NEW YORK, N.Y. - During his Sunday afternoon press briefing on COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 280 more people died in New York State due to coronavirus on Saturday.
The total number of deaths in the state now stands at 19,189.
Cuomo says the 280 deaths are down from 299 on Friday. There were 289 on Thursday, 306 on Wednesday, 330 on Tuesday and 335 on Monday.
The Governor says even though the number of deaths are consistently coming down, the number each day is still a large number, which continues to be concerning. He also said the number of new people with COVID-19 entering hospitals each day continues to come down, but he says that number continues to be high, with 789 on Saturday. He did say you have to go back to the middle of March to see those types of numbers in the 700's, so the curve continues to come down.
Cuomo says New York has entered into a partnership with six other northeast states called the Regional State Purchasing Consortium. The other states are New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware.
Cuomo says the consortium will increase the state's purchasing power, "That will then increase our market power when we are buying and we will buy as a consortium for PPE equipment, ventilators, medical equipment, whatever we need to buy."
Cuomo had the governor's of the other states involved in the consortium take part in his press briefing on Sunday via the internet, and many of those governors spoke, including Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.
Wolfe praised Governor Cuomo for forming this consortium, "When you come together you can do a lot more than you can do on your own. And today we can now buy and purchase the things that we need to fight this fight. We need to help our hospitals, we need to help our health care workers, we need to help our long-term care facilities, we need to help our first responders, all of these things. And what we’re doing is pulling together so we can do all of those things."
Cuomo says people see the numbers going down and will have a false comfort as the weather is getting better people want to get out, "We are not out of the woods and we are in this very dense environment."
He says if New Yorkers go back to their old behavior, the numbers will go right back up, "That's a big caution sign for me. Let’s watch the numbers. Numbers are going down but we are a very dense environment, we’ve had more cases, we almost overwhelmed the whole health care system, so caution going forward. And look, people not wearing a mask is disrespectful. It’s disrespectful for the nurses, the doctors, the frontline workers, the transit workers. You don't wear the mask for yourself, you wear it for me, it’s a sign of respect for other people. You put so many people at risk because you didn’t want to wear a mask. I think that’s disrespectful by you. Yes we are all individuals, but we are individuals that live in a community, in the middle of a global pandemic. Just be responsible and show respect and I don’t think that’s too much for each of us to ask of one another. It’s a basic common decency in this situation."
The Governor also touched on going forward, how do we better prepare for a similar situation in the future. He says hospitals need to be better prepared with PPE, "To adequately plan for another potential outbreak in the fall, DOH will require of each hospital to build a supply of PPE that could last at least 90 days during another surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Hospitals have to have a 90 day supply, period. We can’t go through this day to day, moving masks all across the state, this mad scramble that we were in and still are in many ways."