Governor Cuomo updated the media on Sunday with the latest COVID-19 numbers in the state.
Albany, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new COVID-19 confirmed cases are now up to 59,513 throughout the state, with the majority of those in New York City.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in New York State now stands at 965, up from 728 on Saturday.
New York City has 33,768 cases, with 4,002 new cases.
Westchester County has 8,519 cases, with 644 new cases.
Nassau County has 6,445 cases, with 908 news cases.
Suffolk County has 5,023 cases, with 885 new cases.
Also in the top ten are two upstate counties, Monroe County with 219 cases, 27 of them are new cases and Albany County with 205 cases, 10 of them are new cases.
Cuomo says the USNS Comfort should be in New York City on Monday, bringing 2,000 beds and will be used to treat non COVID-19 cases, basically used to backfill from the hospitals, as the hospitals will be used primarily to treat the confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The governor says the current number of deaths in the state stands at 965 he expects 'thousands' of people to pass away, "You have to look at what it affects, it affects the elderly, I hope it's wrong."
Cuomo says right now people in nursing homes are about a fourth of the coronavirus deaths across the country, "Coronavirus in a nursing home is a toxic mix. We saw that in Washington State. This virus prays on the vulnerable, it prays on the sick, it prays on people with compromised immune systems and underlying health conditions and the virus in a nursing home can be like fire in a drag race. Coronavirus in a nursing home is lethal, the only question is how many people die."
Cuomo says the first patient in New York State to be diagnosed with coronavirus in new Rochelle who has been sick for a long time has now been released from the hospital."
The governor announced an additional two weeks, through April 15th, directing non-essential state workforce members to work from home.
Cuomo said that many people are asking when this is going to be over. He says, "When we have faster testing", and pointed to the state lab in Wadsworth which has developed a less intrusive saliva and short nasal swab test that may soon be used.
Regarding the CDC's order late Saturday night of a travel advisory for the people of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to have no domestic travel, the governor says this is NOT a lockdown, "It's nothing that we haven't been doing, non-essential people should stay home. Which is consistent with everything we're doing."
Cuomo says this time in our lives is disorienting, frightening and disturbing and has turned everyone life upside down, but he is urging people to find things to smile about and to make others smile, "You do the best you can you, find a way to create some joy, you try to find a silver lining in all of this to break up all the monotony, what are you do to bring a smile to peoples' face."