Cuomo: New York Should Be Prepared For Second COVD-19 Wave

Elias Hubbard
May 6, 2020

Over 1 million people have been tested for the coronavirus in the state of NY.

Also, there needs to be an adequate number of hospitals, and 30% of all hospital beds must be kept empty, in case the virus resurges.

Advocacy groups for the elderly and family members of nursing home residents have called for greater transparency over COVID-19 cases at each state-regulated nursing home and criticized an April 1 state law granting some immunity to hospitals and nursing homes from civil and criminal liability.

Cuomo said several regions of the state have had a lower rate of the coronavirus, than the hotspots of downstate and higher transmission in Buffalo and the Albany area.

"This is the number that haunts me every day, and this number is not declining anywhere near as fast as we would like to see it decline", Cuomo said during his daily news conference.

Even then, businesses will have to adjust their hours to reduce density, and adhere to cleaning and sanitization standards, everyone will have to wear masks, and some workers won't be allowed into their workplace unless they undergo a health screening.

While Americans in NY and across the country have grown increasingly anxious to reopen local economies, Cuomo said the reopening of his state would be "more difficult" than its closing and advised New Yorkers patience and caution.

"Isabella, like all other nursing homes in New York City, initially had limited access to widespread and consistent in-house testing to quickly diagnose our residents and staff". Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has argued that the nursing homes are the residents' homes, and they can't be barred from returning to them.

Parker Jewish Institute in Queens has reported the highest number of deaths with 71. The CDC still permits the practice.

Long Island has hit 3,000 deaths.

Deaths related to the novel coronavirus in NY continued to fall since peaking at almost 800 in early April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. "We knew the nursing homes were going to be target.And whatever we do they will be a target", he said after repeated questions at his Tuesday coronavirus briefing.

He said NY is trying to learn from other countries, like Italy, and Singapore, where an initial reopening occurred too quickly, and restarted spread of the virus.

The construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain as well as select retail businesses using curbside pickup only are the first to receive priority in the governor's phased reopening plan. The faster track to ending shutdowns in many states led a key corona virus forecaster used by the White House to double the rate of deaths predicted from the virus in the U.S. to 134,000.

"These are the facts that they have to have in place to do it. Start now; don't wait until May 15", Cuomo said.

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Especially promising is the drop in new hospitalizations due to the virus, Cuomo said. Cuomo also said that the state has reduced hospitalizations, saying that there have been "100,000 fewer New Yorkers hospitalized than predicted".

"Governor Cuomo recognized that, and since Bloomberg Philanthropies has deep experience and expertise in public health, we are glad to support the state in developing and implementing a contact tracing program", Bloomberg said.

"If anything, the mismanagement has been on behalf of the federal government, and that's where the mismanagement has gone back decades".

"None of this is in lieu of the help of the federal government", Phil Murphy, New Jersey governor, said during a teleconference with his peers on Sunday.

New York State's contact tracing program will operate through the next flu season, and it will be implemented in coordination with tri-state neighbors New Jersey and CT.

"This is counterproductive and it will lead to defeat for all of us", Cuomo said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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