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    OF INFORMATION AND I HAVE SAID TO THE COMMISSIONER KEEP PUTTING OUT FACTS TO MY LEFT I'M GLAD TO BE JOINED MELISSA DAROSA

    LET'S TALK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE AND THE FACTS OF WHAT WE KNOW IN TERMS OF HANDLING THE COVID VIRUS WE ARE DOING BETTER THAN BEFORE THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS IS DOWN AND DROPPING THE REDUCTION IN INTUBATION IS DOWN THE THREE DAY AVERAGE OF NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS IS DOWN TO THE LOWEST LEVEL EVER THAT IS GOOD NEWS

    WE ARE SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TESTING AND TESTING MORE THAN ANY STATE IN THE UNITED STATES AND TESTING MORE PER CAPITA OF ANY COUNTRY ON THE GLOBE AND THE TESTS ARE RELEVANT BECAUSE THEY ARE A SNAP A SHOT IN TIME AND TELL YOU WHERE ARE AT THAT DAY YESTERDAY WE DID 50,000 TESTS THAT IS TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF TESTS LESS THAN 1,000 PEOPLE TESTED POSITIVE THAT IS THE LOWEST NUMBER WE HAVE HAD SINCE THIS BEGAN AND WHEN THIS BEGAN WE DID 3 OR 4000 TESTS AND WE ARE NOW AT 50,000 TESTS THE PROGRESS IS JUST PHENOMENAL AND THE RATE OF POSITIVES UP

    FROM OUR TESTING REMEMBERING THAT THE TESTING HAS INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY AND THE LOWEST NUMBER OF DEATHS THAT WE HAVE HAD AT 54 THERE'S A LEVEL AT WHICH THAT NUMBER CAN'T DROP ANY LONG LOWER, RIGHT? PEOPLE BECAUSE THAT ARE GRAVELY ILL AND CONTRACT THE COVID VIRUS WILL BE A BAD OUTCOME BUT THAT NUMBER IS DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT FOR MANY WEEKS THE QUESTION IS WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? NO DOUBT THE INITIAL OBJECTIVE WAS GETTING RID OF THE COVID VIRUS FIVE REGIONS UPSTATE HAVE ENTERED PHASE TWO AND WESTERN NEW YORKERS TO ENTER PHASE TWO TOMORROW WE EXPECT THAT TO HAPPEN

    WE HAVE THE DATA IN PHASE ONE IT LOOKS GOOD, WE WILL HAVE THE GLOBAL EXPERTS GO THROUGH IT TODAY I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE NOT MISSING ANYTHING THIS IS NEW FOR ALL OF US AND NOT WHAT COUNTY EXECUTIVES DO AND GOVERNORS THIS IS DETAILED RESEARCH OF STATISTICS

    WHAT CLUSTERS MAY POP UP, ETC WE HAVE GLOBAL EXPERTS REVIEW THE DATA BECAUSE THIS QUESTION OF CLOSING AND OPENING COUNTRIES HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS THERE IS A BODY OF KNOWLEDGE TO KNOW AND WE GO TO GLOBAL EXPERTS THAT HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE THEY CLOSE AND THEY OPENED AND THEY GOT INTO TROUBLE AND THEY HAD TO CLOSE AGAIN

    AND WE WANT TO GET THE FINAL DATA AND WILL HAVE A FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WESTERN NEW YORK BUT THE CONVERSATIONS ARE GOOD AND EXPECT NEW YORK TO GO TO PHASE TWO TOMORROW THE CAPITAL DISTRICT REGION IS MOVING TO GO TO PHASE TWO ON WEDNESDAY AGAIN, ALL OF THE NUMBERS LOOK GOOD THERE WE ARE GOING TO RUN THEM BY OUR GLOBAL TEAM TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE AS GOOD AS WE THINK THE CAPITOL REGION IS ON TRACK TO GO TO PHASE TWO ON WEDNESDAY

    WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH THIS COVID VIRUS IS AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT IF YOU TAKE A STEP BACK AND IT WAS ALL DONE BY THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE THEY DID IT 19 MILLION PEOPLE DID WHAT THEY NEVER DID BEFORE THEY RESPONDED WITH A LEVEL OF DETERMINATION AND DISCIPLINE THAT I WAS AMAZED WITH FRANKLY AND I AM A LIFELONG NEW YORKER BUT WHAT THEY DID WAS UNLIKE ANYTHING I'VE SEEN

    REMEMBER WHERE WE WERE WE HAD 800 PEOPLE DIE IN ONE DAY WE HAD THE WORSE SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AT ONE POINT WE HAD THE WORSE SITUATION ON THE GLOBE AND WE ARE NOW REOPENING IN LESS THAN FIFTY DAYS NOW IT WAS A LONG FIFTY DAYS

    I CAN REACH OUT TO EVERY ONE OF THEM BUT WE WENT TO INTERNATIONAL TERRIBLE SITUATION TO WHERE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT REOPENING TODAY EVEN NEW YORK CITY WHERE WE ARE PLANNING TO REOPEN JUNE 8th AND THAT WAS JUST 50 DAYS THE WHOLE CLOSURE PERIOD HAS BEEN ABOUT 93 DAYS YES, IT WAS DISRUPTIVE 93 DAYS I KNOW

    BUT LOOK AT WHAT WE DID IN 93 DAYS WE WENT FROM THE WORSE SITUATION ON THE GLOBE TO ACTUALLY REOPENING THAT'S WHERE WE ARE WE SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE JUST DON'T DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY

    WE ARE TALKING ABOUT REOPENING IN ONE WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY AND NOW WE ARE SEEING THE MASS GATHERINGS OVER THE PAST SEVERAL NIGHTS THAT COULD IN FACT EXACERBATE THE COVID-19 SPREAD WE SPENT ALL OF THIS TIME CLOSED DOWN, LOCKED DOWN, MASKS SOCIALLY DISTANCED AND YOU TURN ON THE TV AND YOU SEE THE MASS GATHERINGS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE INFECTING HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AFTER EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE DONE WE HAVE TO TAKE A MINUTE AND ASK OURSELVES WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH? WE HAVE PROTESTS ACROSS THE STATE THAT CONTINUED LAST NIGHT

    THEY CONTINUED ACROSS THE NATION UPSTATE WE WORKED WITH THE CITIES VERY CLOSELY, THE STATE POLICE DID A GREAT JOB WE HAD BASICALLY A FEW SCATTERED ARRESTS UPSTATE NEW YORK BUT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DID A GREAT JOB PEOPLE DID A GREAT JOB LAW ENFORCEMENT DID A GREAT JOB

    THE PROTESTORS WERE RESPONSIBLE AND IT WASN'T GREAT BUT IT WASN'T BAD EITHER UPSTATE AND I SAID FROM DAY ONE, I SHARE THE OUTRAGE AND I STAND WITH THE PROTESTORS YOU LOOK AT THAT VIDEO OF THE KILLING OF AN UNARMED MAN, MR FLOYD, IT IS HORRENDOUS, HORRENDOUS

    IT IS FRIGHTENING IT PERVERTS EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY IT DOES THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR IT AND NO RIGHT MIND AMERICAN WOULD MAKE AN EXCUSE FOR IT

    SO PROTESTS, YES, OUTRAGED, YES, OF COURSE AND IS THERE A LARGER PROBLEM? OF COURSE IT IS NOT JUST MR FLOYD IT GOES BACK — THERE ARE 50 CASES THAT ARE JUST LIKE MR

    FLOYD WE'VE HAD THEM IN NEW YORK WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MR FLOYD AND ABO LILLO OR ERIC GARNER WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED? NOTHING

    SO, YES WE SHOULD BE OUTRAGED AND YES THERE IS A BIGGER POINT TO MAKE IT IS ABUSE BY POLICE BUT SOMETHING WORSE IT IS RACISM

    IT IS DISCRIMINATION IT IS FUNDAMENTAL INEQUALITY AND INJUSTICE MY FATHER SPOKE ABOUT IT IN 1984, THE SPEECH CALLED THE TALE OF TWO CITIES PEOPLE STILL TALK ABOUT IT THE POINT OF THE TALE OF TWO CITIES

    THERE IS TWO AMERICAS AND TWO SETS OF RULES AND TO SETS OF OUTCOMES AND TWO SETS OF EXPECTATIONS IT IS TRUE THEN AND IT IS TRUE NOW LOOK AT OUR PRISONS AND TELL ME THERE IS NOT INHERENT INJUSTICE IN SOCIETY LOOK AT PUBLIC HOUSING AND TELL ME THERE IS NOT IN HAIR REST JUSTICE AND LOOK AT THE COVID VIRUS MORE AFRICAN-AMERICANS DEAD THAN WHITE AMERICANS

    OF COURSE THERE IS CHRONIC INSTITUTIONALIZED THERE IS DISCRIMINATION, THERE IS NO DOUBT AND NO DOUBT IT IS GOING ON FOR A LONG TIME AND PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED AND IT HAS TO BE CORRECTED AND CORRECTED NOW THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THIS NATION AS GRACE AS IT IS HAS HAD THE CONTINUING SIN OF DISCRIMINATION FROM BEFORE THE NATION WAS FORMED AND IT STARTED WITH SLAVERY AND HAS HAD DIFFERENT FACES OVER THE DECADES BUT STILL THE SAME CITY THAT IS TRUE THAT IS TRUE

    SO LET'S USE THIS MOMENT AS A MOMENT OF CHANGE, YES WHEN DOES CHANGE COME? WHEN THE STARS ALIGN AND SOCIETY FOCUSES AND THE PEOPLE FOCUS AND THEY FOCUS TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT THE POLITICIANS FOLLOW THE PEOPLE THAT'S WHEN CHANGE COMES WELL THE LEADERS LEAD

    BOLOGNA THE PEOPLE LEAD AND THE POLITICIANS SEE THE PEOPLE MOVING AND THE POLITICIANS RUN TO KEEP UP WITH THE PEOPLE HOW DID WE PASS MARRIAGE INEQUALITY IN THE STATE? GIVING THE NEW CIVIL RIGHT TO THE LGTB COMMUNITY BECAUSE THE PEOPLE SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH HOW CAN THE HETEROSEXUAL COMMUNITY MARRY BUT NOT THE LGTB COMMUNITY HOW DO YOU DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE WE PASSED MARRIAGE EQUALITY

    UNDER THE SANDY HOOK MASSACRE ALL OF THOSE YEARS WE TRIED TO PASS COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY DO YOU REALLY NEED AN ASSAULT WEAPON TO KILL A DEER? THE SANDY HOOK MASSACRE HAPPENED AND THE PEOPLE SAID ENOUGH YOU ARE KILLING CHILDREN YOUNG CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS WITHIN AN ASSAULT WEAPON IN THE SANDY HOOK MASSACRE

    ENOUGH AND IN THAT MOMENT WE PASSED COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK RECORD INCOME AND EQUALITY PEOPLE SAID ENOUGH AND PASSED A REAL MINIMUM WAGE IN THIS STATE THAT WENT ALL ACROSS THE NATION THERE IS A MOMENT FOR CHANGE AND IS THERE A MOMENT HERE? YES

    IF WE ARE CONSTRUCT STIFF AND SMART AND KNOW WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR NOT ENOUGH TO SAY I'M ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED WELL WHAT? I'M ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED AND YOU WANT WHAT DONE? YOU NEED THE ANSWER I WANT COMMON SENSE GUN CONTROL

    WHAT DOES THE LOOK LIKE? THREE POINTS I WANT TO ADDRESS INCOME AND INEQUALITY WHAT DO YOU WANT MINIMUM WAGE OF $15 AND FREE COLLEGE TUITION YOU WANT TO MAKE THAT MOMENT WORK? YES YOU EXPRESS THE OUTRAGE AND THEN YOU SAY HERE IS MY AGENDA

    HERE IS WHAT I WANT THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO BE DOING IN THIS MOMENT AND THE PROTESTORS ARE MAKING A POINT AND MOST OF THEM ARE MAKING A SMART SENSIBLE POINT BUT YOU HAVE TO ADD THE POSITIVE REFORM AGENDA THAT EVERY VOICE CALLS FOR SO THE GOVERNMENT, THE POLITICIANS KNOW WHAT TO DO AND THERE IS A POSITIVE REFORM AGENDA THERE SHOULD BE A NATIONAL BAN ON EXCESSIVE FORCE BY POLICE OFFICERS THERE SHOULD BE A NATIONAL BAN ON CHOKEHOLDS OPINION PERIOD

    THERE SHOULD BE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIONS OF POLICE ABUSE WHEN THE HAVE THE LOCAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY DOING THE INVESTIGATION I DON'T CARE HOW GOOD THEY ARE THERE IS A SUGGESTION OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST WHY? BECAUSE THAT DA WORKS WITH THAT POLICE DEPARTMENT EVERY DAY AND THAT PROSECUTOR IS GOING TO DO THE INVESTIGATION OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT THEY WORK WITH EVERY DAY

    CONFLICT OF FROM CAN BE REAL OR PERCEIVED HOW CAN PEOPLE PERCEIVE THAT LOCAL PROSECUTOR THAT WORKS WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO BE FAIR IN THE INVESTIGATION? AND IT SHOULDN'T BE STATE BY STATE MINNESOTA GOVERNOR WALZ PUT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN CHARGE GOOD IN THIS STATE I PUT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN CHARGE OF INVESTIGATIONS WHERE POLICE KILL AN UNARMED PERSON, GOOD BUT NOT THE EXCEPTION BUT THE RULE

    THERE IS NO SELF POLICING THERE IS AN ALLEGATION AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION GIVE PEOPLE COMFORT THAT THE INVESTIGATION IS REAL IF A POLICE OFFICER IS BEING INVESTIGATED

    HOW IS THEIR DISCIPLINE RECORDS NOT RELEVANT? ONCE A POLICE OFFICER IS BEING INVESTIGATED, IF THEY HAVE DISCIPLINE RECORDS THAT SHOW THIS IS A REPEAT PATTERN, HOW IS THAT NOT RELEVANT? BY THE WAY THE RECORDS CAN BE USED TO EXONERATE IF THERE IS DISCIPLINE RECORDS THAT SAY SHE NEVER, HE NEVER DID ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE, FINE THAT'S RELEVANT TOO WE HAVE TWO EDUCATION SYSTEMS IN THIS COUNTRY EVERYBODY KNOWS IT YOUR EDUCATION IS DECIDED BY A ZIP CODE

    POORER SCHOOLS IN POORER COMMUNITY HAVE A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF FUNDING THAN RICHER SCHOOLS IN THIS STATE $36,000 PER YEAR WE SPEND IN A RICH DISTRICT, $13,000 IN A POOR DISTRICT HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY THAT? IF ANYTHING THE CHILDREN IN THE POORER COMMUNITY NEED MORE SERVICES IN THE SCHOOL NOT LESS HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY THAT? YOU CAN'T

    DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT YOU HAVE CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY IN THIS NATION WHERE WE HAD TO, YOU FOUND A TRILLION DOLLARS TO HANDLE THE COVID VIRUS BUT YOU CAN'T FIND FUNDING TO HELP CHILDREN THAT LIVE IN POVERTY? NO, YOU CAN FIND IT UNITED STATES, YOU JUST DON'T WANT TO POLITICAL WILL WHEN YOU NEED TO FIND THE MONEY YOU CAN FIND IT BE HONEST THERE IS A PRINTING PRESS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHEN THEY HAVE A POLITICAL WILL THEY FIND THE MONEY

    FEDERAL FUNDING WENT OUT OF THE HOUSING BUSINESS AND NEVER REENTERED IT WE HAVE A NATIONAL AFFORDABLE CRISIS, OF COURSE YOU DO, YOU DON'T FUND AFFORDABLE HOUSING I'M THE FORMER HUD SECRETARY I KNOW BETTER THAN ANYONE WITH NEW HOUSING WE JUST STOPPED AND LEFT IT TO THE MARKET AND NOW YOU HAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN

    THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE ADDRESSING IN THIS MOMENT AND WHAT WE SHOULD BE SAYING TO OUR FEDERAL OFFICIALS THERE IS AN ELECTION, A FEW MONTHS AWAY, HERE IS MY AGENDA WHERE DO YOU STAND? I SAY TO THE CONGRESS, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, WHERE IS YOUR BILL ON THIS? I HEARD CONGRESSIONAL PEOPLE TALKING SAYING MAYBE THEY WILL DO A RESOLUTION RESOLUTIONS ARE NICE AND SAY IN THEORY I SUPPORT THIS PASS A LAW

    THAT IS WHAT WE WANT A LAW THAT ACTUALLY CHANGES THE REALITY WHERE IF SOMETHING HAPPENS THAT IS GOVERNMENT'S JOB TO MAKE CHANGE MAKE CHANGE YOU ARE IN A POSITION TO MAKE CHANGE MAKE CHANGE

    USE THIS MOMENT TO GALVANIZE PUBLIC SUPPORT AND MAKE A CHANGE AND HOW THE INTELLIGENCE TO SAY WHAT CHANGES YOU WANT OTHERWISE IT IS SCREAMING IN THE WIND, IF YOU DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CHANGES WE NEED TO MAKE WE HAVE TO BE SMART IN THIS MOMENT THE VIOLENCE IN THESE PROTESTS OBSCURES THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE MESSAGE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE EXPLOITING THE SITUATION

    THE LEWDING, THAT IS NOT PROTECTIONING THAT IS NOT RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION, THAT IS CRIMINALITY AND IT PLAYS IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE FORCES THAT DON'T WANT TO MAKE THE CHANGES IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE THEN THEY GET TO DISMISS THE ENTIRE EFFORT I WILL TELL YOU WHAT THEY WILL SAY THEY WILL SAY THE FIRST THING HAD THE PRESIDENT SAID WHEN THIS HAPPENED

    THEY ARE GOING TO SAY THESE ARE LEWDERS WHEN THE PRESIDENT PUT OUT THAT INCENDIARY TWEET WE START SHOOTING WHEN THEY START LEWDING OR THEY START LEWDING WE START SHOOTING THAT'S AN OLD '60s CALL THE VIOLENCE, THE LEWDING, THE CRIMINALITY PLAYS RIGHT INTO THOSE PEOPLE THAT DON'T WANT PROGRESSIVE CHANGE

    YOU MARK MY WORDS THEY ARE GOING TO SAY TODAY THEY ARE CRIMINALS THEY ARE LEWDERS DID YOU SEE WHAT THEY DID BREAKING THE STORE WINDOWS AND GOING IN AND STEALING AND THEY WILL TRY TO PAINT THIS WHOLE PROTEST MOVEMENT THAT THEY ARE ALL CRIMINALS AND ALL LEWDERS THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO WHY? BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT MR

    FLOYD'S DEATH THEY DON'T WANT PEOPLE SEEING THAT VIDEO, THEY WANT PEOPLE SEEING THE VIDEO OF THE LEWDING AND WHEN PEOPLE SEE THE VIDEO OF THE LEWDING, THEY SAY ALL, YES, THAT IS SCARY, THEY ARE CRIMINALS NO LOOK AT THE VIDEO OF THE POLICE OFFICER KILLING MR

    FLOYD THAT IS THE VIDEO WE WANT PEOPLE WATCHING I DON'T EVEN BELIEVE IT IS THE PROTESTORS I BELIEVE THERE ARE PEOPLE USING THIS MOMENT AND USING THIS PROTEST FOR THEIR OWN% THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO SOW THE SEEDS OF ANARCHY THAT WANT TO DISRUPT

    BY THE WAY THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO STEAL AND HERE IS A MOMENT THAT YOU CAN USE THIS MOMENT TO STEAL YOU CAN USE THIS MOMENT TO SPREAD CHAOS I HEAR THE SAME THING FROM THE LOCAL OFFICIALS THEY HAVE PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY THAT ARE THERE TO PROTEST AND NOT FROM THEIR COMMUNITY THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE FROM

    EXTREMIST GROUPS SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BLAME THE LEFT SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BLAME THE RIGHT BECOME POLITICIZED BUT THERE IS NO DOUBT THERE ARE OUTSIDE GROUPS THAT COME IN TO DISRUPT THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT JUST USE THIS MOMENT TO STEAL

    IS IT COINCIDENCE THAT THEY BROKE INTO A ROLEX WATCH COMPANY? THAT WAS A COINCIDENCE HIGH END STORES CHANEL THAT WAS RANDOM? THAT WAS NOT RANDOM CAN YOU HAVE A LEGITIMATE PROTEST MOVEMENT HIJACKED, YES YOU CAN

    YES YOU CAN AND THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WILL EXPLOIT THAT MOMENT AND I BELIEVE THAT IS HAPPENING BUT WE STILL HAVE TO BE SMART AND AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE WHICH IS WE JUST SPENT 93 DAYS LIMITING BEHAVIOR CLOSING DOWN NO SCHOOL, NO BUSINESS, THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES DESTROYED PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS, PEOPLE WIPED OUT THEIR SAVINGS AND NOW MASS GATHERINGS

    NOW MASS GATHERINGS WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY ONE WEEK BEFORE WE REOPEN NEW YORK CITY? WHAT SENSE DOES THIS MAKE? CONTROL THE SPREAD, CONTROL THE SPREAD, CONTROL THE SPREAD WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THE COVID VIRUS OF THOSE MASS GATHERINGS WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WE WON'T KNOW POSSIBLY FOR WEEKS

    THAT'S THE NATURE OF THE VIRUS HOW MANY SUPER SPREADERS WERE IN THAT CROWD? WELL, THEY WERE MOSTLY YOUNG PEOPLE HOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WENT HOME AND KISSED THEIR MOTHER HELLO OR SHOOK HANDS WITH THEIR FATHER OR HUGGED THEIR FATHER OR GRANDFATHER OR GRANDMOTHER OR BROTHER OR SISTER AND SPREAD THE VIRUS? NEW YORK CITY OPENS NEXT WEEK IT TOOK US 93 DAYS TO GET HERE IS THIS SMART? NEW YORK TOUGH

    WE WENT FROM THE WORST SITUATION TO REOPENING FROM THE WORST SITUATION TO 54 DEATHS IN 50 DAYS WE WENT FROM THE WORST SITUATION TO REOPENING IN 93 DAYS WE DID THAT BECAUSE WE WERE NEW YORK TOUGH NEW YORK TOUGH WAS SMART

    WE WERE SMART WE WERE SMART FOR 93 DAYS WE WERE UNITED WE WERE RESPECTFUL RESPECTFUL OF EACH OTHER

    WE WERE DISCIPLINED WEARING THE MASKS, IT'S JUST DISCIPLINE IT'S JUST DISCIPLINE REMEMBER TO PUT IT ON REMEMBERING TO PICK IT UP

    REMEMBERING TO PUT IT ON WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE IT'S JUST DISCIPLINE BUT IT WAS ALSO ABOUT LOVE WE DID IT BECAUSE WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER THAT'S WHAT A COMMUNITY IS

    WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND YES, YOU CAN BE LOVING EVEN IN NEW YORK EVEN WITH THE NEW YORK TOUGHNESS EVEN WITH THE NEW YORK ACCENT EVEN WITH THE NEW YORK SWAGGER

    WE'RE LOVING AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE FOR 93 DAYS IN A WAY WE'VE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE NEVER IN MY LIFETIME NEVER IN MY LIFETIME HAS THIS CITY AND THIS STATE COME TOGETHER IN THE WAY WE HAVE

    I DON'T THINK IT EVER WILL AGAIN IN MY LIFETIME NOW, YOU CAN SAY MAYBE IT TAKES A GLOBAL PANDEMIC FOR IT TO HAPPEN I DON'T KNOW I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S TRUE AND I DON'T KNOW THAT THE POWER OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN IT CAME TOGETHER MIGHT NOT BE SO BEAUTIFUL THAT PEOPLE WANT TO DO IT AGAIN

    REMEMBER WHEN WE ALL ACTED TOGETHER DURING CORONAVIRUS AND WE RALLIED AND WE KNOCKED CORONAVIRUS ON ITS REAR END? REMEMBER WHEN WE ALL WORE MASKS AND WE ALL HAD THE HAND SANITIZER? REMEMBER WHAT WE DID? WOW WHEN WE COME TOGETHER, WE CAN DO ANYTHING AND IT'S TRUE IT'S TRUE FOR OUR STATE AND FOR OUR NATION WHEN YOU COME TOGETHER AND YOU HAVE ONE AGENDA, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING

    YOU WANT TO CHANGE SOCIETY? YOU WANT TO END THE TALE OF TWO CITIES? YOU WANT TO MAKE IT ONE AMERICA? YOU CAN DO THAT JUST THE WAY YOU KNOCKED CORONAVIRUS ON ITS REAR END PEOPLE UNITED CAN DO ANYTHING WE SHOWED THAT WE JUST SHOWED THAT THE PAST 93 DAYS

    WE CAN END THE INJUSTICE AND THE DISCRIMINATION AND THE INTOLERANCE AND THE POLICE ABUSE WE HAVE TO BE SMART AND WE HAVE TO BE SMART RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW IN THIS STATE

    AND WE HAVE TO BE SMART TONIGHT IN THIS CITY BECAUSE THIS IS NOT ADVANCING A REFORM AGENDA THIS IS NOT PERSUADING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO CHANGE THIS IS NOT HELPING END CORONAVIRUS WE HAVE TO BE SMART

    QUESTIONS? GOVERNOR, DO YOU THINK THIS IS THE NYPD EXACERBATING THE TENSIONS HERE? HAVE YOU LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE CITY'S ABILITY TO HANDLE THE CRISIS? THERE'S NOT A COMMUNICATION EFFECTIVE BETWEEN THE PROTESTERS AND THE NYPD DO YOU NEED TO CALL IN THE NATIONAL GUARD, IMPOSE A CURFEW? AND DO YOU THINK THE REPEAL OF 50A WILL GO A LONG WAY FORWARD HEALING? A FEW THINGS FIRST, I THINK THIS HAS BEEN COUNTERPRODUCTIVE FOR NEW YORK CITY IN MANY WAYS WE'RE BATTLING THE CORONAVIRUS WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW YORK CITY PEOPLE MOVE OUT DURING THIS

    WE ARE ONE WEEK AWAY FROM REOPENING WE ARE LOOKING TO REVITALIZE NEW YORK CITY GET PEOPLE BACK AND BUSINESSES BACK WE'RE GOING FORWARD WHAT THEY SAW ON TV THE PAST COUPLE OF NIGHTS IS NOT HELPFUL TO THAT, NUMBER ONE

    NUMBER TWO, IN TERMS OF HOW NEW YORK CITY IS HANDLING IT, YOU'RE RIGHT, THERE WAS LOOTING, THERE WAS CRIMINALITY, PEOPLE ARE SEEING THAT THAT'S VERY DESTRUCTIVE ON A NUMBER OF LEVELS AS I SAID, IT REDUCES THE CREDIBILITY OF THE PROTESTS IN THE FIRST PLACE IT WILL ALLOW THE CRITICS TO NOW SAY THEY'RE ALL CRIMINALS AND TRY TO COLOR THE WHOLE PROTEST WITH THE LOOTING TO CHANGE THE IMAGE FROM THE REAL ISSUE, WHICH WAS MR

    FLOYD'S DEATH TO NOW THE LOOTING THE CRITICS WILL DO THAT THEY'LL START TODAY FULL THROATED WE HAVEN'T ARTICULATED WHAT THE PROTESTS ARE ABOUT BESIDES JUST UNHAPPINESS, OUTRAGE

    WE HAVEN'T SAID THIS IS WHAT WE WANT DONE GOVERNMENT, THIS IS WHAT WE WANT HERE IS THE AGENDA THAT'S ALL TRUE THE — I'M GOING TO BE SPEAKING TO THE MAYOR TODAY ABOUT A CURFEW

    WE'VE DONE IT IN OTHER CITIES IN NEW YORK IT HAS WORKED BETTER CURFEW IS NOT A SILVER BULLET, BY THE WAY BUT OBVIOUSLY, LAST NIGHT WAS NOT GOOD SO WHAT CAN WE DO DIFFERENTLY AND WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER? I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE MAYOR ABOUT A CURFEW

    WE HAVE THE NATIONAL GUARD ON STAND BY I'VE TOLD MAYORS ACROSS THE STATE I CAN CALL OUT THE NATIONAL GUARD NEW YORK CITY SHOULD HAVE ENOUGH PERSONNEL WITH THE NYPD IT'S ONE OF THE LARGEST POLICE FORCES IN THE COUNTRY AND IT'S — TAXPAYER PAY A LOT OF MONEY FOR THE NYPD

    I DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S A MANPOWER, PERSON POWER, ISSUE IF SO, WE HAVE THE NATIONAL GUARD WHO ARE ALSO TRAINED TO DO THIS I THINK SOME OF THE ACTIONS OF THE NYPD HAVE EXACERBATED THE ANGER THERE ARE VIDEOS OF SOME NYPD ACTIONS THAT ARE VERY DISTURBING THERE ARE VIDEOS OF NYPD CARS DRIVING INTO A CROWD THAT ARE VERY DISTURBING

    PULLING A MASK DOWN OFF A PERSON TO PEPPER SPRAY THEM THROWING A WOMAN TO THE GROUND IT'S ON VIDEO IT'S ON VIDEO THE LOOTING IS ON VIDEO, YEAH

    SO IS NYPD ACTIVITY ON VIDEO I ASKED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR A REPORT I WANT THAT REPORT DONE 30 DAYS FROM WHEN I ASKED HER JUST TWO DAYS AGO BUT I'M GOING TO SPEAK TO THE MAYOR ABOUT IN THE MEANTIME, WHAT IS THE RESPONSE TO THOSE POLICE ACTIONS ON VIDEO? RIGHT? IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO SEND THE POLICE OFFICER OUT THERE TOMORROW AFTER THESE ACTIONS I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE TO REVIEW THEM

    I UNDERSTAND THE LAW YOU KNOW, IF I WAS JUST ANDREW CUOMO FROM QUEENS, IT WOULD BE SIMPLE I WOULD SAY THAT GUY SHOULD BE FIRED DRIVES THE CAR IN A CROWD? HE SHOULD BE FIRED THAT'S WHAT ANDREW CUOMO IN QUEENS SAYS

    AS GOVERNOR, THERE'S LAW, THERE'S PROCESSES, THERE'S LAWSUITS I GET IT SO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL REVIEW, YES BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU DO NOTHING IN THE INTERIM I'LL SPEAK TO THE MAYOR ABOUT THAT

    THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THE SITUATION HAS DONE A LOT OF DAMAGE ON A LOT OF LEVELS AND HAS NOT ADVANCED THE CAUSE OF THE PROTESTERS WHICH I AGREE WITH AND LOOK, YOU'VE WATCHED MY ADMINISTRATION I AM FRUSTRATED, PERPETUALLY, BY HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO MAKE CHANGES

    I AM PERPETUALLY FRUSTRATED ABOUT HOW HARD IT IS TO GET THAT POLITICAL MACHINE, THAT GOVERNMENTAL MACHINE TO TURN IT'S LIKE A BIG FREIGHTER COMING DOWN THE RIVER YOU CAN TAKE THE RUTTER AND TURN IT TO ONE SIDE BUT THE FREIGHTER HAS A MASS IN AND OF ITSELF THAT IT CONTINUES ON ITS COURSE AND SLOWLY STARTS TO TURN

    I BATTLE THAT EVERY DAY SO I LOOK FOR MOMENTS WHERE THE PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY RISE UP TO MAKE CHANGES SO THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY, WHOOPS, WE BETTER DO SOMETHING BECAUSE THE EASIER THING TO DO IS ALWAYS NOTHING IT'S THE EASIEST THING TO DO THE OLD EXPRESSION THE LEGISLATOR WHO DOES NOTHING DOES NOTHING WRONG

    EVERY ACTION ON A BIG PROBLEM IS CONTROVERSIAL IT'S EASIER TO DO NOTHING THEN YOU DON'T GET CRITICIZED WHEN THEY SAY, WHY DIDN'T YOU DO IN? I WANTED TO, BUT IT COULDN'T SO I LOOK FOR MOMENTS TO OVERCOME THE INERTIA, OVERCOME THE STATUS QUO

    MARRIAGE EQUALITY, GUNS, MINIMUM WAGE EVERY ONE OF THOSE THINGS THEY TALKED ABOUT FOR DECADES BUT WHEN THE PEOPLE ROSE UP, I WAS THERE TO USE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE I BELIEVE THERE'S A MOMENT HERE TO USE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE TO GET THINGS DONE SO I SAID FROM DAY ONE, I'M WITH THEM

    I AM WITH THEM BUT EVEN THAT HAS TO BE SMART, RIGHT? YOU REMEMBER HOW WE FOCUSED PEOPLE ON PASSING GUN REFORM AND WHAT THE BILL ACTUALLY LOOKED LIKE, RIGHT? BECAUSE THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS YOU HAVE TO RIGHT A BILL WHAT IS GUN REFORM TO YOU? OKAY WE'RE MAD ABOUT MR

    FLOYD WE SHOULD BE AND WE'RE MAD ABOUT THE WHOLE LITANY WE SHOULD BE AND HERE'S WHAT WE WANT, X, Y, Z

    WE HAVE NOT BEEN EFFECTIVE TARGETING THE POPULAR ENERGY AND WE SHOULD BE SO I'M FRUSTRATED AT THAT AND THEN I BELIEVE YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT CHANGE SO THEY'RE GOING TO LOOK TO DISTRACT AND DISCREDIT THIS MOMENT

    AND THE LOOTING AND THOSE THINGS WILL PLAY RIGHT INTO THEIR HANDS THIS WILL ALL BECOME ABOUT LOOTERS NOW THIS WILL BECOME — THEY'LL TRY TO MAKE IT ALL ABOUT CRIMINALITY, WHICH I BELIEVE WAS A PERVERSION OF THE PROTEST I BELIEVE THERE WERE OUTSIDE PEOPLE WHO EXPLOITED THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE PROTEST BECAUSE ALL ACROSS THE STATE, WE HAD POLICE OFFICERS TAKING A KNEE IN UNITY WITH THE PROTESTERS

    BY THE WAY, THERE IS NO POLICE OFFICER WHO IS GOING TO DEFEND WHAT HAPPENED TO MR FLOYD THEY'RE NOT AND THERE'S NO POLICE OFFICER WHO DOESN'T WANT TO HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY AND IF THERE IS, THEY SHOULDN'T BE A POLICE OFFICER

    IT'S THAT SIMPLE BUT THIS WAS JUST NEGATIVE IT WAS NOT ADVANCING A POSITIVE REFORM AGENDA IT WAS BAD FOR THE CITY IT WAS BAD IN THE EFFORTS TO BATTLE COVID

    IT WAS BAD FOR OUR EFFORTS TO BE RAMPING UP TOWARD THE REOPENING RIGHT? I SAID LAST WEEK, THIS WEEK WAS ABOUT FOCUSING ON THE HOSPITALS, FOCUSING ON THE HOT SPOT AREAS IN THE OUTER BOROUGH, AND START RAMPING UP THE MTA FOR THE REOPENING

    HERE WE ARE, WE'RE COMING BACK CELEBRATE THE ACCOMPLISHMENT WHAT A BEAUTIFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT WE DON'T EVEN APPRECIATE HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS, BECAUSE WE'RE NOT REALLY THERE YET WHEN YOU GET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS, WE CAN START TO REOPEN NEXT WEEK AND YOU LOOK BACK, WE HANDLED THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC IN ONE OF THE MOST DENSE CITIES THAT HAD THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF INFECTIONS, 100 DAYS

    AND IN RETROSPECT, THE 100 DAYS DOESN'T EVEN LOOK THAT LONG, RIGHT? THREE MONTHS GOING THROUGH IT, IT WAS HELL GET IT? I'VE BEEN IN HELL WE'VE ALL BEEN IN HELL BUT IN RETROSPECT, GLOBAL PANDEMIC, 100 DAYS IN THIS CITY WITH THIS DIVERSITY? BEAUTIFUL

    A QUESTION ABOUT THE RISK OF NEW COVID CASES AS A RESULT OF THE GATHERINGS IS IT MITIGATED AT ALL BY THE FACT THESE FOLKS WITH OUTDOORS? AND IF YOU DON'T SEE A SPIKE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER ALL OF THESE PEOPLE OUT THERE, DOES THAT PERHAPS TELL YOU SOMETHING THAT ITALIAN DOCTORS HAVE BEGUN TO SPECULATE ON, THAT COVID IS A TINY BIT LESS? THE OUTSIDE IS A GOOD FACT THE YOUNGER PEOPLE IS A GOOD FACT THE BEST FACT IS WE HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN THE INFECTION RATE DOWN SEE, THAT'S THE BEST FACT

    THE BEST FACT IS WE DID 50,000 TESTS YESTERDAY AND ONLY 1,000 POSITIVES SO A FEW, A LOWER PERCENTAGE OF THE PEOPLE OUT THERE LAST NIGHT WERE INFECTED IF THAT HAPPENED 60 DAYS AGO, ANDREW, FORGET IT BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN INFECTED

    WE WERE GOING THROUGH IT THIS MORNING THE ONLY GOOD NEWS IS WITH THE LOW INFECTION RATE, THERE WERE NOT THAT MANY PEOPLE INFECTED AND IN REALLY CRUEL IRONY, MANY OF THEM WERE ACTUALLY WEARING MASKS I WOULD ECHO THE GOVERNOR'S WORDS THAT THE INFECTION RATE IS DOWN AS MUCH AS WE SAY THAT WE SUPPORT PEACEFUL PROTESTS, THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE DO WANT TO PUSH THE PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE THAT PEOPLE SHOULD WEAR MASKS AND TRY TO SOCIAL DISTANCE THEMSELVES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

    AND AS MUCH AS EMOTIONS ARE HIGH, WE NEED TO BE SMART HAND SANITIZER, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE AND SOCIALLY DISTANCE DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE A SPIKE BASED ON THE IMAGES YOU'VE SEEN? I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THAT AND WE'LL TRACK THE NUMBERS WE GATHER A LOT OF PEOPLE TOGETHER, AND THAT IS A CONCERN WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS AND WE'LL KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON IT EVERY DAY

    GOVERNOR, IF WE SEE INFECTIONS GO UP, IT SEEMS LIKE PEOPLE WITH DONE WITH THE MASKS CAN YOU GO BACK? WHAT CONCERNS DO YOU HAVE ABOUT THAT? CAN YOU GO BACK? YES MANY PLACES HAVE GONE BACK THAT'S WHY WE'RE USING THE GLOBAL EXPERTS WHAT THEY KEEP SAYING TO ME IS THERE ARE MANY, MANY, MANY EXAMPLES OF OPENING TOO FAST

    AND NOT JUST OPENING TOO FAST, BUT THE DISCIPLINE COMES DOWN I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING THERE ARE MANY EXAMPLES OF THAT AND IF YOU START TO OVERWHELM THE HOSPITALS AGAIN, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE AGAIN YOU CAN'T ALLOW — WHAT IS THE — WHERE WERE WE THAT WAS THE REAL DANGER POINT? PEOPLE DYING BECAUSE THEY DON'T GET MEDICAL ATTENTION

    THAT WAS THE ITALY SITUATION YOU DIE ON A GURNEY ON A HALLWAY BECAUSE THE NURSES AND DOCTORS WERE TOO BUSY IT OVERWHELMED THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM THAT'S WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT WE WERE IN DANGER OF OVERWHELMING THE HEALTH SYSTEM

    IF THAT HAPPENS, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE AGAIN YOU WOULD HAVE TO WELL, PEOPLE WON'T LISTEN WELL, YOU KNOW, THEN YOU WOULD HAVE A PHENOMENAL DEATH RATE AND AN INTERNATIONAL CRISIS NOW, AGAIN, THE ONLY GOOD NEWS IS THE INFECTION RATE WAS ALREADY SO LOW

    YOU KNOW, WE WOULDN'T BE REOPENING NEXT MONDAY, WE'RE ONE WEEK FROM REOPENING IF THIS HAD TO HAPPEN, THIS WAS THE BEST TIME FOR IT TO HAPPEN SINCE THIS WHOLE THING STARTED BECAUSE THE INFECTION RATE IS DOWN SECOND POSITIVE FACTOR IS THEY WERE YOUNGER PEOPLE YOU KNOW, THERE WERE NOT A LOT OF 65-YEAR-OLDS IN THE CROWD, THE BEST I COULD TELL

    BUT THOSE ARE TWO POSITIVE FACTORS AND MANY PEOPLE WERE WEARING MASKS WHICH WAS ALSO A POSITIVE FACTOR SO THOSE ARE THE POSITIVES WOULD YOU SUGGEST PEOPLE NOT GO OUT AND PROTEST? NO

    I THINK YOU CAN PROTEST BUT DO IT SMARTLY AND INTELLIGENTLY AND MANY PLACES HAVE YOU KNOW, YOU LOOK AT PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY THERE WERE PROTESTS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY

    PROTEST JUST BE SMART ABOUT IT WITH THIS VIRUS, YOU CAN DO MANY THINGS NOW AS LONG AS YOU'RE SMART ABOUT IT RIGHT? YOU CAN REOPEN YOU CAN GO INTO A STORE

    YOU CAN DO A LOT OF THINGS JUST BE SMART WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROTESTING AND BUSINESSES IN THE CITY WHO WANT TO REOPEN SMARTLY IF IT'S NOT AT THE PHASE THEY'RE ALLOWED TO? THAT'S WHERE WE'RE AT IT HAS TO BE A BUSINESS WHERE YOU CAN BE SMART, MEANING SOCIALLY DISTANT

    YOU DON'T CONDUCT BUSINESS IN A WAY YOU HAVE PEOPLE WITHIN SIX FEET YOU HAVE TO WEAR THE MASK AND DO THE HAND SANITIZER THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING TO BE IS THAT OKAY FOR BUSINESSES IN THE CITY — WE'RE STARTING IN PHASE ONE

    REMEMBER, YOU HAVE CONGREGATE SITUATIONS YOU HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR IT'S NOT THAT PEOPLE COME FROM A HELICOPTER AND GO IN A BUSINESS PEOPLE GET ON A BUS, ON A SUBWAY, ON A SIDEWALK THAT'S WHERE ALL THESE THINGS ARE DIFFICULT IF YOU COULD PARACHUTE INTO A BUSINESS ON FIFTH AVENUE, IT WOULD BE A DIFFERENT STORY

    SO FOLLOW UP ON THE FRIDAY BRIEFING, YOU SAID THAT WE DON'T HAVE A PUBLIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM AND THEN YOU ANNOUNCED THE SURGEON FLEX APPROACH IF YOU'RE GOING TO ELABORATE THAT SINCE WE HAVE THE COMMISSIONER HERE? AND ALSO A FOLLOW-UP ON THE COMMUNITY INTERESTED IN THE MEDICAL DATA, MORE SPECIFICALLY THE DEATH NUMBER IN THE STATE YES DID WE GET THE NUMBER YET? IT'S NOT BROKEN OUT THAT WAY THE WAY THE HOSPITALS REPORT, THEY REPORT CAUCASIAN, AFRICAN AMERICAN, HISPANIC, ASIAN, AND OTHER

    WE ASKED IF THERE WAS A WAY TO GO BACK AND BREAK DOWN THE NUMBER FURTHER AND WE'RE WORKING ON THAT RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF THE HOSPITALS, PEOPLE DIDN'T — THIS IS ONE OF THE LESSONS, RIGHT? LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS TERRIBLE SITUATION OUR PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM, WE TALK ABOUT THE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM EXCEPT THERE IS NO PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM WHERE IS THE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM? WELL, THE HOSPITALS

    THE HOSPITALS ARE NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM THE MAYOR TALKS ABOUT A PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM BECAUSE THERE IS A SYSTEM CALLED HEALTH AND HOSPITALS, WHICH ARE 11 HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK CITY THOSE ARE 11 PUBLIC HOSPITALS THE CITY RUNS THOSE THE 11 HOSPITALS THAT THE MAYOR CONTROLS ARE NOWHERE NEAR THE ABILITY TO MANAGE A HEALTH PROBLEM IN THE CITY

    THERE ARE 100 HOSPITALS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA BUT THEY'RE PRIVATE AND THEY'VE NEVER REALLY WORKED TOGETHER YOU KNOW, NYU IS ONE COLUMBIA IS ANOTHER ONE

    NORTH WELL IS ANOTHER AND THEY'RE SEPARATE HOSPITALS THEY DON'T SHARE PATIENTS THEY DON'T SHARE MATERIAL THEY DON'T SHARE RESOURCES

    THEY'RE SEPARATE INDIVIDUAL HOSPITALS WHAT WE WERE FORCED TO DO BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, YOU CAN'T SAY TO THE 11 HOSPITALS, YOU HANDLE IT THOSE 11 HOSPITALS ARE BATTLING EVERY DAY JUST TO DEAL WITH WHAT THEY DEAL WITH THE FIRST CRISIS WE HAD WAS AT ELMHURST, ONE OF THE PUBLIC HOSPITALS WE NEED THOSE 100 PRIVATE HOSPITALS

    NOW, THEY'RE TECHNICALLY REGULATED BY THE STATE BUT THE STATE NEVER SAID TO THOSE PRIVATE HOSPITALS, I NEED YOU TO RESPOND TO A PUBLIC CRISIS, AND I NEED YOU TO ALLOW US TO COORDINATE OPERATION OF YOUR HOSPITAL THAT NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE WE INSTITUTED THAT IMMEDIATELY IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS SITUATION AFTER WE SAW SOME HOSPITALS GETTING OVERWHELMED

    RIGHT? ELMHURST GETS OVERWHELMED AS A HOSPITAL ALL RIGHT ELMHURST, FIRST, THERE ARE TEN OTHER PUBLIC HOSPITALS HOW DO WE DISTRIBUTE PATIENTS AMONG THE TEN PUBLICS AND IF THE PUBLICS CAN'T HANDLE IT BECAUSE THERE'S ONLY 11, THEN WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE 100 PRIVATES TO ACTUALLY OPERATE AS A SYSTEM

    THAT'S WHAT WE CALL SURGE AND FLEX FIRST, I SAID TO ALL OF THEM, YOU ALL HAVE TO INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY 50 % THEY SAID, WHAT? I SAID, YES YOU HAVE TO INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY 50% YOU HAVE 100 HOSPITAL BEDS? YOU HAVE TO HAVE 150

    THAT WAS THE SURGE AND THEN WE INCREASED THE CAPACITY AND THEN WE SAID TO THEM, AND BY THE WAY, WHEN ONE OF YOU GETS OVERWHELMED OR ONE OF YOU DOESN'T HAVE THE STAFF OR THE PPE

    OR ANOTHER REAGENTS, WE'RE GOING TO SHARE AMONG AND COORDINATE AMONG ALL 100 PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND BY THE WAY, THOSE 11 PUBLICS ALSO THAT HAD NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE AND WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT A WORST CASE SCENARIO, WORST CASE SCENARIO IS YOU EXCEED YOUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY WHAT IS YOUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY? YOUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY IS THEORETICALLY IF YOU MAXIMIZE ALL 100 HOSPITALS AND SHIFTED THE PATIENT BURDEN SO THEY WERE ALL AT 100%

    AND EVERY HOSPITAL WAS AT 100% CAPACITY THAT'S YOUR MAXIMUM CAPACITY THAT HAD NEVER BEEN THOUGHT OF AND THAT'S WHAT WE DEVELOPED DURING THE CORONAVIRUS BUT WE DID IT VERY QUICKLY

    WE'RE NOW REFINING THAT IT'S ALSO VERY DISRUPTIVE TO THE PRIVATE HOSPITALS YOU'VE BEEN WATCHING AN UPDATE ON THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN NEW YORK WE'RE NOW RETURNING TO REGULAR PROGRAMMING ON CBS 2 FOR EXTENDED LOCAL COVERAGE, STICK WITH OUR STREAMING SERVICE, CBSN NEW YORK

    THIS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL REPORT FROM CBS 2 NEWS WE NOW RETURN TO OUR REGULAR PROGRAMMING

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