Friday the AP published its damning report that over 4,300 coronavirus-infected patients were sent to “New York’s already vulnerable nursing homes under a controversial state directive.”

    “Nursing home administrators, residents’ advocates and relatives say it has added up to a big and indefensible problem for facilities that even Gov. Andrew Cuomo – the main proponent of the policy – called 'the optimum feeding ground for this virus,'” the AP wrote.

    Cuomo eventually reversed his controversial decision, which was initially designed to place coronavirus patients in nursing homes in order to free up hospital beds, but not until thousands of deaths occurred inside the Empire State’s nursing homes. The AP noted that Cuomo has still not taken responsibility for his directive that originally declared no resident could be denied admission to a nursing home solely based on confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

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    “He continued to defend it this week, saying he didn't believe it contributed to the more than 5,800 nursing and adult care facility deaths in New York — more than in any other state — and that homes should have spoken up if it was a problem,” the AP wrote.

    Indeed Cuomo has previously downplayed or dismissed the few questions he has received about his nursing home policies.

    “People rationalize death in different ways… I don’t think there is any logical rationale to say they would be alive today,” Cuomo said on Sunday when asked if lives would have been saved if the policy were reversed earlier.

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    On Wednesday, Cuomo was asked if he believed his policy of forcing nursing homes to accept infected patients contributed to the death toll. “No,” he said, indicating that New York followed President Trump’s CDC guidance.

    “They should ask President Trump," Cuomo said.

    The Associated Press noted Cuomo's response in its report.

    “Cuomo has deflected criticism over the nursing home directive by saying it stemmed from Trump administration guidance. Still, few states went as far as New York and neighboring New Jersey, which has the second-most care home deaths, in discharging hospitalized coronavirus patients to nursing homes,” the AP added.

  55. His irresponsible executive order deserves impeachment out of respect for the dead HE caused by executive order, He purged the elderly community.

  56. Governor Cuomo, Any chance you will run for President? We need a leader to clean up the mess in the White House, someone who is intelligent, respectful, genuinely cares about this country and people all people and cares for the under privileged. We need someone that will bring our countries dignity back. Please consider running for President🤗

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