Cuomo calls for expanded testing for front-liners


During his daily briefing Sunday, Cuomo said he's examining different options when it comes to reopening New York's economy.

Cuomo warned that there will need to be two weeks between the phases so "we can monitor what we just did" otherwise "we could lose" all of the work done "if we're not careful".

Gov. Cuomo says the reopening will be done in "phases" following the PAUSE executive order, which is now in place until May 15.

"This is not a one-sided equation here", Cuomo said, asking companies to develop reopening plans that incorporate virus mitigation measures.

"Schools are necessary for a large scale business reopening". Per the White House's national reopening plan, a region can not initiate phase one until it reports a 14-day decline in new coronavirus cases.

"Simply watching the news, and day after day after day the death was rising".

Cuomo says the 367 deaths number is down from 437 on Friday. Both numbers are lower than those reported on Saturday.

The United States has recorded 960,651 cases of COVID-19 and 54,256 deaths including 21,908 in NY, according to figures by Even the number of new COVID cases is down. 'It's only not bad news compared to where we were'.

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At the epicenter of the United States' coronavirus outbreak, NY has confirmed roughly 30 percent of the country's total cases and 40 percent of its deaths.

"The more testing we have the more we will open eligibility. No, you send one mask to NY to help a nurse or doctor".

Cuomo also announced he will issue an Executive Order allowing pharmacists to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19.

"We're increasing the capacity of the labs, okay, so now our 300 labs are getting more equipment, more supplies they can do more tests", he said.

Earlier this week, Cuomo said without federal aid there could be 20% cuts to schools, local governments and hospitals. He added that more people will become eligible as the state's test supply increases.

All major sports leagues have explored the idea of playing in stadiums and venues without fans, and it could be possible with TV deals since they've been a huge source of revenue for leagues.

Recent tests conducted by the state Health Department revealed significantly high rates of antibody levels within New York City residents; however, multiple agencies, including the World Health Organization and the city's Health Department, warned against the use of antibody tests to determine overall immunity - which is now uncertain. The governor has emphasized that NY can not proceed to reopen its economy without broadened testing capabilities and recently met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House to make a case for additional resources.