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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/1/20)

Last night, the White House gave us some charts and facts. Today New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, does the same.

ANDREW CUOMO

  • Our numbers continue to go up.
  • 220,880 tests have now been completed in the state of New York. 15,694 of those tests were completed yesterday.
  • 96,528 of those tests were completed in New York City. 7,331 of those tests were completed yesterday.
  • There have been 83,712 positive cases so far in the state of New York. 7,917 of those positives were new yesterday.
  • There have been 47,439 positive cases so far in just New York City. 4,300 of those cases were new yesterday.
  • For those you keeping score at home, that means 37% of all tests are coming back positive, and 56% of all positive cases in New York State are in New York City.
  • For some added perspective, New York City alone now makes up 25% of all COVID-19 cases in the USA, and 5% of all COVID-19 cases in the entire world.
  • But, if you would like to see a reassuring number; 47,439 represents less than 1% of the population of New York City. Don’t quote me on this, because I did fail math once in high school… lol, but I think that means that roughly 1 in every 1,000 people has tested positive here so far.
  • There is only one county that does not have a confirmed case in New York State.
  • He says this should be a warning to the rest of the country. If even rural areas upstate have managed to catch the virus, everyone is vulnerable.
  • There are 12,226 people currently hospitalized in New York State. 1,297 of them were admitted yesterday.
  • There are currently 3,022 ICU patients in New York. 312 of them were intubated yesterday.
  • 6,142 patients have been discharged so far. 1,167 of them were discharged yesterday. ❤
  • We are still the most impacted state. We are followed by New Jersey (18,696 cases/267 deaths), California (8,582 cases/183 deaths), Michigan (7,630 cases/264 deaths), and Florida (6,741 cases/85 deaths).
  • He has been working well with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut. I would like to personally add that I am sending my love and prayers to both states. The tristate area has always been closely related, and they’re in my thoughts now too.
  • At the time of the press conference, 1,941 people had died in New York City.
  • 391 people died from COVID-19 in New York yesterday.
  • If you go on a ventilator, there is only a 20% chance that you will come off the ventilator. The longer you stay on the ventilator, the worse the odds are.
  • The overall trajectory of our infection curve is still going up.
  • People keep asking when this will end, but the answer is still that we do not know.
  • He says facts are empowering, and I totally agree.
  • The McKinsey model shows that the current expected Apex in New York will happen at the end of April.
  • The models change constantly based on available data.
  • This model is based on minimal social distancing.
  • This second model is based on high compliance with social distancing.
  • Both models believe the Apex will be at the end of April, but we will have a better outcome as far as deaths and hospitalizations if we have high compliance with social distancing.
  • It’s not that helpful to compare the outcome in Wuhan to here, because in Wuhan they fully locked the city down and would not allow people to leave their apartments for anything. Even groceries were available for delivery only. He says this is not a reasonable expectation in America because we have no way to enforce it and our culture most likely wouldn’t comply.
  • Other models project the apex at different times. It could be as soon as seven days, or as far away as six weeks. He says we are planning based on a moderate projection because “we don’t even have a chance” of being prepared for the highest projections.
  • Using the IHME projections the white house is using (funded by Bill Gates), we are projected to have 16,000 deaths in New York. This model predicts 93,000 deaths in total across the country. That would mean 17% of all deaths in the USA will be in New York.
  • He reminds us that those numbers mean this problem is a national problem.
  • He says everyone should be watching us, because we are everyone else’s future.
  • If the IHME model is correct, we will continue to have a high death rate all the way through July.
  • Could we possibly deal with this and get the economy back up and running in the summer? He says if we can develop a rapid testing procedure that it may be possible. He says rapid testing would also end many people’s anxiety.
  • Regeneron has created 500,000 test kits at no charge. The first batch was delivered on Monday, and there will be an ongoing delivery of 25,000 per day from now on.
  • Corning has donated 100,000 tubes, and has provided an additional 500,000 at a reduced cost with expedited delivery.
  • Young people need to do better and respect the social distancing rules. You can get COVID-19 at any age and give it to anyone you love. Don’t take that risk.
  • All New York City playgrounds will now be closed down. FINALLY.
  • The open spaces in parks will still be open.
  • All of our hospitals in the state are now cooperating.
  • We continue to fight the good fight and plan forward.
  • QUOTE: “As a society, beyond just this immediate situation, we should start looking forward to understand how this experience is going to change us, or how it should change us. Because this is going to be transformative. It is going to be transformative on a personal basis, on a social basis, on a systems basis… we’re never going to be the same again. We’re not going to forget what happened here. The fear that we have, the anxiety that we have, that’s not just going to go away. When do we get back to normal? I don’t think we get back to normal. I think we get back- or we get to a new normal.”
  • QUOTE: “Our challenge is to make sure that transformation, and that change, is positive and not negative.”
  • QUOTE: “you could get wary of intimacy, and contact, and density. Social distancing… don’t go near anyone! What a terrible thing to live with as a human being. What a cruel torture. Isolate yourself from other people. Be afraid of hugging someone. Just think how emotionally, and personally, repugnant that concept is, right? We crave human connection. And now we’re being told that could be dangerous. You can’t kiss, you can’t hug, you can’t hold hands. So, how do we come out of this, and make sure that it’s positive, and negative? How do we learn from this? And how do we grow from this? In society, in life, you will get knocked on your rear end. You will deal with pain, you will deal with death, you will deal with setbacks, you will deal with suffering. The question is, how do you get up?”
  • He says we need to learn from this and prepare for the next big event, and he is right. He mentions climate change, and I think it’s worth noting that there are some people who expect us to have a catastrophic climate event within the next ten years. He says this will not be the only disaster we go through in this lifetime, and I think he is right about that too. He says we need to ask ourselves why we aren’t doing better with tele-health, tele-education, and intergovernmental coordination. He asks what we can do to make our economy more resilient, and asks why we are buying our medical supplies from china. All valid questions, in my opinion.
  • He says once again, that we need to learn how to plan for how to get ahead of the next disaster. He really should be the president. I wish he was our president.
  • He gives us a quote from Winston Churchill. It says “It is no use saying ‘we are doing our best’. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”
  • He says the quote is a bit harsh, but that is where we are now.
  • UPDATE ON CHRIS ‘NEWS BAE’ CUOMO: He has a fever, body chills and all of the symptoms of a bad flu. We all wish him a speedy recovery!
  • I love that he is calling him “Christopher” today instead of Chris. A true big brother!
  • God bless these two men. Their dynamic gives me life. You can tell there is a lot of love in that family.
  • He says he sent him a book called “a beginner’s guide to striped bass fishing” and adds “I hope he picks up some tips from that”.
  • He calls Chris’s decision to do his show last night from his basement “gusty and courageous.” ❤
  • QUOTE: “Kudos to him. My pop would be proud. I love you, little brother. And even though isn’t a flattering picture- I did not pick this picture with your mouth open, but it is… suitable in some ways.” LOLOLOLOL!!!!!

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: What’s the state’s policy on testing posthumously for coronavirus?
  • CUOMO: I have no idea.
  • DR. ZUCKER: If we suspect COVID-19 and they are tested in the autopsy, they are added to the numbers.
  • QUESTION: Were there patients moved from New York City to Albany last night?
  • CUOMO: Yes. We talked about this being one state, and how we would be supporting each other before.
  • QUESTION: Does this mean that the downstate hospitals are full?
  • CUOMO: He says we’ve been saying we need 140,000 beds. 110,000 of those are for COVID patients. 30,000 are regular hospitalizations. We tried to reduce the number of non COVID patients by saying no elective surgeries, but obviously there are still a lot of non COVID patients. The transfer to Albany was more of a one off situation which was individually arranged. I’m going to guess he can’t tell us anything about the patient because of privacy laws, but I am INFERRING that this was not a COVID patient.
  • QUESTION: What capacity is left in NYC and in Long Island and Westchester too?
  • CUOMO: He says they are not at capacity now, but they expect to go over capacity when we reach the apex in the city.
  • QUESTION: What are the criteria for being transferred upstate?
  • CUOMO: He says it is a pure capacity issue.
  • QUESTION: Is closing playgrounds enough to control the density at this point?
  • CUOMO: He says he had this conversation with the city, and the NYPD has to get more aggressive about breaking up groups. PERIOD.
  • QUOTE: [people say] “Well, it’s not a law enforcement issue. IT IS. And if you’re gonna force me into a position where I have to mandate it and make it a law, a social distancing law, that uh- which I think is ABSURD- but it has to be enforced. First, how reckless and irresponsible and selfish for people not to do it on their own. I mean, what else do you have to know? What else do you have to hear? Who else has to die for you to understand you have a responsibility in this, right? I mean, it’s just.. It’s just… really so incredible. Especially we New Yorkers, who live in a dense environment, and know how interdependent they are on one another, right? And this is a situation where one person sneezes, and I get infected. So, our own social responsibility , the individual responsibility, the civic duty, but beyond that, yeah, we’re going to need to get law enforcement to be more aggressive.”
  • PERSONAL NOTE: CAN CONFIRM. I went to Target today in The Bronx to pick up a prescription and some people in there were STILL acting like boo boo the fool about the new rules! Inching right up on each other in line, bunching up in the aisles, WEARING FACE MASKS AROUND THEIR NECKS. I mean, come on, people… the mask will not do you any good if you keep pulling it down to talk to your friend and answer the phone. Also, the amount of people who were wearing the mask over their mouth only… HAVE Y’ALL NOT BEEN PAYING ANY ATTENTION??? The mask goes OVER YOUR NOSE! GAWD!!! My local target does have security guards separating people, but they can’t be everywhere at once. We need to do better.
  • QUESTION: With so many members of the NYPD calling out sick, are there any plans to shore up our law enforcement in the city?
  • CUOMO: The backfill will come from state police, and we can deputize police officers from upstate to serve in the city.
  • QUESTION: How many volunteer medical people have been called in so far?
  • CUOMO: We are matching people up to hospitals as quickly as we can.
  • QUESTION: Have any upstate staff come down to the city?
  • CUOMO: Yes.
  • QUESTION: Why aren’t playgrounds closed upstate?
  • CUOMO: Because we don’t have the same density and compliance issues upstate.
  • QUESTION: When will the temporary hospitals come online?
  • CUOMO: They are the last resort. He says we will run out of staff before we run out of beds, and we may run out of equipment before we run out of staff.
  • QUESTION: What do you think of religious charities (with hateful views towards the LGTBQ community) running temporary hospitals in NYC?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “Anyone who can help, god bless.”
  • QUESTION: Do you think the federal government is being truthful about their stockpile of equipment?
  • CUOMO: He says he doesn’t know what they have in the stockpile. He says he doesn’t know if the federal government has enough to meet the needs of the people in their stockpiles, but he prays that they do because that is the only option.
  • QUOTE: “Remarkably, in a real cruel twist of fate, China is the main manufacturer for all these things. It all comes back to China.”
  • CUOMO: He again says that all of the states are trying to buy ventilators, but the federal government has outbid everyone. They are now the only source of ventilators for the states. But, the US is now bidding against the world. So, all we can do is pray.
  • QUESTION: Has this experience made you think more about a concept like universal basic income, or a single payer centrally managed healthcare system, which is kind of what you’re doing now.
  • CUOMO: He says no system will work if the entire economy is shut down, and asks who pays for universal basic income? He says he doesn’t have the answers, but we now have the questions.
  • QUESTION: What would that model look like without social distancing? Does the apex change?
  • DR. JIM MALATRAS: No, it does not. If we social distance effectively, we will have less deaths. But, the timing remains the same.

Governor Cuomo also adds that he wants to thank everyone on his team for completing the budget on time. He says it’s a difficult budget because we have no money. There will be more on that to come later.

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