Addressing the issues associated with reopening the state, NY Gov. Cuomo provides coronavirus update (April 30)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks about coronavirus in his state on April 30, 2020.
who runs the New York City transit system Her left Patrick Foye chairman of the M t A Dr Howard Zucker You know commissioner of the New York State Department of Health My left Melissa the Roses secretary governor to her left Robert Mujica who is the budget torque of the state of New York and is wears a second hat today because he's also a member of the Empty A board doesn't really where a second hat that was metaphorical What day is today He When I was at Housing and Urban Development I would sometimes saying The staff meeting What days Today What's the date And I worked with a great fellow who was a Catholic priest Father Joseph Accola And he would say Today is another day to do better This warm smile Today's another day to do better He passed away Father hack a lot I have his picture in my in my room and I was thinking about him last night Today's another day to do better the other day to improve its another day To be better to make life better to be better at helping people Today's another day another opportunity God gave US hospitalizations Air down Good news that change in total hospitalizations down Good news Changing intubation is down Good news New covert cases slightly down 933 but still unacceptable But down from where was number of lives lost Still terrible 306 optimist would say the numbers on the decline Realists would say That's a tremendous amount of pain and grief for hundreds and hundreds of New Yorkers who lost a loved one Big question Everybody one is asking Reopening when How Where I said from Day one on this situation we have to be smart We're the place we've never been before Emotions run high Be smart Following numbers followed data Talk to experts Don't get political even in this election year even at this partisan time In this country where everything is political and everything is polarised not now and respond to fax and data and experts not to emotion which also runs very high right now if we do this right it is a science reopening It's not a political exercise it is a science It could be based on numbers and data and that is true Everybody wants to reopen caveat is reopened but don't reopen in a way that increases the spread of the virus doesn't increase the rate of the spread of the virus Well how do you know that you contest You can get numbers test get a sample and see what's happening You know that if the rate of transmission goes over 1.1 you are in an outbreak You're in an epidemic so you don't have to guess It's not what it feels like Get the numbers do the test and get the numbers were lying on the numbers The second fact you have to deal with as a science in this formula Do you have the hospital capacity available If that rate of infection increases don't go love 70% capacity so you have a 30% buffer so we don't wind up in the same mad scramble that we were in last time Make sure you have I see you beds with the 30% capacity and make sure you have enough equipment we're not going to go through Who has a Masco is a gown who knows someone in China Let's have at least a 30 day supply of stockpiled equipment ventilators masks gowns gloves etcetera their fax That science It's data Uh then what's testing testing than you trace Then you isolate and that remains the key to controlling the rate of infection The testing is how you monitor the rate of infection What's happening to the rate as you increase the economy the economic activity I will take a test and will test enough people So we have enough data to make a decision We're increasing the number of tests It's hard Nobody's done it on this scale Before There's been a lot of back and forth met with the federal government met with the president We have now a partnership and how to do testing We're ramping up testing We're moving very quickly in this state We do more tests in this state than in any other state in the United States We do more testing in this state than any country on the globe per capita So we're doing it well We're doing it aggressively We've increased from about 20,000 tests to about 30,000 tests per day and we're still ramping up And that's good More to do on testing and more to talk about on testing but not today Today we're going to talk about tracing which is the second step After testing right You test you now know what's happening on the infection rate You can gauge your decisions based on that infection rate Second step is trace those people who came up positive All right You tested You have the data You can adjust the opening valve reopening valve Now you trace when you get a positive you talk to that person and trace back who they have been in contact with you Then test those people You then isolate those people so you don't increase the rate of infection That's what tracing is faster You trace the better You want to test right away You think you have symptoms Do you think you were exposed Come and get a test Do it today Once you get that test results you have data on what's happening with the infection Spread you then right away As quickly as you can trace that person who have they met with Who have they been in close contact with over the past 14 days And you then contact those people and say you may have been in contact with Dan Dan tested positive You should check your symptoms if you develop any symptoms What we know right away And uh we'll bring you in to take a test that is Tracy The problem is it's not rocket science to do it on an individual basis The problem is the scale that we have to do this At yesterday we tested 4681 people who were positive Yesterday 4681 people were positive How do you now communicate with 4681 people Trace back all the people they've been in contact with over the past 14 days close contact and contact those people That is an overwhelming scale toe an operation that has never existed before We do tracing now but on a very limited basis That's why this is so hard Tracy In and of itself one person it's easy 4681 on one day today will have another 4681 people So just think of the scale of the operation Last week we announced that Michael Bloomberg would lead the first ever testing Tracing isolation program Figure out how many people how to train them What technology How do we do this on And it's of a scale never been done before And by the way we need it tomorrow there is no time to go get a university to do a study in a blueprint and then put a plan together We need it tomorrow because we're literally doing it right now We're doing the testing Were coming up the scale on the testing You need the tracing to come up the scale to meet what we're doing on testing The estimate so far is unique 30 contact traces for every 100,000 people who are in the affected area Stay wide That would be about 6400 to 17,000 tracers depending on what happens on the testing rate The more people test positive the more tracers the less people test positive the less traces you need So these things a role linked right the better you do at reducing the spread of the virus The fewer people test positive and the fewest fewer people you need to trace back but it will require under any estimate a tracing army to come up to scale very very quickly on Mayor Bloomberg has put together a great team Who's gonna work on this He has great talent in his Bloomberg Philanthropy Johns Hopkins University working together with the New York State Department of Health This is that undertaking and it is massive And that's why bringing in a person with a talent of Mayor Bloomberg and the experience of Mayor Bloomberg to do this is essential Where do you get the Army But we have Department of Health employees all Of course the state counties have them Cities have them The state has them Will Marshall those employees You also have a lot of government employees who are at home now getting paid but are not working What government employees who are now existing City state county Can we deploy to become tracers and then train them etcetera After you go through all of that if you don't have enough you're gonna have to hire people on Then you have to train them right away because nobody's done this before They're going to need help They're going to need technology They're going to be monitoring They're gonna have to be tested before they can do this So it's a massive undertaking And that's why Mayor Bloomberg's involvement and his generosity here is so important And we want to offer a big thank you to Mayor Mike Bloomberg who I believe maybe joining us by telephone for some technological means There he is how you may of my here doesn't and good good good to see you And I want to thank you for your good work leading this great state through this crisis and to deliver facts and data to the public and also a sense of hope which really is important I know your daily press conferences have become must see TV for a lot of people And for your record for the record I thought your advice to fathers on what to say about a daughter's boyfriend was exactly right the other day Anyways the question on everybody's mind continues to be How can we begin to loosen these restrictions and begin re opening the economy And one of the most important steps to taking we have to take to reopen the economy as safely as possible is to create a system of contact tracing as you just outlined when social distancing is relaxed Contract tick contact Tracing is our best hope for isolating the virus when it appears and keeping it isolated Uh the government has recognized that and since Bloomberg Philanthropies has deep experience and expertise public health we're glad to support the state in developing and implementing a contact tracing program As Andrew said the contract contact tracing is a way to identify people who may have been exposed to the virus but don't know it And during doing that requires a lot of well trained people who are coordinated and managed effectively It is a very big undertaking just because of the scale So we've enlisted the best public Hope School in the world at Johns Hopkins University No offense but it's named the Bloomberg School of Public Health which are foundation work clothes on with on public health and other issues And we've also aimed up with the nonprofit organizations vital strategies and resolved to save lives They get the contract tracing program up and running A lot has to happen first and hiring training deploying and managing a small army of New Yorkers as the governor said is really the great challenge to help the state recruit contact tracers We've brought in a staffing organization and we're also teamed up with Junie and Sunni both of which will help identify potential job applicants And I want to thank both of them for their work in joining us To help the state with training Johns Hopkins has developed a training class which can be taken remotely It will cover all the basic information of epidemics contact tracing and privacy There's also a test of the end of the training which you have to pass in order to be hired So we're not gonna put up people there that don't know what they're doing We'll also put technology to use in other ways Vital Strategies is developing three new smartphone APS The first will help contact tracers find information and data quickly The second will help the public provide information to health departments and the third will allow those in quarantine toe access The guidance and services they need including the ability to report any symptoms they may be experiencing Vital strategies is also working directly with the state to develop protocols and workflow materials for contract tracers and man that includes a comprehensive playbook that will detail the steps needed to do contact tracing effectively And I want to make it clear we will release that playbook publicly so citizen states around the country can use it in so CA nations around the world That way the work we do here in New York really can help fight the virus globally We'll also bring in a group of outside experts to conduct an evaluation of the program so that other states and countries can see what worked well and identify areas they can improve on And we'll learn as we go and make adjustments and share what we've learned Sharing and spreading best practices is something that Bloomberg Philanthropies works on with cities around the world In about an hour I'll be getting on a call with mayors around the country which is a call we hold every week It's been a good way to share information and strategies and I know all of the mayors are following the news of the contract tracing program that we're starting here and that other states have also begun the process of starting now my four at before I turn it back over to the governor Let me just echo something that he has said repeatedly And that really is important to remember As tough as these times are we are New Yorkers and we've been through a lot together and we're going to get through this together again So Governor back to you and thank you for everything you're doing together We're gonna lick this and get back to a normal life that we can We have stroke Proud of the way the fittest from this day Are they behaving Thank you all Thank you very much Thank you very much through uh Mayor Bloomberg This is such a great asset for the state of New York and all the people in it This is a monumental undertaking You know so many of these things that we talk about just never existed before testing of this magnitude contact tracing of this magnitude it's never existed So we have to design new systems new approaches to do this And this problem is bigger than any one of us But it is not bigger than all of us And using the expertise and the talent that we have we get everyone to work together here we will do this and the mayor is exactly right New York New York he says As a New Yorker in many cases we have dealt with challenges First we figure it out and then we work with other places Toe actually learn from what we've done I think this is gonna be one of those examples We want the best system that we can have to get New York Open and to prep protect New Yorkers But it will also be a laboratory to put together the best system ever put together so we can share that with other governments And that's what Mayor Bloomberg does So Well uh he did as mayor And he does it now through his philanthropy So will develop the best system here and then what we learn we hope can benefit Other people will also be coordinating this contact racing on a tri state basis because many of the people who come into New York live in Connecticut live in New Jersey Go back and forth Uh we don't want to get limited by jurisdictions when you're doing this Contact tracing somebody terms Turns out you have a trace that takes you to a person in New Jersey Well we work in New York We can't go to New Jersey Having that tri State alliance makes tremendous sense Eso I'm working with Governor Murphy and Governor Lamont on that I don't want to thank them very much Next problem Stone to Stone Of course The morass Right problem to problem across the morass In this situation every day there's a new problem that pops up Okay let's let's handle it Next problem In an emergency crisis situation what happens is problems Compound right You're in the middle of a hurricane The power lines go down now The power lines go down Now the heat is off Heat is off Now people are freezing in their homes We didn't anticipate that I know but that's what happens One problem creates another problem It's like a bad game of dominoes and these problems compound each other and the combination is often unforeseen We have that now with in New York City subway system Daily News did a front page story which crystallized it but it had been happening for weeks and no one anticipated it But you have a virus outbreak on this conditions on the New York City subway system for a variety of reasons have rapidly deteriorating When you think about what happened you can put it together In the retrospective The Covert outbreak happens New York City is a place of density subways buses or a place of density Empty A Employees who run that system care for that system Get sick Call in sick as they should They don't want toe infect other people Number empty A employees comes down Number of NYPD New York Police Department They get sick their numbers come down You now have fewer empty A workers You have fewer NYPD workers on the trains and in the stations Uh we have now a greater need than ever to disinfect the subways the buses and the stations Why Because you're in the middle of a pandemic This is a place of density and you have thousands and thousands of people going through these subway stations thes turnstiles and these buses trains and 88 vehicles Because empty a workers are sick and y P D officers air sick You have fewer people to monitor and maintain the system and this all happens in the midst of a public health emergency the same time you have more homeless people who now are on fewer trains and you have fewer people to outreach to the homeless people So now you you put all of this together and then at the same time we need are essential workers to go toe work I said the other day I had two great nightmares from day one Nightmare one You did everything you did close down etcetera And you didn't stop the rate of increase of the virus That would have been a nightmare Can you imagine if it we did all of this and we still saw that virus going up That would have been a real problem Second nightmare The essential workers say I'm not going to work I'm not going The transit operators the police the food delivery people say it's too dangerous I'm not going I'm staying home to You don't have food you don't have power you don't have transportation you don't have electric Now you see society in a really difficult situation So we need those essential workers to go to work I am pushing every day to get our essential workers to goto work even though they see a lot of their colleagues getting ill You need those nurses You need those doctors in very difficult circumstances That's why I say they are the heroes of today all the essential workers How do our essential workers get to work They need the public transit system It's true in New York City's to roll across the state They need the buses They need the trains They need the subways to get to work We need them They need the buses and they need the subways And we are as a society Me is the spokesperson for the state I'm saying to them every day I need you to do this I know it's hard but I need you to do it Okay We need them to do it But what is our obligation Our obligation is to make sure we're doing everything we can do to keep them safe right as my personal obligation And it's the collective obligation You want them to be there to deliver the food What's your obligation is to do everything you're doing you can do to make sure that they are safe while they're doing it The empty A understood where we were with this global pandemic They stepped up operations and we're cleaning trains and buses every 72 hours Which is an amazing undertaking when you think about it to clean all those buses and trains every 72 hours But we know the virus can live for hours or even days on a surface Which means if somebody positive walks onto a train this morning that virus can be there tomorrow and the next day That then changes the whole focus of the problem You want to honor the essential workers Thank you Thank you Thank you Will fly Airplanes will have uh p public demonstrations of gratitude Yeah even better than that is what you do and how you act And let's make sure that we're doing everything we can Let's clean this In fact those trucks those buses and trains every 24 hours Why Because that's the way we best protect the health of our essential workers Which makes sense If you want the essential workers to continue to come to work it makes sense If you don't want the infection rate to go up in your society it makes sense If you don't want the essential workers to get sick And again it is our obligation as human beings to reciprocate and make sure we're doing everything we can Now to say this infect every train every 24 hours is uh just a task that nobody has ever imagined before Okay I would wager in the history of public transportation in this nation you never had a challenge of this infecting every train every 24 hours This in fact how do you even disinfect a train You know we clean trains but how do you disinfect this is a whole new process thes the new chemicals These are This is new equipment for workers It's new methods Just think about it You have to disinfect every place that a hand could touch on the subway car every rail every poll every door wherever a hand could touch or coughing sneezing wherever droplets could land Right So you have to disinfect that entire interior of the car and then you have to disinfect the stations the hand rails everything that people could be touching It is a massive undertaking that we've never done before but that is the right thing to do that is as we said we've never done tracing before We've never done this infecting train cars before but so what That's what we have to do So figure out how to do what you have to do and this is what we have to do And I challenge the empty to come up with a plan They came up with a plan They can disinfect all trains and buses every night It can best be done by stopping train service from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. every night during the pandemic so they can actually perform this service Now remember the context that we're in in this pandemic ridership is down 92% 125 are these slow hours when a M to 5 a.m. It's the lowest ridership I estimate is about 10,000 people run the system right the system overall during that period of time so the empty A will launch what they called the Essential Connector program They'll have buses dollar vans and if necessary will provide four hire vehicles to transport a person The uber the lift the vehicle via vehicles bad no cost to the essential worker during those hours to provide transport Uh so people who need transportation during 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. can have It will have it even to the extent of before higher vehicle paid for by the empty A Remember 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. We don't have bars open We don't have restaurants open so you don't have a lot of traffic that you would normally have You do have essential workers who are using our trains and subways and they will have transportation during that period of time This is going to bay one of the most aggressive creative challenging undertakings that the Empty A has done It's going to require the empty A the state the city NYPD toe will work together It's not that easy To stop train service you have to close down stations You have to make sure people don't walk in Then you have to figure out how to clean all these trains and all of these stations I've consulted with the elected officials on the MPs recommendation and we all agree to accept the plan on the Essential Connector program The empty A is undertaking something that people would have said was virtually impossible Uh trains and buses will be disinfected Daily service will continue the empty A will Also this in fact the fleet on the MT At the Metro North and the Long Island Railroad which is what goes at a long island goes to the northern suburbs They can do that without any disruption in service because of the volume of ridership etcetera So just think about it The entire public transit system in downstate New York will be disinfected every 24 hours This is a joint empty a state city partnership We're doing a lot of things here that we've never done before and I am never one to shy away from a challenge I don't believe government has that option I've never want to say Well that's just too much too hard too ambitious We can do it I believe we can do it I believe we can do anything I believe we can build bridges I believe we're gonna build airports I believe we can defeat global pandemics but this is as ambitious as anything that we've ever undertaken and it's going to require a lot of extraordinary service an effort from multiple agencies all working together The empty A has stepped up by recommending this plan Uh the state will do whatever it has to do Uh a big part of this falls to the city and have spoken to Mayor de Blasio It's going to require a lot of assistance from the NYPD Is going to require a lot of assistance from different city agencies again closed down every station closed down the trains We've never been here before and I guarantee another 10 things come up when we go to do this that are also unanticipated consequences Eso the mayor is really stepping up to the plate here and is doing something that no mayor has ever attempted to do before Uh we'll all do our part Will old work together But it's a heck of an undertaking for the mayor And I applaud him for uh his ambition here in stepping up and taking this on You know it's always easier to just say no It's always easier to say we can't do it because when you say we will try to do it Now you're changing things And whenever you change this opposition every time eso is always easier just to stay status quo It's always easier not to risk to be not to try to raise the bar because maybe you can't do it Maybe there will be problems so it's easier just to say no It's easier to say this is all we can do It's impossible That's not what the mayor is doing here The mayor is stepping up and he's stepping up in a big way on I want to applaud him for and I think we have the mayor who was on the telephone or some electronic means There he is Mayor Building Welcome to Albany It's a pleasure to be with you Number What made it all of us doing something different doing something necessary on being willing together to go someplace we've never been before You and I have talked about this kind of idea lot over the years you know I think when we first met each other the word disruption was considered a bad thing In recent years it's taken on a very positive connotation that when we disrupt something that isn't working or has been thought about a very narrow way and we go someplace new and better that's a positive I think what we're talking about today's exactly that and I commend you on every one of the empty and I want to talk about why I think this plan is so important in terms of our essential workers are first responders are healthcare heroes Why I think it's so important in terms of also addressing homelessness in a new and powerful way But I first want to say I want to express my appreciation along with you Really appreciate back on one of your previous topics the contact tracing really appreciate that my predecessor Michael Bloomberg is stepping up in such a big way for New York City in New York state Onda contact Tracing the test and threes approach is going to change everything You and I are united in that as well the aggressive approach In fact Governor you actually right now is hiring 1000 contact traces with health care background to supercharge this effort And I think we are going to be able to show this country a model that's going to be extraordinarily effective in beating back this disease So I look forward to that partnership is well but right here on the issue of the Empty A We've all been through in the biggest curveball in our lives with this pandemic But look at the consistent heroism of health care workers the first responders the grocery store workers that pharmacists everyone who came forward and governor I know you feel it too Eyes Probably the proudest moment we've had as public servants in this state in this city watching the heroism of these New Yorkers will step up now We owe it to them to understand their lives and the notion that they have a daily routine where they go into battle They go toward the danger to go where the infection is uh which so many people couldn't even imagine But that's what these heroes are doing We owe it to them to support them every way possible You and I have talked many times about the PT ease and the basic protections but we also owe it to them to be safe on the way toe work on the way back home to their families So I think what we're doing here in partnership is exactly the right thing to say We're going to find a way to make our subway system cleaner than it's probably ever been in its history honestly and address this crisis in the holy way I agree with that and I commend you for and it took some disruption to say We're going to do something during this pandemic we've never done before But it makes sense when it comes to protecting our heroes The second point Homelessness look another issue You and I Governor Tom decades Well we know it's been in many ways intractable issue because there wasn't always an impulse to disrupt And here is an example I'm saying Look we now have found new ways to get street homeless people off the street I want to commend Commissioner Dermot Shea and everyone The NYPD was really focused on how to help the homeless commissioner Steve Banks Everyone at home with services the social services and all those also those heroic outreach workers Governor you know about this work will go out there day after day to engage almost people in the streets in the subway get their trust and get them to come in to shelter and ultimately to permanent housing This work has always been in some ways stymied by the reality of Ah homeless person who is struggling with everything they're dealing with the mentally ill challenges Substance abuse challenge riding the subway all night long where New Yorkers we know about this reality and it's been putting a stark light by this Prices like so many other challenges and disparities have well it's an unacceptable reality And this new plan will disrupt that unacceptable reality and allow us to actually get help to people more effectively because we're not going back and forth on that train than you actually are coming above ground where outreach workers are there to help you where NYPD officers training to the home of South Beach are there to support homeless people and get them to a better situation A governor you know for decades in this city somehow ah homeless encampments were actually Pol Aerated People thought Oh it's the kind of thing What could we do about that I'm proud to say in the last few years Homeless Services NYPD nonprofit organizations we got together and we said we're not allowing that We shut him down and we found it actually helped us to get the homeless to the help they need This is another example of that So I want to let you know that as we all talked about this idea on I commend you your team and opening and obviously a team at the Mt A Pat Foye Sarah Feinberg It's been a very productive conversations last few days And what I think we've come to get is that Yeah we're gonna do something unprecedented Well do something because Emergency But we're also going to do something that's going to protect people and offer a new way to get people help We never got enough And so Governor thank you I think this is a partnership You're right It's not gonna be easy No one said it was gonna be But you have my full commitment the commitment of civil commitment The NYPD and all of our agencies were going to make this work together And we're gonna be able to look back and say we did something that actually changed people's lives for the better And as long as it takes we're gonna stand with you and get this done Thank you Thank you very much Thank you very much Mayor de Blasio Mayor made a lot of good points You're right but no but nobody ever said it was going to be easy But nobody ever said it was gonna be this hard either Uh and I think the mayor's point is very well taken Look we're doing things all of course the board here that has never been done before And I think there are lessons to learn and lessons will take with us Telemedicine I think is a lesson we'll take with us Tell education remote learning It's a lesson we'll take with us A new public health system is a lesson that will take with us on I think we're going to improve and learn from this experience with the New York City transit system because the truth is it wasn't working well or as well as it should before We did have a problem with the homeless and Bill is right Mayor de Blasio's right I've worked on it all my life out Reaching the homeless people is very very hard and getting them to come in tow a place that actually provides services is very very hard Eso this can actually energize the connections without reach workers in the homeless population And we've uh we've never had to disinfect trains like this or buses like this and they will be cleaner than ever before So uh global pandemic But you live you learn you move on And most importantly you meet the challenge you meet the challenge and this is a daunting challenge on the mayor is stepping into it with eyes wide open and it takes guts and it takes courage And there'll be bumps along the way I guarantee you But uh that's where we are and that's why we get the big bucks But I also want to be able to say today to the essential workers we thank you not just with words but with our actions And I want you to know we're doing everything we can to keep you and your family safe And that's what it means to say thank you Act with gratitude Don't just use the words act with gratitude They're on those trains They deserve to be kept safe They deserve to have a clean safe ride to and from work on They're going to have it on We're going to move heaven and earth to make sure that happens So in a challenge what do we do We come together and we rise to the occasion I never did it before I know So we'll do it now and we'll figure out how to do it And we've overcome every obstacle that we've been thrown We have the beast on the retreat We're making ground every day We just have to keep it up And we will because we are New York tough We're smart We are disciplined We are unified and we are loving questions in terms of the subway shutdown Will that be pegged to the on cause order or what are the exact parameters for that I know that you do with you It goes into effect When is the effective date Morning hours of Wednesday May 6 Thank you And on the on pause order When do we expect a decision on that These of these schools and other other four I said by the end of the weeks when you asked earlier this week by the end of the week like weapon change like tomorrow That's the end of the week Unless you have a different calendar with New York Times Okay first what do you spit Your response to criticism that Seattle was quick to respond to the Corona virus While you de Blasio will not ask What's your response is actually wrong No state moved faster at the time from the first case to total shutdown If you count days no state moved faster from the first case to total Close down Mort 1st March 19th on No state at that time moved faster So period point on that the emphasis at the beginning of this was on the West Coast They did the China travel ban They stopped the international flights that were coming into the West Coast What they didn't do was shut down the international flights coming to the East Coast Where did the flights from Europe come New York and new work Where you seeing the problems with the case is New York City in northern New Jersey we now know based on reporting from The New York Times in the last several days there were at least 10,600 cases in New York City before we even knew of our first positive case So while the federal government focused on the West Coast and closed down travel that was coming into the West Coast and they had their first cases in January and California did there shut down on March 19th We did not They didn't close down travel to Europe until I think it was March 16th We now know there were at least 10,600 cases in New York Embedding that number is higher by the time we got our first positive case confirmation on March 1st And as the governor said we shut down fully by March 20th and between March 1st of Martinez's we shut down schools colleges casinos movie theaters bars and restaurants We did it on a tri state basis and with literally zero guidance from federal government Also just look and I'm not in big in pointing fingers or doing Monday morning quarterback especially when you're middle You're in the middle of the game but ah the times you go back and look They didn't write an editorial saying we should close down until after I closed down right Uh the sources they quote saying Well maybe we should have closed down earlier After that said there's no evidence that says closed down of schools for example makes a difference So uh if you don't have to be consistent and it's easy to raise a point 70 the lot depending on who you talk to uh people would say you get a range But people would say uh you had cases coming here from Europe which nobody knows We had something like two million people coming from Europe because the virus went from China to Europe and then came here from Europe Nobody saw that happening Otherwise you would have done a Europe travel ban when you did a China travel ban Uh and just nobody saw that coming And if you re what Rewind the tape then I will go back to November December when you knew there was a virus and who were the international watchdogs and who were the international public health operations Where is the CDC in the n I H And all those guys back in November December January Uh where was the New York Times editorial board You know everybody missed it Governors don't do global pandemics That's not in my job description Whether or not you would sign a back window without blind in CB legislation data would what I sign a bill depends on what the bill says and I would need to see the bill on Then make a decision tomorrow Rent is due tomorrow People are you know still not receiving their unemployment benefits were going over this every single day We keep hearing the same thing every day But these people they're doing their part They're staying home What kind of rental assistance can the state provide And what sort of steps can the permanent lever do Do you kind of help these people in movies process this process along faster Yeah we're doing everything we can to move the unemployment checks faster Every state is dealing with this If you look at our state's processing of checks it's actually way ahead of what other states are doing most other states also we're still dealing with the last legislation that was just passed by the federal government that had a new program that had had to be implemented A but on housing no one can be evicted for nonpayment of rent period and the story you cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent We did that by an executive order that Executive Order has weeks left to run So I'm not saying people shouldn't pay the rent You should pay the rent if you can pay the rent But if you can't pay the rent you're not going to be evicted When we get to the end of that period then we'll have to figure out what to do because you don't want to have a situation where nobody pays rent And then landlords start walking away from buildings either Right That would make a bad situation worse Now we know the state is broke but states like Montana for example they provided they're completely different sort of scenario But they did provide some of the residents with rental assistance Is that something the state can do If I were the state of Montana I would do that too But we're not We have a $13 billion deficit Results back from fire department Police Department transit workers that we're done and also questions for Dr Zucker about Children A lot of iris toxic shock Let me refer that to Dr Zucker So what The virus seems to affect different parts of the body We know it affects the lungs We also know it affects the lining of the blood vessels What we have been seeing is that there are some Children who have and may have an inflammation of those blood vessels and they're developing a toxic shock like syndrome I've spoken to the medical directors of our major medical centers There are a handful of kids that they've noticed its its rear has been reported overseas I've spoken to the experts across the country about this as well Kevin in terms of the contact tracing If someone who has tested positive for Corona virus took the subway a few days before or went to the supermarket how do you alert can You will learn all the people that were in either you do the best you can They call you up remember it's not You can theoretically be infected if the person didn't have a mask If you inhale droplets etcetera But uh what they do is they interview you They come up with the people who you believe you were in close contact with family members etcetera people You went to dinner with etcetera and then they go down that list and thats why this task becomes so big so fast right 4600 people yesterday Test positive You're one of those people I call you up Just let's go Over the past two weeks of your life pull out your journal in your phone In your calendar Who did you see Who were your dinner with Uh who did you embrace You have Ah significant other And you then would come up with a list of 20 people And then you have to call a lot those 20 people and say by the way you may have been infected And let me know if there's any sip symptoms Call me back Here's my text Go to this website Go to this app I mean some massive exponential explosion of numbers of people And you do the best you can because every positive you find you then go to isolate what does isolate me And that's also another tree Isolate means you have to be isolated so you don't infect anyone else Where do you live Well I live in a house and I have four other roommates and I'm afraid I'm going toe In fact my roommates that's a problem We'll find a hotel that you can stay at where you'll be isolated so you don't infect your roommates right Uh or you can stay at home my brother's case lock him in the basement and throw away the key Uh but you then have to have a house where you can be isolated that way So you then need isolation facilities for those people who needed in isolation facility So you have to identify hotels etcetera with a number of rooms for those isolation people That's why none of the steps is hard It's the volume and the scale off all of these steps taken together getting the testing up to 40,000 tests per day 40,000 tests per day generate 5000 positives Each one of those positives has to go through tracing every one of those positives that needs isolation has to be placed in an isolated room I mean it just explodes It's everyone in this room But I also want to target Yesterday came into contact whoever was that target You can't if you can't They have some really high tech apse where they trace your cell phone to see what other cellphone hits were near yours That raises a lot of questions also But if it was just I don't know that we've gotten to this level of detail But my instinct is if it's just you were in target and you don't know any names of who you came in contact with I don't know what you would do with that where they are We have some upstate I can get you the exact on names and numbers of those places The winner Child care continues to be a concern for essential workers and of course will be for workers who come back during face one Uh this is an issue all across the state in New York and upstate Parents are asking us about summer camps And I know Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and some other local leaders in the capital region have drafted a letter to your office asking for clarity because I guess some of these camps open at the end of men and these air vital for some parents who will be working Have you made any decisions on summer camps do that Would you say toe represented a police stuff on it and all our great Washington representatives Ah we could provide rental assistance for people who can't pay rent We could provide child care for essential workers We are now You know what it takes Money funding money They passed the bill You know how much gave New York State to do any of the things we're talking about Zero zilch Nada So when one of them says I have a great idea why don't we do this for every person I would suggest Maybe you say to them Oh are you providing any funding to do that Because the state has a $13 billion deficit They provided us nothing Nothing for police Nothing for firefighters Nothing for schools nothing for teachers Nothing for rental assistance Nothing for the massive government operation we have to put together with all of these things Nothing So you can do a lot of good things but you need funding Do you know about summer camps as we phase in and decide on reopening in certain parts of the state One would think we're looking at is looking at whether or not we're going to have day care what kinds of child care be provided on whether camps will be able to open for the purpose of providing child care to the extent that we're putting people back to work in a limited basis But those are Those are part of those discussions right now Another two who hasn't asked the question here 12 Okay So there were reports yesterday in a Brooklyn funeral home that there were staffed bodies they were leaking They were kept in um conditions wondering what the state health Department is doing to investigate that are there for their complaints prior to yesterday And will any pendant world will any penalties be issued for this The way we're investigating that funeral home There were no complaints about that funeral funeral home to the Department of Health in the past on we have issued guidance out to all the funeral homes that we will not tolerate any of that kind of behavior penalties face And also why un refrigerated trucks That's part of the investigation And there's always fines and suspensions and on we will enforce this a Z much as possible Riders will be taken I look it Obviously the funeral home about guilty for elective surgery says that they can in this area really because it's serving the last it doesn't mean Syria says they also operate It's 70% is not sustainable Is that something you're willing We have reviewed it We do review it for every region again It's just the numbers You look at this state we have different numbers Of course the state I know the hospitals want to get back to elective surgery Many of them are under real financial pressure and elective surgery is one of the places where they make money Frankly in those parts of the state where we know we have hospital capacity then we've opened them up toe elective surgery We do have a buffer on the capacity because if you go up to 95% capacity in the hospital and you have a cove it outbreak then what happens then You're right back to where we started which is scrambling all across the state to try to find the bed to try to find P p e So we have a built in buffer You can go up to 70% but you have to leave 30% for a buffer in case that cove it number spikes And remember how do you track the covert number We're doing testing more than ever before but this is an imprecise science We're doing antibody testing but the antibody testing actually operates on a two week leg The antibody testing is telling you who got infected two weeks ago right And now has the antibodies to have the anti by the Jazz recover from the virus So like my brother now has the antibodies Yeah but it was two weeks So uh let's not make the same mistake or not said Let's learn the last lesson of what we went through You need a buffer on the hospital system and that's why we say 72 30 different regions in the state are not out of the woods yet and it's don't get cocky right That's a lesson in life Don't get cocky Don't get arrogant You still see ah high number in many places and where the number is higher We don't want to relax the elective surgery because we may need those beds for people who are gasping for air littoral Maybe that if you like that they could be the lane or further exacerbating over medical not being addressed There's no hospital monetary except I was Yeah Well worst case in the area You go to Saratoga County if you really have to go now But we don't want to be in a situation where we have a covert outbreak and we have no hospital bets That would be the worst Thank you guys