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New York Gov. Cuomo holds a briefing on the coronavirus outbreak - 4/23/2020










 GRIM FACTS, TROUBLING FACT.

I DON'T GIVE GRIM FACTS.

I DON'T GIVE HAPPY FACTS.

YOU KNOW, FACTS ARE FACTS.

AND WHEN WE STARTED THIS I SAID 

THE BEST THING I CAN DO IS TO 

GIVE PEOPLE THE TRUTH AND GIVE 

PEOPLE THE FACTS SEPARATE FROM 

AN OPINION, SEPARATE FROM MY 

SPIN, SEPARATE FROM WHAT I WOULD

LIKE TO BELIEVE, WHAT I HOPED, 








coronavirus 

JUST FACTS.

AND THE REASON I DO THAT IS 

BECAUSE EVERYTHING WE'RE DOING 

IS BASICALLY VOLUNTARY ON BEHALF

OF PEOPLE, RIGHT?

IS STATE GOVERNMENT, LOCAL 

GOVERNMENT, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 

CAN'T REALLY -- DOESN'T HAVE THE

POWER TO ENFORCE STAY-AT-HOME 

ORDERS IF 19 MILLION PEOPLE SAID

I'M GOING OUT TODAY, THEY WOULD 

GO OUT.

BUT, THE BELIEF WAS IF THEY HAVE

THE FACTS, IF THEY UNDERSTAND 

THE FACTS THEY'LL ACT PRUDENTLY 

IN CONNECTION WITH THE FACTS.

NOW, SOME OF THE FACTS HAVE BEEN

DISTURBING.

SOME OF THE FACTS HAVE BEEN 

UGLY.

BUT, THOSE ARE THE FACTS.

AND THAT'S MY JOB IS TO PRESENT 

THE FACTS AS FACTS.

IF I HAVE AN EDITORIAL COMMENT 

ON THE FACTS, I GIVE IT TO YOU, 

BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT'S MY

EDITORIAL COMMENT.

VERSUS WHAT DATA OR SCIENCE WILL

SAY.






ALSO, OUR MUSLIM BROTHERS AND 

SISTERS BEGIN THE OBSERVATION OF

RAMADAN THIS EVENING.

AND WE WISH THEM ALL THE BEST.

THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE IS DOWN

AGAIN SO THAT IS GOOD NEWS.

THE OVERALL PROJECTED CURVE, 

EVERYBODY IS LOOKING AT CURVES 

NOW DAYS, IF YOU LOOK AT THE 

CURVE THE CURVE CONTINUES TO GO 

DOWN.

AND THAT'S ALSO IN THE TOTAL 

HOSPITALIZATION NUMBER.

BOUNCES UP AND DOWN A LITTLE 

BIT, BUT IT'S CLEARLY DOWN.

NUMBER OF INTUBATIONS BOUNCES A 

LITTLE BIT, BUT IT'S ALSO 

CLEARLY DOWN.

THE NUMBER OF NEW COVID CASES 

WALKING IN THE DOOR OR BEING 

DIAGNOSED IS RELATIVELY FLAT.

THAT IS NOT GREAT NEWS.

WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT GOING 

DOWN, BUT IT'S NOT GOING UP 

EITHER.

NUMBER OF LIVES LOST IS STILL 

BREATHTAKINGLY TRAGIC, 438.

THAT NUMBER IS NOT COMING DOWN 

AS FAST AS WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE 

THAT NUMBER COMING DOWN.

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT AT THIS 

POINT IS OKAY, WE'RE ON THE 

DOWNSIDE OF THE CURVE.

THE NUMBERS ARE TRENDING DOWN.

DO THEY CONTINUE TO TREND DOWN?




DO THEY POP BACK UP?

IF THEY CONTINUE TO TREND DOWN, 

HOW FAST IS THE DECLINE?

AND HOW LOW WILL THE DECLINE GO?

IN OTHER WORDS, IF 1,300 PEOPLE 

OR ABOUT THAT NUMBER KEEP 

WALKING IN THE DOOR, THEN YOU'RE

GOING TO HAVE A HOSPITALIZATION 

RATE PROPORTIONATE WITH THE 

NUMBER OF PEOPLE WALKING IN THE 

DOOR.

SO WE WANT TO SEE THE NUMBER OF 

PEOPLE WALKING IN THE DOOR 

REDUCED, THE NUMBER OF NEW 

INFECTIONS REDUCED, SO WE HIT A 

LOW PLATEAU, IF YOU WILL.

BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS, 

AND WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT IS.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF 

INCOMING CASES, IT'S BEEN 

REMARKABLY FLAT FOR THE PAST 

SEVERAL DAYS.

SO, THAT'S THE BEST INDICATOR OF

HOW CONTAINMENT IS WORKING AND 

HOW TO CLOSE DOWN POLICIES ARE 

WORKING.

AND OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS, WE 

BASICALLY FLATTENED AT 1,300 NEW





CASES A DAY, WHICH IS NOT GREAT.

WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THOSE NEW 

CASES REDUCING EVEN MORE.

AND WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM 

REDUCING FASTER.

YOU HAVE ANY LONG-TERM 

QUESTIONS, IS THERE A SECOND 

WAVE OF THE VIRUS?

1918 PANDEMIC IT CAME IN THREE 

WAVES.

IS THERE A SECOND WAVE?

DOES THE VIRUS MU TATE AND COME 

BACK?

THE FEDERAL OFFICIALS ARE 

STARTING TO TALK ABOUT THE FALL 

AND POTENTIAL ISSUES IN THE 

FALL.

THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THE VIRUS 

WANING SOMEWHAT DURING THE 

SUMMER.

REMEMBER THERE WAS TALK WILL IT 

GO AWAY WHEN THE WEATHER GETS 

WARM.

NO ONE IS REALLY SAYING IT WILL 

GO AWAY WHEN THE WEATHER GETS 

WARM IN THE SUMMER, BUT THERE'S 

STILL A THEORY THAT THE VIRUS 

COULD SLOW DURING THE SUMMER.

BUT THEN COME BACK IN THE FALL.

IF IT COMES BACK IN THE FALL, 

THEN IT COMES BACK WITH THE 





NORMAL FLU SEASON.

THAT'S THEN PROBLEMATIC BECAUSE 

YOU ARE THEN, QUOTE UNQUOTE, 

TESTING FOR THE FLU AND YOU'RE 

TESTING FOR COVID ON TOP OF ALL 

THE OTHER TESTS YOU DO.

THAT COULD BE A POSSIBLE 

OVERWHELMING OF THE TESTING 

SYSTEM.

IF PEOPLE COULD HAVE THE FLU OR 

COULD HAVE COVID IN THE FALL AND

THEY DON'T KNOW WHICH IT IS, 

THEY COULD GET NERVOUS AND START

GOING INTO THE HEALTH CARE 

SYSTEM, WHICH COULD THEN BRING 

BACK A CAPACITY ISSUE IN THE 

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

THAT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO 

WORRY ABOUT AND WATCH.

NURSING HOMES, THEY'RE A TOP 

PRIORITY.

THEY HAVE BEEN FROM DAY ONE.

REMEMBER HOW THE NURSING HOME 

SYSTEM WORKS.

THEY ARE PRIVATE FACILITIES.

THEY GET PAID TO PROVIDE A 

SERVICE.

THEY GET REGULATED BY THE STATE 

GOVERNMENT.

THERE ARE CERTAIN RULES AND 

REGULATIONS THAT THEY MUST 

FOLLOW.

AND WE PUT IN ADDITIONAL RULES 

AND REGULATIONS ON NURSING HOMES

IN THE MIDST OF THIS CRISIS.

STAFF MUST HAVE APPROPRIATE PPE.

THEY MUST HAVE THEIR 

TEMPERATURES CHECKED BEFORE THEY

COME INTO THE FACILITY.

THERE ARE NO VISITORS WHO ARE 

COMING INTO THE FACILITY, WHICH 

IS A TREMENDOUS HARDSHIP, BUT 

IT'S NECESSARY TO PROTECT PUBLIC

HEALTH.

IF THEY HAVE A COVID-POSITIVE 

PERSON IN THE FACILITY, THAT 

PERSON HAS TO BE IN QUARANTINE.

THEY HAVE TO HAVE SEPARATE STAFF

FOR THE COVID RESIDENTS VERSUS 

THE NONCOVID RESIDENTS.

IF THEY CAN'T CARE FOR THE 

PERSON IN THE FACILITY, THEY 

HAVE TO TRANSFER THE PERSON TO 

ANOTHER FACILITY.

THE NURSING HOME IS RESPONSIBLE 

FOR PROVIDING APPROPRIATE CARE.

IF THEY CANNOT PROVIDE THAT 

CARE, THEN THEY HAVE TO TRANSFER

THE PERSON TO ANOTHER FACILITY.

THEY HAVE TO NOTIFY RESIDENTS 

AND FAMILY MEMBERS WITHIN 24 

HOURS IF ANY RESIDENT TESTS 

POSITIVE FOR COVID OR IF ANY 

RESIDENT SUFFERS A COVID-RELATED

DEATH.

THAT IS A REGULATION THAT THEY 

HAVE TO FOLLOW.

AND THEY HAVE TO READMIT COVID 

POSITIVE RESIDENTS, BUT ONLY IF 

THEY HAVE THE HAVE THE ABILITY 

TO PROVIDE THE ADEQUATE LEVEL OF

CARE.

UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 

AND CDC GUIDELINES.

IF THEY DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY 

TO PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL

OF CARE, THEN THEY HAVE TO 

TRANSFER THAT PATIENT.

OR THEY CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF 

HEALTH AND THE DEPARTMENT OF 

HEALTH WILL TRANSFER THAT 

PATIENT.

RIGHT?

BUT THAT IS HOW THE RELATIONSHIP

WORKS.

THE STATE HAS VERY STRICT 

GUIDELINES ON PRIVATELY-RUN 

FACILITIES.

THEY GET PAID TO TAKE CARE OF A 

RESIDENT.

THAT RESIDENT, THAT PATIENT, 

MUST HAVE A STATE DIRECTED LEVEL

OF CARE.

IF THEY CANNOT PROVIDE THAT, 

THEY CAN'T HAVE THE RESIDENT IN 

THEIR FACILITY.

PERIOD.

THOSE ARE THE RULES.

WE'RE GOING TO UNDERTAKE AN 

INVESTIGATION OF NURSING HOMES 

NOW TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE 

FOLLOWING THE RULES.

IT'S GOING TO BE A JOINT 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND 

ATTORNEY GENERAL INVESTIGATION, 

BUT THOSE ARE THE RULES.

THEY GET PAID TO TAKE CARE OF A 

RESIDENT.

AND THEY HAVE TO DO IT IN 

ACCORDANCE WITH STATE RULES.

AND IF THEY DON'T, WE WILL TAKE 

APPROPRIATE ACTION.

AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF 

HEALTH AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 

ARE GOING TO BE COMMENCING AN 

INVESTIGATION TO MAKE SURE ALL 

THOSE POLICIES ARE IN PLACE AND 

BEING FOLLOWED.

IF THEY'RE NOT BEING FOLLOWED, 

THEY CAN BE SUBJECTED TO A FINE 

OR THEY CAN LOSE THEIR LICENSE.

IT'S THAT SIMPLE.

TESTING.

TESTING IS GOING TO BE A MAJOR 

OPERATION THAT HAPPENS FROM NOW 

UNTIL THE SITUATION IS OVER.







IT'S NEW.

IT'S TECHNICAL.

IT'S COMPLEX.

IT'S A POLITICAL FOOTBALL.

BUT TESTING DOES A NUMBER OF 

THINGS FOR US.

NUMBER ONE, IT REDUCES THE 

SPREAD OF THE VIRUS BY FINDING 

PEOPLE WHO ARE POSITIVE, TRACING

THEIR CONTACTS AND ISOLATING 

THEM.

THAT'S A FUNCTION OF TESTING.

TESTING ALSO WHAT THEY CALL 

ANTIBODY TESTING YOU TEST PEOPLE

TO FIND OUT IF THEY HAVE THE 

ANTIBODIES.

WHY?

BECAUSE IF THEY HAVE THE 

ANTIBODIES, THEY CAN DONATE 

BLOOD FOR CONVALESCENT PLASMA, 

WHICH IS ONE OF THE THERAPEUTIC 

TREATMENTS.

SO, YOU WANT TO FIND PEOPLE WHO 

HAD IT SO YOU CAN IDENTIFY THEM 

TO DONATE FOR CONVALESCENT 

PLASMA?

THE TESTING ALSO CAN TELL YOU 

THE INFECTION RATE IN THE 

POPULATION WHERE IT'S HIGHER, 

WHERE IT'S LOWER TO INFORM YOU 

ON A REOPENING STRATEGY AND THEN

WHEN YOU START REOPENING YOU CAN

WATCH THAT INFECTION RATE TO SEE

IF IT'S GOING UP.

AND IF IT'S GOING UP, SLOW DOWN 

ON THE REOPENING STRATEGY.

OKAY?

SO THERE ARE DIFFERENT FORMS OF 

TESTING FOR DIFFERENT PURPOSES.

ALL OF THEM ARE IMPORTANT.

IT WAS VITAL FOR ANY STATE, I 

BELIEVE, TO FIRST GET A BASELINE

STUDY OF WHERE YOU ARE ON THE 

INFECTION RATE.

ALL WE KNOW TO DATE IS THE 

HOSPITALIZATION RATE.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE COMING INTO 

HOSPITALS.

THAT IS ALL WE HAVE BEEN 

TRACKING.

THAT'S ALL WE KNOW.

AND THEN FROM THAT YOU'VE HAD 

ALL SORTS OF ANECDOTAL 

EXTRAPOLATIONS ON THE 

HOSPITALIZATION RATE SAYING I 

THINK THE INFECTION RATE IS 

THIS.

I THINK THE INFECTION RATE IS 

THAT.

I SAID I WANT TO HAVE THE 

INFECTION RATE.

SO, WE HAVE UNDERTAKEN THE 

LARGEST, MOST COMPREHENSIVE 

STUDY OF NEW YORK STATE TO FIND 

OUT WHAT IS THE INFECTION RATE.

AND THAT WAS STARTED A FEW DAYS 

AGO.

SAMPLE SIZE SO FAR OF 3,000 

PEOPLE STATEWIDE.

LET'S FIND OUT WHAT THE 

INFECTION RATE IS.

WE HAVE PRELIMINARY DATA ON 

PHASE ONE.

THIS IS GOING TO BE ON GOING.

WE DID ABOUT 3,000 TESTS.

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE THIS 

TESTING ON A ROLLING BASIS.

WE'LL HAVE A LARGER AND LARGER 

SAMPLE.

BUT I WANT TO SEE SNAPSHOTS OF 

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THAT 

RATE.

SIT GOING UP?

IS IT FLAT?

IS IT GOING DOWN?

AND IT CAN REALLY GIVE US DATA 

TO MAKE DECISIONS.

WE DID 3,000 SURVEYS IN ABOUT 19

COUNTIES, 40 LOCALITIES ACROSS 

THE STATE.

THE SURVEYS WERE COLLECTED IN 

GROCERY STORES, BOX STORES, ET 

CETERA.

AND THAT'S IMPORTANT.

IT MEANS YOU'RE TESTING PEOPLE 

WHO BY DEFINITION ARE OUT OF THE

HOME AND NOT AT WORK.

OKAY?

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

I DON'T KNOW.

THAT HAS TO BE A FACTOR THAT IS 

TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.

THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO WERE OUT 

AND ABOUT SHOPPING.

THEY WERE NOT PEOPLE WHO WERE IN

THEIR HOME.

THEY ARE NOT PEOPLE WHO WERE 

ISOLATED.

THEY'RE NOT PEOPLE WHO WERE 

QUARANTINED WHO YOU COULD ARGUE 

PROBABLY HAD A LOWER RATE OF 

INFECTION BECAUSE THEY WOULDN'T 

COME OUT OF THE HOUSE.

THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO WERE 

OUTSIDE.

THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT AT

WORK, SO THEY'RE PROBABLY NOT 

ESSENTIAL WORKERS.

OKAY?

SO THAT HAS TO BE CALIBRATED.

BUT WHAT WE FOUND SO FAR IS THE 

STATEWIDE NUMBER IS 13.9% TESTED

POSITIVE FOR HAVING THE 

ANTIBODIES.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

IT MEANS THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO 

WERE INFECTED AND WHO DEVELOPED 

THE ANTIBODIES TO FIGHT THE 

INFECTION.

SO, THEY HAD -- THEY WERE 

INFECTED THREE WEEKS AGO, RIGHT?

FOUR WEEKS AGO, FIVE WEEKS AGO, 

SIX WEEKS AGO, BUT THEY HAD THE 

VIRUS.

THEY DEVELOPED THE ANTIBODIES.

AND THEY ARE NOW, QUOTE UNQUOTE,

RECOVERED.

13.9%, JUST ABOUT 14%.

BREAKDOWN MALE/FEMALE.

FEMALE 12% POSITIVE.

MALES CLOSE TO 16%.

15.9% POSITIVE.

REGIONALLY, LONG ISLAND AT 16.7.

NEW YORK CITY AT 21.2.

WEST CHESTER ROCKLAND 11.7 AND 

REST OF STATE 3.6.

THIS BASICALLY QUANTIFIES WHAT 

WE'VE BEEN SEEING ANECDOTALLY 

AND WHAT WE HAVE KNOWN, BUT IT 

PUTS NUMBERS TO IT.

REST OF THE STATE IS BASICALLY 

UP STATE NEW YORK 3.6.

IT WAS ABOUT 7, 8% OF THE CASES 

THAT WE'VE HAD IN THE STATE.

WEST CHESTER/ROCK LAND, WE HAD 

AN INITIAL SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM.

REMEMBER, WEST CHESTER HAD THE 

LARGEST, HOTTEST CLUSTER IN THE 

COUNTRY AT ONE TIME.

11%.






SO IT'S LITERALLY SOMEWHERE IN 

BETWEEN NEW YORK CITY 21.

WHICH, AGAIN, SUPPORTS WHAT WE 

KNEW ANECDOTALLY.

LONG ISLAND 16.7.

SO IT'S NOT THAT FAR BEHIND NEW 

YORK CITY.

AND IT IS SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE 

THAN WEST CHESTER/ROCKLAND.

WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WEST 

CHESTER/ROCKLAND AND SUFFOLK AS 

ONE.

BUT THERE IS A VARIATION WITH 

THE LONG ISLAND NUMBERS.

BY RACE, ASIANS ABOUT 11.7%.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN 22%.

LATINO/HISPANIC 22%.

MULTI-NONOTHER 22%.

WHITE 9.1%.

THIS REFLECTS MORE THE REGIONAL 

BREAKDOWN.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINOS ARE

IN THIS SURVEY 

DISPROPORTIONATELY FROM NEW YORK

CITY AND NEW YORK CITY IS AT 

21%.

SO, THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN NUMBER,

LATINO NUMBER IS 22%.

BUT -- AND THE UP STATE WHITES, 

TALKING MORE UP STATE WHICH IS 9

BUT IT'S 3.6 IN THE SURVEY.

BY AGE, NOTHING EXTRAORDINARY 

HERE.

WE DID NOT SURVEY ANYONE UNDER 

18.

SO IT STARTS WITH 18 YEARS OLD.

18 TO 24, 8%.

45 TO 54, 16.

75 PLUS, 13.







BUT IT'S THE SMALL PERCENT OF 

THE TOTAL.

AGAIN, HOW MANY 75-YEAR-OLDS 

WERE OUT SHOPPING AND ABOUT?

THAT IS THE GROUP THAT'S 

SUPPOSED TO BE ISOLATING BECAUSE

THEY ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE, 65

TO 74 ALSO.

BUT THAT'S THE DISTRIBUTION.

AGAIN, THE SAMPLE WAS BY 

DEFINITION PEOPLE WHO WERE 

OUTSIDE THE HOME.

SO WE HAVE TO ANALYZE THAT.

WHAT DOES THAT DO TO THE 

NUMBERS?

BUT THAT IS A FACTOR THAT HAS TO

BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.

IF THE INFECTION RATE IS 13.9%, 

THEN IT CHANGES THE THEORIES OF 

WHAT THE DEATH RATE IS IF YOU 

GET INFECTED.

13% OF THE POPULATION IS ABOUT 

2.7 MILLION PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN

INFECTED.

IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE NOW 

AS A DEATH TOTAL, WHICH IS 

15,500, THAT WOULD BE ABOUT .5% 

DEATH RATE, BUT TWO BIG CAVEATS,

FIRST, IT'S PRELIMINARY DATA, 

IT'S ONLY 3,000.

3,000 IS A SIGNIFICANT DATA SET,

BUT IT'S STILL PRELIMINARY.

AND WHEN WE SAY THERE ARE 15,500

DEATHS THAT NUMBER IS GOING TO 

GO UP.

THOSE DEATHS ARE ONLY 

HOSPITALIZATION OR NURSING HOME 

DEATHS.

THAT DOES NOT HAVE WHAT ARE 

CALLED AT-HOME DEATHS.

RIGHT?

THIS DOESN'T INCLUDE PEOPLE WHO 

DIED IN THEIR HOME AND WERE NOT 

IN A HOSPITAL OR A NURSING HOME.

WE STILL HAVE TO COMPILE ALL 

THAT DATA.

AND THEN THE AT-HOME DEATHS YOU 

HAVE TO GO BACK AND FIND OUT 

WHAT WERE THE CAUSE OF DEATHS 

FOR THOSE AT-HOME DEATHS AND ADD

THEM TO THE NUMBER OF DEATHS 

CONNECTED TO COVID.

IT GETS EVEN MORE COMPLICATED 

BECAUSE IN CALIFORNIA THEY'RE 

NOW FINDING DEATHS THAT GO BACK 

TO LAST DECEMBER OR JANUARY THAT

THEY BELIEVE WERE COVID RELATED.

AND PEOPLE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT 

COVID AT THAT TIME.

SO, IF YOU THEN GO BACK TO 

DECEMBER AND JANUARY AND START 

TO LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS 

AND CHECK THEM FOR A 

COVID-RELATED DEATH, I DON'T 

EVEN KNOW HOW YOU DO THAT 

PRACTICALLY, YOU'LL SEE THAT 

TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS GO UP.

BUT THAT 15,500 IS NOT AN 

ACCURATE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS,

IN MY OPINION.






WELL, FACT.

IT'S NOT AN ACCURATE TOTAL 

NUMBER OF DEATHS BECAUSE IT DOES

NOT COUNT IN-HOME DEATHS, 

AT-HOME DEATHS.

IT'S NOT ACCURATE BECAUSE THERE 

WILL HAVE BEEN MANY OTHER DEATHS

THAT WERE NEVER TESTED FOR COVID

THAT SHOULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO 

THAT NUMBER, BUT WITH THOSE 

CAVEATS, THAT'S WHAT WE SEE IN 

THIS SURVEY.

IT ALSO SUPPORTS THE DECISION 

THAT WE TALKED ABOUT TO HAVE A 

REGIONAL ANALYSIS AND DECISION 

MAKING.

UP STATE NEW YORK IS 3.6%.

NEW YORK CITY IS 21%.

WHAT YOU DO IN A PLACE WITH 2 % 

IS NOT THE SAME THING 

NECESSARILY YOU WOULD DO IN A 

PLACE WITH 3.6%.

IT'S JUST NOT.

IT'S THE SAME THEORY THAT SOME 

STATES OPEN NOW AND NEW YORK 

DOESN'T BECAUSE THE FACTS SHOULD

DICTATE THE ACTION.

AND IF THE FACTS DICTATE THE 

ACTION WHEN YOU HAVE DIFFERENT 

FACTS YOU HAVE DIFFERENT ACTION.

SO, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT A 

REGIONAL ANALYSIS ON REOPENING, 

THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT BECAUSE 

LOOK AT THE FACTS IN THAT AREA.

SORRY.

BUT, THERE'S A SECOND 

COMPLICATING FACTOR, BECAUSE 

THERE ALWAYS IS, WHAT YOU DO IN 

A REGION STILL HAS TO BE 

COORDINATED BECAUSE YOU HAVE A 

PENT-UP DEMAND IN THE WHOLE 

TRI-STATE AREA WHERE ONE REGION 

OPENS UP FOR BUSINESS, YOU COULD

SEE PEOPLE COME IN FROM 

LITERALLY THE TRI-STATE AREA AND

OVERWHELM THAT REGION.

WE TRY TO RATIONALIZE WITH 

CONNECTICUT AND NEW JERSEY 

BECAUSE THERE HAVE BEEN 

FACILITIES IN CONNECTICUT THAT 

WERE OPEN AND YOU HAVE ALL SORTS

OF NEW YORK LICENSE PLATES 

THERE.

SO, YES, REGIONAL ANALYSIS BUT 

UNDERSTAND ON THAT REGIONAL 

ANALYSIS THAT YOU STILL EXIST IN

THE TRI-STATE AREA WITH MILLIONS

OF PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR 

SOMETHING TO DO TO GET OUT OF 

THE HOUSE AND PUT THE KIDS IN 

THE CAR AND GO.

SO, THAT HAS TO BE FACTORED IN.

BECAUSE THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT 

FACTOR.

WE ALSO HAVE TO DO MORE TO GET 

TESTING IN THE 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN/LATINO 

COMMUNITIES.

WE TALKED ABOUT HEALTH 







DISPARITIES.

THIS STATE DID NOT HAVE THE KIND

OF DISPARITIES WE HAVE SEEN IN 

OTHER STATES, BUT I WANT TO 

UNDERSTAND THEM AND I WANT TO 

ADDRESS THEM.

THEY'RE GOING TO BE A NUMBER OF 

FACTORS WHY YOU COULD HAVE A 

HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF POSITIVES 

IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN LATINO 

COMMUNITY THAT WERE EXISTING 

HEALTH DISPARITIES.

THERE WERE EXISTING KOEMORE 

BITTIES, UNDERLYING ILLNESSES, 

DIABETES, ET CETERA.

I ALSO BELIEVE YOU HAVE A 

GREATER PERCENTAGE OF THE, QUOTE

UNQUOTE, ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO 

ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN/LATINO.

WHILE EVERYONE ELSE OR MANY 

PEOPLE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO 

LOCK DOWN AT HOME, AS TERRIBLE 

AS THAT WAS, THE ESSENTIAL 

WORKERS HAD TO GET UP EVERY 

MORNING AND DRIVE THE BUS AND 

DRIVE THE TRAIN AND DELIVER THE 

FOOD.

AND DO ALL THOSE ESSENTIAL 

SERVICES THAT ALLOWED PEOPLE TO 

STAY AT HOME.

ALSO YOU HAVE MORE PEOPLE IN THE

NEW YORK CITY AREA, MORE PEOPLE 

GETTING ON SUBWAYS, GETTING ON 

BUSES.

MORE PEOPLE DEALING WITH THAT 

DENSITY.

WE KNOW THAT'S WHERE IT 

COMMUNICATES.

BUT, NEW YORK CITY HOUSING 

AUTHORITY, WE'RE STARTING MORE 

TESTING TODAY AT NEW YORK CITY 

HOUSING AUTHORITY FACILITIES.

YOU TALK ABOUT PUBLIC HOUSING, I

WAS A HUD SECRETARY.

I WORKED IN PUBLIC HOUSING ALL 

ACROSS THIS NATION.

THAT IS SOME OF THE DENSEST 

HOUSING IN THE UNITED STATES OF 

AMERICA.

PEOPLE CRAMMED INTO ELEVATORS, 

CRAMMED THROUGH SMALL LOBBIES, 

OVERCROWDING IN THEIR APARTMENT.

SO PUBLIC HOUSING DOES POSE A 

SPECIAL ISSUE AND IT SHOULD BE 

ADDRESSED.

I ALSO WANT TO GET MORE TESTING 

IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO 

COMMUNITIES ALL THROUGH THE NEW 

YORK CITY AREA.

INCLUDING LONG ISLAND AFTER 







THIS.

I WANT TO WORK WITH CONGRESSMAN 

JEFFRIES AND CONGRESS MEMBER VET

CLARK AND CONGRESSMEN VELASQUEZ 

TO HELP US WORK WITH THE 

CHURCHES IN THOSE COMMUNITIES, 

THE CHURCHES HAVE VOLUNTEERED, 

MANY OF THEM TO BE TESTING 

SITES.

ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IS FINDING A

TESTING SITE.

BUT MANY CHURCHES HAVE SAID THEY

WOULD BE WILLING TO USE THEIR 

FACILITIES FOR TESTING SITES AS 

WE RAMP UP THE TESTING.

I WANT TO GET IT INTO THE 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN/LATINO 

COMMUNITY AND USING THE CHUSH 

CHS AS A NETWORK I THINK IS 

GOING TO BE EXTRAORDINARILY 

EFFECTIVE.

BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT NEW 

YORK SHOULD LEAD THE WAY ON 

ANSWERING THIS QUESTION AND 

ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE.

ALSO WANTED TO SPEAK TO A POINT 

FROM OUR FRIENDS IN WASHINGTON, 

SENATOR McCONNELL, HEAD OF THE 

SENATE, YOU KNOW WE HAVE BEEN 

TALKING ABOUT FUNDING FOR STATE 

AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.

AND IT WAS NOT IN THE BILL THAT 

THE HOUSE IS GOING TO PASS 

TODAY.

THEY SAID DON'T WORRY.

DON'T WORRY.

DON'T WORRY.

THE NEXT BILL.

AS SOON AS THE SENATE PASSED IT,

THIS CURRENT BILL, SENATOR MITCH

McCONNELL GOES OUT AND HE SAYS 

MAYBE THE STATES SHOULD DECLARE 

BANKRUPTCY.

OKAY?

THIS IS ONE OF THE REALLY DUMB 

IDEAS OF ALL TIME.

AND YOU KNOW I SAID TO MY 

COLLEAGUES IN WASHINGTON, I 

WOULD HAVE INSISTED THAT STATE 

AND LOCAL FUNDING WAS IN THIS 

CURRENT BILL BECAUSE I DON'T 

BELIEVE THEY WANT THE FUNDS, 

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.

AND NOT TO FUND STATE AND LOCAL 

GOVERNMENT IS INCREDIBLY 

SHORTSIGHTED.

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDS

POLICE, FIRE, TEACHERS AND 

SCHOOLS.

HOW DO YOU NOT FUND POLICE AND 

FIRE AND TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS IN

THE MIDST OF THIS CRISIS?

YES, AIRLINES ARE IMPORTANT.

YES, SMALL BUSINESS IS 

IMPORTANT.

SO ARE POLICE AND FIRE AND 

HEALTH CARE WORKERS.

WHO ARE THE FRONT LINE WORKERS.

AND WHEN YOU DON'T FUND THE 

STATE, THEN THE STATE CAN'T FUND

THOSE SERVICES.

MAKES NO SENSE TO ME.

ALSO MAKES NO SENSE THAT THE 

ENTIRE NATION IS DEPENDENT ON 

WHAT THE GOVERNORS DO TO REOPEN.

WE ESTABLISHED THAT.

IT'S UP TO THIS GOVERNOR.

IT'S UP TO THIS GOVERNOR.

IT'S UP TO THIS GOVERNOR.

BUT THEN YOU'RE NOT GOING TO 

FUND THE STATE GOVERNMENT?

DO YOU THINK I'M GOING TO DO IT 

ALONE?

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS IS GOING 

TO WORK?

AND THEN TO SUGGEST WE'RE 

CONCERNED ABOUT THE ECONOMY.

STATES SHOULD DECLARE 

BANKRUPTCY?

THAT'S HOW YOU'RE GOING TO BRING

THIS NATIONAL ECONOMY BACK?

BY STATES DECLARING BANKRUPTCY.

YOU WANT TO SEE THAT MARKET FALL

THROUGH THE CELLAR?

LET NEW YORK STATE DECLARE 

BANKRUPTCY.

LET MICHIGAN DECLARE BANKRUPTCY.

LET ILLINOIS DECLARE BANKRUPTCY.

LET CALIFORNIA DECLARE 

BANKRUPTCY.

YOU WILL SEE A COLLAPSE OF THIS 

NATIONAL ECONOMY.

SO, JUST DUMB.

VICIOUS IS SAYING WHEN SENATOR 

McCONNELL SAID THIS IS A BLUE 

STATE BAILOUT.

WHAT HE'S SAYING IS IF YOU LOOK 

AT THE STATES THAT HAVE 

CORONAVIRUS PROBLEMS, THEY TEND 

TO BE DEMOCRATIC STATES -- NEW 

YORK, CALIFORNIA, MICHIGAN, 

ILLINOIS, THEY ARE DEMOCRATIC 

STATES.

SO IF YOU FUND STATES THAT ARE 

SUFFERING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS, 

DEMOCRATIC STATES.

DON'T HELP NEW YORK STATE 

BECAUSE IT IS A DEMOCRATIC 

STATE.

HOW UGLY A THOUGHT.

JUST THINK OF -- JUST THINK OF 

WHAT HE'S SAYING.

PEOPLE DIED.

15,000 PEOPLE DIED IN NEW YORK 

BUT THEY WERE PREDOMINANTLY 

DEMOCRATS.

SO WHY SHOULD WE HELP THEM?

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.

IF THERE WAS EVER A TIME YOU'RE 

GOING TO PUT -- FOR YOU TO PUT 

ASIDE YOUR PETTINESS AND YOUR 

PARTISANSHIP AND THIS POLITICAL 

LENS THAT YOU SEE THE WORLD 

THROUGH -- DEMOCRAT AND 

REPUBLICAN -- AND WE HELP 

REPUBLICANS BUT WE DON'T HELP 

DEMOCRATS.

THAT'S NOT WHO WE ARE.

IT'S JUST NOT WHO WE ARE AS A 

PEOPLE.

IF THERE'S EVER A TIME FOR 

HUMANITY AND DECENCY, NOW IS THE

TIME.

IF THERE WAS EVER A TIME TO STOP

YOUR POLITICAL OBSESSIVE 

POLITICAL BIAS AND ANGER, WHICH 

IS WHAT IT'S MORPHED INTO, JUST 

A POLITICAL ANGER, NOW IS THE 

TIME.

AND YOU WANT TO POLITICALLY 

DIVIDE THIS NATION NOW WITH ALL 

THAT'S GOING ON?

HOW IRRESPONSIBLE AND HOW 

RECKLESS.

I'M THE GOVERNOR OF ALL NEW 

YORKERS.

DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, 

INDEPENDENT.

I DON'T EVEN CARE WHAT YOUR 

POLITICAL PARTY IS.

I REPRESENT YOU.

AND WE ARE ALL THERE TO SUPPORT 

EACH OTHER.

THIS IS NOT THE TIME OR THE 

PLACE OR THE SITUATION TO START 

YOUR DEVISIVE POLITICS.

IT IS JUST NOT.

AND THAT'S WHY LOORKS OUR RULE 

HAS BEEN VERY SIMPLE FROM DAY 

ONE.

THERE IS NO RED OR BLUE.

THERE SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN A 

RED AND BLUE WHEN IT COMES TO 

ANY IMPORTANT ISSUE.

BUT CERTAINLY NOT NOW.

AND THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS COUNTRY

IS ALL ABOUT.

IT'S NOT RED AND BLUE.

IT'S RED, WHITE AND BLUE.

AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT NEW YORK 

TOUGH, WE'RE ALL NEW YORK TOUGH.

DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS.

AND WE'RE ALL SMART.

AND WE'RE ALL DISCIPLINED.

AND WE'RE ALL UNIFIED.

AND WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT.

AND THAT'S HOW WE OPERATE.

AND WE OPERATE WITH LOVE AND 

WE'RE STRONG ENOUGH TO SAY LOVE.

TO SAY LOVE IS NOT A WEAKNESS.

IT IS A STRENGTH.

AND NEW YORKERS ARE THAT STRONG.

QUESTIONS?

>> GOVERNOR, WE ARE SEEING OVER 

1,100 STAFFERS AND INMATES WHO 

TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID.

WHAT MORE CAN THE STATE DO TO 

ALEVE PEOPLE DETAINED ON PAROL 

VIOLATIONS MORE QUICKLY AND WHAT

ABOUT RELEASING ELDERLY AND 

MEDICALLY VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN 

MAKING SURE THAT INMATES ARE 

GETTING HAND SANITIZER?

ANY ABILITY?

>> SO AS OF TODAY THERE'S 263 

PRISONERS WHO HAVE TESTED 

POSITIVE FOR COVID.

AND THEN FROM THAT WE ARE 

QUARANTINING PEOPLE.

THERE'S 1397 PEOPLE IN THE 

PRISON SYSTEM WHICH HAVE BEEN 

QUARANTINED.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE NOT SEEN THE 

KIND OF OUTBREAKS THAT WE FEARED

THAT WE WOULD SEE.

WE'RE MONITORING IT VERY 

CLOSELY.

WE HAVE DONE A NUMBER OF THINGS 

INCLUDING STOPPING VISITATION 

AND DOING ISOLATION ABOVE AND 

BEYOND BUT WITHIN HUMANITY.

MAKING SURE YOU'RE NOT PUTTING 

PEOPLE IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.

WE HAVE TAKE AN NUMBER OF STEPS,

TECHNICAL PAROL VIOLATIONS, 

PEOPLE OVER 55 WITHIN 90 DAYS.

WE'LL CHANGE. 

>> LET ME GO BACK TO MY SELF 

PROCLAIMED GRIM RIPPER SENATOR 

McCONNELL.

HE REPRESENTS THE STATE OF 

KENTUCKY, OKAY?

WHEN IT COMES TO FAIRNESS, NEW 

YORK STATE PUTS MUCH MORE MONEY 

INTO THE FEDERAL POT THAN IT 

TAKES OUT.

OKAY?

AT THE END OF THE YEAR, WE PUT 

IN THAT FEDERAL POT $116 BILLION

MORE THAN WE TAKE OUT.

OKAY?

HIS STATE, THE STATE OF KENTUCKY

TAKES OUT 148 BILLION MORE THAN 

THEY PUT IN.

OKAY?

SO HE'S A FEDERAL LEGISLATURE.

HE'S DISTRIBUTING THE FEDERAL 

POT OF MONEY.

NEW YORK PUTS IN MORE MONEY TO 

THE FEDERAL POT THAN IT TAKES 

OUT.

HIS STATE TAKES OUT MORE THAN IT

PUTS IN.

SENATOR McCONNELL, WHO IS 

GETTING BAILED OUT HERE?

IT'S YOUR STATE THAT IS LIVING 

ON THE MONEY THAT WE GENERATE.

YOUR STATE IS GETTING BAILED 

OUT, NOT MY STATE.

>> FOLLOWUP QUESTION ABOUT THE 

NATIONAL GUARD.

I DIDN'T GET AN ANSWER ON THAT.

WONDERING IF THERE ARE ANY 

THOUGHTS ON USING THE NATIONAL 

GUARD TO CLEAN PRISONS OR JAILS 

OR NURSING HOMES?

>> NOT AT THIS POINT.

>> LET JESSIE TALK.

FORGET IT, JESSIE.

GO AHEAD. 

>> LESS THAN 1% OF THE 

POPULATION HAS BEEN TESTED.

DO WE KNOW IF THERE'S AN 

OUTBREAK IN PRISONS?

>> ENOUGH TESTS ARE NOT 

AVAILABLE ANYWHERE.

WE NEED MORE TESTS FOR 

PRISONERS, MORE TESTS FOR 

NURSING HOMES AND ANTI- BODIES.

MORE TESTS ACROSS THE BOARD.

THAT'S NOT JUST NEW YORK, THAT'S

NATIONWIDE.

HOW DO YOU BRING IT UP TO SCALE?

>> IF I COULD ADD ONE THING, 

WE'RE TESTING IN PRISONERS THE 

SAME WAY WE'RE TESTING INSIDE OF

PRISONER.

PEOPLE DEMONSTRATES SYMPTOMS 

ASSOCIATED WITH IT WE KNOW COME 

INTO DIRECT CONTACT.

THE SAME STANDARDS ARE BEING 

APPLIED INSIDE THE PRISON WALLS 

AS IS EVERYBODY ELSE.

IF THEY FALL UNDER THOSE 

CONDITIONS, YES. 

>> HAVE YOU CALLED SENATOR 

McCONNELL?

>> NO. 

>> HAVE YOU MADE ANY CONTACT 

WITH HIM?

>> NO. 

>> DO YOU INTEND TO?

>> NO. 

>> ON THE ISSUE OF THE 20% OF 

NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS WHO SEEM

TO BE TESTING POSITIVE VIA THE 

ANTIBODY TESTING, DOES THIS 

CHANGE THE CALCULATION?

THAT'S 2 MILLION PEOPLE IN NEW 

YORK CITY THAT COULD HAVE 

CONCEIVABLY BEEN EXPOSED?

>> NO, IT DOESN'T CHANGE THE 

CALCULUS.

CONTACT TRACING IS NOT THE 

ANSWER.

IT'S NOT THE BE ALL AND END ALL.

BUT IT'S ONE OF THE TOOLS AND IN

A VERY SMALL TOOL BOX.

YOU DON'T HAVE THAT MANY 

EFFECTIVE TOOLS TO USE.

SO IT'S A COOL IN A SMALL TOOL 

BOX.

AND YOU'RE RIGHT.

THE TONE OF THE QUESTION IS 

RIGHT, COULD YOU EVER TEST AND 

TRACE EVERY POSITIVE?

NO.

>> GOVERNOR, THE STATE 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS CHARGED 

WITH REGULATING NURSING HOLMES 

AND INVESTIGATING CLAIMS OF 

NEGLECT AND MAKING SURE THEY'RE 

COMPLYING WITH REGULATIONS.

WHY ISN'T IT THEY HAVE ALREADY 

DONE THAT ALREADY?

>> THEY DO DO IT ON AN ON GOING 

BASIS.

THIS IS A CRISIS SITUATION FOR 

NURSING HOMES.

THEY ARE UNDER A LOT OF 

PRESSURE.

WE UNDERSTAND THAT.

TO NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, BY THE

WAY.

THIS HAPPENS TO BE A VIRUS THAT 

ATTACKS ELDERLY PEOPLE AND 

NURSING HOMES ARE THE PLACE OF 

ELDERLY PEOPLE.

SO THIS IS A VERY INTENSE 

SITUATION FOR NURSING HOMES.

WE GET IT.

BUT THEY STILL HAVE TO PERFORM 

THEIR JOB AND DO THEIR JOB BY 

THE RULES AND REGULATIONS.

>> THE STATE HAD A TON OF 

REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES. 

>> NOTHING WENT WRONG.

WHAT WENT WRONG IN HOSPITALS?

WHAT WENT WRONG IN SOCIETY?

WHAT WENT WRONG -- NOTHING.

MOTHER NATURE BROUGHT A VIRUS?

AND THE VIRUS ATTACKS YOUNG 

PEOPLE -- I'M SORRY, OLD PEOPLE.

AND NOTHING WENT WRONG.

NOBODY IS TO BLAME, BUT FOR 

CREATION OF THE SITUATION, BUT 

THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE 

SITUATION.

>> GOVERNOR, THE SITUATION IN 

ROCHESTER CITY SCHOOLS IS 

BECOMING CRITICALLY IMPORTANT.

THE SUPERINTENDENT SUGGESTED HE 

IS GOING TO LEAVE AT THE END OF 

JUNE AND THEIR FINANCE IS 

TEETERING BEFORE ALL THIS HAVE 

GOTTEN INCREASINGLY DIRE.

IS THERE A CONCERN YOU HAVE 

THERE?

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT THE STATE

CAN DO AT THIS POINT?

>> WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT 

THE ROCHESTER SCHOOL DISTRICT 

FOR A FEW MONTHS.

I DON'T THINK ANYTHING HAS 

HAPPENED RECENTLY.

ROB, DO YOU KNOW?

>> WE GAVE THEM FLEXIBILITY IN 

THE BUDGET AND AND ADVANCED 

PAYMENT.

THE SUPERINTENDENT THERE HAD 

SOME DESIRE TO MAKE SOME 

REDUCTIONS.

BUT DEALING LOCALLY WITH THE 

BOARD ON WHAT THEY NEED TO DO, 

WE GAVE THEM SOME FLEXIBILITY 

AND GAVE THEM ADVANCED PAYMENT 

TO THE TUNE OF CLOSE TO $30 

MILLION IN THIS BUDGET SO THAT 

THEY COULD USE THOSE TOOLS.

BUT LIKE EVERY OTHER DISTRICT 

THEY'LL HAVE PROBLEMS BUT THEY 

WERE TREAT AND GIVEN MORE 

FLEXIBILITY THAN ANY OTHER 

DISTRICT IN THE STATE.

>> BACK TO NURSING HOMES, WHAT 

SHOULD THESE FACILITIES HAVE 

DONE DIFFERENTLY WHEN THIS 

GUIDANCE CAME OUT FROM DUH 

SAYING THEY HAD TO ADMIT NEW 

PATIENTS TO THESE HOMES.

AND WHEN THEY VOICE THOSE 

CONCERNS SAYING WE DON'T HAVE 

ENOUGH PPE, OUR STAFF ARE 

CALLING OUT SICK, WHAT'S THAT 

COMMUNICATION LIKE WITH DOH AND 

HOW HAS DOH BEEN HANDLING THAT?

>> THEY SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED THE

RULES.

IF YOU CAN'T PROVIDE ADEQUATE 

CARE TO A PATIENT, YOU MUST 

TRANSFER THE PATIENT.

PERIOD. 

>> IT'S UP TO THEM TO TRANSFER 

THE PATIENT?

>> YES.

THEY CALL OTHER FACILITIES, DO 

YOU HAVE A BED AVAILABLE?

IF THEY CAN'T TRANSFER THE 

PATIENT, THEY CALL DEPARTMENT OF

HEALTH AND SAY I CAN'T FIND A 

FACILITY FOR THIS PATIENT AND 

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FINDS 

THE FACILITY FOR THE PATIENT. 

>> DID ANY NURSING HOMES OBJECT 

TO, ONE, THE POLICY AND TWO -- 

>> THEY DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO 

OBJECT.

THAT IS THE RULE.

AND THAT IS THE REGULATION.

THEY HAVE TO COMPLY WITH IT.

AND THE REGULATION IS BASIC 

COMMON SENSE.

IF YOU CAN'T PROVIDE ADEQUATE 

CARE, YOU CAN'T HAVE THE PATIENT

IN YOUR FACILITY.

AND THAT'S YOUR BASIC FIDUCIARY 

OBLIGATION, I WOULD SAY ETHICAL 

OBLIGATION.

IT'S ALSO YOUR LEGAL OBLIGATION.

IF YOU CAN'T PROVIDE ADEQUATE 

CARE, THE PERSON MUST BE 

TRANSFERRED.

IF YOU HAVE COVID PEOPLE, THEY 

HAVE TO BE QUARANTED.

THEY HAVE TO HAVE SEPARATE 

STAFF.

THAT'S THE RULE.

IF YOU CAN'T DO IT, WE'LL PUT 

THEM IN A FACILITY THAT CAN DO 

IT.

THAT'S THE RULE.

NOW, WHEN A PERSON GETS 

TRANSFERRED, THEN THEY LOSE A 

PATIENT.

THEY LOSE THAT REVENUE.

I UNDERSTAND.

BUT THE RELATIONSHIP IS, THE 

CONTRACT IS, YOU HAVE THIS 

RESIDENT.

YOU GET PAID.

YOU MUST PROVIDE ADEQUATE CARE.

IF YOU CAN'T, THAT PATIENT HAS 

TO BE TRANSFERRED TO A FACILITY 

WHERE THEY GET ADEQUATE CARE. 

>> THE STATE TRANSFERRING OF 

PATIENTS TO OTHER HOMES. 

>> IF THEY CAN'T DO IT. 

>> IF THEY CAN'T DO IT.

WHAT ABOUT IF THEY CAN'T PROVIDE

ENOUGH PPE.

AS YOU SAID YESTERDAY, IT'S UP 

TO THOSE FACILITIES TO PROVIDE 

THE PPE.

SO IS THE STATE ASSISTING IN ANY

WAY?

>> WE HAVE GIVEN THEM THOUSANDS 

AND THOUSANDS OF PIECES OF PPE.

YOU'RE RIGHT, IT'S THEIR PRIMARY

RESPONSIBILITY.

BUT IT'S THEIR PRIMARY 

RESPONSIBILITY LIKE IT'S A 

HOSPITAL'S PRIMARY 

RESPONSIBILITY.

AND HOSPITALS RAN INTO PROBLEMS,

NURSING HOMES RAN INTO PROBLEMS.

THIS IS A NATIONAL STORY.

RIGHT?

YOU TURN ON THE NATIONAL NEWS, 

ANY GIVEN TIME AND YOU'LL HAVE 

PEOPLE SAYING WE CAN'T GET 

ENOUGH PPE.

IT'S BEEN AN INTERNATIONAL 

PROBLEM.

SO, WE WERE SENDING -- WE WERE 

GETTING PPE FROM CHINA, 

REMEMBER.

AND WE WERE GETTING PPE AND WE 

WERE DISTRIBUTING PPE ALSO.

AND HOW MANY PIECES -- 

>> TO PUT IN CONTEXT THE 

GOVERNOR ON EMERGENCY BASIS.

FOR NURSING HOMES ALONE, 417,000

SURGICAL GRADE MASKS, 101,000 

GOWNS, 85,000 FACE SHIELDS, 

422,000 GLOVES, 5,000 GALLONS OF

SANITIZER.

SO ON THAT SCALE, WE HAVE BEEN 

ON AN EMERGENCY BASIS MAKING IT 

AVAILABLE TO THOSE FACILITIES 

WHO HAVE CALLED AND SAID WE 

CAN'T WHILE MANAGE AS WELL 

HOSPITALS AND OTHER FACILITIES 

THAT HAVE HAD A DESPERATE NEED 

FOR THIS IN ADDITION TO THE 

NURSING HOMES.

>> IS THAT A WEEKLY NUMBER?

>> THIS IS SINCE THE MIDDLE 

OF -- THIS IS SINCE ABOUT TWO 

WEEKS AGO.

>> IS THERE A CONCERN WITH THE 

PRACTICE IN SOME FACILITIES OF 

ROTATING STAFF TO DIFFERENT 

FACILITIES SO THEY CAN COVER 

DIFFERENT SHIFTS?

>> I HAVE NOT HEARD THAT.

>> HOW MANY CALLS HAVE YOU 

GOTTEN FROM DOH, SORRY FROM 

THESE FACILITIES TO DOH 

SPECIFICALLY FROM THESE NURSING 

HOMES THEY CAN'T COMPLY?

>> TO TRANSFER PATIENTS?

>> YEAH.

>> DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY?

>> I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY WE HAVE

SPECIFICALLY. 

>> HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT GETTING 

THOSE CALLS. 

>> WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN CALLS LIKE 

THAT. 

>> HAVE YOU GOTTEN ANY CALLS AT 

ALL. 

>> NOT THAT I KNOW.

WE CAN TRACK AND FIND OUT. 

>> WE HAD ASSISTANCE FROM PPE 

AND JIM JUST MENTIONED -- 

>> DO YOU HAVE A NUMBER ON HOW 

MANY NURSING HOMES HAVE CALLED 

FOR THAT?

OR ADULT CARE FACILITIES?

>> NOT OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD.

>> EXCUSE ME, CAN WE JUST GET 

PEOPLE -- 

>> I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE 

STATE WORK FORCE.

I DON'T KNOW HOW THE UNIONS 

FACTOR INTO THIS, BUT IN THE 

AREAS OF LET'S SAY WHERE YOU 

HAVE STATE OFFICE BUILDINGS AND 

INFECTION RATES ARE RELATIVELY 

LOWER, COULD YOU MAYBE HAVE 

WORKERS WHO ARE WORKING FROM 

HOME COME IN, NON-ESSENTIAL 

WORKERS AND, YOU KNOW, DO 

SOMETHING PARTIAL, MAYBE IN THE 

MORE URBAN AREAS, SYRACUSE OR 

ROCHESTERS HAVE BY ZIP CODE, 

LOWER INFECTION RATES AND HAVE 

THEM COME IN. 

>> LOOK, I THINK IT'S A VERY, 

VERY GOOD QUESTION AND WHEN WE 

TALK ABOUT THESE REGIONAL 

ANALYSIS AND REGIONAL DECISION 

MAKING, I THINK THAT'S ONE OF 

THEM.

WE SAID WE HAVE A MATRIX.

IT'S MORE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES 

THAT ARE LOWER RISK WOULD BE THE

TOP PRIORITY, RIGHT?

GOVERNMENT WORKER IS ESSENTIAL, 

I WOULD ARGUE.

YOU CAN SOCIALLY DISTANCE IN A 

GOVERNMENT WORKPLACE.

SO I THINK THAT WOULD BE ONE OF 

THE PRIME CANDIDATES IN A 

REGIONAL REOPENING STRATEGY.

ONCE WE GET THERE.

ON THE REGIONAL, UMT TO LOOK AT 

WHERE IS THE OVERALL INFECTION 

RATE LIKE THIS DATA.

YOU WANT TO LOOK AT THE 

HOSPITALIZATION RATE.

YOU DON'T GET ANYWHERE ON 

REOPENING STRUCTURE UNTIL YOU 

SEE THAT HOSPITALIZATION RATE 

FLAT OR COMING DOWN, RIGHT?

THOSE ARE THE CDC GUIDELINES 

WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT PHASE ONE 

OR PHASE TWO.

THAT HOSPITALIZATION RATE HAS TO

BE COMING DOWN.

THE INFECTION RATE HAS TO BE 

LOW.

THEN YOU CAN START THE 

CONVERSATION ON REOPENING 

REGIONALLY AND CALIBRATING IT.

LET'S TAKE ONE MORE.

>> CAN I MAKE ONE POINT ON THE 

STATE WORK FORCE.

THE NON-ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO 

ARE HOME RIGHT NOW ARE STILL 

BEING PAID.

THOSE WORKERS ARE STILL BEING 

PAID WHILE THEY'RE HOME RIGHT 

NOW.

>> REGIONAL DECISION MIGHT 

HAPPEN?

>> YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE 

NUMBERS.

YOU TELL ME WHEN THE NUMBERS 

CHANGE.

I'LL TELL YOU WHEN WE START THE 

CONVERSATION.

>> WE HAVE NUMBERS ON ANTIBODY 

TESTING.

YOU HAVE NUMBERS ON 

HOSPITALIZATIONS AND INFECTION 

RATES.

SO YOU DO HAVE NUMBERS.

>> YOU WANT TO LOOK AT A FLAT OR

DROPPING HOSPITALIZATION RATE.

IN A REGION THAT CAN REOPEN AS A

REGION.

WE DON'T HAVE THE 

HOSPITALIZATION RATE BY REGION 

THAT I CAN SAY THE NORTH COUNTRY

HAS BEEN GOING DOWN AT THIS 

RATE.

BUT YOU NEED THAT KIND OF 

ANALYSIS REGION BY REGION. 

>> TWO-WEEK PERIOD?

>> CDC GUIDELINES HAVE 14 DAYS.

>> IS THE STATE INVESTIGATING 

WHY -- 

>> LET ME ASK SOMEONE WHO HASN'T

ASKED A QUESTION. 

>> OTHER PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN TO 

ASK MULTIPLE QUESTIONS. 

>> EARLIER THIS WEEK, BOB DUFFY 

COORDINATING EFFORTS IN WESTERN 

NEW YORK.

SOMEONE COORDINATING THE EFFORT 

IN THE CAPITAL REGION?

>> WE ARE.

I AM LOCATED IN THE CAPITAL 

REGION.

BUT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IS FROM 

WESTERN NEW YORK AND SHE WAS 

THERE.

BOB DUFFY, MY FORMER LIEUTENANT 

GOVERNOR, GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT, 

HE'S IN THE ROCHESTER, FINGER 

LAKES AREA, SO WE HAD THAT 

ADVANTAGE.

WE HAD JUST A TREMENDOUS ASSET 

THERE WITH KATHY AND BOB DUFFY.

SO THEY'RE DOING THAT.

I CONSIDER MYSELF AN ADEQUATE 

CAPITOL DISTRICT.

[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]

>> JUST TO GIVE YOU CONTEXT I 

WAS ON THE PHONE WITH ALL THE 

GOVERNORS YESTERDAY ON A 

GOVERNOR'S CALL.

THIS IS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS 

PROBLEM.

ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

>> TO PUNCTUATE THAT POINT TO 

PUT INTO CONTEXT, NEW YORK STATE

HAS PAID OUT $2.2 BILLION TO 

OVER 1.1 MILLION PEOPLE WHO 

APPLIED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT 

INSURANCE.

TO GIVE YOU A REFERENCE POINT, 

CALIFORNIA HAS DONE 975 MILLION,

TEXAS 400 MILLION, FLORIDA 143 

MILLION, PENNSYLVANIA 600 

MILLION.

WE HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND IN

TERMS OF RAMPING UP.

WE TODAY A NUMBER WILL BE 

RELEASED TODAY ANOTHER 207,000 

PEOPLE THAT APPLIED FOR AND WERE

ACCEPTED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT 

INSURANCE.

THAT'S A NUMBER RELEASED LATER 

TODAY.

1.4 MILLION NEW YORKERS 

COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT 

INSURANCE.

THE BACK BUG THAT REMAINS 

MAJORITY PUA, THOSE ARE THE GIG 

WORKERS, CONTRACTORS, SELF 

EMPLOYED, PEOPLE WHO CAN'T WORK 

BECAUSE THEIR KIDS' SCHOOLS ARE 

CLOSED OR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T WORK 

BECAUSE THEY COME IN TO CONTACT 

WITH SOMEONE WHO IS COVID 

POSITIVE.

THAT CAME OUT OF THE FEDERAL 

CARES ACT.

THAT'S WHERE MAJORITY OF THE 

COMPLAINTS ARE COMING FROM.

YES THOSE PEOPLE HADN'T BEEN 

WORKING SINCE BEFORE THEN, BUT 

THE FEDERAL LAW THAT WAS PASSED 

ENABLED THEM TO COLLECT 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DIDN'T GO

INTO EFFECT MARCH 27th.

THE FEDS PUT GUIDANCE OUT THAT 

SAID YOU HAVE TO APPLY FOR 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, GET 

REJECT AND APPLY FOR PANDEMIC 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.

WHICH WAS A COMPLETE DISASTER.

WE ROLLED OUT THIS PAST MONDAY 

THE NEW FORM WHICH YOU APPLY ONE

TIME AND THEN WE MAKE THE 

DETERMINATION WHICH POT YOU GO 

INTO.

NOW THE MAJORITY OF THE BACK 

SLOG FROM THAT CATEGORY OF 

PEOPLE.

AND JUST TO GIVE YOU FURTHER 

CONTEXT, CALIFORNIA ISN'T EVEN 

ROLLING OUT THEIR ABILITY TO 

APPLY FOR PUA UNTIL APRIL 28th 

AND ILLINOIS NOT UNTIL MAY 11th.

SO, I KNOW THAT THIS IS HARD.

IT'S TERRIBLE.

YOU'VE LOST YOUR JOB.

YOU'RE STRUGGLING TO PAY THE 

BILLS.

IT'S HARD ENOUGH WITHOUT HAVING 

TO DEAL WITH BUREAUCRACY AND RED

TAPE, THIS IS ON A SCALE THIS 

NATION HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED AND

NEW YORK BY COMPARISON IS 

ACTUALLY DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB.

WE JUST ASK PEOPLE TO REMAIN 

PATIENT.

WE HAVE NOW PUT 3,000 PEOPLE ON 

THIS ISSUE.

AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO 

POUND THE PHONES AND DO THE DATA

INPUT UNTIL IT'S ALL COMPLETE 

AND EVERYONE HAS WHAT THEY NEED.

>> YEAH, JUST TO PUT THIS INTO 

CONTEXT, THE WE HAVE DONE FAR 

MORE, FAR FASTER THAN I THINK 

ANY OTHER STATE IN THE COUNTRY.

AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO 

HAVE GOTTEN ASSISTANCE IS MIND 

BOGGLING.

NONE OF THAT MATTERS, RIGHT?

FOR A PERSON ONLY ONE CHECK THAT

MATTERS, AND THAT'S THEIR CHECK.

I GET THAT.

AND IF THEY DON'T GET THEIR 

CHECK, IT DOESN'T MATTER THAT IT

WAS ONLY MARCH 27th, ET CETERA.

AND SOME STATES AREN'T EVEN 

STARTING THIS YET.

BUT PEOPLE ARE ANXIOUS AND IT'S 

THEIR CHECK THAT MATTERS TO 

THEM.

AGAIN, THE GOOD NEWS IS IT'S NOT

GOING TO COST YOU ANY MONEY 

BECAUSE YOU WILL GET THE 

CHECK -- I KNOW YOU WANT IT 

TODAY.

BUT YOU WILL GET IT AND WHEN YOU

GET IT, IT'S THE SAME DOLLAR 

AMOUNT AS IF YOU GOT IT TODAY.

I STILL WANT IT TODAY.

I GET IT.

BUT, THIS IS AN IMPOSSIBLE 

PROBLEM THAT THEY HANDED TO THE 

STATES.

THEY JUST PASSED A LAW, JUST 

GOES INTO EFFECT MARCH 27th.

WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHO IS 

ELIGIBLE, HOW IT'S ADMINISTERED 

AND THEN GET A CHECK OUT THE 

DOOR.

IT'S AN IMPOSSIBILITY.

IT REALLY IS AN IMPOSSIBILITY.

HIRE 3,000 PEOPLE TO PUT 

TOGETHER A SYSTEM?

BUT IT IS AN IMPOSSIBILITY.

AGAIN THE ONLY GOOD NEWS YOU'LL 

GET THE CHECK, IT WILL BE THE 

SAME DOLLAR AMOUNT.

YES, I KNOW YOU WANT IT TODAY, 

BUT WE'RE GETTING IT TO YOU 

FASTER THAN PROBABLY ANY OTHER 

STATE IN THE UNITED STATES OF 

AMERICA.

WHICH AS A GOVERNOR, I FEEL GOOD

ABOUT, BUT FROM AN INDIVIDUAL 

WHO DIDN'T GET THE CHECK, NONE 

OF IT MATTERS.

YOU GET THE LAST QUESTION 

BECAUSE OF YOUR UNDYING 

PATIENCE. 

>> WILL THE STATE INVESTIGATE 

WHILE WE'RE SEEING SO MANY MORE 

DEATHS IN SOME NURSING THAN 

OTHERS, OVER ABOUT 20 NURSING 

HOMES OF OVER 40 FATALITIES.

WHEN WILL NEW YORK PROVIDE A 

PLAN TO PROVIDE FREE CHILD CARE 

TO ALL ESSENTIAL WORKERS ACROSS 

NEW YORK STATE?

>> THAT WILL BE ONE OF THE 

CRITERIA FOR THE INVESTIGATION 

THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 

AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ARE 

UNDERTAKING.

THANK YOU, GUYS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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