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WATCH LIVE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks on coronavirus response – 4/6/2020

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WE'RE UP TO 8,658 NEW CASES OVERALL WE HAVE 130,000 PEOPLE WHO TESTED POSITIVE

16,000 PEOPLE IN OUR HOSPITAL SYSTEM 13,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED NUMBER OF DEATHS ARE UP ONCE AGAIN NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE LOST, NUMBER OF NEW YORKERS 4,758, WHICH IS UP FROM 159 BUT WHICH IS EFFECTIVELY FLAT FOR TWO DAYS

WHILE NONE OF THIS IS GOOD NEWS, THE FLATTENING, POSSIBLE FLATTENING OF THE CURVE IS BETTER THAN THE INCREASES THAT WE HAVE SEEN NEW YORK IS STILL FAR AND AWAY THE MOST IMPACTED STATE NEW JERSEY IS HAVING REAL DIFFICULTY, AND IN SPEAKING WITH GOVERNOR MURPHY FROM NEW JERSEY AND ANYTHING WE CAN DO TOGETHER, WE WILL MICHIGAN ALSO CALIFORNIA HAS LEVELLED OFF, AND LOUISIANA IS HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME, SO THEY'RE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

TOTAL NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE DOWN THE ICU ADMISSIONS ARE DOWN, AND THE DAILYINTUBATIONS DOWN THE NUMBER OF DISCHARGED IS DOWN, THAT REFLECTS AN OVERALL REDUCTION IN THE NUMBERS BIG QUESTION THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT NOW IS WHAT IS THE CURVE, AND WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT CASES INCREASE, INCREASE, INCREASE, UNTIL THEY DON'T WHEN THEY STOP INCREASING, THEN WHAT HAPPENS

AND THE PROJECTION MODELS HAVE A NUMBER OF ALTERNATIVES SOME SUGGEST BASICALLY THE CURVE GOES UP AND THEN DROPS PRECIPITOUSLY SOME SUGGEST THERE'S A SLIGHT PAUSE AT THE TOP SOME SUGGEST THERE'S A LONGER PAUSE AT THE TOP, WHICH IS EFFECTIVELY A PLATEAU EFFECT AGAIN, STRAIGHT UP AND STRAIGHT DOWN PRECIPITOUS DROP, WHICH IS THE PEAK EFFECT

NO ONE CAN TELL YOU WHICH WILL OCCUR THEY SAY ANYONE OF THE THREE OPTIONS, YOU STUDY OTHER COUNTRIES YOU'VE HAD A COMBINATION OF THE ABOVE WE ARE STUDYING IT AS WE HAVE USED THE PROJECTION MODELS FROM DAY ONE TO DETERMINE IT'S ACTUALLY WHAT WE DO HOW DO WE SET POLICY, AND PROGRAM BY FOLLOWING THE DATA

DR MALATRAS HAS BEEN WORKING ON THE NUMBERS, WORKING WITH THE STATISTICIANS AND PROJECTION MODELS AND HELPING US INCORPORATE THAT IN AN OPERATION MODEL JIM IF YOU WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND SPEAK ABOUT THE PROJECTION MODEL, PLEASE >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR AS THE GOVERNOR SAID, WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT PROJECTION MODELS FROM THE BEGINNING TO DETERMINE THE SIZE AND SCOPE AND SEVERITY, AND THE GOVERNOR HAS MENTIONED THIS OVER HIS BRIEFINGS

WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH MANY ORGANIZATIONS AND USING THE DATA LIKE IMPERIAL COLLEGE, THE INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH METRICS AND EVALUATION, CORNELL, McKINZIE AND OTHERS SOME OF THE INITIAL PROJECTIONS THAT WE FIRST SAW AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS WAS AT LEAST A HUNDRED, UP TO 110,000 BEDS FOR COVID PATIENTS ALONE AND THE PEAK WOULD COME AT THE END OF APRIL THOSE WERE SOME OF THE EARLIEST MODELING FOR MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT IT WOULD BE AROUND THE END OF APRIL, 110,000 BEDS JUST FOR COVID PATIENTS THERE ARE OTHER MODELS TOO THAT WE WERE TRACKING ONE BEING LOWER AT 55,000 COVID BEDS BUT AGAIN, PEAKING AT THE END OF APRIL

WE FOLLOW, NOW THAT WE HAVE A PRETTY ROBUST DATA SET TO GO BY FOR THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS, THE BOTTOM LINE, THE PURPLE LINE IS SORT OF WHERE WE ARE TRACKING TODAY, WHICH SUGGESTS IT'S A LITTLE LOWER AND THE QUESTION WAS, WHAT COULD YOU DO TO LOWER THOSE INITIAL PROJECTIONS FROM 110,000, AND 55,000, SO A LOT OF THE ACTIVITY WAS WE SAW WHERE THE STATISTICIANS AND THE FOLKS LOOKING AT THESE TYPES OF MODELS SAID IT WAS GOING, SO WHAT ACTIVITIES AND ACTIONS COULD YOU TAKE TO AGGRESSIVELY LOWER THAT OVERALL NUMBER, AND THE ANSWER REALLY WAS AND WHAT THE GOVERNOR HAS BEEN DOING IS AGGRESSIVELY ENFORCED AND ENACTS SOCIAL DISTANCING TO LOWER THE OVERALL NUMBER, AND THIS NUMBER AND THE CURRENT DATA SUGGESTS THAT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING AND IT'S NOT SETTLED YET BECAUSE WE ARE GOING DAYay=frBY DAY, ANE NUMBERS AS THE GOVERNOR HAS SAID HAS CHANGED A LOT, OVER TIME, BASED ON WHAT NUMBERS COME IN BUT THIS COULD SUGGEST THAT WE ARE INDEED POTENTIALLY AT THE APEX OR BEGINNING TO BE AT THE APEX AT THIS MOMENT LIKE THE GOVERNOR HAS SAID, THERE'S BEEN A RANGE OF MODELS, SEVEN DAYS, 14 DAYS, 21 DAYS 30 DAYS, IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE TOWARDS THE EARLIER SIDE OF THAT TIME FRAME BASED ON THE CURRENT PROJECTIONS AND MODELING THAT WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT >> THANK YOU, JIM

BUT YOU HAVE ALSO SEEN ON THESE, YOU HAVE SEEN ON THIS SLIDE, WHERE WE ARE NOW, RIGHT? AND IT CAN STILL GO ANYWAY, WE COULD STILL SEE AN INCREASE SO IT IS HOPEFUL, BUT IT'S ALSO INCONCLUSIVE AND IT STILL DEPENDS ON WHAT WE DO RIGHT? THESE MODELS ALL HAVE A COEFFICIENT OF WHAT WE DO AND HOW SUCCESSFUL WE ARE AT SOCIAL DISTANCING, ET CETERA, AND FROM OUR DECISION MAKING POINT OF VIEW, IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER IF WE'VE HIT THE PLATEAU OR NOT BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO DO THE SAME THING IF WE ARE PLATEAUING, WE ARE PLATEAUING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL, AND THERE'S TREMENDOUS STRESS ON THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, AND TO SAY THAT THIS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, WHICH IS AT MAXIMUM CAPACITY TODAY, RIGHT, THIS IS A HOSPITAL SYSTEM WHERE WE HAVE OUR FOOT TO THE FLOOR AND THE ENGINE IS AT RED LINE, AND YOU CAN'T GO ANY FASTER, AND BY THE WAY, YOU CAN'T STAY AT RED LINE FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME BECAUSE THIS SYSTEM WILL BLOW AND THAT'S WHERE WE ARE

WE ARE AT RED LINE PEOPLE CAN'T WORK ANY HARDER THE STAFF CAN'T WORK ANY HARDER AND STAYING AT THIS LEVEL IS PROBLEMATIC AND IF WE ARE PLATEAUING, IT'S BECAUSE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS WORKING SO WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE SOCIAL DISTANCING ACTUALLY CONTINUES

ON RELIEVING THE PRESSURE ON THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM, WHICH IS UNSUSTAINABLE AT THIS RATE, WE'RE CONTINUING WHAT WE CALL OUR SURGE IN FLUX PROGRAM, WHERE WE GET ALL THE HOSPITALS ON THE LINE ON A DAILY BASIS THEY'RE ALL DOING INVENTORIES THEY'RE ALL DOING DATA SHEETS THEY'RE ALL ON THE TELEPHONE AND WE'RE SHIFTING AMONG THE HOSPITALS, VENTILATORS, PPE EQUIPMENT, WHO HAS GOWNS, WHO HAS MASKS, AND THAT HAPPENS ON A DAILY BASIS, THAT ADJUSTMENT ALSO TO RELIEVE PRESSURE ON THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM, THE JAB IS COMING ONLINE IS A VERY BIG DEAL

THAT IS A RELIEF VALVE FOR THE ENTIRE DOWN STATE SYSTEM THE 1,100 MILITARY PERSONNEL STARTED TO COME IN 300 WERE SENT TO NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC HOSPITALS TO HELP THE NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM, THE H AND H SYSTEM, WHICH HAS BEEN UNDER STRESS THE REST WILL BE GOING TO JAVITS TO BRING THAT UP AND RUNNING TO FULL CAPACITY THAT TRANSITION IS HAPPENING NOW

THAT IS A COVID CENTER NOW, STARTED AS NON-COVID, IT'S NOW A COVID CENTER THE MAJORITY OF THE MILITARY PERSONNEL WILL BE COMING IN TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY BUT THAT JAVITS CENTER IS GOING TO BE A MAJOR RELIEF VALVE SECOND, THE UNITED STATES NAVY SHIP COMFORT, THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS THAT THAT WOULD COME IN FOR NON-COVID PEOPLE THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS IT WOULD ALSO BE A RELIEF ON THE HOSPITALS BUT NOT FOR COVID PEOPLE, THAT IT WOULD TAKE ALL THE NON-COVID PATIENTS, IF YOU WILL, FROM THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM

THAT WAS THE PLAN AS IT TURNED OUT, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF NON-COVID PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM WHICH IS A SEPARATE STORY HAPPENS TO BE A GOOD NEWS STORY A BY PRODUCT OF SHUTTING EVERYTHING DOWN IS YOU HAVE FEWER CAR ACCIDENTS, CRIME RATE IS WAY DOWN, FEWER TRAUMA CASES, SO THERE'S NOT — THERE IS NOT A LARGE NON-COVID POPULATION IN THE HOSPITALS

I'M GOING TO CALL THE PRESIDENT THIS AFTERNOON AND ASK HIM TO SHIFT THE COMFORT FROM NON-COVID TO COVID THEN WE WOULD HAVE JAVITS AND THE SHIP COMFORT AS A RELIEF VALVE THERE'S 2,500 BEDS AND A THOUSAND BEDS THAT'S 3,500 BEDS WHICH COULD SERVE AS A RELIEF VALVE FOR THE WHOLE DOWN STATE HOSPITAL SYSTEM THAT IS THE ONLY WAY WE SUSTAIN THIS LEVEL OF INTENSITY IN THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM

AND I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS WITH THE COMFORT, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO PREORDAINED STRATEGY HERE, YOU HAVE TO FEEL IT OUT DAY-TO-DAY AND YOU HAVE TO ADJUST WITH THE FACTS AND WE DON'T NEED THE COMFORT FOR NON-COVID CASES WE NEED IT FOR COVID IF WE HAD THOSE TWO FACILITIES AS A RELIEF VALVE, THAT WOULD MAKE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE NOW, BEING ONLINE 3,500 BEDS IS NO SMALL TASK

NORTHWELL HEALTH IS GOING TO HELP US MANAGE THOSE, BUT THEY'RE GOING TO BE STAFFED BY MILITARY PERSONNEL ONLY THE MILITARY COULD BRING IN THAT MANY PEOPLE THAT QUICKLY WITH THAT LOGISTICAL OPERATION AND I WANT TO THANK DOD

VERY MUCH FOR THEIR COOPERATION BECAUSE GOD BLESS THE US MILITARY WE'RE FULLY AWARE OF WHAT THEY DO TO DEFEND THIS NATION BUT THIS IS A DIFFERENT APPLICATION THAT WE DON'T SEE EVERY DAY, AND THEY'RE DOING AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB SO I'LL CALL THE PRESIDENT

HE HAS BEEN HELPFUL TO NEW YORK IN THE PAST AND HE'S MOVED VERY QUICKLY IN THE PAST I'M GOING TO ASK HIM IF HE CAN MAKE THIS ADJUSTMENT FOR US BECAUSE IT WOULD BE TRULY BENEFICIAL WE WILL FEEL MUCH BETTER KNOWING THAT WE CAN SUSTAIN THIS PACE IF WE CAN START TO OFF LOAD PATIENTS TO THESE TWO FACILITIES IN ANY EVENT, PLATEAU, NOT PLATEAU, WE STILL HAVE TO EXTEND NEW YORK PAUSE BECAUSE IF THAT CURVE IS TURNING, IT'S TURNING BECAUSE THE RATE OF INFECTION IS GOING DOWN ONE OF THE REASONS THE RATE OF INFECTION IS GOING DOWN IS BECAUSE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS WORKING

WE HAVE TO CONTINUE THE SOCIAL DISTANCING SCHOOLS AND NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES WILL STAY CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 29th I KNOW THAT A NEGATIVE FOR MANY MANY REASONS, I KNOW WHAT IT DOES TO THE ECONOMY, BUT AS I SAID FROM DAY ONE, I'M NOT GOING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN PUBLIC HEALTH AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITY BECAUSE IN EITHER EVENT, PUBLIC HEALTH STILL DEMANDS THAT WE STAY ON PAUSE WITH BUSINESSES CLOSED AND SCHOOLS CLOSED WHETHER WE'VE HIT THE APEX OR WHETHER WE HAVEN'T HIT THE APEX YOU'D HAVE TO DO THE SAME THING

THERE'S ALSO A REAL DANGER IN GETTING OVERCONFIDENT TOO QUICKLY THIS IS AN ENEMY THAT WE HAVE UNDERESTIMATED FROM DAY ONE, AND WE HAVE PAID THE PRICE DEARLY WHILE THE NUMBERS LOOK LIKE THEY MAY BE TURNING, YAY, IT'S OVER, NO, IT'S NOT, AND OTHER PLACES HAVE MADE THAT MISTAKE HONG KONG HAS MADE THAT MISTAKE, SOUTH KOREA HAS MADE THAT MISTAKE, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE THAT MISTAKE THE WEATHER IS TURNING, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LOCKED UP, WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT CABIN FEVER

NOW IT'S A NICE DAY, I'M GOING TO GET OUT, I'M GOING TO GO TAKE A WALK NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO DO THAT AND FRANKLY, THERE HAS BEEN A LAXNESS ON SOCIAL DISTANCING, ESPECIALLY OVER THIS PAST WEEKEND, THAT IS JUST WHOLLY UNACCEPTABLE LOOK, PEOPLE ARE DYING PEOPLE IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ARE EXPOSING THEMSELVES EVERY DAY TO TREMENDOUS RISK WALKING INTO THOSE EMERGENCY ROOMS, AND THEN THEY HAVE TO GO HOME TO THEIR FAMILY AND WONDER IF THEY CAUGHT THE VIRUS, AND THEY'RE BRINGING IT HOME TO THEIR FAMILY

IF YOU DON'T — IF I CAN'T CONVINCE YOU TO SHOW DISCIPLINE FOR YOURSELF, THEN SHOW DISCIPLINE FOR OTHER PEOPLE IF YOU GET INFECTED, YOU INFECT SOMEONE ELSE, YOU GO TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM, YOU PUT A BURDEN ON ALL SORTS OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO YOU DON'T KNOW AND WHO FRANKLY YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO BURDEN WITH YOUR IRRESPONSIBILITY AND PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK CITY, THE LEVEL OF ACTIVITY IS UP PARTIALLY THE WEATHER MADE IT THAT NICE DAY I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LOCKED UP FOR A LONG TIME

BUT NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BE LAX, AND IT IS A MISTAKE WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY WE ALL HAVE A ROLE IN THIS WE SAID THAT FROM DAY ONE, AND WE HAVE TO RESPECT THE ROLE THAT WE PLAY BECAUSE THE ROLE THAT WE PLAY IS A SOCIETAL OBLIGATION

THAT'S HOW I SEE IT I WANT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ENFORCE THE SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE CHARGED WITH ENFORCEMENT I WANT THEM TO ENFORCE THEM AND I WANT TO BE FRANKLY MORE AGGRESSIVE ON THE ENFORCEMENT BECAUSE ALL THE ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE IS PEOPLE ARE VIOLATING IT AT A HIGHER RATE THAN BEFORE

SO WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE THE POTENTIAL MAXIMUM FINE FROM 500 TO $1,000, BUT IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT THE FINE NOBODY WANTS THE MONEY WE WANT THE COMPLIANCE WE ARE SERIOUS AND AGAIN, IF IT'S NOT ABOUT YOUR LIFE, YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO RISK SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE

AND YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT, FRANKLY, TO TAKE A HEALTH CARE STAFF AND PEOPLE WHO ARE LITERALLY PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE, AND BE CAVALIER OR RECKLESS WITH THEM YOU JUST DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT AND WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GETTING US THROUGH THIS EVERY DAY UNDER VERY TOUGH CIRCUMSTANCES AND WE SEE THE ILLNESS RATE AMONG THESE ESSENTIAL WORKERS, AND WE KNOW THE SACRIFICE THEY'RE MAKING AND WE SHOULD RESPECT IT IT'S THAT SIMPLE

YOU HAVE THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ARE OUT THERE YOU HAVE POLICE OFFICERS WHO ARE OUT THERE THE TRANSIT WORKERS WHO HAVE TO DRIVE A BUS AND THE TRAIN EVERY DAY THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO ARE JUST DOING EXTRAORDINARY WORK SO LET'S RESPECT THEM, AND LET'S HELP THEM

WE'RE ALSO GOING TO SET UP A FUN RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO ASSIST THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WITH EXPENSES, COSTS, CHILD CARE, ET CETERA I WANT TO THANK BLACKSTONE FOR MAKING THE FIRST CONTRIBUTION TO THAT FUND OF $10 MILLION TO ASSIST THE FIRST RESPONDERS I HOPE OTHER INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS FOLLOW THEIR LEAD WE'RE ALSO VERY AWARE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH ASPECT OF THIS SITUATION, AND THE STRESS AND THE ISOLATION THAT THIS HAS CAUSED AND PEOPLE ARE TRYING IN THEIR OWN WAY TO GRAPPLE WITH WHAT THIS MEANS AND WHAT IS THE IMPACT HOW DO YOU RATIONALIZE THIS SITUATION

AND THE MENTAL HEALTH ASPECT OF IT IS VERY REAL HEAD SPACE IS GOING TO PARTNER WITH NEW YORK THEY'RE AN APP, THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE CONTENT FOR NEW YORK AND FREE MEMBERSHIP FOR NEW YORK, SO WE THANK THEM, BUT WE ALSO HAVE AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT HOT LINE WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE SIGNED UP TO VOLUNTEER TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES SO WE WANT PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW ABOUT THAT, AND IT'S AVAILABLE I TALK ABOUT PERSPECTIVE A LOT

MAYBE FRANKLY BECAUSE PARTIALLY AM SPEAKING TO MYSELF, AND I HAD A GOOD CONVERSATION WITH MY DAUGHTERS, OFTEN WISER THAN I AM, AND WISER THAN THEIR YEARS, IT'S VERY HARD TO SEE THE NUMBER OF DEATHS WE'RE HAVING IT'S FRIGHTENING IT'S DISTURBING THAT AMOUNT OF LOSS I'M THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK I SEE MY JOB AS PREVENTING THAT KIND OF DISTURBANCE AND NEGATIVITY AND LOSS FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE

PERSPECTIVE, YOU KNOW, WE LIKE TO THINK THAT WE CAN CONTROL EVERYTHING WE CAN'T WE LIKE TO THINK THAT WE CAN FIX EVERYTHING AND FIX ALL THE PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE WE CAN'T THE UNDENIABLE TRUTH HERE IS THAT THIS VIRUS IS A DEADLY ENEMY

AND WE WILL LOSE, AND WE ARE LOSING PEOPLE WHO ARE VULNERABLE TO THE VIRUS THAT CAN BE CONTROLLED, THAT CAN BE FIXED WHY, THAT'S MOTHER NATURE THAT'S A QUESTION THAT ONLY GOD CAN ANSWER, BUT CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN THE CHALLENGES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T LOSE ANYONE WHO COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED IF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WAS OPERATING FULLY

DON'T LOSE ANYONE WHO YOU COULD SAVE THAT IS A LEGITIMATE AMBITIOUS GOAL OF GOVERNMENT AND THAT WE HAVE DO SO FAR THAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR HAVE WE SAVED EVERYONE, NO

BUT HAVE WE LOST ANYONE BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE A BED OR WE DIDN'T HAVE A VENTILATOR OR WE DIDN'T HAVE HEALTH CARE STAFF, NO PEOPLE WE LOST ARE THE PEOPLE WE COULDN'T SAVE NOT FOR LACK OF TRYING, AND NOT FOR LACK OF DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE COULD DO AS A SOCIETY NOT ONLY AS A GOVERNMENT AND A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SO TO THE EXTENT WE CAN FIND PEACE IN THAT, IT HELPS ME AND WE ARE STILL NEW YORK TOUGH AND NEW YORK TOUGH MEANS TOUGH

BUT TOUGH IN A NEW YORK SENSE ALSO MEANS COMPASSIONATE, IT MEANS THAT WE ARE UNIFIED IT MEANS THAT WE ARE LOVING BECAUSE IF YOU'RE REALLY TOUGH, YOU'RE REALLY TOUGH GUYS, THEY'RE TOUGH ENOUGH TO SHOW LOVE AND BECAUSE WE'RE SMART AND THAT'S HOW WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS QUESTIONS? >> THE DRUG TRIAL OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE GOING? >> WE HAVE — WE'RE USING — WE HAVE ALLOWED USAGE OF THE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE WITH THE ZYTHROMYCIN PACK TO HOSPITALS AT THEIR DISCRETION, THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO INCREASE SUPPLIES TO NEW YORK PHARMACIES

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WE HAD A 14-DAY LIMIT ON HOW MUCH YOU COULD BUY BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO BUY IT IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INCREASES THE SUPPLY TO NEW YORK WHICH THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO DO, WE COULD LIFT THE 14-DAY LIMIT THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO RELY ON THIS, WHO WERE RELYING ON IT, PEOPLE WITH LU PUS, ET CETERA THE TESTS IN THE HOSPITAL, THEY WON'T SAY THEY'RE — THEY'RE TOO SHORT A PERIOD OF TIME TO GET A SCIENTIFIC REPORT YOU KNOW, HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATORS, DOCTORS, WANT TO GIVE — HAVE A SIGNIFICANT DATA SET BEFORE THEY GIVE A FORMAL OPINION

ANECDOTALLY, YOU'LL GET SUGGESTIONS THAT IT HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE BUT WE DON'T HAVE ANY OFFICIAL DATA YET FROM A HOSPITAL OR A QUOTE UNQUOTE STUDY, WHICH WILL TAKE WEEKS IF NOT MONTHS BEFORE YOU GET AN OFFICIAL STUDY IS THAT A FAIR STATEMENT? >> NOT CONCLUSIVE T SOUNDS LIKE >> THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT HAVE PRE EXISTING CONDITIONS WHERE IT DOESN'T WORK OR THEY'RE TAKING MEDICATION THAT'S NOT CONSISTENT WITH THIS TREATMENT

BUT ANECDOTICALLY, IT'S BEEN POSITIVE WE'LL HAVE A FULL TEST ONCE THEY HAVE A LARGE ENOUGH SAMPLE AND DATA SET ANECDOTICALLY IT'S BEEN POSITIVE, AND IF WE GET AN ADDITIONAL SUPPLY, WE CAN, WHICH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS THEY'RE GOING TO SEND, WE MENTIONED IT TO THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY WHEN I CALL HIM THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE COMFORT IF THEY INCREASE THE SUPPLY WE CAN LIFT THE 14-DAY LIMIT BAN >> GOVERNOR, EARLIER TODAY THERE'S THE NOTION THAT THE CITY WOULD BE BURYING THE COVID BODIES IN NEW YORK CITY, WONDERING, ONE IF YOU HEARD OF THAT, AND TWO IS THERE ASSISTANCE IN MANAGING THESE BODIES AND WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT? >> I HAVE HEARD NOTHING ABOUT THAT

I HAVE HEARD A LOT OF WILD RUMORS, BUT I HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THE CITY BURYING PEOPLE IN PARKS NO NO I DIDN'T KNOW THAT THERE WAS AN ISSUE I HAVEN'T HEARD THAT THERE WAS AN ISSUE

HAS ANYBODY HEARD THAT THERE'S BEEN ISSUE? DID THE CITY RAISE ANY ISSUE? I TALKED TO NEW YORK CITY YESTERDAY, I HAVE NOT HEARD THAT THIS IS AN ISSUE >> THIS MORNING THE STATE RELEASED MORE VENTILATORS FROM THE STOCKPILES, TO DATE, HOW MANY VENTILATORS HAVE COME FROM THE STATE'S STOCKPILE TO THE CITY AND HAVE THEY ASKED FOR ANY MORE AT THIS POINT? >> THEY HAVE NOT ASKED FOR ANY THAT THEY HAVE NOT GOTTEN WE'RE RELEASING 802 THE CITY IS BASICALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HEALTH AND HOSPITAL CORPORATION, PUBLIC HOSPITALS, THERE ARE 11 HEALTH AND HOSPITAL CORPORATIONS ELEVEN HEALTH AND HOSPITALS IN THAT SYSTEM

AND I SPOKE TO THE HEAD OF THE SYSTEM LAST NIGHT HE'S GOING TO BE ON THE PHONE CALL AT 1:00 DR MITCH KATZ HE HAD ALL OF THE EQUIPMENT HE NEEDED, AND I'M GOING TO SPEAK TO HIM AGAIN AT 1:00

IF THEY NEED ANYTHING, WE'LL GET IT TO THEM 802 FOR THE DOWN STATE AREA NOW, EVERY HOSPITAL WILL SAY TO YOU I AM RUNNING LOW ON EVERYTHING BECAUSE THEY ARE LOW ON EVERYTHING RIGHT? WHEN WE DO THESE DAILY SURGE AND FLEX DISCUSSIONS, THERE'S NO MARGIN FOR ERROR BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ANY MARGIN FOR ERROR WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE SUPPLIES

THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS OVER CAPACITY, SO EVERYBODY IS LOW ON EVERYTHING AND IF THEY HAD A WISH LIST, EVERYBODY WOULD WANT, YOU KNOW, STOCKPILE AND A RESERVE IN THEIR OWN HOSPITAL I GET THAT WE DON'T HAVE THAT LUXURY YOU KNOW, TAKING VENTILATORS FROM ONE HOSPITAL ON A DAILY BASIS, BRINGING THEM TO ANOTHER, AND SHIFTING THEM BACK AND FORTH, SO EVERY HOSPITAL CAN GET THROUGH THIS PERIOD

THAT'S WHY WE SAY IT'S UNSUSTAINABLE FOR US SO WE'RE DOING THAT WITH PPE EQUIPMENT WE'RE DOING THAT WITH VENTILATORS, WE'RE DOING THAT WITH PATIENTS IF WE CAN SYSTEMATICALLY GET PATIENTS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM, INTO JAVITS AND INTO COMFORT, THEY CAN YOU CAN RELIEVE PRESSURE ON THE WHOLE SYSTEM BUT THIS SYSTEM IS RUNNING AT RED LINE, HAS BEEN FOR DAYS THIS IS THE MOST INTENSE MANAGEMENT FUNCTION THAT WE HAVE EVER UNDERTAKEN

IT'S NOT HERE IN THIS SITUATION, IT'S NOT WHAT THEY WANT IT'S WHAT THEY NEED THAT'S WHAT I SAID EVERYBODY WOULD WANT, I WANT TO HAVE 100 VENTILATORS ON RESERVE

I KNOW IT'S WHAT YOU NEED, AND THAT WE'RE DOING ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS EVERYONE HAS WHAT THEY NEED THERE IS NO ONE WHO SAID I'M OUT OF VENTILATORS, AND I HAVE A CRITICAL NEED WHO HASN'T GOTTEN THEM

>> YOUR POINT — >> GO AHEAD >> YOU'RE CALLING FOR INCREASES AND CRACK DOWNS ON SOCIAL DISTANCING WE'RE GETTING REPORTS OF FUNERALS AND WEDDINGS IN ORTHODOX JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN ROCKLAND COUNTY AND IN BROOKLYN, STILL BEING ATTENDED BY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE >> THEN THEY SHOULD ENFORCE THE RULE, JESSE I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE ORTHODOX JEWISH, CATHOLIC, MUSLIM, I DON'T CARE, IT'S NOT ABOUT RELIGIOUS OBSERVATION

STATE POLICE WILL ENFORCE IT ALSO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT, IT'S THE JOB OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO ENFORCE I'M DOUBLING THE FINE IT'S MY WAY OF SAYING THIS IS SERIOUS THIS IS SERIOUS

WHAT RIGHT DO YOU HAVE TO ACT IRRESPONSIBLY IN A WAY THAT COULD GET YOU SICK OR SOMEONE ELSE SICK AND THEN I HAVE TO SEND AN AMBULANCE TO PICK YOU UP AND BRING YOU TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM THAT'S ALREADY OVERBURDENED, THAT DOESN'T HAVE STAFF, DOESN'T HAVE SUPPLIES, DOESN'T HAVE VENTILATORS BECAUSE YOU WERE RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE YOU DON'T HAVE THAT RIGHT AND I HAVE TO TALK TO THESE HEALTH CARE WORKERS ALL DAY LONG I TALK TO TRANSIT WORKERS, I TALK TO FIRST RESPONDERS WHO TRUTHFULLY, NOBODY WANTS TO PUT THEMSELVES IN THESE SITUATIONS AND I DON'T BLAME THEM, AND THEY ARE DOING IT OUT OF PASSION AND COMMITMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICE

NONE OF US HAS THE RIGHT TO BE RECKLESS IN OUR OWN BEHAVIOR WHICH COMPOUNDS THE PROBLEM WE'RE DEALING WITH NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BE PLAYING FRISBEE WITH YOUR FRIENDS IN THE PARK IT'S JUST NOT NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO GO TO A FUNERAL WITH 200 PEOPLE LOOK, I'M LIVING THIS WITH MY OWN FAMILY

YES, I UNDERSTAND GRIEVING AND I UNDERSTAND HOW THE RELIGIOUS SERVICES CAN HELP WITH THE GRIEVING PROCESS AND I UNDERSTAND HOW IT'S HARD NOT TO DO THAT, BUT AS A SOCIETY, THE RISK IS TOO GREAT ENFORCE THE LAW THE LOCALTIES HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO ENFORCE THE LAW

RAISING THE PENALTY IS MY WAY OF SAYING DO IT, JUST DO YOUR JOB >> AVAILABLE VENTILATORS IN NEW YORK ARE BEING USED TODAY? >> ALL OF THEM >> WE'RE BEYOND CAPACITY >> STOCKPILING, HOW MUCH REMAINS IN THE STATE'S STOCKPILE? >> WE'RE BEYOND CAPACITY WE ARE INTO THE PLAN B, C, D THAT WE OUTLINED

WE ARE IN TO USING BPAP MACHINES INSTEAD OF VENTILATORS WE'RE INTO SPLITTING VENTILATORS, TURNING TWO INTO ONE WITH TWO SETS OF TUBES WE ARE INTO ALL BACK UP PLANS THAT WE HAD >> SO HOW MANY VENTILATORS STILL IN THE SAME STOCKPILE AT THIS POINT >> I DON'T KNOW

I CAN GET YOU THE NUMBER, BUT WE ARE OVER CAPACITY FOR THE NUMBER OF VENTILATORS IN THE WHOLE SYSTEM WE'RE USING BPAP MACHINES, WE'RE USING SPLITTING, ET CETERA >> WHY NOT, IF THERE ARE STILL VENTILATORS IN THE STATE STOCKPILE, WHY DON'T YOU SEND THEM TO NEW YORK, TO THE CITY? >> WE DON'T HAVE ANYONE WHO SAYS THEY NEED THEM NOW, WHO HAS THEM >> YOU JUST SAID THEY'RE OVER CAPACITY >> THEY'RE USING PLAN B, C, D, WE CAN'T GIVE EVERYBODY A VENTILATOR FOR EVERY SITUATION, WE HAVE 9,000 BUY PAP MACHINESES, WE DON'T HAVE ANYONE WHO SAYS, THE 802 THAT WE'RE SPENDING TODAY REPRESENTS THE NUMBER THAT PEOPLE SAY THEY NEED NOW

>> DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD CONTINUE WORKING PROCESSING APPLICATIONS — > WE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE, THE VOTING AND FILING DEADLINE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE LEGALLY THAT WE CAN DO THAN EXTEND THE DEADLINE YOU WOULD HAVE TO CANCEL ELECTIONS PERIOD FOR THE YEAR, AND I DON'T THINK WE'RE IN THAT POSITION WE HAVE EXTENDED THE USE OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS >> GOVERNOR, ARE PORTIONS OF NURSING HOMES BEING SET ASIDE TO TREAT COVID PATIENTS >> ARE PORTIONS OF NURSING HOMES BEING SET ASIDE TO TREAT COVID PATIENTS? WE'RE WORKING WITH NURSING HOMES AND TRYING TO COHORT PATIENTS IN THE NURSING HOMES

THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE IDENTIFIED IN MULTIPLE NURSING HOMES ACROSS THE STATE >> MOVING FORMER PATIENTS INTO FACILITIES THAT ARE OTHERS COVID FACILITIES? >> WITHIN THOSE NURSING HOMES WE'RE WORKING TO MAKE SURE WE MINIMIZE THE SPREAD OF COVID DISEASE IN THAT FACILITY >> IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT DR ZUCKER IS SAYING IS WHEN YOU HAVE A COVID PATIENT WHO HAS BEEN IN THAT FACILITY, THEY'RE TRYING TO ISOLATE THE COVID PATIENTS ON ONE SIDE OF THE FACILITY WE'RE NOT USING A NURSING HOME TO TREAT COVID PEOPLE

WE'RE NOT BRINGING A COVID PERSON INTO A NURSING HOME >> REGARDING UNEMPLOYMENT, IS THERE ANY BREAK IN THAT LOG JAM, AND WE'RE HEARING THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE HOOK TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT WHO ARE OUT OF WORK, ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY COMING UP WITH MONEY CAN THE STATE HELP THEM IN ANY WAY? >> THE LABOR DEPARTMENT WEB SITE, THE UNEMPLOYMENT WEB SITE, DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT? >> WE HAVE NOW PARTNERED WITH GOOGLE, WE'RE GOING TO BE RELEASING A NEW INTERFACE BY THE MIDDLE OF THIS WEEK THEY HAVE MOVED FROM FIVE DAY A WEEK HOT LINE, TO SIX DAY A WEEK, AND SEVEN DAY A WEEK HEADLINE THEY HAVE EXPANDED THE HOURS, GOING FROM FOUR SERVERS TO 50 SERVERS

THEY ARE TRYING TO DO THE LAST NAME SO IF YOU'RE BETWEEN A AND D, YOU CALL ON MONDAY, AND SEPARATING THEM OUT TO MANAGE THE VOLUME IN THE PEAK OF 2008 CRISIS, THE BIGGEST PEAK WAS 6,000 IN A DAY WE HAD TWO TIMES THAT IT'S FRUSTRATING AND HORRIBLE AND UNACCEPTABLE, WE ASK THAT PEOPLE REMAIN PATIENT, AND WE ARE WORKING ON IT WE JUST PUT 300 MORE PEOPLE IN ADDITION TO THE 700 PEOPLE THAT WERE MANNING THE CALL SYSTEM, SO WE ARE TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ATTACK THIS ISSUE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOU WILL GET YOUR BENEFITS GOING BACK TO THE DATE OF YOUR ACTUAL UNEMPLOYMENT EVEN IF THERE'S A LAG IN BEING ABLE TO GET SIGNED UP FOR THE BENEFITS >> — THAT WERE GOING TO BE HELD IN JUNE, DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT DECISION? >> I HAVEN'T LOOKED AT THAT DECISION ON THE REGIONS

IT SOUNDS RIGHT BUT I HAVEN'T EVEN LOOKED AT IT >> THE ADMINISTRATION CANCELLED THE PILOT PROGRAM TO OPEN STREETS FOR NEW YORKERS IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE SOCIAL DISTANCING ET CETERA BUT THEY NOW STARTED SHUTTING THAT DOWN BECAUSE THERE WEREN'T ENOUGH WORKERS TO JUSTIFY THAT, WAS THAT A FAILURE OF THAT ATTEMPT, AND ALSO YOU JUST INCREASED PENALTIES, SO WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? >> I DON'T KNOW, YOU KNOW, NEW YORK CITY LOCALTIES MAKE DECISIONS ON THEIR OWN ON LOCAL ISSUES SO I HAVE NO REASON — I DON'T HAVE ANY OPINION ON WHAT THE MAYOR DID I DON'T KNOW THE FACTS WELL ENOUGH ON THAT PROGRAM THE SOCIAL DISTANCING, WE HAVE, AGAIN, HOPEFUL NEWS IN THE DATA THAT COULD BE SLOWING, PLATEAUING, TURNING BUT IT'S ALSO DEPENDENT ON WHAT WE DO AND HOW WE HANDLE OURSELVES, AND WE KNOW THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING IS IMPORTANT

THAT'S WHY I'M EXTENDING THE BAN ON KEEPING BUSINESSES CLOSED, EXPANDING THE BAN ON SCHOOLS BUT PEOPLE, IT'S INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR THAT HAS BEEN PROBLEMATIC OVER THE WEEKEND I GET THAT IT WAS A NICE DAY AND THE WEATHER WAS GOOD, AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COOPED UP I GET IT I GET IT ALL

I'M LIVING IT JUST LIKE EVERYBODY IS LIVING IT BUT WE GET RECKLESS, WE CHANGE OR WE'RE NOT COMPLIANT ON SOCIAL DISTANCING YOU WILL SEE THOSE NUMBERS GO UP AGAIN THAT'S WHY I SHOWED YOU THE HONG KONG, THE CHINA EXPERIENCE THEY LET THEIR FOOT OFF THE GAS TOO QUICKLY, AND WE HAVE BEEN BEHIND ON THIS VIRUS FROM DAY ONE, AND THIS VIRUS HAS KICKED OUR REAR END

AND WE UNDERESTIMATE THIS VIRUS AT OUR OWN PERIL WE LEARNED THAT LESSON NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO SLACK OFF ON WHAT WE'RE DOING ONE MORE QUESTION WE ARE MOVING VENTILATORS NOW AMONG THE SYSTEM

WHEN SOMEONE HAS A CHANGE IN PATIENT LOAD AND THEY HAVE ADDITIONAL VENTILATORS, WE MOVE VENTILATORS, BUT WE HAVE MOVED THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF VENTILATORS THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM WE HAVE ACQUIRED THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF VENTILATORS I ALSO WANT TO THANK OREGON FOR SENDING VENTILATORS I WANT TO THANK THE STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR RELEASING VENTILATORS AND SUGGEST THAT THEY BE SENT HERE I WANT TO THANK CALIFORNIA THAT ALSO THIS MORNING RELEASED VENTILATORS BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THAT THEY COULD BE HELPFUL TO NEW YORK

THAT IS THE RIGHT ATTITUDE THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE DO THIS AS A NATION WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE AND HANDLE THE SURGE AS IT MOVES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, JUST WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IN THIS STATE, SURGES IN NASSAU ONE NIGHT, WE MOVE ASSETS, SURGES IN ROCKLAND, WE MOVE ASSETS TO ROCKLAND THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO DO IT BECAUSE ONE OF THE FEDERAL STOCKPILE, FEDERAL STOCKPILE FEDERAL STOCKPILE HAS 9,000 VENTILATOR, OR 10,000 VENTILATORS, THAT'S NOT GOING TO DO — IT'S NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH FOR A NATION, RIGHT

SO YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET STATES COOPERATING AND SHIFTING AND MOVING WITHIN THE COUNTRY, NEW YORK WILL BE FIRST ON THAT LIST AS SOON AS WE GET THROUGH THIS AND WE HAVE ANY FLEXIBILITY IN OUR SYSTEM, WE WILL BE THERE FOR EVERY OTHER STATE LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN THERE FOR US, AND WE WILL LEAD THE CHARGE WE ALWAYS HAVE HURRICANE KATRINA, WE WERE THE FIRST ONES DOWN THERE, RIGHT? SO WHEN ANYONE NEEDS ANYTHING, WE'RE THERE AND RIGHT NOW HEALTH CARE WIDE, I'M GOING TO GET ON THE PHONE WITH THE HOSPITALS NOW, THERE IS NO HOSPITAL THAT NEEDS VENTILATORS THAT DOESN'T HAVE VENTILATORS

THERE'S NO HOSPITAL THAT NEEDS PPE THAT DOESN'T HAVE IT WITHIN THE STATE SYSTEM AGAIN, THEY'RE ALL GOING TO SAY THEY'RE RUNNING LOW BECAUSE THEY ARE, BUT NOBODY HAS — NOBODY DOESN'T HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB AND THAT'S MY POINT ON PERSPECTIVE ARE WE — ARE WE MANAGING THIS SITUATION THE BEST IT CAN BE MANAGED? YES HAVE WE LOST ANYONE WHO WE COULD HAVE SAVED? I DON'T BELIEVE SO

AND WITH THAT, WE CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT I HAVE TO GO TO WORK THANK YOU, GUYS >> [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> WE DON'T NEED ANY ADDITIONAL VENTILATORS RIGHT NOW, AND CALIFORNIA HAS RELEASED VENTILATORS, STATE OF WASHINGTON HAS RELEASED VENTILATORS

WE GOT 1,000 VENTILATORS FROM CHINA, SO RIGHT NOW WE'RE OKAY >> [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW

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