Governor Cuomo updated the media on Saturday on COVID-19, including the latest number of deaths in the state.
Albany, N.Y. - During his Saturday morning press briefing on COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 540 more people died in New York State due to coronavirus on Friday.
The total number of deaths in the state now stands at 13,362.
Cuomo says the 540 deaths number is down from the past week, which saw 630 on Thursday, 606 on Wednesday, 752 on Tuesday and 778 on Monday.
He says it appears we may be past the 'plateau' and starting to descend when you are looking at the number of deaths, but he says the number of hospitalizations of positive coronavirus cases remains a big concern as there were once again more than 1,900 on Friday.
Cuomo once again stated that the key to re-opening the economy and getting people back to work will be the availability of testing on a much wider scale, "Testing is how you would monitor the rate of infection and the control for it and that is the whole tension of re-opening. Everyone wants to re-open, you don’t need to hold up a placard saying that you want to re-open, no one wants to re-open more than me, no one wants to re-open the economy more than me, no one wants to get on with life more than me and everybody else. We’re on the same boat we all have the same feelings. The more you test, the more information you have, the more you can open society."
Cuomo says the state is working on getting more testing.
He also mentioned that the Federal government sent New York State 1.5 million cloth masks on Friday which will be distributed to New Yorkers who need them to abide by his Executive Order which went into effect Friday evening at 8:00 where people need to wear a mask when in public.
Cuomo also once again reiterated that this is not a time for politics, "Emotion in this country is as high as I can recall. People are frustrated, we’re anxious, we’re scared, we’re angry, we’ve never been through this before and on every level this is a terrible experience. It’s disorienting, it threatens you to your core, it makes you reflect on your whole life and it’s mentally very difficult, it’s economically difficult, it’s disastrous. The market goes down, your retirement goes down, you’re not getting a paycheck, it is as tumultuous a time as we have ever seen, but in the midst of this there is no time for politics. This is the greatest challenge we have seen since World War II. This is no time or place for division. We have our hands full as it is, let’s just stay together and work through this. That’s why we are called the United States and the unity is the key."
Cuomo did mention we may see parts of upstate open up before downstate, "When we look at the state and we talk about reopening, we’re going to look at different studies in different parts of the state because the numbers dictate the strategy, and you have different numbers and different parts of the state. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We are barely, in this part of the world, barely stabilizing our public health system now. You’re not seeing a total overload of the emergency rooms, that doesn’t mean happy days are here again, right, and the first priority is life and death and public health. So we’re not at a point where we’re going to be re-opening anything immediately, but we are planning, and in the planning phase yes, different numbers would suggest a different strategy."