Governor Cuomo signals hope at Easter Sunday daily COVID-19 briefing

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10/WSYR-TV) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his daily COVID-19 briefing on Easter Sunday signaling hope for the coming future. Take a look at slides of Cuomo’s briefing below:

The governor says a devastating 758 lives were lost from COVID-19 on Saturday, each with a face, a name, and a family. This marks the sixth straight day with over 700 deaths from the virus. The death toll in New York is 9,385, compared to the 2,753 lives lost from 9/11.

According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Sunday, there are 181,825 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York.

On the bright side, the number of people being hospitalized continues to decline, and the amount of people being discharged from the hospital is on the rise, indicating a plateau.

Cuomo questions the change in ICU counts because most people hospitalized are in the ICU.

Though he avoids naming a specific date, Cuomo stresses the importance of being smart when reopening businesses and schools. He also stresses the need for federal aid, and that it cannot be a choice between health and the economy.

“We want to reopen as soon as possible.”

Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo highlights the need for additional testing to flatten the curve.

At Saturday’s press conference, Governor Cuomo said he wanted the reopening of schools and businesses to be coordinated with surrounding areas. He now says a coordinated regional effort in the tristate area with New Jersey and Connecticut is a key factor in working through problems with schools, businesses, transportation systems, and the workforce

The National Governor’s Association is pushing for more government assistance because the CARES Act does not offset state shortfalls, Cuomo says. Vice-Chair of the NGA, Cuomo wants $500 billion in aid for all fifty states, pointing out discrepancies between fair stimulus payments.

Cuomo’s formula indicates that states like Nebraska, Minnesota, and Montana receive about $300k per case, compared to New York’s $12k per patient. The governor says New York is at a $10 to $15 billion deficit from the virus

Cuomo again pushed to repeal SALT, the State and Local Tax, to help New Yorkers through the pandemic.

The governor announced an executive order directing employers to give a face covering or mask to essential workers who are directly interacting with the public.

Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor, says it’s up to employers to provide the masks.

“You’re an essential worker, you should be protected. You shouldn’t have to go out and put yourself in unnecessary danger, and continue the spread of the virus.”

Melissa DeRosA

Cuomo also mentioned an executive order expanding antibody testing—as the state works to bring these tests to scale—to allow greater access to this process.

Finally, the governor’s “Happy Easter!” references a rebirth and rebuilding of resources as a community, as a state, and as a nation. He mentioned a Niskayuna nursing home, giving thanks for donating ventilators during a public health crisis.

“Thank you on behalf of downstate. Thank you from New York State. Thank you from me. Brought me hope and energy at a time I needed it. So thank you!”

Gov. Cuomo

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