Albany, N.Y. - During his Sunday morning press briefing on COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 758 more people died due to coronavirus in New York State on Saturday.
The total number of deaths in the state now stands at 9,385.
This is the 6th straight day the state has seen more than 700 deaths due to coronavirus.
Governor Cuomo also announced on Sunday he has signed two executive orders, one directing employers to provide essential workers with a cloth or surgical face mask for their employees to wear when their employees directly interact with the public, and the second executive order expands who can conduct antibody tests to help ensure as many New Yorkers as possible have access as the state works to bring these test to scale.
Cuomo says the antibody tests are important in order to ultimately determine when to finally send people back to work safely, "They tell you if a person had the virus and got over the virus, and that would be the prime person to go back to work."
Cuomo says the the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by the Federal Government in March did nothing for state governments and he has announced he is now asking the federal government to come up with $500 billion in funding for state governments across the country.
The Governor also once again responded to reporters questions regarding New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement on Saturday that New York City schools will not reopen until September.
Cuomo reiterated again that it's not the Mayor's decision to make. Cuomo says it will be done as a regional decision, "All of the schools are closed. They will remain closed. We will not reopen any schools until it is safe from a public health standpoint. Am I prepared to say what we would be doing in June? No. I do not know what we're doing in June, nobody knows what will be doing in June. If you say that schools are closed through June, your effectively saying that businesses are closed through June because you can't restart the economy fully without restarting schools. Schools are providing not just education, but in many ways childcare for people who go to work, so coordinate all of that, do it regionally and June is a long way from now. We go day today to watch those numbers and we'll work with New Jersey and Connecticut and our local governments in each state to come up with a coordinated plan."