Adding 105 new deaths, NY is among the top US states in coronavirus cases and deaths (May 19)
New York has reported about one third of the total coronavirus deaths in the U.S. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds his coronavirus briefing on May 19, 2020.
today at North. Well, I wear a mask. Also say thank you to the nurses and the doctors and the health care professionals that did so much work, so saved so many lives. The least we can do is wear a mask to stop infections. It's not overly intrusive. It's not overly invasive. You can make a fashion statement. I picked blue today to match my bluff suit. I didn't really do that. It's just the only one I had. Let me introduce people who were here to my left. Far left Dr Jim Malala tress to my immediate left. Michael Dowling was a prison CEO of North Well health who has done just an extraordinary job. The whole team at North well has been extraordinary and what they've done for the entire state, not just Long Island, not just downstate New York North was the largest health system in the state, and they really stepped up to help the entire state on Michael and the the leadership he's brought to north well and because he knows health care New York state the way he does Former health commissioner in charge of health for the state of New York, he's really been a fantastic asset. I want to thank him to my right. Melissa Derosa, secretary to the governor, to her right, Robert make a budget director for the state of New York. And as they said, it's a pleasure to be on Long Island is beautiful day. It's that bitter, sweet reality that we're living in. The news is good today. The weather is good, so it's good to be here. But I'm not out on the water. Have not fishing off the South shore of Long Island. I'm not fishing off the North Shore of Long Island. Normal days. I would have been doing that by now. Little break, little piece of sanity. But the news is good. Total hospitalizations declined again. This is an important lesson, though. What you see here, you see almost in every state, of course, the state you'll see in almost every country. Of course, the globe. Look how fast that spike comes. Look out first. That incline is steep. Incline is, and then look at how slow, relatively that decline is. You can get into trouble quickly with his virus, and it takes you a longer time to turn that curve and to turn that infection rate, so don't let a spike happen in the first place. Learn that lesson. Got it. Net change in total hospitalizations down. Changing intubation is down. Number of new cases This is an important number that we track down again. 335. Uh, that's on a system of 53,000 so that's really good news. Number of deaths again on a relative scale, the numbers down down dramatically from where it was in the first place. But it's still painfully high. We are basically back to where we started before this tragedy descended upon us. Didn't actually descend upon us. It actually came from people in Europe, which nobody told us. Nobody knew the we all thought the virus was in China and everybody was talking about watch. China wants China Wants China. Where the virus had left. China had gotten to Europe and came here from Europe. Three million European visitors came on flights to JFK or Newark airports between January February March. The Europe travel ban started mid March. By that time, three million Europeans had come, so that's another lesson we have to learn. We're now all excited and talking about reopening. We have all the data driven metrics that can tell you exactly where we are in terms of reopening across the state open the capital region, which has met many of the health metrics, has to get their tracers up and running. We've been working with them to do that. They need 383 tracers. They found 430 working together. So that's great news. This whole tracing, testing, tracing, testing, tracing. We use these words like people would know what they mean. We've never done testing on this scale We've never done tracing on this scale. Will have thousands of tracers who follow up after the testing statewide, so they're now being trained today and Capital Region should open tomorrow. Long Island is making great progress. Long Island. We were losing about 100 residents per day. We're now down to about 13 per day when someone asks, Well, why did we go through all this pain for two months? Three months? Because we saved the lives. That's why because we saved lives and if we didn't do what we did, that number of 100 per day would have kept going up. That's why we did what we did. Did it work? You're darn right. It worked. We've saved many, many lives, and you look at the curve in New York versus the rest of the nation. We're going down many parts in the nation. The curve is still going up. National County is now eligible for elective surgery and ambulatory care. Anyone who needs health service should get it. Uh, there's no reason not to go to the hospital. No reason not to go to the doctor's office on many reasons why you should go it. Denial is not a life strategy. If you have an issue, get it tested. Get it resolved. We're also looking at a pilot program over the next two weeks to start to bring visitors back to hospitals. That's going to be run by the Greater New York Hospital Association in Downstate on Hell Association of New York State. Upstate, there'll be a number of hospitals participating in that north. Well has a number of hospitals, but this is getting visitors back into hospitals with the right precaution with the right equipment. But it is terrible to have someone in the hospital and then that person is isolated, not being able to see their family friends. I understand the health reasons for that. We were afraid of the virus spread. But this is a pilot project to see if we can bring visitors in and do it safely. We're now taking steps to do further reopening and with fewer crowds. I'm very aggressive on encouraging sports teams to start and to operate without fans. This is more in economic calculus for different sports. Some sports franchises can make this work easier than others. It depends on the economics of that sport and how much is determined by selling seats in the arena or the stadium etcetera. But to the extent they can start, I encourage them to start. The state will work with them to start dance that we have a number of sports teams. When a team plays, even if there's no one in the stands, it gets broadcast. And that gives people at home entertainment value something to participate in. Another reason, frankly, to stay home as opposed to go out and staying home is good right now, so I encourage the sports teams and again New York will be a full partner. Anything we can do to make it happen and make it happen safely. We will. Memorial Day is coming up. That is an important American tradition we want to honor our veterans on. We want to make sure that no matter what happens, we're still honoring our veterans. The state will allow ceremonies, local ceremonies of up to 10 people or less. Uh, we hope that those ceremonies are broadcast televised in their areas, so people can be part of honoring that tradition. Local governments can make a decision that they don't want those ceremonies to happen. They don't want 10 people gathering. 10 is the CDC guideline is for 10 people gathering. That's where the state got the recommendation from the federal C D. C. But I can understand the difference of opinion, so we'll leave it up to local government vehicle parades I think are appropriate. It should be encouraged on and again, This is an important tradition. Many people lost their lives. This is important to many, many families all across this state and nation. It's important to the veterans that they be recognized, and I think we can do that, and I think we can do it safely. New Yorkers are doing everything they can as a people. Our response has been probably the most demanding in the country because we had the largest number of cases. But every step of the way, New Yorkers have stepped up a ZA government. We are doing everything that we can. We're doing more testing than any other state. We've been more aggressive than any state nursing home precautions, so we have been smart. New Yorkers have been smart. The government has been smart on that should be respected. And now we need a federal government that is as smart as the people who elected that federal government because New York to move forward and move forward quickly. We need a federal government as a partner. They're now in the midst of running a number of programs that provide cash benefits the corporations. Let's make sure when we're giving those corporations funding that the corporations are actually acting on behalf of Americans. I propose something called the Americans First Law, not America First Americans First Law. We learned the hard way in 2008 that you can see government provide billions of dollars to corporations to quote unquote stabilized the economy. We did this after the mortgage scandal. We gave billions to the banks, remember, because they were too big to fail. So we had to give billions of dollars that the banks. What did the banks do? Many of them turned around and gave themselves bonuses, and they gave themselves parties and end of year bonuses and special pay bonuses thes air. The same banks that created the mortgage fraud in the first place. Then get bailed out by the taxpayer on one. End up having parties at taxpayer expense. I fear what they're going to do this time is they'll take the money from government. But then the lay off workers, they're already talking about it. You see these corporations talking about getting lean and restructuring. That means downsizing. Why? Because they think they have an opportunity. Now. Many of the employees have been laid off, temporarily or temporarily at at home. The corporations think this is an opportunity to reopen with fewer employees. It would be such a scandal if corporations now took taxpayer dollars and then laid off workers and reopened, it would be such a scandal and a fraud. If these corporations were allowed to receive government money, lay off workers and then government taxpayers had to subsidise the workers who were laid off. So my law is very simple. If you take government funds, you must rehire the same number of workers you had pre pandemic. If you take government funds, you must rehire the same number of employees you had pre pandemic. If you want to lay people off if you want to get lean. If you want to restructure, fine. But don't use taxpayer money to subsidize it. And don't think taxpayers are going to pay you toe, lay off employees and then wind up with an unemployment problem at the end of the day. That's what happened in 2008. I was attorney general. I brought the cases. Afterwards, I brought actions against A I G and against banks like Bank of America that took these bailout funds and then gave themselves bonuses and parties don't make the same mistake twice. The American taxpayers are doing what they have to do. Don't make fools of the American taxpayers. Uh, second, Washington was very quick to fund businesses and corporations. The bills they passed thus far have been about funding corporations and businesses to keep to prop up the economy. Fine. Who did they not fund? They didn't fund state governments and local governments who do. State and local governments fund they fund the hospitals, they fund the police, they fund the firefighters, they fund the school teachers, they fund the food banks. Why was Washington so quick to fund the corporations and the big businesses? But now they have to think about whether or not they want to fund state governments and local governments. The hospital is the police, the fire fighters, school teachers. What sense of priority do you have that you see so clearly the need for corporations. But you don't see the need to continue basic services. And what makes this eso offensive to me? You turn on the TV, see all these ads praising the health care workers in the nurses and the doctors who saved so many lives and worked so hard in the first responders who went out there. They're the heroes of today, and they are, and they are, and they should be acknowledged, and they should be funded. If you don't fund New York State government, you know what That means that means I have to cut aid to North. Well to hospitals, to nurses, to doctors. It means I have to cut aid to local governments that fund police and firefighters. I have to fund funding to schools teachers who also have been heroes doing remote learning, etcetera. Uh, it's about priorities. It's about values. And I understand the large corporations of the ones who fund the political accounts of these elected officials. But let them remember that they get elected by the people. People still vote. People still matter show the same consideration for the workers that you showed for the corporations. That's all I'm asking. And that's the Americans first law and state and local government. And this is not a partisan issue. This is not Democrats versus Republicans. I have stayed 100 miles away for many politics. Old through this, this is no time for politics. And this is not a political divisive issue. Uh, this is all the governors in the United States National Governors Association. Rapper represents all the governors. The White House left it to the governors to do the reopening, right. All the states air doing the reopening. You can't tell the states go reopen, figure it out and then not provide them with the funding to do it. The head of the National Governors Association is a Republican governor. Governor Hogan on the vice, uh, chairman of the N G A. I'm a Democrat in unison in a united voice, were saying, Toe Washington, You need to pass funding for state and local governments. The House passed a bill that did it, uh, that also provides funding for testing, which is very important testing, tracing enterprise. It repeals salt, which is an additional tax on New Yorkers for the federal government. But the Senate now has that build. The Senate must act also. It was very exciting news about a company that might be close to developing a vaccine, and the federal government is working very hard to accelerate the vaccine as they should. The testing, the regulations, the procedures about getting a vaccine online that would be the best possible outcome. But we have to make sure whatever company finds the vaccine right finds the pot of gold that whatever private company finds that the vaccine must then be available toe all people and it can't be a situation where only the rich on Lee the privileged can get the vaccine because one company owns the rights and they can't produce enough for everyone. This is a public health matter. This is a national security threat. This should not be about one. CORPORATIONS PRIVACY The federal government is bending over backwards and jumping through hoops to allow this company to develop a vaccine. Then let's make sure the federal government sets the rules now and says to any company that develops the vaccine the next day. We have to be in a position with that patent. That formula can be given to companies all across the globe to produce a vaccine so we can treat everyone in. The last point is this. The world is different today, then it waas Uh, there's this, their situations in life that can happen on a moments notice and change the very trajectory and definition of your life. You can get health news about an individual that just changes your whole life. What you thought was so important yesterday becomes totally unimportant. This situation, this covert virus has changed the world. Fundamentally, I don't believe we ever go back to where we were. I don't even believe life is about going back right. Life is about going forward. But this is a different world. It's a different world. Individually, it's a different world for families. We're all trying to recalibrate and reassess who we are and how we live and what's important, What's not important. I hope on an individual level that this period is going to make me a smarter person, a better person, a deeper person. It made me question a lot of things about my life, a lot of priorities. A lot of things I was doing makes you think through personal relationships and what's important and where have you been spending your time? And was that the smartest use of time? Uh, sometimes when something is taken away, you see how valuable it waas. Now you can't go see family members if you wanted to. You can't see friends if you wanted to. When someone says you can't changes your whole perspective, then you ask yourself, Well, why hadn't I been? Why didn't I? On when I get a chance? How am I going to do it differently this time? And I think that can actually be a good process to go through. Painful, but good. But it's also true for government. Government is important again, right? Government. Most days you lead your life. Government politics. It's a side show. It's not that important when this government really become important. Probably almost not in my lifetime. You know, winners have been vital. It's vital at the time of war. Uh, crisis riel, national crisis. But that's the only time is really vital where you don't have a choice but to deal with and rely on government. Well, government is now important again. In a way, it hasn't been in my lifetime. It matters what government does. Government has made the difference between life and death here, right, because government is part of social action and the people who saved lives in this, our New Yorkers for doing the right thing. But government was part of that right? It helps organize. Uh, today government's gonna be held to a different standard, and it has to be fundamentally different. It has to be smarter than it waas. It matters now what happens? You have to know what you're doing now. Not just look like you know what you're doing. Not just sound like you know what you're doing. You have to be smart. You're not going to tweet your way through this. Uh, you have to be smart. You have to be competent at what you do. There's something called government. And you either know how to do it or you don't know how to do it. You know, for many years, we just anyone can be in government, you know, Uh I don't know. Can anyone be a nurse? Oh, no. You have to know what you're talking about. Can anyone be a doctor? No. No. You have to know what you're talking about. Can anyone be a lawyer? No, no, no. You have to know what you're talking about. Can anyone be a plumber? No. You have to know what you're talking about. Can anyone run government? Oh, yeah. Anybody can run government. Uh, unless you know the better. That wasn't true. You have to be competent, and it has to be beyond politics is not about an ongoing campaign. You're not a government official. You represent everyone. Forget the politics represent people. And it doesn't matter. Republican Democrat. That's all garbage. Now. I'm the governor of New York, all New Yorkers. I don't care for your Democrat, Republican atheist. I don't give your vote. I don't care if you don't vote, That's your business. I represent you. You pay me to represent you. That's how I see it on Government has to be fair, and it has to be effective. That's where we all are now, and that's where we've been in New York, And that's what it means to be New York. Tough as a person, as a society, as a collective and as a government, to be smart, to be united, to be disciplined, to be loving. That's New York questions Governor Two questions First from the Empty A This morning, empty executives were asked about when reopening happens on Long Island in New York City. Whether people can commute to work by mass transit, whether they have enough to pass it. Phil Angle on a roller president said he's looking to the state for guidance about whether they can run more trains. So would you tell them to do so? My second question is about the child multi inflammatory syndrome. How many cases are there now in the state? Do you have a broken down by county. And we have any idea how these Children have been exposed? Yes. 1 20 and no. Yeah. Just playing with you. The, uh the Empty A. The Empty is Metropolitan Transit Authority runs the subways and buses and commuter rail in downstate New York. First of all, the empty A talk about being better for this experience. The empty is going to be better. The trains are cleaner today than they have been. We did something on it on the subway service, which is for the first time. We stopped running trains for several hours at night. Trains always ran 24 hours a night, 24 hours a day. We stopped running trains for several hours. That allowed us to do two things. First we had to disinfect trains, which we had never done before. We cleaned trains. Nobody ever talked about disinfecting a train from a virus. Right. How do you do that? All those trains, All those buses, subway stations, We disinfect all the trains and thats in fact, the trains. We had to get everybody off. The trains, including homeless people and homeless people shouldn't been on the trains in the first place. Why you sleeping on a train? We can do better than that. It's not good for a homeless person. It's not who we are as a society. We're gonna be good to you. We're gonna let you sleep on a train. No. We're gonna get to help when we get your services. Won't get your shelter so the trains are cleaner than they've been. I believe the Empty A is going to be better for this. And the surface is going to be better when we are ready to open the empty A will be ready to open. Second question on the the multi inflammatory pediatric syndrome. This is a very serious issue. I think we spotted it in New York first. I think it's going to get much worse before it gets better. I don't think this is New York. I don't think it's only 120 cases in New York. I think that's the tip of the iceberg. And I think there's a whole iceberg under that tip, not a doctor, but that's what I think. That's just my opinion. But it's not a fact. Uh, that is we know what the common denominator is. 90% are Children who test positive for the covert virus or covert antibodies, which means they either have the virus or they had the virus. 90%. And they are exhibiting inflammatory symptoms as him as an immune response to the virus blood vessel in from inflammation, heart inflammation and some other disorders. But it's an inflammatory response to the cove it virus now. It didn't look like the covert virus because it wasn't respiratory, so they all looked at these cases as a new information issue as opposed to a covert issue. But when you go back and look or test, they were covert positive for the virus or the antibodies. So that is an ongoing situation. The more states that look, the more states find cases. The more countries that look, the more countries find cases. So I believe we discovered it. We've given the nation in the world a heads up, but I think it's gonna be worse before it gets better. The numbers actually won. 37 is the confirmed cases that doesn't align perfectly with what Mayor de Blasio put out because the number he's reporting is suspected cases. So the 137 is the confirmed cases in New York. As of right now, any sense of how these kids are being exposed from family members with covitz that's gonna be on a case by case basis. You know, we do know this on the new covert cases, which surprised me, frankly, the new covert cases that are coming in the door but the 300 per day Those are basically infections coming from people who are at home and not working, which was shocking to me. I thought they were going to be essential workers who were out there every day being exposed to people. They're not people who are at home, so it's more of a community spread. That's why the personal behavior is so important. They're not getting it on a train or a bus, Uh, or as an essential worker, that getting it at home, talking to someone on a park bench, uh, leaving their apartment building. That's where they're getting. And I was 100% wrong on that one of many, many times, sir, with all due respect, you say this isn't a political issue, not Democrat Republican and so forth. But with all due respect, the Republicans in the Senate have made it a political issue, and they made it clear that the state aid to bail out the blue states and they're not going to stand for that. They made it clear that not gonna take up the House bill. And so I say. And if you look, even if a financial scandal with my time oh, people desperate losing their homes, their jobs he basically said his I already was making Obama one term president. He made that totally political. So may I ask, since you've been so realistic, you've been so numbers driven. How how do you deal with that? I know you've said that the senators have to go home and be reelected in so like that, but they have shown that virus is really affecting. Demag cracked more than it's affecting Republicans, the people who were dying or more likely to be Democrats and Republicans. And so I ask, What have they got? Strategy, the just to make sure we're both saying the same thing. That is my position. I'm saying there is no visible. There's no doubt that many politicians act through politics. I'm saying today and in this situation they should rise above. And this should not be about politics. It should not be about red and blue. The people who are dying here, not Democrats or Republicans. They're Americans, as not read in blow its red, white and blue. Uh, to talk about I'm not gonna bailout blue states is just such an ugly, uh, concept in this situation where people are dying and you want to start to say, Well, are they Democrats or Republicans? I mean, how does that work? You get the death toll and you say, OK, how many with Democrats and how many were Republicans? I'm It's just a ugly, repugnant concept. And it's not even true by the way, bailout. New York New York bails out them every year without saying a word. We we give the federal government about $30 billion more every year. Right? Federal government is a pot. Every state puts money into the pot. When we pay our federal taxes, we put in $30 billion more per year than we take out. Senator McConnell's state takes $30 billion more every year than they pay you, so we put in 30. His state takes out $30 billion MAWR every year. That's the bailout. Uh, I haven't heard him saying for the past 30 years. Oh, no, no, no. We should only take out what we put in. We don't want any handouts from New York. We don't want any largesse from our northern neighbors in New York, you know, he was just He was just fine taking that bail out year after year after year. But ah, I didn't you know to raise it now in the midst of this, not only is it ugly and repugnant, it's even counterproductive and self destructive. So what, You don't want to help New York from California? You don't have the Northeast in the West because you think they're Democrats there who were dying. And if the New Yorker economy doesn't come back in, the California doesn't economy doesn't come back. Then what happens to the other states? I'm just not even smart on the level. It's ugly and unintelligent, which is a really bad combination in life. Governor, You've said repeatedly that the virus was brought here from travelers from Europe to JFK and Newark airports. Let's learn the lesson. So these flights there are still flights from Europe and Asia coming to those airports. What is being done now to screen those travelers? What is the step by step process? And also your health department tells me that it is not tracking these travelers. So how do you make sure they stay quarantine for for 14 days as I understand they're being directed? Yeah, the state health department doesn't do it because it's not a state role. We don't state government does not do borders and customs. That's the federal government does bust border and customs control. So when you come in from overseas passport control, etcetera, that's all the federal function, the federal government. Not that I'm the best spokesperson for the federal government note or hope myself out to be, but they would say we did a China travel ban beginning of February. We did a European travel ban mid March, to which I say, yeah, both were too late. As we now know, President Trump himself says the virus came from Europe and it had moved from China. C. D. C now says it federal agency, they didn't say it at the time would have been better if they said it. January February March right? But lessons learned on they would say there's a China travel ban. A European travel ban. You would have to ask the federal government. How do you enforce that At the airports? There are some exceptions to the bands on. They've been criticized for that despite the China banned, about 400,000 people from China came over. There are exceptions to the European travel ban, but that would be up to the federal government. We do not. We do not do. State does not do, uh, Customs border passport control. That's all the federal, any coordination. There is coordination, but they determine who comes, who doesn't come. It's purely federal on. They determine what procedures and practices are in place for those who do come. State has no role in that whatsoever. And it's not like we have the kind of relationship that they're looking for. Gratuitous advice from me. I think these flights should be canceled. At this point. I think you should have been. We should have known well in a perfect world. And if we have to run the videotape and if we have to get ready for the next situation, the question would be. How did we not know that the virus was going to leave China and go to Europe? Why did the federal officials, the international global organizations, think the virus was gonna be sitting there in China waiting for them toe arrive two months later? I mean, we all talk about global interconnections and and mobility. Right? Okay, So the China the viruses in China in November last November, it's in China less December. How long does it take one person to get on a plane from China and go to Italy, which is what they did and then bring the virus with him to Italy in March? We think it's still in China. November, December. Now, this is not my role. Is that what governors do is not what states do. I'm not a doctor. I'm not the CDC and not n I. H. I'm not any of these things, but just common sense. That would be the question I would put forward. Question. A nursing home was there is a more toe. Add anything on any of this. A nursing homes cool process. The cove in 19 tests that are now required that the nursing homes give employees and then who pays for that? Two things on testing. We now have more state testing capacity than we have people taking tests. How ironic is that? We worked so hard to get the testing capacity up right, Because everything has been testing capacity testing the past testing present. We now have, for example, driving's that could do 15,000 tests a day. Only 5000 people coming. Uh, I've said a number of times where a mask get a test. Any essential worker who is, uh, the deals with the public can get a test. Anyone exposed to a person who turns out to be covert positive can get a test. Uh, any health care worker can get a test. Any nursing home worker can get a test. Any nurse can get a test, get a test. You're We did put in a requirement that the nursing home operators air Not that happy with some of them that says a nursing home staff person has to get tested twice a week. They think this is unduly burdensome. I understand the burden, but if a person only gets tested once a week, let's say you get tested on Monday. Uh, that means in theory Tuesday they could become infected. Then they're infected. Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Sunday, exposing people in a nursing home until they get tested again twice a week. UH, is an operational burden, but these nursing homes are ground zero for us. They're the most vulnerable population. Senior citizens in the most vulnerable place, a congregate setting. So we said, tested twice a week now the nursing home condo's it, and we provided hundreds of thousands of test kits for or an employee can use the other facilities to get a test. You can walk out of here today. Go to CVS, get it test. Go to Rite Aid. Get a test. Goto a drive through, get a test, go to a doctor's office, get a test goto hospital, get a test. So there are no Marist places that you can go get a test right now and for nursing home. Specifically, we're sending them the test kit so they can do it on site. Let's take one more, you argue? Yes, Governor signed the bill That is a on the eviction coming in from Queens to be you. Really? They say they is this. If they were evicted for nonpayment of rent. It is not right. If you give me the name of the family, I will follow up today. Anything else from the best group? Whose? Here? Mr Dowling, Head of North. Well, health care expert. Any last words before we go back to work? No. I know a lot of good things happening and just keep moving forward under with the right. Okay. Thank you very much. Thank you for the time. Uh, we're going to see I have said repeatedly that we're waiting to get the number from the federal government what they're going to give us in terms of age, and then we'll know where we are. But we can't. Well, we'll see in a couple of more weeks. But if the federal government doesn't act in a couple of weeks, they will be more reckless and irresponsible. Then even I thought they were, and that's saying something green. It's up to the local government