Coronavirus Curve In New York Appears To Be On The Descent, Cuomo Says

Cuomo said that in the next week, statewide sampling would reveal for the first time the true spread of coronavirus in New York.

Coronavirus Curve In New York Appears To Be On The Descent, Cuomo Says

MANHASSET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said all indications are New York has passed the high point of coronavirus cases and are on the descent.

There are roughly 16,000 New Yorkers hospitalized with the virus, Cuomo said, down from a high point of around 18,000.

“If the data holds, and this trend holds, we are past the high point and all indications, at this point, that we are on the descent. Whether or not that descent continues depends on what we do,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the three day average of hospitalization rate is down, along with the number of intubations.

“With all of the good news in the reductions, we still have 1,300 people that yesterday came in and tested positive and were hospitalized,” Cuomo said. “Thirteen hundred is a lot of people coming into the hospital system with that diagnosis. Less than it has been, so that’s good news, but it is still 1,300 people who are testing positive and need hospitalization”

Nursing homes remain the top concern, Cuomo said, calling it the “optimum feeding ground” for the virus.

Another 507 New Yorkers died in the past 24 hours related to the coronavirus.

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Cuomo said the decrease in deaths and hospitalizations is good news, but has to be viewed in context.

“That’s good news only compared to the terrible news we were living with, which was that constant increase,” Cuomo said. “So, it’s no time to get cocky and it’s no time to get arrogant. We still have a long way to go and lot of work to do.”

Cuomo said it was only “halftime” in the fight against the virus.

“We still have to make sure that we keep that beast under control,” he said. “It’s not over. We have a whole second phase.”

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Cuomo said the next phase will require widespread testing, which in New York will begin with antibody testing.

“We’re going to sample people in this state, thousands of people in this state, across the state, to find out if they have the antibodies. That will tell us, for the first time, what percent of the population actually has had the coronavirus and is now, at least in the short term, immune to the virus. This will be the first true snapshot of what we’re really dealing with,” Cuomo said.

The statewide sampling will take place next week.

Cuomo again called on Washington to pass another stimulus bill that would include financial relief for state and local governments.

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Cuomo said when the state reopens, it needs to build back better and smarter, the way it did after Superstorm Sandy and 9/11.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Fueling Uptick In Anti-Asian Discrimination, Harassment, According NYC Commission On Human Rights

There have been 248 reports of harassment and discrimination related to the outbreak since February, the commission said in a statement.

Coronavirus Pandemic Fueling Uptick In Anti-Asian Discrimination, Harassment, According NYC Commission On Human Rights

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York City Commission on Human Rights has formed a COVID-19 response team to look into harassment and discrimination related to the coronavirus outbreak.

There have been 248 reports of harassment and discrimination related to the outbreak since February, the commission said in a statement. Forty percent of the incidents targeted Asians. By way of comparison, the commission received just just five reports of anti-Asian discrimination at the same time last year.

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“In this time of unparalleled crisis, the NYC Commission on Human Rights is dedicated to responding to and investigating reports of bias, harassment and discrimination related to the COVID-19 outbreak in our city,” said NYC Commission on Human Rights chair Carmelyn Malalis. “Our team of Law Enforcement Bureau and Community Relations Bureau staff are synchronizing their efforts to track and respond to these reports quickly, intervening immediately where possible, and filing cases where necessary. All New Yorkers are facing extraordinary levels of stress right now; discrimination and harassment should not be among them.”

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Under New York City’s Human Rights Law, the commission can issue injunctions and award compensation to victims. Civil penalties can be as high as $250,000 “for willful and malicious violations of the law.”

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