New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Sunday press conference that the state’s hospitalization rate and number of deaths from coronavirus continues to decline, adding that “if the data holds,” the state is “past the high point,” but warned that New Yorkers shouldn’t “get cocky” on the road to reopening the economy.
Deaths declined for the third day in a row, according to Cuomo’s PowerPoint presentation, with 507 deaths recorded Saturday.
The rates of hospitalizations and intubations are also down, Cuomo said, but he emphasized that 1,300 people were hospitalized Saturday, calling it a “reality check.”
It’s “not time to get cocky, not time to get arrogant,” Cuomo said, adding that “this virus has been ahead of us every step of the way” and “this is only halftime.”
In order to reopen the state’s economy, Cuomo stressed that testing would be important, and said New York will “undertake the most aggressive statewide antibody testing survey in the nation over the next week.”
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are coordinating on slowly reopening, Cuomo said, and the three states have issued guidelines on state parks, state beaches, private beaches and marinas.
Cuomo again called for the federal government to allocate funds for state and local governments, saying that New York could face education or healthcare cuts if Congress passes no legislation.
“I don’t care what you think, or what your opinion is,” Cuomo said in response to a question about protests against stay-at-home orders popping up across the country. “It’s not a hoax, it’s a fact” that people are dying from coronavirus, and that 16,000 New Yorkers are hospitalized with the disease.
Cuomo’s daily press conferences are closely-watched as New York weathers the worst coronavirus outbreak in the country. Tension between governors and President Trump reached a flashpoint last week after Trump claimed to have total authority over decisions to reopen the economy, before backing down (a pattern that has emerged for him in multiple areas). Cuomo has repeatedly stressed that he is leaving politics out of his handling of the crisis, but has also sharply criticized Trump. “If he’s sitting at home watching TV, maybe he should get up and go to work,” Cuomo said during a Saturday press conference.