Cuomo On Coronavirus: New York In ‘Much Better Place,’ But ‘Not Home Yet’

The governor called Tuesday’s meeting with President Donald Trump “a productive visit.”

Cuomo On Coronavirus: New York In ‘Much Better Place,’ But ‘Not Home Yet’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York has reached a “much better place” in the coronavirus pandemic, but “we’re not home yet.”

“We’re in a relatively good place. In downstate New York, the curve is on the descent,” the governor said during his daily briefing. “The question is now how long is that descent. Is it a sudden drop-off? Is it one week, two weeks, three weeks, six weeks? We don’t know. But better to be going down than to be going up.”

Cuomo said total hospitalizations and intubations continue to decrease, but the number of new patients is “still problematic,” and the death toll is “breathtakingly painful.” Another 474 New Yorkers died Tuesday, down from 481 the day before.

He called his meeting with President Donald Trump “a productive visit.”

“We spoke truth, we spoke facts, we made decisions and we have a plan going forward. That was accomplished yesterday,” he said. “I feel good about, personally, because it’s what should have happened.”

The governor said he urged the president to supply more state funding.

“You have to help state governments, because state governments fund the people that the federal government can’t fund,” he said. “State and local governments, we’re funding police, we’re funding fire, we’re funding teachers, we’re funding schools. You can’t just ignore them.”

He also said Trump agreed to waive the state-match requirement for FEMA funding.

“Normally, a state has to pay 25% of the FEMA cost. That would be a cruel irony for New York and adding insult to injury,” he said.

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The main point they discussed was more widespread testing and tracing.

“You test a person. If the person winds up positive, you then trace that person’s contacts – contact tracing,” Cuomo explained. “You have to start with a large number of tests, and we set as a goal yesterday to double the number of state tests, to go fro 20,000 on average to 40,000. That is just about the maximum capacity for all of the laboratory machines in this state.

“Once you do all those tests, every positive you have to go back and trace. The tracing is a very big, big deal,” he added. “Once you trace and you find more positives, then you isolate the positives.”

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Cuomo said the region will create a “tracing army,” with the help of former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg will work with Johns Hopkins University to design the state’s contact tracing program, recruit and train staff and coordinate with New Jersey and Connecticut. He is also contributing upwards of $10 million.

“He’s had quite a bit of experience in this area. It’s a very big undertaking, and we thank him very much for taking it on,” said the governor. “It is going to require a lot of attention, a lot of insight, a lot of experience and a lot of resources.”

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In closing, the governor addressed the pressure some local officials are feeling to reopen the economy.

“This is a profound moment. We make a bad move, it’s going to set us back,” he said. “I get the pressure, I get the politics. We can’t make a bad decision, and we can’t be stupid about it. This is not going to be over any time soon.

“I know people want out, I know people want to get back to work, I know people need a paycheck, I know this is unsustainable,” he added. “I also know more people will die if we are not smart.”

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Coronavirus Volunteer Medical Workers Wrapping Up Their Stay In NYC

The many health care workers who dropped everything to be there for New York City are returning home Wednesday after weeks on the front line.

Coronavirus Volunteer Medical Workers Wrapping Up Their Stay In NYC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s no easy task – voluntarily walking headfirst into the unknown.

The many health care workers who dropped everything to be there for New York City are returning home Wednesday after weeks on the front line.

New York City’s cry for help was answered by modern day heroes donning scrubs and surgical masks. Today, many of those workers from far away will finish their last 12-hour shift and head home.

They were applauded and cheered by police officers and firefighters outside the hotel on Seventh Avenue where they’ve been staying as they left for their respective hospitals one last time.

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Some came from the midwest.

“I came here prepared, knowing I was putting my life at risk, but I can’t see any other way of doing so,” said Therese Murkowski, an RN from Wisconsin.

“It’s an experience I’ll never forget,” said Jason Anderson, an RN from Orlando.

These health care workers left their homes and families behind to work 12-hour shifts for three weeks straight in the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

While many will head home and self quarantine. Others are not done fighting just yet.

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“I’ve been here since April 4th and I’m extending for another eight weeks,” Murkowski said.

These medical professionals dropped everything to help, not knowing when – or even in what condition – they would be returning home. But in a city that recognizes their sacrifices, many are happy to do so.

“Coming home, hearing the claps, hearing New York clap for us, that’s an amazing sensation. We were walking across the street one day, we saw a family clapping for us and then their little child started clapping and that almost made me cry,” one health care worker said.

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It further proves it’s true what they say: Not all heroes wear capes.

The Navy ship USNS Comfort will also be departing after its three week stay. According to President Donald Trump, it will return to its home port in Virginia and prepare for its next mission, which remains to be seen.

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