Announcing 112 new lives lost, NY Gov. Cuomo gives midweek coronavirus briefing (May 20)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offers his coronavirus briefing from Albany, New York, on May 20, 2020.
we have Budget director Robert Monica always smiling because that is how financial forecast So smiles. Listen, the roses Secretary to the governor from far right, we have Dr James Alatriste. Dr Howard Zucker, My immediate right. Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, who is on special volunteer assignment for the state, working for her father. Very pleasant, boss. A little sad today, Mariah and I because the boyfriend is left, the premises returned to his home state. That's okay. Gold expression. If you love something, let it go. It will return to you. And if it doesn't return than it was never meant to be words better. Uh, numbers. They're headed in the right direction today. Hospitalizations air down that change in hospitalizations. Air down into patients are down again. Number of new cases down, But it was a long road down. Slow decline. Fast spike. Slow decline. That's was what has happened all across the country. A number of deaths still painfully high. Uh, not down, up a little bit. Three overall direction is right. But this is a painful, painful, tragic number of lives lost and their role in our thoughts and prayers. Uh, you look at the entire experience you see we're stabilized, basically, with where we were before. We had this dramatic increase on one of the things we've learned through this is smart winds. It's not about politics, it's not about emotion. You're dealing with a virus. The virus doesn't respond to politics. Virus doesn't have an ideology. Virus isn't red or blue. It is a virus that is attacking people. It's about science. It's about numbers. It's about data, and Smart wins the battle. If you follow that guidance. In that theory, we're always looking at researching the numbers where the case is coming from. How do we reduce the numbers? You look all, of course, the country. It's lower income communities, predominantly minority. Where was still seeing an increase in the numbers? We looked at that in New York City. We did a very extensive research project, and it is true you can look at where the cases air coming. Look at the testing data by geographic area by zip code and find out where the case is coming from. We asked North well health, which is the largest health system in the state, to do a an extensive test for us. We're in the midst of that test. But we have back about 8000 tests, which is a very large sample, and the data is very powerful and informs what we're doing going forward. The test was done in New York City because that's where we have the highest predominance of cases. But in lower income communities, communities of color, we partnered with the faith based community with churches to conduct tests. We found about 27% of the individuals testing positive, 27%. That's compared to the New York City general population of about 19%. Okay, the Bronx had the highest percentage, 34% again, compared to a city wide average of 19% then Brooklyn in Manhattan and Queens. Staten Island was right at the New York City overall number, but you take a place like the Bronx. It's 34% compared to 19% just to give you an idea. And the data shows not just a high positive. Not just that a high number of people had the positive, Uh, but the spread is continuing in those communities, and that's where the new cases air coming from, OK, and you can literally do that when a zip code basis the, for example, more senior. In the Bronx, 43% of the people tested positive, 43% compared to New York City General average of 19%. Hospitalization rate 3.2 people for every 100,000 compared to 1.8. It is double the hospitalization rate. Okay, so be smart. Let's use the numbers. Let's research. Where were people who were infected? Where the new cases coming from? Where is the spread continuing low income communities, Communities of color? They tend to be high Latino, high African American population, and we're seeing that pattern continue in ZIP codes. Lower income. Predominantly minority Brownsville, Brooklyn. 41% double the city average that happens to be 80% African American. But again, just about double the rate of hospitalization. So that's where the cases are still coming from. That's where the virus is still spreading. Uh, but again, you look at the data. You see it over and over again by zip code by select communities within the city. My old neighborhood Hollis, Queens, 35% compared to 19%. So it's all across the city, less in Staten Island, higher in communities of color and lower income communities. I want to thank the Congress congressional delegation who helped organize this partnership between North Well and the faith based community. Getting 1000 tests in a short period of time is not easily done. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries came up with this idea about 10 days ago. Organized it quickly. I wanna thank Hakim. I also want to thank Congresswoman Velazquez and Congresswoman Clarke for helping us getting getting it organized. The faith based community has been great here, Reverend. Broadly on. Reverend Rivera organized those churches for us. So we have the data we have the research on. Now we have to take the next step. Okay. We did the research. We have the data. We know what's happening now. What do we do about it? That's always step two. And we're going to develop targeted strategies to these highly impacted communities. What we're seeing in New York City is going to be true across the state north. Well, health is going to double the number of churches that they're working in 44 total churches. We're going to partner with so most community care on, I want to thank them very much for stepping up. They're going to open 28 additional testing sites in the's ZIP codes that fit this profile. We're going to focus on public housing when you think about everything we're talking about socially distance, etcetera and then think about public housing and how hard it is in public housing to do the things we're talking about. I work in public housing all across this country when I was the Housing and Urban Development secretary during the Clinton administration. Socially distance. How do you socially distance in an elevator in a public housing complex? How do you socially distance in the hallways of a public housing complex? How do you socially distance in the lobby of your socially distance in a small playground that it's attached to public house? So we understand the challenge, and ready responders are going to increase the testing and 40 public housing developments in New York City. So this is gonna be a very extensive effort between North well and so most. You'll have 70 to faith based sites. You'll then have ready responders in public housing, and we want to now take the next step, which is outreach programs getting the PPE into the community, getting the hand sanitizer into the community, explaining social distancing and why that's so important and explain how this virus spreads. It's a public health education effort on and, you know, I've been all across the state. You drive through some of these communities and you can see that social distancing isn't happening. PP is not being used. And hence the virus spreads on again. We did the research in New York City because that's where we have the predominance of cases. But it is going to be true in every community across this state. And of course, this nation. You tell me the ZIP codes that have the predominately minority community, lower income community. I will tell you the communities where you're going to have a higher positive and you're gonna have increased spread, and you're gonna have increased hospitalization. Uh, I'm asking all local governments to do the same thing that we did in New York City. Focus on low income communities, do the testing and do the average do the testing and do the outrage. That's where the cases air coming from. That's where the new hospitalizations air coming from. That's what's going into the hospital system. That's where you're going to see the highest number of deaths. So that is our challenge on reopening, which we do. We across the state, we do it on the numbers. We do it on the metrics. Every New Yorker can go to the website and find out where their community is. Capital district will reopen today. We're working with religious institutions. Right now. They can have up to 10 people with strict social distancing guidelines at religious gatherings. We've asked them to consider drivin and parking lot services for religious ceremonies, but we're going to be working with our interfaith advisory council. Um, our Interfaith Advisory Council has representatives of the religious community, of course, the state old, different religions. I understand their desire to get back to religious ceremonies as soon as possible. Former altar boy. I get it. I think it even at this time of stress and when people are so anxious and so confused. I think those religious ceremonies can be very comforting, but we need to find out how to do it and do it safely into it. Smartly. The last thing we want to do is have a religious ceremony that winds up having more people infected. Religious ceremony, by definition, is a gathering right. It's a large number of people coming together. We know from New Rochelle, Westchester, the first hot spot, that religious ceremonies can be very dangerous. So we all want to do the same thing. The question is, how do we do it and how do we do it smartly and efficiently and I'll be talking with members of the religious community in doing just that, and I'm sure that we can come up with a way that does it. But does it intelligently. People ask me all the time. Well, now we're reopening. What's going to happen? What's going to happen is what we make happen. There is no predestined course here. There is nothing that is for your day. What is going to happen is a consequence of our choices and a consequence of our action. It's that simple. If people are smart and if people are responsible, and if the employers who are opening those businesses do it responsibly, if employees are responsible, if individuals are responsible, then you will see the infection rates stay low. If people get arrogant. If people get cocky. If people get casual of people become un disciplined, you will see that infection rates go up. It is that simple. This has always been about what we do. It's never been about what government mandated government cannot mandate behavior of people. And it certainly can't mandate behavior of 19 million people. It can give you the fax. It can give you the facts that lead to an inevitable conclusion. And New Yorkers have been great about following the facts. But we're at another pivot point. Yes. Where? Reopening. Yes, The numbers are down. Yes, we can increase activity and increase economic activity. What is the consequence of that? It depends on what we do. Uh, do your part Where a mask now wearing a mask. I have been trying to communicate in a whole different set of ways. Mariah is heading up a project that she'll report on in a moment that's helping to communicate this message. But, uh, it seems like a simple thing wearing a mask. And it's apparently so simple that people think it's of no consequence. It happens to be of tremendous consequence. It is amazing how effective that mask actually is. and don't take my word for it. I'm not a doctor, not a public health expert again. Look at the facts. What shocks me to this day, and it would have lost a lot of money on this bet. How do front line workers have a lower infection rate in the general population? If I said to you, who's going toe have a higher infection rate, nurses in an emergency room, doctors in an emergency room or the general population who has a higher infection rate? I think most people would have, said the nurses in the emergency room. The doctors in the emergency room, the hospital staff They're going to have a higher infection rate because they're dealing with covert pot positive people all day long. Not true. How do nurses and doctors have a lower infection rate in the general population? How do transit workers who are on the buses and subways all day long have a lower infection rate in the general population? How does the NYPD police officers who show up who we're dealing with people all day long? How do they have a lower infection rate? How does the NYPD have almost half the infection rate of New York City. How can it be? They're the police officers. They're wearing the mask, the mask works. Those surgical masks work and it's in the data. It's not that I'm saying it. It's in the data, and it is otherwise it's inexplicable. Just look at that list. Transit workers are lower. Health care workers are lower. The police department is lower. The fire department is lower, which also has the E. M. T s who show up first and help a person get into an ambulance. They have a lower infection rate. The docks workers are the correction officials who are correction officers who are in a prison there. It's 7% state police, 3%. They wear the masks. Where a mask. Remember all those pictures of people in China always wearing masks? Oh, I wonder why they wear all those masks. They were right. The masks work. They are protective and they work Where? A mass. So on may 5th, we launched the contest to come up with video messages prepared by New Yorkers to try to communicate the message of we're a mask better than I was communicating the message of wear a mask because my daughters were quick to point out that maybe was my communication skills, which were preventing the effective communication of the wear. The mask message. Caveat is my daughter's often say it is my communication skills, which are the problem in the home in society at large. So, uh, Mariah volunteered to, uh, run a competition where we asked New Yorkers to do a 32nd ad, and the winner of the competition would be the add that the state runs. With that, I will turn it over to Mariah for her update in her report today. We're excited to be sharing the five ad finalists that our team has selected for the New York state, where a mask ad contest and these add finalists, which will be showing shortly, are in the running for winning this contest and being shown as a public service announcement. Starting today, people can go to where a mask dot y dot gov to vote for their favorite ad and voting will be open through Memorial Day on May 26 will be announcing the final winning ad, and we're so grateful to all the New Yorkers who have submitted one of the over 600 submissions and we will be sharing honorable mentions as well so that you can see even more of the great videos. Great 600 submissions. And these are the five finalists that people can view and vote on. Okay, let's see the five finalists. I wear a mask for my fellow New Yorkers. Mama is a health care worker, nurses and doctors, father with the marginalized communities who don't have access to adequate health care for my Children, my community essential workers, transit work, the immuno compromised were masked. So we get back to work, go to school, share a meal, see a movie, my friends dance together, go to the theater, see your family, continued to show support, take care of each other. They stay strong way love New York, within stuck inside our homes while our everything heroes have been working overtime for New York to reopen and stay open, we all need to do or poor on show that we care. I wear a mask to protect. You were mad. Take me. Let's all wear masks to stop the spread of Corona virus and save lives when we show up in the mask. Put showing up for each other. Show your love for New York, New York about you. The textbook says. Politicians lead no. Sometimes the people lead and the politicians follow. Follow the American people. They will do the right thing. There is still a right thing. Maybe right thing is in New York expression. Great. I know that guy, by the way. I see him all the time. So those are the five finalists. People can vote. They go to the coronavirus dot health dot n y dot gov were masked to vote. Vote between now and May 25th Winner announced May 26th. How many times a person vote once? No voter for out on this election? No absentee ballots. The polling place. Is there early voting? I don't think so. All right, so that's great. Thank you very much for doing that. Will announce that winter May 26. Over 600 submissions, though. And they are really great. I've seen a number of them. We're gonna post the honorable mentions also, but all 600 will be available to look at and they're really creative. And they have different voices from all. Of course, the state so I want to thank very much everyone who participated because they really are. They are special. And with that we'll take any questions that you might have, you know, sort of deadline by everybody. Every state wants to test every person in a nursing home. Every state wants the test. Every person in a congregate facility, every person in a prison, every person in the state. So it becomes a question of how fast can you get the testing up? You know that we have the most aggressive and ambitious nursing home testing program testing staff Twice a week on, we're testing people in nursing homes. Now could we ever get to? We have about 180,000 people in nursing homes that would have right, 100 100 180 ish. You want to speak to Do you know the testing protocol and nursing homes were doing. As the governor said last Sunday. We mandated twice a week testing for staff Last Wednesday, the nursing homes had to turn in their proposals to be able to meet that mandate. The feedback we got back for many of them were that they were struggling and so we arranged to on Monday and Tuesday of this week have kits sent to every single nursing home across the state to do the testing. We also pared nursing homes with commercial labs to be able Teoh run the actual tests, so that is officially off the ground. That's the that's toe help meet the mandate of the twice testing a week. I believe there's about 100,000 residents in our nursing homes. It's about 180,000 staff between the adult care facilities and the nursing homes on. And so it's very aggressive. We are the the leading the nation on this. And, yes, we believe we're gonna meet the goal what you're getting. They got the kits on Monday and Tuesday. I'm sorry. Oh, the residents. We sent the resident kits out last week over the last week. So this is separate from the from the staff, right? Yes. Yes. Vacation has a phased reopening plan for its casinos to resume gaming June 10th. What do you think about the timing of that? Yes, we are where we don't have a date for opening up. Casinos spoke to the Connect Connecticut Governor Lamont and the New Jersey governor Phil Murphy. We agree that casinos are by definition a large gathering spot, a lot of people touching equipment than someone else, such as the equipment. So it poses real challenges and we don't have a deadline date. Toe open casinos there would be in our face for our last phase. We don't have a date for that yet. Tribal nations are just that and nations, so they are not bound by state laws. Some of the tribes are. Some of them are federally recognized that are not found by state laws to the antibody testing. You're saying that the rate is significantly lower for first responders. Have we tested grocery store workers, delivery drivers, people that don't necessarily have access to medical grade Mass or many five mats? We've been surgical mask. Yeah, we don't select tests, for We've actually just started to your point, Joseph, looking at people who work in pharmacies and people who work in grocery stores. So that's just gotten underway, and we're very pretty convincing results as well. Way we're still in the process of doing that, so once we have the data back will report. But we wanted to get a random sample of grocery stores all across the states. Workers? Yes. Workers Tonight Pipeline firm it last week that would supply Gaskell. You see any new natural gas supply needed in the state? Given the chronicles that we have in law and then given a miracle opposition to an alternative pulls by national grid state ensure that there are the the Long Island gas providers. The utility companies said that they didn't need that gas supply right because the demand has dropped. It was a warmer went a winter. So the utility companies are the ones who say they don't need additional gas on the alternatives. I haven't gone through them all, but whatever we need to do, we will do. And but it's the utility companies themselves that said they didn't need to. Piper, where do you think that way? Gas. We can't have a more moratorium that doesn't work for anyone, right? The big question Waas, where we were last year was we need that pipeline. If we don't get the pipeline, then the world is going to end as we know it on. We have to have a new pipeline. Now. We don't have to have a new pipeline, and the utility providers say they don't even think in the future. We're going to need a new pipe because of the reduced demand. That's actually good news. Uh, but what will we need? I don't know. We'll work with them on it and will make sure that there's enough supply because they can't be a mortar. Friday. Captain Region opens today. What has been the effect of that in these regions are infections picking up. We have not on the data that has come in so far. We haven't seen any increases. You know, you have Jimmy a deviation every day, right? That's why I hate to repeat myself. But the day to day numbers you always have to take with a grain of salt because this whole reporting system it does not come from the Old Testament, right? This is not gospel. This is a system we just put up so you'll see a day to day bounce. But we have not seen anything significant anywhere that is worth mentioning. York City Long Island could open. There were questions for the mayor today, and then even things like Saratoga naira is banned, her said. It's going forward at Belmont without fans. Well, they're fans at Saratoga. It's there. There isn't what? They watch the numbers, Watch the data, watch the infection rate. Then you will know Justus Well, as I will know, I said, Governor, you just said that you have not seen anything significant in terms of increasing the metrics in these regions that have reopened. But both the Finger Lakes in central New Yorker, their highest number of possible is ations at any point during this outbreak, Do you have any intention of rolling back? They're reopening process, slowing it down, stopping it because of that hospitalization. Any hospitalization you're seeing today, I don't know as Jim if that that's true. Not that I doubt your credibility, but your capacity to track the number the by definition, a hospitalization rate couldn't have anything to do with the opening because to be hospitalized, that means you get the virus. It had to incubate. You had to get symptoms yet to get very ill, and then you go to the hospital is about a two week leg on the hospitalization rate. So by definition it couldn't be linked to the reopening. But those are the data that we will be looking at you. Have you seen anything there we've seen? And we monitored every day, Not the highest point necessarily. But we have seen upticks. Next thing we do because we have contact tracing and those other processes now isn't limited to a specific issue like the Madison County agriculture business, where it's not a spread. We identify a problem right away, and then department helped addresses it. We're looking at central New York Finger Lakes in those regions, so we've seen a little uptick, but nothing of know. The radio transmission is still relatively low, but the next couple days well known. If there's something changes way, look at a daily Jesse. So if something pops significantly at a bunch of different areas, it's not just the hospice ation reveals about the gross hospitalization because that's a net grosses who's walking in the door, which is a little different that people may be transferring from one facility to another. The gross hospitalization rate in both of those regions right now are down, so that's a good sign. That means new people aren't walking in the door. So we look at all of these things together, And if you see a number of things pop in a real time, we do this on a 24 hour basis. Then we'll notice to the Department of Health. And by the way, that posit testing rate is down in those regions as well. So that's also a good sign. Yeah, let me just give a little context. Are getting you lost in the details. The you look at a number of indicators. Reason we have global experts who help us is because this is not really it's new to us. But this has been this global experience with other countries, etcetera. The hospitalization rate they will tell you is actually the lagging indicator because there's a couple of weeks you want to look at the number of new infections. Your diagnostic testing rate is that going up the new cases, walking in the door, eyes, that number going up, you're antibody testing. Is that going up? They're very keen on looking at the nursing home staffing numbers, which is an interesting idea, because what they're saying is the nursing home staffing numbers that is indicative of community spread because they're not getting it from the nursing home facility so watching the nursing home staffing, which is twice a week. So you'd have to measures every week, right? But you look at the earlier indicators before the hospitalization because they appoint his hospitalization. That's a two week leg. If you if you see a problem there, that's indicative. But it's two weeks ago, and now you're gonna have that wave from the past two weeks. Is that rash towards your dashboard? Your dashboard is mostly based on hospitalizations, with the thinking that there is no universe. You know, testing is spotty based on where you have failed. We know that every day there are more tests. But you now saying, what test is No testing isn't spotting. What's the number of test week we're doing? It's upwards of 40,000 day of testing Right now, there's two different things to me. There's how do you start a Rio bidding phase? And then how do you monitor in real time to infections of the Governess point, which is something Now, as locations as regions are reopening, we're gonna take a broader look at new infection rates. New positive test, because that's really time. We don't want to be on a lag anymore. The reopening. Waas What were the problems that we have? How did those dissipate or not dissipate to Rio? Now that we've reopened regions, let's get the diagnostic testing right away. Let's see what's going on a specific areas. Hospitalization is a one component of it, but the gross hospitalization people walking in is more important, so some of those things can be more weight. Now we're trying to do it in real time, not off. This is this is the new system. It is. Your dial back is different than the open. Yeah, well, let's just stay with first point. It is not a spotting system. It is 250,000 tests per week. That is the largest percentage of tests done in the United States of America. That is the largest percentage done of any country on the globe. So that probably would not qualify as spotty system that would qualify as it a comprehensive, exhaustive look at what's going on 250,000 tests. So you watch those 250,000 tests and that number the experts are have pointed to this something that we didn't think about the nursing home staffing tests, which will be twice weekly, as opposed to just once weekly. Right. And you look at that data and basically what they're looking for is a shift in that data. If you see a shift, then they'll do a deeper dive on that data. MAWR tests. Where's it coming from? You know you can increase tests overnight. You can say we might have a problem in Buffalo. Let's increase the number of tests another 10,000 tests in Buffalo. So if you see a shift than deeper, dive more attention and let them understand what's going on. They look for clusters of activity. If you see a shift, you may have a cluster may have a hot spot or you may not have a hot spot, and it may be just a dramatically increased community spread, and that would trigger more systemic issue. Lastly, I asked you about opening DD group home policy. There are 7200 homes that house disabled people in the state. The staff are telling me that there seemed cross contamination because of how Fort Staff these homes are. They fear that this is creating another situation, like what we've seen in the nursing homes. They have seen 2000 cases in these group homes. You said you would check the policy, you have a chance to check it. And will you make policy changes to protect people in these? Yeah, the wants to speak to the group homes. The moving around of staff is something that they do if it's absolutely last resort. If there's a staff shortage, people are out because they're sick and they need to have certain people with certain skill levels step in to be able to cover. And so that is something that has had to happen up until this point. However, after you raised the issue last week, we've been having internal discussions about supplementing with the volunteer portals that we don't do that and we keep people more restricted to the homes that they work. And to be able to address this very issue, we're also doing temperature checks. We're looking at a whole host of other things that were going to implement You are here. There is a call for a federal to have a state handle the nursing home situation, specifically the March executive order, allowing positive patients back into in reflecting on comments. I was wondering, what was that executive order made at? Yeah, you should tell your look. This is a political season. I get it. I have refrained from politics. I'm not going to get into the back political back and forth. But anyone who wants to ask why did this day do that with covert patients in nursing home? It's because the state followed President Trump's CDC guidance. So they should ask President Trump. I think I think that was stopped. Numbers accusation. You're facing that you are changing the members to make. Well, it's Let's go back. Let's do one at a time. Your first point. Why did the state do that? Because the state followed President Trump's CD sees guidance. Okay, that's that answer. Uh, no numbers were changed. You've shown a willingness to work president. Trump it other times. Why? On that March 25th memo did you not working? Why did you follow CBC guidance? And do you read that? No, no, no. You have to remember the facts. I know you're the New York Times, but facts are still facts, right? Even at the times. Okay, so here the facts. Ah, the CDC guidance, said a nursing home cannot discriminate against covert patient because at that time the issue was hospital capacity, right? Remember hospital capacity, and we were dramatically increasing hospital capacity. If a person doesn't need an urgent care bed in the hospital because they're not urgently ill and they have, it can take two weeks to test Negative when you're no longer urgently ill. Is the best use of Ah hospital bed that have somebody sit there for two weeks in a hospital bed when they don't need the hospital bed because they're not urgently ill there. Just waiting to test negative on the antibody test, which can take two weeks. And you need that hospital bed for somebody who may die without it. Second fact, a nursing home cannot accept a patient who they are not qualified to handle. For a covert patient, a nursing home must say, I can quarantine. I can isolate. I have the right staff. I have the right PPE e or else that nursing home should not take that patient and third point. We always had alternative beds, any nursing home that says I can't take that covert patient for whatever reason, I don't care what the reason is. I don't have the staff. I don't have the time. I'm overstressed. I don't have the PP. We always have alternative beds. We have had alternative beds, ALS. Throughout this, we never got to a place where we were bumping up against, uh, the capacity. So any nursing home could just say I can't take a kid, handle a covert person in my facility. Retrospect. Do you think that was a bad decision? Let the March 25th memo. Do you think that that contributed to the death toll in this state? Which is, you know, nursing homes is over? No, because you'd have to be saying the nursing homes were wrong in accepting cove it positive patients. That's what you would have to be saying. That's what you would have to be outside and a most legal liability if they had. Do you believe nursing home? I don't. Do you believe a nursing home operator would accept a patient who they knew they couldn't care for? Why would a nursing home operator do that? Why? We always had alternative beds. If they didn't think that they could pair from Khandala covert patient, they would say, I can't pay it of the covered patient in the past. Used outside entities to investigate things when you return General Could be Moreland Act commissions While you so resistant to an outside probe here wouldn't have resisted Jimmy, I said, I'm just not playing politics. I think it is. It's Democrats. It's Republicans. It's short. People have nothing to do. Do. If the federal government wants to start a pro, then they start approach. What do I have to do with whether or not a a ah federal probe happens that it is irrelevant to me I have no role in determining a federal probe? I don't welcome, not welcome. It doesn't matter. President Trump does what he wants to do. He doesn't listen to a governor so, so much higher in New York. And it is in California. Yeah, first of all, you know, remotely that is the classroom experience. It's not, uh, there is no substitute for the teacher student relationship. That's why we work so hard to reduce class sizes. So the teacher has more time with each student. That is 100% right. What happened to us here was you couldn't do the classroom experience for because of the Corona virus, etcetera. So you have to go toe remark, remote learning. I don't believe every school district was ready for this abrupt shift to remote learning. And how could they be? Nobody was ready for this abrupt shift of this Parana virus. Uh, but on this, with his abrupt shift, what did we learn? What skills the teachers need, what equipment to students need, you know, remote learning that suggests every child has the equipment at home. Parents know how to do it. There's an Internet signal for every student in every locale. None of these things existed. So for this possibility, what can we learn? How can we do better? But everybody wants the schools open up a soon as possible. We just have to make sure when it's safe. And there is no way, in my opinion, that remote learning can ever be a replacement or a substitute for the classroom experience. Wait, You're sure? Yeah. I believe the only intelligent conclusion from this is you better be prepared if you assume this is the last time something like this is going to happen. I think that's that's a foolish assumption. I think it's it's, uh, wishful thinking, right? It reminds me of the first time we had these super storms and floods and tornadoes and everybody's well that that will never happen again. Yeah, except it did again and again and again. I think having gone through this, we should say, Let's prepare for something like this again. Uh, first, let's look at what happened and make sure doesn't happen again. Where was the response system? Where was the early warning system here, where the light went off PP PP Pp China Virus probably went to Europe. You know, by the time we did the European travel ban, we have three million Europeans come to this country. Now we have a hospital capacity question. We have to quickly redesign the public health system with the hospitals to increase hospital capacity. Let's prepare for all of these things and may not be into the Corona virus. Maybe another virus, maybe some other public health threat. Maybe a terrorist threat. Who knows? But the world is is full of surprises now, and I think this was an eye opener for all of us. But fool me once, you know. Let's be prepared for the next one. Mark. Mark. And I see you right here. I go to you right now, you will have the last question go. Thank you. Kind words on some we got in your face Advisory council. Seems topic stays When you went to the council before that number. Okay. And when does that begin? Is that a statewide number in your city on just so that the council doesn't Jewish for me. And I'm sure your women services You get any consideration to bump up on that 14 14 quarters here, But what, you're you should be aware also as a four page garden, yet more I There is no, uh, official report that the Interfaith Council is going to do. I'm going to speak with him myself. I want to talk it through with them. Everybody wants to get to the same place everybody was, get to the same place, and by the way they want to get to the same place safely. Also, I'm very close to the Orthodox community. Is, you know, for many, many years, I'm speaking to them already. I understand their issues. I'm, uh it's it's complicated to set one number for one religion. Another number for you, said 14 for the Orthodox community. And you know, then I'll have the Roman Catholics say, Well, how come they get 14? I don't Conforti. So that's what we want to talk through, and we'll figure it out. I'll do my best to try to figure it out, and the 10 is goes into effect now, and it is statewide question for you. So the Legislature is proposing legislation that would require you or any future governor to submit a weekly report to Legislature during an emergency declaration. It would also limit on emergency declaration to 30 days. Also, counties are hoping that you could give them updates on counting fairies or any sort of guidance there. Okay, we have no update yet on fares, right? Uh, when affairs open, when does Saratoga open? When does any of these things open? It all depends on the numbers. Nobody can tell you what the numbers are. People who tried to make projections on the numbers. Frankly, they were all wrong. So we watch the actual numbers. You could start to see a pattern in the numbers. We see a pattern now where the numbers are going down and that's why we're taking the actions were taking eso. But are we at a point where anyone can forecast when will phase for happen? No, not at this point. And what was the first part of the question opposing legislation require, like a governor you to submit a weekly report, whatever they want to propose, they can propose. And then I look at it. I haven't heard of anything and I haven't seen anything. I think we'll through this in terms of my updates or informing people. I probably have been the most informative elected official or through this, you know, I've done this for about 80 straight days. Saturday, Sunday, I briefed every day. Every person in this state knows exactly what we're doing when we're doing it. I have people come up to me on the street who talk about rate of transmission and you know everything that we've done. So I feel very good about how exhaustive I have been in communicating. The news hasn't always been positive and uplifting, but I said from day one I'm gonna tell New Yorkers the facts every day and I have every day. I don't know I've been watched What every other Governor has done. I don't know if everyone has done it for 80 straight days. So I feel good about how much information we've communicated. And I don't think I could be any more public in the communication than I been right. We televise these for anybody who wants to watch. Uh, but whatever legislation they come up with, they can propose I