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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks on coronavirus pandemic – 4/7/2020

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>>> GOOD MORNING

EVERYONE, I THINK, KNOWS DR ZUCKER I'M TECHNICALLY A DOCTOR ALSO BUT NOT REALLY

LET'S TALK ABOUT TODAY'S NUMBERS AND WHERE WE ARE TODAY TOTAL NUMBER HOSPITALIZED IS UP FROM YESTERDAY, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE THREE-DAY AVERAGING OF THESE NUMBERS THE THREE-DAY AVERAGE IS DOWN, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS THIS IS THE THREE-DAY HOSPITALIZATION RATE WE TEND NOT TO LOOK AT ANY ONE DAY, THE THREE-DAY AVERAGE IS MOVING DOWN, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS WE TALK ABOUT THE APEX AND IS THE APEX A PLATEAU

RIGHT NOW WE'RE PROJECTING THAT WE ARE REACHING PLATEAU IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS YOU SEE GROWTH AND YOU SEE IT'S STARTING TO FLATTEN AGAIN, THIS IS A PROJECTION IT STILL DEPENDS ON WHAT WE DO AND WHAT WE DO WILL AFFECT THOSE NUMBERS

THIS IS NOT AN ACT OF GOD WE'RE LOOKING AT IT'S AN ACT OF WHAT SOCIETY ACTUALLY DOES CHANGE IN DAILY ICU ADMISSIONS IS WAY DOWN, AND THAT'S GOOD NEWS THE DAILY INTUBATIONS NUMBER IS DOWN, AND THAT'S GOOD NEWS THE DISCHARGE RATE IS RIGHT ABOUT WHERE IT WAS

THE BAD NEWS IS 5,489 NEW YORKERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO THIS VIRUS THAT IS UP FROM 4,758 THAT IS THE LARGEST SINGLE DAY INCREASE WE TALK ABOUT NUMBERS, THAT 731 PEOPLE WHO WE LOST BEHIND EVERY ONE OF THOSE NUMBERS IS AN INDIVIDUAL, IS A FAMILY, IS A MOTHER, IS A FATHER, IS A SISTER, A BROTHER

SO, A LOT OF PAIN AGAIN TODAY FOR MANY NEW YORKERS AND THEY'RE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS MANY PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHY THE DISCREPANCY OR THE DISCORDANCY NUMBER OF DEATHS UP, NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS DROPPING THE NUMBER OF DEATHS, NUMBER OF LOSSES IS A LAGGING INDICATOR TO THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS, RIGHT? WHAT HAPPENS AS A PERSON GOES INTO THE HOSPITAL? IF THEY'RE TREATED, MOST OF THEM ARE THEN RELEASED, THEY'RE DISCHARGED SOME STAY, SOME GET PUT ON A VENTILATOR

THE LONGER YOU ARE ON A VENTILATOR, THE LESS LIKELY YOU WILL EVER COME OFF THAT VENTILATOR THAT'S WHY YOU'RE SEEING THE NUMBER OF DEATHS INCREASE, BECAUSE THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAME IN AT THE PEAK THEY WERE NOT SUCCESSFULLY TREATED THEY'RE ON A VENTILATOR THE LONGER YOU'RE ON A VENTILATOR, THE LESS LIKELY YOU ARE TO COME OFF A VENTILATOR

NEW YORK IS STILL THE MOST HEAVILY IMPACTED STATE IN THE NATION NEW JERSEY, WHICH IS ON THE CURVE A LITTLE BIT BEHIND NEW YORK IS SUFFERING AGAIN, OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THEM I SPOKE TO GOVERNOR MURPHY OF NEW JERSEY TODAY, AND WE TALKED THROUGH THE SITUATION AND WORKING ON JOINT STRATEGIES

BUT OUR HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEW JERSEY MICHIGAN, CALIFORNIA, LOUISIANA IN TERMS OF HOW WE'RE OPERATING, HOW WE'RE MANAGING THE SITUATION, AS WE KNOW THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM BASICALLY HAS — IS A THREE-LEGGED STOOL IT RELIES ON NUMBER OF BED, NUMBER OF STAFF, NUMBER OF EQUIPMENT NUMBER OF BEDS, WE STARTED WITH THE SYSTEM OF ABOUT 53,000 BEDS STATEWIDE

WE'RE UP TO ABOUT 90,000 AVAILABLE BEDS SO, WE HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH BEDS AVAILABLE STAFF HAS BEEN A PROBLEM HEALTH CARE WORK IS GETTING SICK, THEY'RE STRESSED, THEY'RE UNDER GREAT EMOTIONAL STRESS THINK ABOUT THESE HEALTH CARE WORKERS

YOU'RE WORKING IN A HOSPITAL, AN EMERGENCY ROOM THAT'S OVERWHELMED YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR OWN HEALTH YOU THEN GO HOME, YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT BRINGING A VIRUS HOME IF YOU'RE INFECTED AT HOME IS UNDER STRESS, AS EVERY HOME IS UNDER STRESS ABOUT 7,000 NEW STAFF HAVE BEEN HIRED FROM THE POOL WE IDENTIFIED

THESE ARE RETIRED HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO CAME FORWARD, THESE ARE PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO CAME FORWARD, THE STATE HAS A POOL OF POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES THAT HOSPITALS HIRE FROM THAT POOL AND THEY'VE HIRED ABOUT 7,000 TO DATE THE EQUIPMENT THAT'S THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, VENTILATORS WHERE WE ARE STRETCHING AND MOVING, BUT EVERY HOSPITAL HAS WHAT THEY NEED TO DATE AND THEN WE BALANCE THE PATIENT LOAD AMONG ALL HOSPITALS SO NO SINGLE HOSPITAL OR SYSTEM GETS OVERBURDENED AND THAT'S A DAILY ADJUSTMENT, WHICH TAKES TREMENDOUS COOPERATION AMONG ALL OF THE HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS

I THANK THEM VERY MUCH FOR WHAT THEY'RE DOING THEN WHEN YOU HAVE THE OVERLOAD RELIEF, WHICH IS THE JAVITS CENTER 2,500 BEDS AND THE US NAVY SHIP "COMFORT" "COMFORT" HAD 1,000-BED CAPACITY

IT WAS ORIGINALLY FOR NON-COVID PATIENTS WHAT WOUND UP HAPPENING IS WE DON'T REALLY HAVE NON-COVID PATIENTS CLOSED DOWN SOCIETY THERE'S FEWER TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, CRIME IS DOWN, SO THE ORIGINAL PLAN, WHICH WAS THE "COMFORT" WOULD TAKE NON-COVID PATIENTS FROM THE HOSPITAL DIDN'T WORK BECAUSE THE HOSPITAL DIDN'T HAVE NON-COVID PATIENTS I CALLED THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY AND SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT TO SEE IF HE COULD TALK TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND CHANGE IT TO NO COVID

THE PRESIDENT DID CALL ME BACK YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND SAID THEY WOULD MAKE THE "COMFORT" COVID THEY REQUIRE A GREATER TREATMENT AREA, MORE SPACE, AND, THEREFORE, THE CAPACITY OF THE SHIP CAME DOWN FROM 1,000 TO 500 IT'S STILL A TREMENDOUS BENEFIT SO, BETWEEN JAVITS AND THE "COMFORT" THAT'S 3,000 BEDS, WHICH IS A WELCOME OVERLOAD RELIEF TO THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM, WHICH IS ALREADY EXTRAORDINARY STRESSED I SPOKE TO GENERAL SHAUGHNESSY TODAY, WHO WE SPOKE THROUGH THE "COMFORT" AND JAVITS

THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS BEEN FANTASTIC, AND THE NUMBER OF MILITARY PERSONNEL THEY HAVE SENT UP HERE AND HOW QUICKLY THEY SENT UP HERE, AND THIS IS A TOUGH ASSIGNMENT TO RUN FACILITIES THIS LARGE AND TO COME UP TO SPEED AND TO BE HANDLING THIS MANY COVID PATIENTS IN A NEW STARTUP EMERGENCY FACILITY, THIS IS A REALLY DIFFICULT UNDERTAKING AND THEY HAVE BEEN — THEY'VE REALLY BEEN FANTASTIC I WANT TO THANK THEM ALL AND I WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR MOVING AS QUICKLY AS HE DID WE'RE WORKING ON A TRI-STATE COOPERATIVE

I SPOKE TO GOVERNOR MURPHY FROM NEW JERSEY AND GOVERNOR LAMONT WE DID THE SHUTTING DOWN WHEN WE DID SCHOOLS, BUSINESS, ET CETERA, BECAUSE THIS REALLY OPERATES AS A TRI-STATE AREA A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN NEW JERSEY, WORK IN NEW YORK OR LIVE IN NEW YORK, WORK IN NEW JERSEY OR CONNECTICUT, SO WE TALK ABOUT THE TRI-STATE AREA, WHICH IS TRUE WE TRY TO OPERATE THE BEST WE CAN AS THAT REGIONAL COLLABORATION THAT HAS BEEN WORKING WELL FOR US ON SCHOOLS, ON THE ECONOMY, ON HEALTH CARE ISSUES

WE HAVE TO START PLANNING RESTARTING LIFE WE'RE NOT THERE YET, BUT THIS IS NOT A LIGHT SWITCH THAT WE CAN JUST CLICK ONE DAY AND EVERYTHING GOES BACK TO NORMAL WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO RESTART THAT ECONOMY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO RESTART A LOT OF SYSTEMS THAT WE SHUT DOWN ABRUPTLY WE NEED TO START TO PLAN FOR THAT

I SPOKE TO THE GOVERNORS, GOVERNOR MURPHY AND GOVERNOR LAMONT, ABOUT COMING UP WITH A REGIONAL METROPOLITAN TRI-STATE APPROACH TO DO THAT, WHEN WE GET TO THAT POINT, WHICH WE'RE NOT AT BUT HOW DO WE RESTART OUR ECONOMY AND GET EVERYTHING UP AND RUNNING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE? MY PERSONAL OPINION, IT'S GOING TO COME DOWN TO HOW GOOD WE ARE WITH TESTING YOU'RE NOT GOING TO END THE INFECTION AND END THE VIRUS BEFORE YOU START RESTARTING LIFE I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE THAT LUXURY HOW DO YOU START THE ECONOMY BACK UP, HOW DO YOU START GETTING BACK TO WORK AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE? IT'S GOING TO COME DOWN TO TESTING

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO KNOW WHO HAD THE VIRUS, WHO RESOLVED THE VIRUS, WHO NEVER HAD IT AND THAT'S GOING TO BE TESTING THAT IS AN ENTIRELY NEW FIELD THAT WE'RE JUST DEVELOPING NOW, RIGHT? NEW YORK CITY DEVELOPED A DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DEVELOPED AN ANTI-BODY TESTING REGIMEN THAT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS APPROVED FOR USE IN NEW YORK STATE THAT HAS TO BE BROUGHT TO SCALE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS GOING TO BE WORKING WITH THE FDA TO DO JUST THAT THIS TEST THE BLOOD TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE THE ANTI-BODIES, WHICH MEANS YOU HAD THE VIRUS AND RESOLVED THE VIRUS

THAT'S WHY YOU WOULD HAVE THE ANTI-BODIES FOR THE VIRUS THAT WOULD MEAN YOU'RE NO LONGER CONTAGIOUS AND YOU CAN'T CATCH THE VIRUS BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE ANTI-BODIES IN YOUR SYSTEM, WHICH MEANS YOU CAN GET TO WORK, YOU CAN GO BACK TO SCHOOL, YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT TESTING AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT TESTING ON A SCALE, RIGHT, YOU HAVE 19 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK JUST THINK OF HOW MUCH PEOPLE YOU WOULD NEED TO BE ABLE TO TEST AND TEST QUICKLY SO, THE ANTIBODY TESTING IS PART OF THAT

ALSO RAPID TESTING TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE THE VIRUS NOW EXISTS THEY HAVE, QUOTE/UNQUOTE, 15-MINUTE TESTS THAT ARE COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE AGAIN, THEY HAVE TO BE BROUGHT TO SCALE NO PRIVATE COMPANY HAS THE CAPACITY TO BRING THOSE TO SCALE SPEAKING WITH GOVERNOR MURPHY AND GOVERNOR LAMONT, WE ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH PRIVATE COMPANIES THAT CAN ACTUALLY BRING THIS TESTING CAPACITY TO SCALE AND TO SCALE QUICKLY

BECAUSE, AGAIN, IF YOU HAVE THE ANTIBODY TESTING, THAT'S PART IF YOU CAN THEN TEST IF A PERSON IS POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AND DO IT THAT DAY AND GET RESULTS IN 15 MINUTES, THAT'S ALSO ANOTHER WAY TO GET BACK TO LIFE AND DO IT QUICKLY SO, WE'RE VERY INTERESTED IN THAT NEW YORK, SO IS NEW JERSEY, SO IS CONNECTICUT THERE ARE PRIVATE COMPANIES THAT HAVE THESE TESTS AGAIN, IT'S ALL UP TO SCALE

WE'RE STARTING THEM IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, BUT WE ONLY HAVE ABOUT A 50,000-PERSON TESTING CAPACITY WHICH IS NICE BUT NOT A SCALE THAT'S GOING TO MAKE A LARGE DIFFERENCE PRIVATE COMPANIES THAT ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING IT UP TO SCALE, WE'RE INTERESTED IN THOSE COMPANIES AND WE'RE INTERESTED IN INVESTING THOSE COMPANIES AND THEY SHOULD CONTACT US AT EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ALSO RESTARTING LIFE THE STATE BUDGET — NOT JUST THE STATE BUT EVERY STATE BUDGE HAS BEEN DECIMATED BY THE SITUATION

YOU SHUT DOWN THE ECONOMY, PEOPLE AREN'T WORKING, THEY'RE NOT PAYING INCOME TAXES, BUSINESSES AREN'T OPERATING SO, OUR BUDGET JUST COLLAPSED, RIGHT? OUR REVENUES JUST COLLAPSED YOU WANT TO RESTART THE ECONOMY, YOU HAVE TO RESTART THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS THAT'S A FEDERAL ACT I DON'T HAVE THE CAPACITY, NO GOVERNOR DOES, TO GENERATE REVENUE IN A POSITIVE WAY FROM AN ECONOMY THAT'S NOT OPERATING

THAT IS GOING GOING TO BE A FEDERAL STIMULUS BILL THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO DO THIS AND IT HAS TO BE A STIMULUS BILL THAT ACTUALLY UNDERSTANDS YOU HAVE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT HAVE TO BE BROUGHT UP TO SPEED AND FUNCTIONING IF YOU WANT TO FACILITATE THIS RESTARTING OF THE ECONOMY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PASSED SOME LEGISLATION AS I'VE SAID AT THE TIME, IT WAS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE FROM NEW YORK'S POINT OF VIEW

WE THEN HAVE HAD TIME TO ACTUALLY STUDY THE LEGISLATION IT ACTUALLY GETS WORSE WHEN YOU READ IT AND IT'S NOT EVEN WHAT WAS REPRESENTED TO US INITIALLY SO, I'M SENDING OUT CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION A LETTER TODAY SAYING THE PAST LEGISLATION DID GOOD FOR THE NATION, I HAVE NO DOUBT GAVE AID TO A LOT OF PEOPLE IN PLACES THAT NEEDED IT, BUT IT WAS NOT FAIR TO NEW YORK, AND THAT HAS TO BE REMEDIED IN ANY LEGISLATION THAT GOES FORWARD THE LAST POINT, I KNOW IT'S BEEN A FRUSTRATING 37 DAYS, BUT IT'S ONLY BEEN 37 DAYS, ON THE OTHER HAND

I KNOW IT FEELS LIKE A LIFETIME IT'S BEEN SO DISRUPTING, SO ABRUPT, SO DISORIENTING BUT IT'S ONLY BEEN 37 DAYS EVERYTHING IN CONTEXT AND EVERYTHING IN PERSPECTIVE I KNOW IT'S TOUGH TO GET UP EVERY DAY, AND THIS IS LIKE GROUNDHOG DAY, LIVING THROUGH THIS BIZARRE REALITY THAT WE'RE IN IT'S EVEN MORE DIFFICULT WITH THE WEATHER CHANGING AND YOU FEEL THE SEASONS CHANGING AND IT'S GETTING NICER AND YOU START TO OPEN A NEW BOOK OF POSSIBILITIES

NOW THE WEATHER IS GETTING NICE AND I SHOULD BE GETTING OUTDOORS AND I SHOULD BE DOING THIS AND I SHOULD BE DOING THIS I GET IT BUT IT'S ONLY BEEN 37 DAYS AND I STARTED BY SAYING THOSE NUMBERS OF CASES, THAT'S NOT ARBITRARY WHAT WE DO AFFECTS OUR NUMBER OF CASES

BEHAVIOR AFFECTS THE NUMBER OF CASES WE'RE GENERATING THE CASES THEY'RE NOT DESCENDING ON US FROM HEAVEN, RIGHT? IT'S OUR BEHAVIOR SO, IT'S BEEN 37 DAYS THE 1918 PANDEMIC THAT WE TALK ABOUT PEAKED IN NEW YORK FOR SIX MONTHS

IT CAME THROUGH IN THREE WAYS AND IT PEAKED FOR SIX MONTHS 30,000 PEOPLE DIED IN NEW YORK DURING THAT PANDEMIC WHY? THEY DIDN'T REACT THE WAY WE DID THEY DIDN'T KNOW AS MUCH AS WE KNOW TODAY

THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE SAME DRUG THERAPIES, BUT WE ARE CHANGING THE CURVE IN THAT VIRUS GROWTH YOU SEE THAT PLATEAUING THAT'S BECAUSE OF WHAT WE ARE DOING IF WE DON'T DO WHAT WE ARE DOING, THAT IS A MUCH DIFFERENT CURVE AND THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST

SO, SOCIAL DISTANCING IS WORKING WELL, YOU SHUT DOWN ALL THE BUSINESSES I KNOW YOU SHUT DOWN ALL THE SCHOOLS I KNOW

BUT IT IS WORKING THAT'S WHY YOU SEE THOSE NUMBERS COMING DOWN IF WE WERE DOING THE SAME RATE OF INTERACTION, THOSE NUMBERS WOULD STILL BE GOING UP SO, TO THE EXTENT WE SEE A FLATTENING OR POSSIBLE PLATEAU, THAT'S BECAUSE WHAT WE ARE DOING AND WE HAVE TO KEEP DOING IT I KNOW IT'S HARD BUT WE HAVE TO KEEP DOING IT

AND TO THE EXTENT IT TAKES AN EFFORT, REMEMBER AT THIS TIME IT IS ABOUT WE AND IT IS NOT ABOUT ME I KNOW WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO BE DOING I WOULD LIKE TO BE GOING — IT'S MOTORCYCLE WEATHER FOR ME IT'S TIME TO GET OUT ON THE WATER IT'S TIME TO GO HIKING IN THE ADIRONDACKS

I GET IT IT'S NOT ABOUT ME IT'S NOT ABOUT ME WHAT I DO WILL AFFECT OTHER PEOPLE IT WILL AFFECT MY FAMILY

IT WILL AFFECT OTHER PEOPLE IT WILL AFFECT PEOPLE IN THOSE EMERGENCY ROOMS WHO ARE KILLING THEMSELVES EVERY DAY TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE I GET INFECTED I WILL INFECT THEM SO, WE ALL TALK ABOUT SOCIETY AND COMMUNITY AND INTERCONNECTION AND INTERRELATION AND FAMILY AND LIFE IS BIGGER THAN US

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NOW IS THE TIME TO LIVE THAT, RIGHT? NOW IS THE TIME TO LIVE THAT WHEN YOU FEEL THAT NEED, I HAVE TO DO THIS IT'S WANT ABOUT ME IT'S ABOUT WE AND WHAT'S GOOD FOR ALL OF US AND MY HEALTH IS IN YOUR HANDS

AND YOUR HEALTH IS IN MY HANDS AND THE HEALTH OF THOSE HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS, AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO SHOW UP TO WORK EVERY DAY TO KEEP SOCIETY FUNCTIONING, WE'RE RESPONSIBLE TO THEM ALSO TO THE EXTENT IT'S HARD, I GET IT, BUT MAYBE IF WE THINK ABOUT IT THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS, A BROADER LENS, IT WILL BE A LITTLE EASIER THAT'S NOT GET COMPLACENT WE HAVE TO STAY DISTANCED, STAY SMART, STAY SAFE, AND WE DO THAT BY STAYING AT HOME

WE'LL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER QUESTIONS? >> THEY SAID YESTERDAY THAT "THE COMFORT" IS MENTION — THEY COULD ISOLATE COVID PATIENTS IN SMALL NUMBER AND SAID THEY WOULD BE TREATING A SMALLER NUMBER OF PATIENTS BUT WILL THE SHIP BE ABLE TO CARE FOR EVEN THAT NUMBER OF COVID PATIENTS SAFELY? >> I SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT, I SPOKE TO THE VICE PRESIDENT, I SPOKE TO THOSE HELPING MANAGE THE "COMFORT" WHEN YOU TRANSITION FROM NON-COVID PATIENTS TO COVID, THE CAPACITY OF THE SHIP GOES FROM 1,000 BEDS DOWN TO 500 BEDS BUT IT CAN TREAT 500 COVID PATIENTS ADEQUATELY AND SAFELY THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRANSITIONING INTO OPERATION NOW

>> THE ANTIBODY TEST — LIKE HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE — >> SO, WE HAVE A TEST ON THE OUR WADSWORTH LAB WE ARE WORKING TO SCALE THAT UP OVER THE NEXT WEEK WE WILL FIGURE OUT HOW MANY WE CAN RUN WE'RE EXPECTING TO SCALE THAT UP NOT JUST IN OUR LAB BUT TO GET OTHER LABS AS WELL THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE TO WORK WITH THE FDA TO GET THAT APPROVED

>> THEY HAVE APPROVED SOME ANTIBODY TESTS IT THERE ANY WAY THE STATE CAN WORK WITH THEM? >> I THINK ANTIBODY TESTS — SOME MEASURE THE IMMUNOGLOBULIN — SOME SHOW THE NEW INFECTION IS IGM AND SOME SAY IT'S BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE TESTS WE HAVE SHOW THEY DON'T HAVE THE INFECTION, DON'T STILL HAVE THE INFECTION AND SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE IT'S THE CORRECT TEST OUR TESTS MEASURES IMMUNUNOGLOBULIN MCHLTS >> DID YOU GET THAT? >> SO, MANY TESTS OUT THERE THAT COMPANIES ARE MAKING

THERE'S TWO TYPES, ONE THAT SAYS THE INFECTION JUST IS STILL THERE AND YOU'RE STARTING TO MOUNT A RESPONSE, WHICH HAPPENS WITH ANY VIRUS AND YOUR BODY MAKES AN IMMUNOGLOBULIN AFTER IT'S RESOLVED THAT'S THE ONE YOU WANT TO MEASURE OTHERWISE YOU MAY BE MEASURING SOMETHING WHICH ACTUALLY SAYS YOU STILL HAVE THE INFECTION IN YOUR BODY YOU WANT TO MEASURE THE ONE THAT SAYS IT'S RESOLVED THAT'S THE ONE WE DEVELOPED THE TEST FOR

IS THAT BETTER? >> YES, THAT WAS GOOD OF YOU I ALMOST UNDERSTOOD THAT ONE MARK? >> EARLIER TODAY — THIS IS VERY PROVENCAL >> I'M VERY PROVENCAL, THAT'S OKAY >> EARLIER TODAY REVEREND PASSED AWAY FROM CORONAVIRUS IN BOROUGH PARK

THEY SAY STAY AWAY, IT SHOULD BE SMALL, BUT WE KNOW HOW PEOPLE LISTEN IT SEEMS RIPE FOR A MASS GATHERING IS THERE ANYTHING THE STATE POLICE OR STATE GOVERNMENTS CAN DO TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE ARE HELD AT BAY >> I'M SURE THE NYPD WILL BE DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO I MADE IT CLEAR YESTERDAY THAT THESE SOCIAL DISTANCING REGULATIONS ARE NOT JUST PLEAS

THEY ARE REGULATIONS YOU CAN BE FINED WE INCREASED THE FINE TO MAKE IT CLEAR WE'RE SERIOUS I'M SURE THE NYPD WILL BE ENFORCING IT PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND — I UNDERSTAND RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS I UNDERSTAND THE ORTHODOX COMMUNITY YOU CAN JEWISH ORTHODOX COMMUNITY

I'M VERY CLOSE TO THEM I HAVE BEEN FOR MANY YEARS MY FAMILY IS CLOSE TO THEM BUT NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR LARGE, RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS WE PAID THIS PRICE ALREADY

WE'VE LEARNED THIS LESSON THAT WAS NEW ROCHELLE IN WESTCHESTER PLEASE, NOW IS NOT THE TIME YOU DO NO ONE — YOU DO NO ONE A SERVICE BY MAKING THIS WORSE AND INFECTING MORE PEOPLE JOSEPH? >> THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF REPORTS THAT COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY HIT HARD BY THE VIRUS

DO YOU HAVE A SENSE THAT'S BEEN THE CASE IN NEW YORK AND YOU PUT OUT A LOT OF DATA, GENDER, AGE, UPDATING IT DAILY HAS IT BEEN DIFFICULT TO GET THOSE RACIAL BREAKDOWNS? >> THE HOSPITALS ACTUALLY DON'T REPORT THE RACE INFORMATION TO THE STATE DIRECTLY SO WITH WHAT WE DO ON THE BACK END IS CALL THE CORE ANOTHER'S OFFICE AROUND THE STATE AFTER THE DEATH HAS BEEN REPORTED THERE'S A LAG WE UNDERSTAND PEOPLE WANT THAT INFORMATION WE WANT THAT INFORMATION, TOO

WE'LL HAVE IT THIS WEEK >> ANY SENSE WHERE THERE HAS BEEN THAT TREND WHERE IT'S AFFECTED — >> ONE OF THE CHALLENGES IS THAT SOME OF THE COMMUNITIES HAVE CHALLENGES WITH THEIR HEALTH IN GENERAL THEY'RE MORE APT TO HAVE CHALLENGES WITH ASTHMA AND DIABETES AND SO ANY TIME ANYONE WHO HAS UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS ENDS UP WITH THIS VIRUS, ANY OTHER VIRUS THAT PUTS THEM MORE AT RISK >> DO YOU HAVE ANY UPDATES ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT WEBSITE >> THERE IS PROGRESS AND WE'LL HAVE THAT NEW INTERFACE UP AND RUNNING

A LOT OF PROBLEMS WERE WITH VERIZON BECAUSE THE VOLUME WAS SO EXTREME WE MOVED THEM OFF VERIZON CENTER INTO CALL CENTERS AND YOU SHOULD SEE EASING UP ON THAT TODAY WE JUST ASK PEOPLE TO REMAIN PATIENT AS WE GET THIS RESOLVED >> YOU TALKED ABOUT VENTILATOR REDISTRIBUTION AND IT WAS GOING TO COVER OTHER THINGS THAT STILL HASN'T APPEARED

IS THERE A REASON FOR THE DELAY? >> I'M GOING TO ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON EVERYTHING I MENTIONED, THE FINES, ET CETERA >> WHAT ELSE WILL THAT COVER? >> EVERYTHING WE'VE DISCUSSED TO DATE >> SOME SAY THAT'S GOING TO BE VOLUNTARY, THE QUOTE/UNQUOTE, TAKING OF VENTILATORS, THAT HEALTH ASSOCIATION SAID IT'S GOING TO BE A VOLUNTARY TAKING OF THOSE >> IT WAS ALWAYS — THE HOSPITALS TELL US WHAT THEY HAVE, QUOTE/UNQUOTE, AVAILABLE, MEANING UNUSED AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO USE IT IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE IT WAS ALWAYS OF THE EQUIPMENT THAT YOU BELIEVE, YOU, HOSPITAL, BELIEVE IS AVAILABLE IF THE STATE LENT 20% OF THE AVAILABLE UNITS, AS YOU DEFINE AVAILABLE, THAT WOULD BE 500

500 VENTILATORS WAS A BIG DEAL, ESPECIALLY TWO WEEKS AGO FRANKLY, SINCE THEN, OTHER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED WE HAVE 1,000 VENTILATORS FROM CHINA, WASHINGTON FREED UP VENTILATORS, OREGON SENT VENTILATORS STATE OF WASHINGTON SENT 400 VENTILATORS WE ACQUIRED AN ADDITIONAL 500 VENTILATORS

WE'RE NOT IN THE POSITION WE WERE IN THAT'S WHAT IT ALWAYS WAS A HOSPITAL SAYS WE HAVE AVAILABLE BY THEIR OWN DEFINITION UNUSED INVENTORY WE'RE NOT USING FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE 20% OF THAT NUMBER, LEAVING THEM WITH 80% OF THE UNUSED WAS 500 VENTILATORS

[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> GOVERNOR, PRESUMPTIVE LINE MUCH DUTY DEATH BENEFITS SIMILAR TO THAT OF 9/11 FOR THOSE THAT DIED BECAUSE OF COVID-19? >> THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO COME UP I WOULD LIKE TO FIND A WAY TO SAY THANK YOU TO THESE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO ARE OUT THERE EVERY DAY YOU KNOW, WE TALK TO THEM ON THE TELEPHONE, BUT WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IS JUST INCREDIBLE JUST INCREDIBLE NOT JUST THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS

THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS, THINK OF THE MINDSET TO WALK INTO THAT ER EVERILE MORNING PUTTING ON THESE GOWNS, PUTTING ON ALL THIS PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, HAVING TO CHANGE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING SEVERAL TIMES A DAY, SEEING PEOPLE PASS AWAY AND THEN GO HOME AND DEAL WITH THE STRESS AT HOME ALSO THE FIRST RESPONDERS, THE TRANSIT WORKERS, YOU LOOK AT THE RATES OF SICKNESS, THEY KNOW WHAT THEY EXPRESS THEMSELVES DO GOD BLESS THEM >> A LARGE NUMBER — OR ANY INMATES IN THE STATE SYSTEM TO — >> WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT ANY WAY WE ARE WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT CONTINUALLY

I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING NEW ON THAT BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE'RE EXPLORING ALL THE TIME >> ANY SPECIFIC PLANS YOU'RE LOOKING AT OR ANY SPECIFIC MODELS? >> ANYTHING NEW? >> WE'VE DONE 700 PAROLE VIOLATORS STATEWIDE THEY WERE DEEMED TO BE LOW RISK TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND ALSO HIGH RISK TO COVID WE HAVE DONE THAT AND WE CONTINUE TO EVALUATE IT >> I THINK THE PROMISE WAS ABOUT 400 PEOPLE TO COME OUT OF RIKERS

SO FAR THAT'S BEEN 130 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN RELEASED >> I THINK WE'VE DONE 240 OUT OF RIKERS SO FAR OF THE 700 STATEWIDE WE CAN GET YOU THE EXACT NUMBER >> GOVERNOR, ON A MORE PSYCHOLOGICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL — 750 PEOPLE DIED OUT THE NUMBERS ROLL OUT

IT SEEMS TO GET NUMB TO THE STATS HOW DO YOU COUNTER THAT? HOW DO YOU IMPRESS ON PEOPLE THAT THESE ARE HUMAN LIVES, THAT THIS IS AN ENORMOUS HUMAN CATASTROPHE? >> YOU KNOW, JESSE, IF THEY — I HEAR THE POINT I GUESS ONE COULD GET NUMB TO THE NUMBERS THAT'S WHY I SAID, REMEMBER, EVERY NUMBER IS A HUMAN BEING BEHIND THAT AND A FAMILY FOR MYSELF I CAN TILL, THE LAST THING I DO IS GET NUMB

I CAN TELL YOU FOR THE HOSPITAL STAFF, THEY'RE NOT GETTING NUMB, FOR THE FAMILIES THAT ARE SUFFERING, THEY'RE NOT GETTING NUMB THE PAIN IS INCREASING, THE GRIEF IS INCREASING I MEAN, YOU SEE THOSE PICTURES ON TV OF GETTING TO A SITUATION WHERE YOU HAVE PUT BODIES IN TRUCKS IN PARKING LOTS, I MEAN, HOW YOU COULD GET NUMB TO ANY OF THIS, I CAN'T IMAGINE, ESPECIALLY NEW YORKERS, THAT WE LOSE THE HUMANITY OF THIS IT'S SOMETHING I STRUGGLE WITH EVERY DAY I TRY TO THINK OF THE OPPOSITE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE ARE DOING GOOD BECAUSE YOU CAN'T STOP — YOU CAN'T STOP

YOU CAN'T SAFE EVERYONE THIS VIRUS IS VERY GOOD AT WHAT IT DOES IT KILLS VULNERABLE PEOPLE THAT'S WHAT IT DOES IT DOES THAT VERY WELL

WE CAN'T STOP THAT THE QUESTION IS, ARE YOU SAVING EVERYONE YOU CAN SAVE? AND THERE THE ANSWER IS YES AND I TAKE SOME SOLACE IN THAT NAKT OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS OPERATING I DON'T THINK WE LOST ONE SINGLE PERSON BECAUSE WE COULDN'T PROVIDE CARE

PEOPLE WE LOST, WE COULDN'T SAVE DESPITE OUR BEST EFFORTS BUT, NO, I DON'T SEE — I DON'T SEE THE NUMBNESS I DON'T BELIEVE NEW YORKERS SEE THE NUMBNESS I THINK THE FRUSTRATION OF AN INDIVIDUAL SITUATION CAN CAUSE YOU TO DO IRRESPONSIBLE THINGS TO GO OUT, TO GO OUT MORE THAN YOU SHOULD, TO DISREGARD SOCIAL DISTANCING, I THINK THAT'S AN ISSUE

THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN TRYING TO ADDRESS >> WHEN PEOPLE EVENT LIP START GETTING BACK TO WORK, WILL IT BE THE REVERSE OF THE REDUCTION, MEANING THEY'LL GO BACK 25% OF THE TIME OR — >> THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION I THINK THEY GO BACK, IS MY OPINION IT'S WANT A FACT I THINK — AND WE'RE WORKING ON A PLAN WITH CONNECTICUT AND NEW JERSEY BECAUSE WHEN WE GO BACK, WE GO BACK TOGETHER

I THINK WE GO BACK WITH PEOPLE THAT HAVE TESTED THEY ARE NEGATIVE OR PEOPLE HAVE TESTED THEY HAVE THE ANTIBODIES, WHICH MEANS THEY HAD THE VIRUS AND THEY'RE IMMUNE FROM THE VIRUS OR WE GO BACK WITH YOINGER PEOPLE GOING FIRST STILL PROTECTING, ISOLATING THE VULNERABLE, BECAUSE IF IT'S WAVES, I THINK THOSE ARE THE WAVES >> SAY AGAIN >> IS IS THERE ANY PROOF YOU CAN'T GET REINFECTED IF YOU HAVE THE ANTIBODIES? >> USUALLY WHEN YOU HAVE A VIRUS, YOU DEVELOP ANTIBODIES, YOU DON'T GET IT AGAIN THERE WAS ONE REPORT OUT OF CHINA THEY SUGGESTED WHERE MAYBE THERE WERE SOME CASES, BUT THAT HASN'T BEEN CONFIRMED YET >> ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE TEMPORARY HOSPITALS WILL BE TAKING PATIENTS UNTIL AFTER THIS IS PASSED? >> A LARGER NUMBER — WHAT? >> ARE YOU CONCERNED THE TEMPORARY HOSPITALS WON'T BE ACCEPTING SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PATIENTS UNTIL AFTER THE PEAK HAS PASSED? >> A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PATIENTS? >> UH-HUH

>> NO THEY'RE RAMPING UP NOW THE JAVITS CENTER AND THE "COMFORT" YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT? >> UH-HUH >> WHEN I SAY WE HAVE 90,000-BED CAPACITY, WE BROUGHT ONLINE DAIK ADDITIONAL BEDS EVERY HOSPITAL HAD TO INCREASE CAPACITY BY 50% WITH A GOAL OF 100%

EVERY HOSPITAL HAS INCREASED CAPACITY 50% THAT'S WHY YOU SEE HOSPITAL BEDS IN CONFERENCE ROOMS AND LOBBIES, ET CETERA SECOND, WE BUILT TEMPORARY EMERGENCY FACILITIES, PRIMARILY AROUND DOWNTOWN NEW YORK THEY MAY OR MAY NOT BE USED DEPENDING ON WHETHER OR NOT WE NEED THE BEDS THE JAVITS AND THE "COMFORT" WE ARE USING AND THEY'RE RAMPING UP NOW

THANK YOU [ INAUDIBLE ] >> ANY PLANS ON HOW TO ADDRESS GROCERY WORKERS AND THEIR SAFETY? >> GROCERY STORE WORKERS, TRANSIT WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS, POLICE OFFICERS, THESE ARE ALL, IN MY OPINION, HERE ROSE BECAUSE THEY GET UP EVERY MORNING, THEY GO TO WORK, SO SOCIETY STAYS SAFE AND FUNCTIONING AND WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO

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