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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/9/20)

After seeing the death rate effectively level off for three days here in New York, I thought we might have reached our peak at around 600 deaths a day. Unfortunately, yesterday the death toll shot up past 700 and my hopes for that were dashed. To be perfectly honest, seeing that yesterday was so depressing to me that I decided to take a break from blogging for the day. But, today I am here to check back in with Cuomo for updates. This is what he said at today’s press conference.

ANDREW CUOMO

  • He says that the “NY Pause” program is working, and that it has flattened the curve SO FAR.
  • This curve is a reflection of how well we social distance, so it is very important that we continue what we’re doing.
  • The number of people who are being hospitalized is coming down, and our hospital capacity has increased.
  • If the hospitalization rate keeps decreasing, the system will stabilize.
  • He again cautions that this all hinges on us continuing to do what we’ve been doing. This is not a sign that we can begin socializing again. He tells us to remember what happened in Italy, and to remain diligent and disciplined.
  • QUOTE: “The bad news isn’t just bad. The bad news is actually terrible.”
  • 779 people died yesterday in the state of New York. That is the highest single-day death toll yet.
  • QUOTE: “The number of deaths may continue to rise as those hospitalized for the longest periods pass.”
  • The longer you are on a ventilator, the less likely it is that you will ever come off of a ventilator.
  • Every number is a face. Every number is a family.
  • On 9/11 we lost 2,753 lives. COVID-19 has cost us 6,268 lives in New York State and counting.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I moved here two and a half years after 9/11, so I would never presume to speak on behalf of other New Yorkers about that day. I know some New Yorkers feel that there is not a fair comparison between 9/11 and what’s happening now, and I think that’s fair if that is someone’s point of view. There is a world of difference between watching human bodies fall from a doomed building and just sitting at home while thousands of people get sick. I don’t think these two events compare in terms of PTSD. However, I think comparing these two numbers gives people outside of New York some perspective on just how overwhelming this problem is here. I personally know many people that were affected by 9/11, but the number of people I know who are affected by this virus will end up being infinitely larger. Just as air travel was forever changed that day, the way we interact with one another will change because of this. And just as no one can know the trauma of being present when the twin towers fell unless they were there, I’m not sure that people outside of New York (or other hard hit places like Italy) can fully understand what these past few weeks have been like for us. To wake up to a new person dealing with the loss of a loved one, oftentimes alone and unable to mourn, every single day for weeks… if the 9/11 comparison helps you to think about what that feels like, then I think it’s apt.
  • All flags in the state will be flown at half-mast in honor of everyone we have lost to this virus. May we all recover soon. ❤
  • He speaks about the disparities in death rates among different races. It’s interesting to note the disparities between the boroughs in NYC as well. People in my borough, The Bronx, are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as any other borough. We’re the poorest borough with the least access to healthcare, and it’s actually killing us.
  • QUOTE: “You know it always seems the poorest people pay the highest price. Why is that? Why is that? Whatever the situation is, natural disaster, hurricane Katrina… the people standing on those rooftops were not rich, white people. Why? Why is it that the poorest people always pay the highest price? But, let’s figure it out. Let’s do the work. Let’s do the research. Let’s learn from this moment, and let’s learn these lessons, and let’s do it now. We’re gonna do more testing in minority communities, but not just testing for the virus. Let’s actually get research and data that can inform us as to why are we having more people in minority communities, more people in certain neighborhoods, why do they have higher rates of infection? I get the comorbidity. I get the underlying illness issue. But, what else is at play? Are more public workers latino and african-american, who don’t have a choice frankly, but to go out there everyday and drive the bus and drive the train, and show up for work, and wind up subjecting themselves to, in this case, the virus? Whereas many other people who have the option just absented themselves. They live in more dense communities, more urban environments, but what is it? And let’s learn from that, and let’s do it now.”
  • Additional testing and outreach in minority neighborhoods will begin immediately.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I think he forgot to mention another key group from minority communities who put themselves at risk every day; medical professionals. As I’ve mentioned many times on this blog, I have been a patient in the New York City public hospital system for many years, and I would say the majority of the hospital staff at Bellevue are minorities. I think it’s important to add that, so the characterization of minorities in New York isn’t limited to “bus driver and train conductor”. So many people of color are out there fighting this virus on the frontlines. When I nearly died of a virus a few years ago, my nurses at Bellevue were nearly all West Indian. When I had a 104.5 degree fever, I remember the calming voices that brought me back down from my hallucinations pretty much all had caribbean accents. Those nurses are SAINTS, and they are risking their lives for us everyday! Never forget that!
  • New York State will be depositing an additional $600 to anyone who filed for unemployment. He expects the federal government to reimburse the state for this cost. This would be fantastic news for me if I was ever able to get through to anyone on the phone to get my claim in, but… lol.
  • Unemployment benefits are also being extended for an additional 13 weeks. This means you can now collect unemployment for a total of 39 weeks.
  • By executive order, all New Yorkers can now vote absentee in the June 23rd election so no one will have to risk their health to go to the polls. ❤
  • Thank you to Mercury Medical, who donated 2,400 brand new bipap machines to the state of New York. We also thank our hometown airline, JetBlue, for flying them here from Florida for free.
  • We also thank Oregon, Washington State (NOT YOU, DC! lol), and California for sending us ventilators as well.
  • HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR ESSENTIAL STATE WORKERS! ❤
  • The state is also starting a social media campaign to talk about who we are staying home for. Who are you staying home for? Personally, I am staying home for all of us. The hashtags to use for the campaign are #NewYorkTough and #IStayHomeFor.
Ok, Andy… looking kinda fine over there on the right! Just sayin!
  • Happy passover to our Jewish community!
The video ended on this shot, and yeah… I feel the same. It’s going to be a long month.

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/6/20)

ANDREW CUOMO

  • 130,689 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State so far. 8,658 of those positives were discovered yesterday.
  • 72,181 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City so far. 4,630 of those positives were discovered yesterday.
  • 16,837 people are currently hospitalized in New York State. That number is up 358 people from yesterday.
  • There are currently 4,504 patients in the ICU in the state of New York. That number is up 128 from yesterday.
  • 13,366 patients have been discharged so far. 1,179 of those patients were discharged yesterday. ❤
  • 4,758 people have died from COVID-19 in the state of New York so far.
  • 599 people died from COVID-19 in the state of New York yesterday.
  • Our death rate has been effectively flat for two days. That is good news, because it means there is a possibility that we are starting to see our curve flatten.
  • We remain the most impacted state. We are followed by New Jersey (37,505 cases/917 deaths), Michigan (15,635 cases/616 deaths), California (15,076 cases/349 deaths), and Louisiana (13,010 cases/477 deaths).
  • Our hospital numbers are all continuing to trend downwards, which is great.
  • We still do not know exactly what being at the apex of this curve means. Whether it will be a quick drop off in the numbers, or a plateau that stays stable for a while before curving down remains to be seen.
  • Dr. Malatras shares several projection models with us today. The orange line shows the original estimates, the blue line shows a moderate estimate, and the purple line shows where they think we might actually end up thanks to social distancing. As you can see, we have made a huge improvement!
Good job, most of you!
  • Cuomo says if we are plateauing now, we are still plateauing at a very high level. He says sustaining hospitals at this level is still very problematic.
  • They are continuing their “surge and flex” program as they move 802 ventilators to overly stressed hospitals.
  • They are continuing to find ways to relieve pressure on hospitals through the use of things like the Javits Center.
  • They are also requesting that the USNS Comfort take COVID patients now too. Cuomo will be calling Trump to ask for this later on today.
  • Northwell health will be helping to bring Javits up to speed, and the location will then be staffed with military personnel.
  • The New York Pause program (our shut down) will be extended until April 29th.
  • The numbers coming down mean that social distancing is working, and we have to continue it. Let’s not make the same mistakes that other cities have and open up too early.
  • Y’all, Uncle Andrew called us all the way out here in New York City with these photos! This isn’t over yet! STAY INSIDE AND STOP GATHERING! Don’t let your irresponsibility be the reason someone else gets sick. Also, SHOTS FIRED at NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio! Lol, because we all know when he says “certain local governments” are not enforcing things as much as they should, he means De Blasio.
I can literally hear my neighbors having a little party outside RIGHT NOW.
  • As of today, the maximum fine for violations of state social distancing protocols will increase from $500 to $1,000. He ain’t playing with us anymore, y’all! Bring your ass back in the apartment and stay there!
  • The state is also setting up a first responders fund, to help essential workers with any needs they may have during this time. The New York State Department Of Health is accepting donations for this right now. Blackstone is making an anchor contribution of $10 million to kick things off.
  • New York State is also partnering with headspace to provide free mindfulness, meditation, and mental health resources to all New Yorkers. Visit headspace.com/ny for more info.
  • If you would prefer to call the mental health hotline to set up an appointment over skype with a mental health professional, the number for the emotional support hotline is 1-844-863-9314.
  • He says our challenge is to make sure we don’t lose anyone that could have been saved, and I just want to say…. DO YOU HEAR THAT OVER ON THE BLOCK BEHIND ME? CAUSE DON’T THINK I DON’T SEE Y’ALL BUNCHING UP OVER THERE! AND WHO DECIDED MR. SOFTEE WAS AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS??? Get it together, NYC! We just have to behave through the end of this month. We can do it!

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/5/20)

Is it possible New York has reached our peak? We got some good news today at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press conference today in Albany!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • 302,280 people have been tested for COVID-19 in New York State so far. 18,659 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 132,466 people have been tested for COVID-19 in New York City so far. 7,814 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 122,031 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State so far. 8,327 of those positives were discovered yesterday.
  • 67,551 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City so far. 4,245 of those positives were discovered yesterday.
  • 16,479 people are currently hospitalized in New York State. That number is up 574 people from yesterday.
  • There are currently 4,376 patients in the ICU in the state of New York. That number is up 250 people from yesterday.
  • 12,187 patients have been discharged so far. 1,709 of those patients were discharged yesterday. ❤
  • 4,159 people have died from COVID-19 in the state of New York so far.
  • 594 people died from COVID-19 in the state of New York yesterday.
  • However, the number of people who died yesterday was lower than the day before! Yasss! ❤
  • However, it is too early to tell if this is a downward trend or a single day’s fluctuation.
  • But, all of the important numbers went down yesterday, which is a hopeful sign!
  • Long Island is quickly shifting to become the next hotspot after New York City.
  • Experts disagree on whether the apex is a high point after which we will immediately drop off, or simply a plateau that will last for a while at a constant rate before coming down. Since New York is the first place to reach an apex in the US, we will be learning this as we go.
  • It is important that we continue to protect our vulnerable populations in every way we can.
  • However, he reminds us that 80% of people who get COVID-19 will self resolve, and many people who go to the hospital will make it out again.
  • 74% of those who have been hospitalized have been discharged.
  • He says our hospital system is over capacity, which is putting a tremendous amount of stress on our healthcare system in general.
  • QUOTE: “But, life is options. And we don’t have any other options.”
  • He speaks again about surging and flexing our resources, and having all of our hospitals work as one. It’s pretty much the same thing he’s been saying for days.
  • Javits is apparently still not up and running as a COVID-19 facility, which surprises me since they were supposed to be ready for patients almost a week ago. I know it was not meant as a COVID facility at first, but I’m surprised that it’s taking so long to transition this.
  • He says what we all know, and that is that the federal stockpile is an absolute joke and states should work together to coordinate our infection curves and shift our resources as the curves move. Thank you again to Oregon for understanding this!
THANK YOU, PRESIDENT CUOMO!
  • The federal government is deploying 1,000 personnel to New York, including doctors, nurses, and respiratory techs.
  • The New York City public hospitals are getting priority deployment. They will receive 325 new people to help on the frontlines today.
  • We are deeply appreciative of all of our medical professionals and essential workers who have kept us going throughout this crisis.
  • He talks about Cabin Fever, and… LOL AT THAT BACKGROUND! That child who is about to dive bomb mom has me cracking up!!!
LOOKOUT, MOM!
INCOMING!!!
  • I am fortunate not to be locked in with anyone who is driving me nuts. But, I do think my cat might be ready for me to leave at this point.
“YOU’RE STILL HERE?!?” – Toulouse
“WHEN WILL YOU GET A REAL JOB AGAIN?!?” – Toulouse
  • He says that he and his daughter have decided to take up running in order to disrupt their own cabin fever.
  • He talks about historical perspective, and that reminds me… I am reading a book about the 1918 flu epidemic, and BRUH… that was definitely worse. The Spanish Flu had a 10 to 20% death rate, and most of the people it killed were otherwise young and healthy prior to their infection. It could cause an absolutely horrific demise within hours of the first sign of symptoms. And, as a bonus level of misery, this horrible plague on humanity was happening at the same time as a world war! Yes, COVID-19 is bad. But, shit… let’s all be grateful it ain’t the Spanish Flu!

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

Hi everyone! Yesterday I decided to take a mental health day away from the press conferences. But, today I am back with the latest from the president of the east coast, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • 283,621 people have now been tested for COVID-19 in the state of New York. 23,101 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 124,652 people have been tested for COVID-19 in New York City. 11,248 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 113,704 people have tested positive for COVID-19 so far in the state of New York. 10,841 of those positives were found yesterday.
  • 63,306 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City so far. 6,147 of those positives were found yesterday.
  • 15,905 people are currently hospitalized in the state of New York. That’s 1,095 more than yesterday.
  • We currently have 4,126 COVID-19 ICU patients in the state of New York. That’s 395 more than yesterday.
  • 10,478 people have been discharged from the hospital in the state of New York so far. 1,592 of those people were discharged yesterday. ❤
  • So far, there have been 3,565 deaths from COVID-19 in the state of New York.
  • 630 people died from COVID-19 yesterday in the state of New York.
  • We are still the most impacted state. We are followed by New Jersey (29,895 cases/647 deaths), Michigan (12,670 cases/478 deaths), California (12,569 cases/282 deaths) and Massachusetts (10,402 cases/192 deaths).
  • PERSONAL NOTE: Speaking as someone who was born in southwest Detroit and has experienced how screwed up Michigan can be firsthand, I am still actually shocked at how fast and how far Michigan has shot up this list. I thought for sure the big tragedy outside of New York would be Florida by this point in the timeline, but apparently Michigan is proving me wrong. My heart goes out to everyone back in my other home state. Please stay home!
  • The numbers continue to trend upward.
  • 66% of the people who have been hospitalized have been discharged. Only a third of hospitalized patients end up requiring ICU care.
  • They are keeping a close eye on Long Island, which has now jumped from 17% of all cases in New York to 22% of all cases in New York.
  • We have not yet reached the apex of this crisis, but we’re getting closer. It’s believed that we are between 4 – 8 days away from our worst day.
  • We are not yet ready for the apex of this crisis. So the more time we have, the better.
  • There will be a conference call with all the hospitals today to coordinate all of the equipment.
  • The White House agreed to make The Javits Center a COVID-19 facility. The federal government is going to staff and equip it. They are now transitioning it from a non-COVID facility to a COVID facility. If this transition goes well, it will be a game changer for us.
  • We now have 85,000 volunteer medical professionals, including 22,000 from out of state. THANK YOU!
  • He is also signing an executive order to allow medical students who were slated to graduate to begin practicing now.
  • Remember earlier this week when he said the state had ordered 17,000 ventilators from China? We’re getting an update!
  • For comparison, the federal stockpile was only about 10,000 ventilators for the nation. (IF YOU BELIEVE TRUMP EVEN HAS A STOCKPILE READY… which… *side eye*)
  • Well, the update is that it turns out our 17,000 ventilator order never came through. *blip bloop sad face*
  • I was confused by the next talking point. But, if I follow the math on what he said it sounds like we have 2,500 ventilators left in the whole state that are not currently in use.
  • If I follow that math a little further, it sounds like we will run out of ventilators in five days if that’s our total number.
  • Although handling international relations is not usually a duty of a state governor, Cuomo went out and did the work for us (since Trump clearly wasn’t going to). Through help from people in our federal government (I’m sure not Trump) and the Asian American society, we have reached an agreement with China! They are DONATING 1,000 ventilators to us! THANK YOU, CHINA! ❤
  • The state extends our gratitude to the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation, the Jack Ma Foundation, Alibaba co-founders Jack Ma and Joe Tsai, and the Chinese Government, including Ambassador Huang and the Chinese Consul General.
  • Those 1,000 ventilators will be coming into JFK today!
  • Also, the state of Oregon contacted us and is sending 140 ventilators. THANK YOU, TO THE PEOPLE OF OREGON AND GOVERNOR KATE BROWN! ❤
  • Oregon did this completely on their own, unsolicited by the state of New York, which is amazing!
  • Oregon’s curve is projected to hit in May. So, we will surely be returning this favor to them after our curve peaks.
  • By my math though, this extends us to about 7 days worth of ventilators if our curve continues to go up. So, we still need more help!
  • He talks about FDR and why it’s important to think ahead when fighting a war, and it just highlights another difference between Cuomo and Trump. You can tell Cuomo has a lot of respect for politics, and that he reads books. Trump has respect for just about no one, and the closest he ever gets to reading a book is scrolling through his own feed on Twitter.
  • He says he just wants this to be over, and sir… we are all right there with you.
Literally same, Andrew. ❤

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (4/2/20)

Today I will only be covering the main presentation in this press conference. After yesterday’s revelation that we can expect 16,000 death in New York alone, I think I need to back up just a little bit from watching all of the press conferences for a little bit to protect my mental health. I’ll still give you highlights, but perhaps not as much as before for the next few days. That way, I can give you at least the main content from both Cuomo and Trump.

But, the good news is that this conference took a really fun turn! We got a guest star today, and that brought a smile to my face.

ANDREW CUOMO

  • 238,965 people have been tested in the state of New York. 18,031 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 104,041 people have been tested in New York City. 7,513 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 92,381 people have tested positive in the state of New York. 8,669 of those people were new positives yesterday.
  • 51,809 people have tested positive in New York City. 4,370 of those people were new positives yesterday.
  • They are concerned about the large rise of cases in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Both counties saw over a thousand new cases yesterday.
  • Every county in New York State has a case.
  • He says it is a false comfort to believe that your area will not get the virus because you are in a rural area. Lots of upstate New York is very rural, and they still got the virus. This virus will march it’s way everywhere.
  • 13,383 people are currently hospitalized in New York State. That number is up by 1,157 patients from yesterday.
  • We currently have 3,396 ICU patients in New York State. That number is up 374 patients from yesterday.
  • 7,434 patients have been discharged in New York State so far. That number is up 1,292 from yesterday. I personally know two people in this count! ❤
  • 2,373 people have died in New York State so far. That number is up from 1,941 yesterday. I personally know someone in this count. May he rest in peace.
  • 432 people died from COVID-19 in New York State yesterday.
  • All of the numbers are trending up in our infection curve.
  • The challenge continues to be preparing for the apex of that curve.
  • Depending on which model you use, our apex could be anywhere from 7 – 30 days away.
  • When we have our apex depends on how well we social distance.
  • Today they believe it is closer to the shorter range in that spectrum, which is pretty concerning because yesterday he said there was no way we’d be ready for this to hit it’s apex in a week.
  • They are still projecting a need for 70k to 110k beds at the apex of this crisis.
  • We currently have 53,000 beds statewide. Only 36,000 of those beds are downstate. Keep in mind that downstate currently has the majority of the infections.
  • He says “by any estimate, we do not have enough beds”.
  • When does this end? Holy Christ, the model he shows on screen now goes until August.
  • How many lives lost? He shows the same slide from yesterday that shows we will have 16,000 deaths.
  • He says “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and that is true for the hospital system too.”
  • We need beds, staff and supplies to save lives.
  • Construction has started at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and at The Staten Island Psych Center. Both are expected to open next week.
  • QUICK FUN FACT: Staten Island has an interesting, and morbid, history when it comes to their mental health facilities. In 1983, one of this facility’s predecessors was the subject of a documentary called “children of darkness”. In the documentary, they allege that the children held there were often “warehoused” because of society’s inability to cure them. Several children died there under suspicious circumstances, and I remember friends from Staten Island telling me the site was haunted well into the 2000s. The original site of the psych ward was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. This location is a new building, and I think it might have been an administrative office previously.
  • Beds are the least of our problems. They are much more worried about beds and supplies.
  • Staff has been moved from upstate to downstate.
  • 21,000 people from out of state have volunteered to help us during this crisis. THANK YOU!!!! ❤
  • When we can return the favor, we will!
  • 85,400 medical professionals have volunteered to come out of retirement for this. THANK YOU!!!! ❤
  • Equipment continues to be a problem.
  • For the first time ever, we have a hospital to hospital survey of all of our supplies.
  • These surveys will now happen on a nightly basis.
  • We cannot invoke the defense production act as a state, so he asks that local companies consider what they can do and reach out to the state to help. If you own a company that can make any sort of PPE, the state would like to hear from you. They are willing to pay a premium to anyone who can help. The state will also finance any transition costs your company may have.
  • 400 ventilators were released to the New York City public hospital system, and 200 were given to Long Island and Westchester hospitals.
  • At our current burn rate, we have enough ventilators to last about six days.
  • These numbers will also be compiled and assessed every night.
  • The state has no desire to buy more than we need because “the state is broke, and these are very expensive. But, we need what we need.”
  • They are taking extraordinary measures to make sure we know where every single ventilator in the state is, and to come up with alternate solutions for if we run out. These solutions include splitting ventilators, converting anesthesia machines, and converting BiPAP machines.
  • They are also still looking for ventilators that can be purchased and used immediately.
  • Northwell has been working on the conversion process for BiPAP machines and will be training the other hospitals how to do it. The state has purchased 3,000 BiPAP machines for this purpose.
  • The healthcare exchange will now be reopened until May 15th. He says 96% of the state has health insurance, which surprises me honestly. But, if you are not insured, you will now have a second chance to sign up. This would be me. I will most likely check this out this week and report back on how that goes.
  • DAILY UPDATE ON CHRIS “NEWS BAE” CUOMO! He’s doing ok. Still looking fine as hell. ❤
  • OMG! WE ARE GETTING CHRIS LIVE! YASSS! I friggin love these two together!
  • Chris says this has been a challenge for his hair. LOL
  • Chris adds that Andrew looks like he’s been cutting his own hair. ZING.
  • CHRIS ON HIS SYMPTOMS WITH THE VIRUS: “I had hallucinations. I was seeing pop. You came to me in a dream. You had on a very interesting ballet outfit, and you were dancing in the dream, and you were waving a wand and saying I wish I could wave my wand and make this go away, and then you spun around and you danced away.”
  • ANDREW: “Normally we joke. I’m not gonna do that today. You know, rule one is you never hit a brother when he’s down, and uh… you’re literally in the basement, soooo…” hahahahah
  • Honestly, you guys should watch this one for yourself because these two are a real joy to see together. Governor Cuomo has the whole video on his facebook feed!

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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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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/31/20)

In today’s press conference, Governor Cuomo comes to us live from Albany, New York. The big headlines today are that his much beloved brother, Chris “NEWS BAE” Cuomo, has contracted that Coronavirus, and that FEMA has effectively made it impossible for the states to buy anymore ventilators on their own. What? You all don’t call Chris “news bae”? That’s just me? Ah well, whatever. Enjoy the notes!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • The number of cases continues to go up. We are still in search of the apex of this curve.
  • 205,186 have been tested in New York state so far. 18,645 tests were done yesterday.
  • 89,197 tests have been done in New York City alone. 9,892 of those tests were done yesterday.
  • 17,795 people have tested positive so far in New York State. 9,298 people tested positive yesterday.
  • 43,139 people have tested positive in New York City. 5,686 people tested positive yesterday.
  • He says there are two counties without a case, but the map only shows one county without a case. I think he’s getting tired, which is completely understandable.
  • We have 10,929 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19. That number is up 1,412 people since yesterday.
  • We have 2,710 ICU patients (a patient on a ventilator). That number is up 358 since yesterday.
  • 4, 975 patients have been discharged so far.
  • 771 people were discharged yesterday. ❤
  • He coughed!!!! NOOOOO!!!!
  • New York State still has the most cases in the country. We are followed by New Jersey (16,636 cases/199 deaths), California (7,421 cases/146 deaths), Michigan (6,508 cases/197 deaths), and Massachusetts (5,752 cases/61 deaths).
  • New York State has had 1,550 deaths so far.
  • 332 people died from COVID-19 in New York yesterday.
  • Yesterday we had the most hospitalizations we have had so far.
  • The number of intubations was down slightly from yesterday by 8 people.
  • The number of people discharged went up yesterday from the number of people discharged the day before.
  • We are continuing to pursue our two missions: helping to fight this battle on the frontlines at the hospitals, and practicing good social responsibility by staying at home.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I hear coughing outside my window right now. Please stay indoors!
  • They are continuing to follow the projections of experts.
  • They are continuing to procure equipment.
  • They are continuing to identify beds.
  • We need to find more ways to support our medical staff.
  • He says “I am tired of being behind the virus.” He says we knew about this virus, and we should have been preparing for it to come here. However, no one prepared and now we are playing catch up. And, as he says, “you don’t win playing catch up”.
  • QUOTE: “The second rule to never underestimate your opponent, and we underestimated this virus. It’s more powerful, it’s more dangerous than we expected.”
  • He says we must plan forward and get ahead of this and plan for the next battle. The next battle will be the apex of this curve.
  • He reminds everyone that this is the whole point of creating a stockpile. Maybe we don’t need everything now, but we will most certainly need it in a week.
  • He says New York’s Apex could be anywhere from 14 days to 30 days away. Mayor De Blasio here in NYC keeps saying that our make or break day is Sunday, but De Blasio is never as clear in his reasoning as Cuomo, so I’m not exactly sure what he means by that or where he got his information. Cuomo and De Blasio seem to disagree about quite a few things in this crisis.
  • He continues on that we need a social acceptance of the time expectations involved here. We’re all anxious, and tired, and fatigued. Everyone wants to know, when is it over? He says “nobody knows”.
  • Although no one can tell us when this will end, Governor Cuomo says he can promise you this… it won’t be ending soon.
  • Yesterday he met with the entire state’s hospital system. Everyone has agreed to work together, starting now.
  • There are about 160 private hospitals in New York City, and 11 public hospitals.
  • The 11 public hospitals have always been under the greatest stress, and had the greatest need.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: Having been to the ER at Bellevue many times myself because of my chronic health problems, I can confirm this. It is not uncommon to wait hours to get into the ER at Bellevue, nor is it uncommon for them to be so overcrowded that patients are left in hallways, ON A REGULAR DAY. That said, our public hospitals are amazing institutions, and you will never hear me give them anything but praise for the care they have given me over the years.
  • We must break the barriers between these two systems in New York City and operate as one.
  • We also have to end the distinctions between upstate and downstate hospitals and be more flexible about where patients are sent.
  • He says “We know today where we must focus. Our stressed hospitals have the least capacity to handle an additional load.”
  • This is what we’ve been seeing at Elmhurst hospital. It is a public hospital, in a place with a dense population, and it got overwhelmed. That can’t happen going forward.
  • QUOTE: “People said Elmhurst isn’t my responsibility. Elmhurst is a public hospital. The city runs it. I don’t run it. It’s New York City. It’s not a private hospital. I don’t care which link breaks in the chain. The chain is still broken. It doesn’t matter which hospital, which link… if ANY link breaks, the chain breaks. The healthcare system is a chain. It breaks anywhere, it breaks everywhere. That has to be our mentality.”
  • They developed a comprehensive plan for shifting patients and resources, and New York hospitals will be pooling supplies.
  • The projections say we will need between 20,000 and 40,000 ventilators. Here is what we have so far.
  • 6,500 ventilators are already downstate.
  • 4,400 ventilators are in stockpiles from the Federal Government.
  • 800 ventilators are in a state stockpile.
  • 1,000 ventilators have already been distributed from the state stockpile.
  • The state has ordered an additional 17,000 ventilators, and the note by it says “3 weeks).
  • 2,750 BiPAP machines have been ordered. A BiPAP machine is similar to a CPAP machine, and is usually used by people who have sleep apnea to ensure they can breathe throughout the night.
  • For those of you keeping score at home, all of those numbers come to a total of 32,450 ventilators. I think our success here will come down to how fast the ventilators the state ordered get here. But, overall, I am really impressed with how many ventilators Cuomo and company were able to find!
  • They are also still looking at splitting ventilators between two patients.
  • He says he spoke to the president, the vice president, and Jared Kushner yesterday, and that they were very helpful.
  • PPE will also be stockpiled and shared fairly.
  • He says he thinks this will end when we have a 15 minute at home test that will allow people to know if it’s safe to go back to work yet.
  • They are still testing new medications, and working on saliva, antibody and plasma tests as well.
  • They now have a central coordinating team run by the department of health. He adds “if the federal government is going to participate, they have to be part of this team because we have to know what we’re doing, and I don’t want FEMA coming in and blowing the coordination of what everyone is trying to do.”
  • The coordinating team is going to arrange upstate/downstate transfers, and set patient loads for hospitals. So, if one hospital gets up to or near their capacity, those hospitals can start to send patients to other hospitals before they get up to their max.
  • Most importantly… STAY AT HOME.
  • QUOTE: “I know it’s hard to stay at home, and I know everyone thinks I can go out, and I can be smart, and I won’t get it infected because… it’s me! I’m a superhero. It’s not gonna be me. That is not true. And it’s not just about you. It’s not just about your health, and your life that you’re playing with here, my friend. You can infect other people.”
  • QUOTE: “Everyone is subject to this virus. It is the great equalizer.”
  • Chris Cuomo has tested positive. NOOOOOOO!!! He found out this morning. I have worked many upfront events for CNN in the past, and I’ve met Chris a couple times. He’s always very personable and nice, and he’s a great news anchor. I am praying for him!
  • QUOTE: “He is going to be fine. He’s young, in good shape, uh… strong… not as strong as he thinks, but… uh, he will be fine.” LOL, I love these two so much!
  • If Chris Cuomo can get it, you all can too. So, think twice before you go outside.
  • Chris is quarantined in his basement at home. He’s mostly worried about his kids, and hoping he didn’t get them infected.
  • QUOTE: “You don’t really know Chris. You know, you see Chris on the show at night, 9 o’clock on CNN. But, you just see one dimension, right? You see a person in his job, and in his job, he’s combative, and he’s argumentative, and he’s pushing people… but, that’s his job. That’s really not who he is. He’s a really sweet, beautiful guy. And he’s my best friend. My father was always working, so it was always just me and Chris. And he’s a lawyer also, Chris. He’s a lawyer because growing up, the decision point came to what do you want to do after college? And my father was a very strong personality. And my father basically suggested forcefully to Chris that he should be a lawyer. It was a different time, and a different place, ya know? Now my daughters, Cara who’s here, they all follow their individual stars. This is their destiny, which is right. If you had said to my father ‘I want to follow my individual star’, he would say you can follow your individual star right out that door. So, Chris went to law school. But, he never really had a desire to practice law. He calls me when he’s about 26, he’s at a law firm, and he said ‘you know, I don’t want to be a lawyer’. I said ‘ yeah, I know, but you are now a lawyer. You are.’ He said ‘yeah, but I don’t want to be a lawyer’. I said ‘what do you want to be?’. He said ‘I want to be a journalist.’. I said ‘you want to be a journalist?’ I said ‘it’s too late. You’re a lawyer. You have to pay law school bills. You didn’t go to journalism school. It’s too late,’ ‘No, no, I think I can do it’ and God bless him, he quit the law firm, went to work for Fox TV, which is a whole separate conversation in the house, and then worked his way up. He’s at CNN. He does a beautiful job. But… a sweet guy. And now he’s quarantined in the basement, but he’s funny as heck. He says to me ‘even the dogs won’t come downstairs’. Soooo… But he is concerned about his wife and his kids.”
  • Yes, I took down the whole quote for y’all because I love this family so much. If you haven’t watched Chris and Andrew together on CNN, please look it up. They are hilarious! I would pay to watch a thanksgiving special about those two!
  • He says their mother was at “CHRISTOPHER”’s house two weeks ago, and that was a mistake. He went for his full government first name there! That’s how you know who the big brother is. Haha
  • “Matilda’s law” is named for their mother. This law covers all of our social distancing protocols.
  • He says there is nothing that we have learned that is different since we started doing these briefings.
  • In my mind, I saw a supercut to a shot of Trump saying “WE’VE LEARNED SO MUCH” every night during his briefings, and got a good laugh out of that.
  • QUOTE: “We know what we have to do. We just have to do it.”
  • He said to FEMA “you have to learn how to do your job, and you have to do it quickly”.
  • New York will happily share our resources and knowledge with the next cities to be hit. He names Detroit and New Orleans as next.
  • He says if we were smart as a nation, we would be sending help here first and then passing it along in a wave from hotspot to hotspot. The key word here, in my opinion, is IF.
  • We need to put politics aside and all work together.

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: How many healthcare workers are on the ground right now?
  • CUOMO: The problem is that healthcare workers are working too much. We have 78,000 people who have volunteered to come out of retirement to help. We are sorting those people out to different locations now.
  • JIM MALATRAS: We are launching an online portal to help assign those folks today. We have about 175 people working on background checks to make sure we have the right people for the right job, and we expect to have some of those people out by Thursday.
  • QUESTION: Do you have any new projections as to when the apex might hit in New York City and the state as a whole?
  • CUOMO: We have five models that we look at, and no two are the same. The range on the apex is somewhere between 7 to 21 days. There are a lot of variables they’re looking at. The number of beds we’ll need also varies a lot, as do the projections on ventilators.
  • QUESTION: You mandated that hospitals increase capacity by 50%, do you anticipate needing to enforce that mandate in order to get them to do that.
  • CUOMO: The hospitals have been cooperative. They’ve all added 50% capacity. We’re also mandating that the hospitals share their supplies. He does not anticipate that being a problem either. The problem will be maintaining capacities, because all of our hospitals will be weighted down now.
  • QUESTION: So the newest mandate your adding will allow you to demand private hospitals take patients from public hospitals when the public hospitals get overloaded?
  • CUOMO: Yes. Before this week, there was no system to help a hospital that had become overloaded. Now there is. It’s never been done before.
  • QUESTION: Are New York City patients being transferred to upstate hospitals yet?
  • CUOMO: No. First, we’re going to try to bring upstate staff down to NYC. Sending patients upstate is the worst case scenario.
  • QUESTION: Who’s paying for all this?
  • CUOMO: All of the transfers are voluntary. But, we’re all paying the cost. The hospitals are paying the cost. The state is paying the cost. Frankly, we’ll figure out the cost later. He says “who pays the bill should not determine who lives and dies”.
  • How many active ICU beds do you have now?
  • CUOMO: He gives us an answer about the “3 weeks” note I mentioned earlier! QUOTE: “we have ORDERED 17,000 [ventilators] from China. That we would pay for, roughly $25,000 each. By the way, anyone who says ‘oh maybe you don’t need that many ventilators. You don’t need that many. You don’t really believe you need that many.’ You know how you know I really believe that number? Because we are paying $25k per ventilator, and we are broke. And the last thing I want to do is buy a single ventilator that I don’t need. The complexity with ventilators is we ordered 17,000 from China,  so did California, so did Illinois, so did the federal government, so did Italy. And what’s happening is, China… the orders into China are very slow coming out. Exactly how and why, we’re not sure. It’s just that they have such a tremendous demand. Of the 17,000, we only have a firm expectation on 2,500. We only have a firm expectation on 2,500.”
  • QUESTION: When are the rest supposed to come in?
  • CUOMO: They’re supposed to come in over the next two weeks.
  • QUESTION: Will they come in time for the apex?
  • CUOMO: Obviously, that depends on if the apex is in seven days or 21 days. He says when people look back on this situation, people will talk about how ridiculous this situation is. He says it’s like being on Ebay against 50+ aggressive people all bidding for the same item. He says “and now FEMA is bidding on top of the states. So, now FEMA is driving up the price! What sense does this make???”
  • QUESTION: How do non coronavirus emergencies factor into this new system?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “We’re learning things here that… it’s not that we’re learning things here. ANYONE could have told you a lot of these things, right? The situation I just explained with purchasing, did you really have to learn that 50 states shouldn’t compete against 50 states? And then FEMA shouldn’t come in late, and then compete with 50 states? Eh, you know, it’s not that you had to go to the Harvard Kennedy school to learn this, right? Should you really have a hospital system in New York state where you have private hospitals, you have these struggling public hospitals… there’s two separate systems… the upstate is separate, long island is separate… shouldn’t you have planned a comprehensive system? YES, but the commercial barriers to that, the political barriers to that, were so intense that if you didn’t have a disaster, an emergency, you couldn’t break through them. The conversation I had with these hospital leaders yesterday in that room, if it was not for the coronavirus, I would have never made it out of that room. I mean, what I was saying was so antithetical to the foundation of the business of healthcare in this state, which by the way is a multi-billion dollar business… it’s right, it was common sense, but sometimes you need the emergency to force change that would be very, very difficult otherwise.”
  • QUESTION: OK, but what about non coronavirus patients?
  • DR. ZUCKER: The new system is working on all those areas as well. Other emergencies are getting taken care of as well.
  • QUESTION: You have said that we will send ventilators to other hotspots, but there are questions about when that will be. Comments?
  • CUOMO: How do we know our peak will end before Chicagos? We don’t know that. So, it can be that we literally have all of the equipment, and then pass it along when we’re done. But, in essence, we do know that we will eventually be able to send stuff on, and what I’m saying is that if we can help somebody else with our supplies, we’re going to help somebody else.
  • QUESTION: Are you worried about staffing?
  • CUOMO: Yes. If you are out there working on the frontlines, your chance of getting infected is very high.
  • QUESTION: The other day you talked about forming a buy consortium with states. Is that still possible? 
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “What’s happening is that it is almost impossible to buy a ventilator. To the extent that anyone is successful in buying ventilators, FEMA basically came in and is now capturing the market. Because the ventilators are coming out of China, and FEMA basically bigfooted the states in China. So, to the extent that anyone is buying it, it’s FEMA. And that’s why the federal distribution is going to be so important, because they are the only ones. I can’t buy a ventilator. I can’t buy a ventilator. Whatever we’re willing to pay, I can’t buy a ventilator. So, it really comes down to how the federal government distributes it, and that’s why it’s so important.
  • QUESTION: What happens when we run out of ventilators? How do we decide who gets them?
  • CUOMO: He says he doesn’t even want to think about that.
  • QUESTION: Do you plan on signing an extension bill so that government employees will be paid on time?
  • CUOMO: He says he plans on signing a budget.
  • ROBERT MUJICA: He says all state employees will get paid tomorrow. It has nothing to do with the budget.
  • CUOMO: We have never not paid state employees.
  • QUESTION: What’s the update on the budget?
  • CUOMO: No update! He says “see how easy that was?” lol
  • QUESTION: What options are left to the state?
  • CUOMO: We do a budget based on the projections we now have, and if we don’t get enough funds we reduce the allocations we have.
  • QUESTION: Do you think the unemployment system is working as smoothly as you would like to see it?
  • CUOMO: No, it is not. It’s compounding people’s stress.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: CAN CONFIRM! It has been very difficult to even get on the damn website!
  • CUOMO: He says they have hundreds of people working on it, and he apologizes for all of the issues.
  • ROBERT MUJICA: He says they usually get 50,000 calls a week. Yesterday, JUST YESTERDAY, they got 1.2 MILLION calls. Last week, they had 7.8 million calls.
  • QUESTION: People have tested positive for the virus in our prison system, but the state is not saying where they are. Comment?
  • CUOMO: I’ve never heard that.
  • QUESTION: Do any of the rent relief bills extend to businesses?
  • CUOMO: Yes, we extended it to commercial. No one can be evicted for three months. He goes on to say that his daughters have also stopped paying him, and he thinks they are just taking advantage of the system. LOL!
  • QUESTION: There are reports that a minor died of the virus in New York. Can you give us any details? Did they have an underlying condition?
  • DR. ZUCKER: Yes, they did have an underlying condition. He says he can’t share it because of patient confidentiality laws.
  • QUESTION: Will we see any bail reform in the state?
  • CUOMO: It’s something we have to get done.
  • QUESTION: What happens at the end of three months when everyone owes several months of rent?
  • CUOMO: We’ll deal with that when we get there.
  • QUESTION: What happened with the budget?
  • CUOMO: He says only god can assign blame, we can only deal with reality.

As I wrap this recap up, I can hear a symphony of ambulance sirens outside my window. The apex is still yet to come.

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/30/20)

LIVE FROM THE JAVITS CENTER!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • Happy National Doctor’s Day! We honor and thank all of the doctors who have fought to save lives today. They are true heroes.
  • Unlike in Trump’s speech last night, Cuomo acknowledges the fantastic staff at the Javits Center who routinely completely transform this building for trade shows under normal circumstances. This is important to note, because when Donald speaks about it you would think the federal government built the entire building from the ground up in four days. The work the federal team did on the Javits Center is phenomenal and entirely worthy of praise, but a lot of the credit that Donald forgets to hand out belongs to the local staff at the Javits Center who flip this building for trade shows all the time. Since I have worked with those people many times at the Javits in the past, I would like to take this time to say THANK YOU to the Javits staff! As Governor Cuomo says, they always do an amazing job, but this time we are really all blown away by what they have accomplished. FEMA and The Army Corps of Engineers deserve a ton of thanks as well, but let’s not forget the very real contributions of regular New Yorkers. Keep on kicking ass, New York city event professionals!
  • Again, for those of you who are not familiar with The Javits Center, I would like to give you a little more perspective on this. Here are some comparison pictures of The Javits Center over the years.
Today’s press conference vs New York Comic Con in 2019
A before and After of the inside of Javits Center’s main exhibition hall. (photo credit for the after photo unknown)
No one completes a breakdown after a large show like the crew at Javits! The second the show floor closes, the forklifts are out and everything comes down immediately. I always joke that you get exactly one warning to clear the floor before they run you over.
You see some fun things during event set up sometimes. I understand why you can’t carpet a hospital floor, but man that floor is brutal without it. Trust me, every brand ambassador, promo model, product specialist and event producer feels for those doctors and their feet right now. We’ve been there too!
Cosplayers taking a break by the bathrooms at New York Comic Con.
  • Javits now has 2,500 beds. WOW! It’s eerie for me to see this on a personal level, but it is inspiring to see what a remarkable job they did.
  • Javits will see it’s first patients TODAY.
  • In terms of the number of cases, the curve continues to go up.
  • At the time of the press conference, New York State had over 60,000 positive cases.
  • There is now only one county in New York that does not have the virus.
  • QUOTE: “Anyone who says this is a New York City only situation is in a state of denial.”
  • QUOTE: “There is no American that is immune to this virus.”
  • QUOTE: “In many ways, New York is just the canary in the coal mine. What you see us going through here, you will see happening all across this country.”
  • Part of what we hope will happen in New York, is that we will be able to learn lessons from this that we will then be able to share across the nation.
  • The exact numbers for today in New York: We have had 66,497 positive cases. 9,517 people are currently hospitalized. 2,352 of those patients are in the ICU. 4,204 patients have been discharged.
  • 632 people were discharged yesterday.
  • 1,218 people have died in New York so far.
  • New York remains the most impacted state.
  • Rounding out the top five behind us: New Jersey (13,386 positives/161 deaths), California (6,266 positives/130 deaths), Michigan (5,472 positives/132 deaths), and Massachusetts (4,955 positives/48 deaths).
  • For perspective, our problem is 10 times worse than California, and we have a much smaller population as a state than they do. (39 million in California vs 19 million in New York)
  • 253 New Yorkers died yesterday.
  • There have now been 732,153 cases of COVID-19 worldwide.
  • For perspective, New York State now makes up 9% of all reported cases worldwide.
  • Hospitalizations went down slightly yesterday from the day before.
  • Cases are now doubling every six days, which has slowed from our highest rate of doubling last week.
  • The number of people discharged yesterday was slightly lower than the day before.
  • The situation is painfully clear. There is no question that we will face grief and a loss of life. Going forward, we must focus on two missions.
  • Number one: public responsibility. Stay home. Do not engage in close proximity to others. Do not crowd together in dense groups. He is not telling us that it would be nice if we stay home, he is telling us that we NEED to stay at home. Just stay home!
  • New Yorkers have not been complying with the density rules in the parks, so he is considering closing them. This is exactly why we can’t have nice things, y’all! He’s been telling us to act right FOR A WEEK. I get that it sucks to be locked up in a tiny New York City apartment, but would you rather be fighting for a space at a hospital and in the position of hoping that we can convince President Velveeta over in the White House to send you a ventilator fast enough to save your life? I THINK NOT. There ain’t no basketball game worth that! So, stop acting like boo boo the fool and stay your ass inside! It ain’t that hard!
  • Number two: The front-line battle is in our hospital system. We have to continue to support our healthcare system. We’ve done everything we can do to social distance and flatten the curve, and now the time has come for us to make sure we do everything we can not to overwhelm our healthcare system. We need to recruit more healthcare workers. We need to share healthcare professionals both within the states, and among the states. We need to support our “troops”. We are begging the surrounding states to send help. We will return the favor when our curve passes, but we need help now. Please, please if you are a healthcare professional who can help, we need you!
  • We also need supplies desperately, contrary to whatever that idiot in DC is saying.
  • We are now in a situation where all of the states are competing for supplies against one another, in addition to competing with the federal government and individual private hospitals. This is honestly a horror movie scenario that I never expected to see in real life. Welcome to The Hunger Games, basically.
  • The price of ventilators skyrocketed from around $20k to over $50k “IF YOU CAN FIND THEM”.
  • The ventilators have not changed, the prices have gone up because everyone is outbidding each other.
  • We have been trying to plan forward here in New York. That is why we have been asking for more supplies and preparing stockpiles, DONALD.
  • QUOTE: “The word stockpile by definition means not for immediate use! It means you’re preparing for a battle to come.”
  • QUOTE: “If you wait to prepare for the storm to hit, it is too late my friends.”
  • Here in New York, we have been following the science and the data. We believe in following the advice of experts, and that is why we are planning ahead.
  • They just had “a great meeting with the entire statewide healthcare establishment”. Not just with public hospitals, or local hospitals, but with the entire hospital system in New York.
  • They have now convened, coordinated, and are working as one for the first time in decades.
  • Why? Because this is a statewide battle, and we all need to work together to save lives.
  • QUOTE: “No politics. No partisanship. No division. There is no time for that. Not in this state, not in this nation. This is a deadly serious situation, and frankly it’s more important than politics, and it’s more important than partisanship. And if there is division at this time, the virus will defeat us. If there was ever a moment for unity, this my friends is the moment.”
  • QUOTE: “In this situation, there are no red states and there are no blue states, and there are no red casualties and there are no blue casualties. It’s red, white and blue. This virus doesn’t discriminate. It attacks everyone, and it attacks everywhere.”
  • QUOTE: “The president said this is a war, and I agree with that. This is a war. Then, let’s act that way. And let’s act that way now! And let’s show a commonality, and a mutuality, and a UNITY that this country hasn’t seen in decades. Because the lord knows we need it, today more than ever before.

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: (paraphrasing) Trump caught a bad case of verbal diarrhea last night and accused New York of sneaking PPE out the back door. What do you have to say about that?
  • CUOMO: (paraphrasing in my own words) I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE STOCKPILES SINCE DAY ONE, IT’S CALLED PREPARING YOU DAMN FOOL.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “You have the scientists and the data projections showing you a curve. The curve is like this, and you’re over here. Prepare for the high point of the curve! AND DO IT NOW! When are you gonna do it, the night before? What am I gonna tell the hospitals when they call up and they say we just had an influx of 50% more people, and we need more equipment and we need more ventilators? SORRY???”
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “In terms of a suggestion that the PPE equipment is not going to a correct place, I don’t know what that means. I don’t know what he’s trying to say. If he wants to make an accusation, then let him make an accusation. But, I don’t know what he’s trying to say by inference.”
  • QUESTION: ????? (GET A MIC RUNNER!)
  • CUOMO: In New York City, we have a public and private hospital system. In this situation, they will have to be balanced in a way they have never been before in order to better distribute the patients. We need to do this now. We have discussed it, and we are going to do it. There are no legal barriers. The public system will face the greatest stress. If a public hospital starts to get overloaded, we need to be able to send patients to any other hospital that can handle that extra load.
  • KEN RASKE: The hospitals are going to work as one cohesive family system throughout New York. They will be a balanced system.
  • QUESTION: How will patients be shifted to places like the Javits Center?
  • CUOMO: Javits and the naval hospital ship (the USNS Comfort) will be handling patients who DO NOT have COVID-19. He asked the federal government to make Javits and the ship available for COVID patients, but they only wanted non COVID patients at these locations. This means their function will basically be as an overflow location for existing hospitals to send their regular patients.
  • NOTE FROM ME: I understand this in theory, but I think this won’t end well. Are you telling me that in a field hospital with 2,500 beds not one of those patients, doctors or nurses will have this virus? That seems like wishful thinking to me. All it will take is one person coming in with the virus, even unknowingly, and suddenly the whole hospital is sick. Also, it seems like a poor allocation of resources to me.
  • QUESTION: Are you unwilling to tangle with the president?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “How many years have you known me? 20 years? Have you ever known a time in the 20 years that I am unwilling to tangle? I’m a tangler!” lol
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “I am not engaging the president in politics. My only goal is to engage the president in partnership. This is no time for politics. You know, lead by example. I am not going to get into a political dispute with the president. I’m not gonna rise to the bait of a political challenge. I’m not running for president. I was never running for president. I said from day one I wasn’t running for president. I’m not running for president now. I’m not playing politics. I just want a partnership to deal with this. And I said to the president quite clearly, look when you do good things for my state and you’re a good partner, I will be the first one to say you’re a good partner. And I have. I went to the ship, the Comfort, today. I said thank you Mr. President. When we opened up the Javits Center, I said thank you to the army. They did a great job here, the army corps of engineers. When you do help my state, I’ll say thank you. If I believe that New York is not being served, like the federal legislation that they passed, I will say that too. You know? Sometimes it’s simple. Just tell the truth. Right? And that’s where we are. Tell the truth. If he’s doing the right thing by New York, I’ll say it. If he’s doing the wrong thing by New York, or the rest of the country, I’ll say it. But, I’m not going to engage in politics. Not because I’m unwilling to tangle. But, because I think it’s inappropriate. And I think it’s counter-productive. And I think it’s anti-American. Forget the politics! FORGET THE POLITICS. We have a national crisis. We are at war. There is no politics. There is no red and blue. It’s red, white and blue. So, let’s get over it and, again, lead by example.”
  • QUESTION: ???????
  • CUOMO: No one can be evicted for non payment of rent for three months. PERIOD. But, you will still owe rent at some point when this is over. He says he will look into extending that time period when the three month is up.
  • QUESTION: ????????
  • CUOMO: Elmhurst Hospital is a public hospital, and they are struggling. He has asked other hospitals to help them out, and that sort of shifting will continue to happen as public hospitals become overwhelmed.
  • QUESTION: What do you think the death toll will be?
  • CUOMO: The White House estimates 100,000 to 200,000 as the death toll across the nation. We don’t have projections for New York at this time. We have been studying the projections to see where to best deploy our resources. He smartly stops just short of saying “ what does it matter?”, but I understand what he means. This isn’t what we should be focused on. Rather than focusing on how awful it could be, we should be focusing on how we can prevent it from becoming the worst case scenario. Any life lost is too many. Why waste time dwelling on doom, when we can use that time to fight for life?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “the number is already staggering. A human life is a human life. We’ve lost over 1,000 New Yorkers. To me, we’re beyond staggering already. We’ve reached staggering. And the only point now is, do everything you can to save every life possible. That’s what this is all about.”
  • QUESTION: ????
  • CUOMO: No one hospital can deal with this. We have to operate differently now.
  • QUESTION: ???
  • COUMO: God bless our doctors. We all wonder if we would ever have the courage to do their job. Thank you, from all of us.

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Andrew Cuomo New York City New York State

Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/29/20)

Before I get into my notes from today’s press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, I want to talk a little bit about some of the viewer comments that I saw on today’s livestream. There’s a rather vocal group of people online who seem to think that there is not enough being done to “quarantine” New York City. Let me start off by saying that I do understand these people’s concerns, and I agree that people in New York City should stay in New York City for everyone else’s safety. But, I would like to provide you all with some additional context for this situation that will hopefully help you to understand why throwing the word “quarantine” around is not productive.

First of all, we are already just about as “quarantined” in New York City as we can be. Yes, there are still people who are ignoring the social distancing rules at our city parks. But, for the most part, everyone I know is doing their part and staying at home. Asking people to completely shut the city down is simply not feasible in a place like New York City. Our lifestyle is very different from the vast majority of the rest of this country.

We need to keep the trains and buses running because most of the people who live here don’t drive, and we need to maintain ways for essential workers to get to their jobs and for sick people to get to hospitals. We need to leave school buildings open for meal pick ups because we have more than 100,000 homeless children in New York City who will not be able to eat otherwise. We need enrichment centers for the children of essential workers, because where else will they go? We need all of the grocery stores and bodegas to stay open because many of us, again, do not drive and live in walk up apartments that are not conducive to carrying large amounts at one time. We need the laundromats to stay open because many of us do not have the ability to wash larger items at home. We would like outdoor spaces to stay open because we live in tiny apartments and do not have yards. Are you starting to see the picture I’m painting here?

I understand the fear people in the surrounding areas are feeling about this illness. How do you think we feel here? We’ve all read the news stories about people being turned away at the hospitals, nurses using garbage bags as PPE, the long lines outside to be tested for COVID-19, and we have all seen the death toll. Although New Yorkers have a reputation for being tough, the truth is that a lot of us are scared too. We have good reason to be. I am not excusing people who have attempted to flee the city to escape the disease. But, I think you have to understand that we are all afraid in this country right now, and when you throw words like “quarantine” around people automatically start imagining a scenario where we are walled off and left to die. Please try to understand how that sounds from our perspective.

I am particularly disappointed by the negative comments from upstate New Yorkers about New York City. Unfortunately, what’s happening to us in the city will happen to people upstate soon too. I can certainly understand why some people blame us downstaters for this, but blaming us will not change the inevitable. Thankfully for the upstaters, they are projected to hit the apex of their infection curve after us in the city. That means they will be able to learn from our mistakes, and hopefully they will be able to benefit from some of the resources we have gathered when our curve starts to slope downwards. Upstate New York is one of the most beautiful places in the country, and I would never speak ill of upstaters the way some of them have spoken about us. We are all one state. Let’s please try to remember that and all be New York strong together.

And now, on to the notes!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • The trajectory of new cases in New York continues to climb.
  • Local health providers should be monitoring what’s going in their own area, as different areas will peak at different times. This is what’s known as a “rolling apex”.
  • The curve will hit at different times depending on when it started and the rate of spread in that particular community.
  • This is true all across the country.
  • This rolling apex will happen all across the state of New York.
  • New York City is expected to hit our apex first, followed by Westchester or Long Island, and then upstate New York.
  • For a local health system, this situation is a new challenge. In most places, you have a public hospital system, a private hospital system, or possibly a voluntary hospital system, and these different types of hospital systems do not really interact with one another. There’s also not much interaction between the hospitals within each system. We have to change that mentality, and change it quickly.
  • QUOTE: “No hospital is an island.”
  • He says we need a new culture of hospitals working with one another.
  • QUOTE: “There is an artificial wall almost between [public and private hospital] systems right now. That wall has to come down.”
  • Everyone must help everyone else.
  • Elmhurst Hospital is still under very intense stress.
  • There are 11 Health And Hospital public hospitals in the New York City system.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I am a longtime patient at Bellevue, which is one of the eleven hospitals mentioned in this system. For those of you who live outside of NYC and associate Bellevue with mental hospitals, yes, it does have a well known psychiatric ward. But, it is also a world class regular hospital. I have two chronic medical conditions; high blood pressure and polycystic ovarian syndrome. I take medication for both of them (although the medication for PCOS is only taken under certain circumstances). They have taken care of me when I was broke, while I have been uninsured, and they saved my life when I nearly died from a viral infection in my 20s. Our public hospital system in New York City is something I am incredibly grateful for, and that I know will fight for our lives now with everything they have. The people who work in our public system are actual saints, and I am praying for them everyday. There are not enough words in the world to say how proud I am of these people. They are truly the best of us.
  • Our 11 public hospitals will need to work together like never before. He says he will speak to Mayor De Blasio about improving communication.
  • He will also be meeting with the leaders of private hospitals tomorrow to talk about how they can all integrate together.
  • The state’s role is to help coordinate all of this.
  • The hope is that we can take advantage of the projected rolling curve and ask upstate hospitals to help relieve downstate hospitals in the beginning, and then ask downstate to do the same for upstate as curves make their way around the state.
  • The New York PAUSE system (Policy, Assure, Uniform, Safety, Everyone) will be extended until April 15th. This is the executive order that commands the state wide shut down. So hold onto your butts, y’all! We’re staying put for at least two more weeks!
  • PERSONAL NOTE: Yesterday, I listed the timelines for the lockdowns in other heavily impacted areas. I think it’s safe to assume that New York City will end up looking at a two month shut down based on those timelines. We’ve already been shut down for a week. So, I would say to expect about seven more weeks of this. That is just my opinion! But, I’m basing it off of what we saw in Wuhan, and what’s being projected for Italy.
  • The New York State Department Of Health has developed a less intrusive saliva and short nasal swab test.
  • This new test can be self-administered in the presence of healthcare workers, and it uses less PPE.
  • Healthcare workers can self-administer this test, and it will help limit their exposure to the virus.
  • This new test will start as soon as next week.
  • When is it over? He says when we come up with an inexpensive at home test that can be brought to volume, that’s when we’ll probably see a return to normalcy in the workforce.
  • I wouldn’t bet on that time being soon.
  • The USNS Comfort will arrive tomorrow, with fresh supplies and staff. It will not be for COVID-19 patients. But, it will handle all of the other medical problems that require urgent care.
  • Our current stockpile includes 2.5 million N95 masks, 6 million surgical masks, 2.7 million exam gloves, 500,000 protective gowns and coveralls, and 300,000 face shields.
  • They are currently distributing 625,000 N95 masks, 1.5 million surgical masks, 600,000 exam gloves, 200,000 protective gowns and coveralls, and 65,000 face shields.
  • They have a purchasing team that is working 7 days a week to get more medical equipment, but it’s difficult because we are bidding against all the other states. But, we are making progress.
  • Finding staff is going very well. We now have 76,019 medical professionals who have volunteered to help. Roughly half of those volunteers are some kind of physician, and the other half of various kinds of nurses.
  • So far, 172, 360 people have been tested for COVID-19 in New York. Of that number, 16,390 are new tests.
  • So far, 59,513 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, Of that number, 7,195 are new positives.
  • New York City has had 33,768 positives so far. Of that number, 4,002 are new positives.
  • There are now only two counties in the state of New York reporting no cases of the illness.
  • There are currently 8,503 people hospitalized in New York. 2,037 of them are ICU patients.
  • So far, 3,572 people have been discharged. Yay!
  • 846 people were discharged from the hospital yesterday. YASSS!
  • At the time of the press conference, there have been 965 deaths in New York. That number is up from 728 yesterday. I will do the math for you, and tell you that means that 237 people died from COVID-19 in the state of New York yesterday.
  • We are still the most impacted state.
  • Rounding out the top five most impacted states, we have New Jersey (11,124 cases and 140 deaths), California (5,565 cases and 121 deaths), Michigan (4,635 cases and 111 deaths), and Washington (4,311 cases and 191 deaths).
  • The number of hospitalizations went up yesterday to 1,175.
  • These daily numbers vary because of many factors, so looking at one day in specific is not always all that meaningful.
  • Our rate of hospitalizations is now doubling every six days, which is a slower pace than where we were a week ago.
  •  ICU admissions also went up yesterday. We had 282 ICU admissions yesterday.
  • The number of people who were intubated went down yesterday to 165. They don’t normally run this chart, but for context purposes I will tell you that the highest number on this chart so far was two days ago at 290 people.
  • More people were discharged yesterday than any day before. YASSS!
  • For perspective, 679,977 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since this all began.
  • He speaks now about some of the fallen, and now I’m crying again.
  • Detective Cedric Dixon was 48 years old. He worked in the 32nd precinct in Harlem, and was a 23 veteran on the force. He could have retired, but he stayed on as a service to his city.
  • Kious Kelly was also 48 years old. He was the Assistant Nurse Manager at Mt. Sinai West.
  • Governor Cuomo says he is at a loss for words, and so he has chosen this FDR quote to speak for him. It says “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
  • The president and the CDC ordered a travel advisory for people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This happened last night.
  • This advisory is NOT a lockdown or a quarantine.
  • It is basically what we’ve already been doing. Nonessential people should stay at home.
  • He says he supports what the president did because it affirms what we have already been doing.
  • Yesterday the completely insignificant state of Rhode Island issued an executive order directing police officers to stop anyone with New York plates at the border for mandatory quarantine. That executive order has been repealed.
  • We thank them for coming to their damn senses about this.
  • QUOTE: “this is disorienting. It’s frightening. It’s disturbing. Your whole life is turned upside down overnight. To be the best you can, find a way to create some joy.”
  • He says that his idea is to have a family day. He talks about his big Italian family gathering for spaghetti and meatballs, and now I’m hungry. He reminds us all that we can do this over skype, or through facetime, and that it’s still special even if it’s different than we’re used to.
  • His story about his kids not trusting his food because they knew he couldn’t cook is the story of my life. When he said “so we got chinese food afterwards” I just about died. Haha, SAME! We are the same, Governor Cuomo! Lol
  • He says “I know we feel we are under attack”.
  • PERSONAL OPINION:People have been coming for us who were not sent for, LOOKING DIRECTLY AT YOU RHODE ISLAND. But, this is New York. We specialize in strength, stamina, and stability. We don’t care about the opinions of haters. We’re not going to brick off New York City, so to all of you out there who are rooting for this to be a disaster movie, you can go shave your backs now. Thanks.
  • QUOTE: “I can’t sit here and say you’re not going to see people pass away. You will. That is the nature of what we’re dealing with, and that’s beyond any of our control. But, New York is going to have what it needs, and NO ONE is going to attack New York unfairly. And NO ONE is going to deprive New York of what it needs.”
  • QUOTE: “There is no state in the nation that is better prepared, or better mobilized than what we’re doing.”
  • EXCELSIOR – “EVER UPWARDS!” (For those that don’t know, this is our state motto)
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM – “Out of many, one” UNITY.
  • “If you put those two things together, it says it all.
  • QUOTE: “If you remember nothing else when I’m gone, if you walk up to the box and have nothing else to remember… Excelsior. You can be better. It will be better. We can make it better. E pluribus unum. We make it better together. That’s it. And that’s what we’re doing.

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: When will you start admitting patients to Javits?
  • CUOMO: This week. Remember that we are assembling supplies for the apex, so the idea is that it will be ready for the apex.
  • QUESTION: This shutdown will affect Easter and other religious holidays. What do you say to families about that?
  • CUOMO: He says it’s hard. But, guys… I’m going to just give my personal opinion here and say it’s really not that hard. It’s one easter. God will forgive you if you worship at home. I’m fairly certain a compassionate god would prefer that we take care of our community and reduce the spread of this illness than that we pack into churches and cause more deaths. Cuomo reminds people that the outbreak in New Rochelle was made worse by a religious gathering.
  • CUOMO: By the way, the first COVID patient in New Rochelle is now out of the hospital.
  • QUESTION: Have you spoken to the governor of Rhode Island, and how did you convince her to rescind her executive order?
  • CUOMO: He spoke to her yesterday, and says that he did believe the order was legal or “neighborly”. He said she was receptive to his message and he thanks her for changing her mind.
  • QUESTION: There have been 237 deaths in the last 24 hours, 222 of which were in New York City, do you have any idea what the apex of this might look like in terms of lives lost?
  • DR. ZUCKER: We are already at 965 deaths, so it does seem the deaths will be in the thousands. But, again, these are models and the numbers could change.
  • QUESTION: But, in terms of what you expect to see each day, are we talking about hundreds?
  • DR. ZUCKER: 80% of people who get this illness will recover on their own. The number of people who end up dying is currently hovering at about 1%. So, it depends on how many new cases we see.
  • CUOMO: My opinion is that there’s no way you can look at those numbers and conclude anything other than that thousands of people will pass away.
  • QUESTION: As of Friday, nursing home residents accounted for about ¼ of all the coronavirus deaths in New York, is there anything more you can do to prevent that.
  • CUOMO: Says that coronavirus in a nursing home is a toxic combination. They are no longer allowing visitors in nursing homes, and they are testing staff before letting them in to work. Unfortunately, there isn’t really anything else that can be done.
  • QUESTION: What numbers are you looking at to get these data projections?
  • DR. ZUCKER: All of them.
  • CUOMO: You asked about the testing numbers, but I wouldn’t give too much weight to the testing numbers because the people we’re testing are not random. We’re testing people who we already suspect have the virus. And we don’t do the projections ourselves. We have professional firms doing this for us.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: This is a good time to talk about a huge misconception I have been seeing a lot online. People seem to think that because we have done the most testing, that means we are testing everyone. We are not. We are using the same standards as most other states and only testing people with symptoms, and I have heard from friends that it’s hard to get the test even if you are symptomatic. No one is inflating these numbers. We just sincerely have a lot of sick people here. If you are reading this from another state, please understand that the number of people who have the virus here is almost assuredly higher than what we are reporting!
  • QUESTION: Florida has apparently placed a similar ban on New Yorkers coming to the state, similar to what Rhode Island did yesterday. Do you have any comments on that?
  • CUOMO: I don’t know what they’re doing in Florida, but I will look into it.
  • WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE SAID: Oh, so they refused to cancel spring break or close their beaches, yet are surprised they are now having a coronavirus outbreak? Oh, ok. But, now that you already have the virus, you want to ban New Yorkers? Oh. I’m just saying, there’s a reason why your state is a national punchline, Florida. Next!
  • QUESTION: Do you get crime reports? Has domestic violence gone up? What are you doing for the city’s mental health?
  • JIM MALATRAS: We have a hotline people can call to receive free mental health assistance during this time. We are also tracking reported crimes. It’s tough to tell if there’s been any increase in domestic health issues.
  • DR. ZUCKER: We’re working with people all across the state to address the state’s mental health needs.
  • QUESTION: We had ample warning about coronavirus before this became an emergency situation. Why didn’t you shut the state down sooner?
  • CUOMO: We were one of the first to shut our state down. We wanted to do it in a way that didn’t create more panic.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “We’re fighting two things. You’re fighting the virus, and you’re fighting the fear. I can’t tell you how many people called all night long about the mandatory quarantine comment that the president made as he was getting into a helicopter, which was inconclusive, by the way. Even if you heard his comment, it was not conclusive in his comment. But, people are so on edge… I mean, it really panicked people. They were gonna leave the city last night. It was really… so you need to manage that fear and that panic, and you also need to deal with the virus.”
  • PERSONAL NOTE: California did beat us to shutting down their state by a few days.
  • CUOMO: He says that he does not want to use the term “shelter in place” for what we are doing because it is usually used to describe sheltering in a very guarded room to protect from bombings or an active shooter, and he felt that using that term would only add to people’s panic.
  • QUESTION: Do you regret not closing the state down sooner?
  • CUOMO: We had one of the most dramatic reactions at the first point in all this. So, that answer is basically no.
  • QUESTION: Do you know how many frontline medical providers now have the virus in New York?
  • CUOMO: We don’t have statistics on that.
  • QUESTION: Senator Schumer says that you have flatly rejected 5 billion dollars in coronavirus medicaid funding for New Yorkers because you’re not willing to delay the medicaid reforms until the federal funding runs out. He says you’re hurting local government at this time, what is your response?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “Well, I would say to senator Schumer, it would be nice if he would pass a piece of legislation that actually helped the state of New York.”
  • PERSONAL NOTE: SHOTS FIRED FROM ALBANY!!!!
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “The piece of legislation he passed stopped the state from a process that was happening for six months that was redesigning the medicaid program to make it more efficient and more effective. It was called the medicaid redesign team. I announced it back in January. It’s the second time we did it. And it takes waste and fraud, and inefficiency out of the system. And that was going on since January. The legislation he passed said you can’t redesign medicaid. For what reason I have NO IDEA. So, it disqualified this state from funding, and he knew that when he passed it.”
  • QUESTION: But you have a choice, you can either take the additional 6 billion in emergency funds and pause the MRT, which is worth 2.5 billion, or… it sounds like you’re not taking the 6 billion so you can push ahead with the MRT.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “Yeah, I have no choice. Because- I’ll tell you. 2.5 billion per year recurring is worth more than a 6 billion one shot. I’d rather have 2.5, 2.5, 2.5 than 6 billion today. And I called every congressional representative and told them why would you want to stop a medicaid redesign that’s been going on since January? I don’t know what they’re political calculus was, but that’s all it was. It was political calculus.”
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “It was a state passed medicaid redesign effort. Why would you ever want to stop that? I don’t know whose politics they’re playing.”
  • QUESTION: Why not take the upfront money now, and redesign medicaid next year?
  • ROBERT MUJICA: QUOTE: “The numbers here are important. The 6 billion dollar number? We can’t get to the 6 billion dollar number no matter how you estimate those numbers, so probably it’s closer to about 4 billion dollars, and that assumes that the emergency is in place for a full year. There’s nothing in that bill that says that it will last for a year. In fact, it will end as soon as the president declares the emergency is over, and that can happen at any time. So, that 4 billion dollar number also is reduced. If it’s half a year, it’s only 2 billion. Then a significant portion of that money doesn’t come to the state. It went to local governments. So, you’re left with a number that’s under 2 billion dollars, potentially. If, at most, which then you’re basically saying take a one shot of these funds, don’t reform the medicaid system and spend that money inefficiently on a system that unanimously everyone understood was not working properly and was wasting the money. So, the choice is really waste the money that way, or do a bill that actually provides funding to New York State. That bill doesn’t even give us a fraction of the amount of money that is needed.”
  • PERSONAL NOTE: Did y’all catch that? What a mess.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “Just, so you have a fact. It’s 2 billion. Take 2 billion for sure, right? Door A, door B. Take door A, and you get 2 billion for sure, or door B for 2.6 billion. I pick the door with 2.6 billion.”
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “The real question is to me, why would you do that to the state of New York? Why would you say ‘stop a medicaid redesign’ that saves taxpayers money, that has to be passed by the assembly, and has to be passed by the senate? Why would a federal government say ‘I’m gonna trample the state’s right to redesign its medicaid program that it runs’??? That saves money! Who… What… What is…? I don’t even know what the political interest is that they’re trying to protect.”
  • CUOMO:  QUOTE “Second, the problem with the budget is the numbers. Why? Because the federal government… what we just talked about was in the previous bill. Two bills ago. The bill that JUST PASSED, we get 1.9% of our state budget. About 5 billion dollars, which is 1.9% of our budget, only to use for coronavirus expenses. Ok? 5 billion dollars. 1.5% of our budget. Only for coronavirus expenses. First point, you have states that got 10% of their budget, 20% of their budget, in coronavirus expenses, that don’t even have coronavirus cases! You have some states that have four cases. We have more cases than anyone else. We got the lowest level of reimbursement in the bill. What happened to funding need? Second, the federal bill had NO FUNDING for the fact that states have lost revenue. And speaker Pelosi, god bless her, was asked today, how about Governor Cuomo’s point that it didn’t do anything to help the states? And the speaker basically said, yeah, we have to come back and pass another bill. So, we have a 10 billion dollar, 15 billion dollar revenue hole that the federal government did NOTHING to help on. Now, I have to do a state budget.”
  • CUOMO: The budget is due next week, and now we will have to make drastic cuts to the budget like you have never seen before.
  • QUESTION: On the issue of the travel advisory, what do you envision as essential travel? And does this mean you don’t want people coming in to New York to do business?
  • CUOMO: It’s the same definition as what it’s always been in New York. We only want essential workers traveling.
  • QUESTION: What would be the impact of MRT cuts during a public health crisis?
  • CUOMO: We do have healthcare funding. The federal government did provide 5 billion dollars in the bill for coronavirus expenses. But, every hospital now has coronavirus expenses. The budgeting problem is not funding healthcare, it’s funding the schools. The schools are where we have zero dollars.
  • QUESTION: Could we do short term borrowing?
  • ROBERT MUJICA: The issue is that we won’t have any revenue coming in for the first quarter because taxes have been delayed, so we will have to shift resources in order to bridge the gap. We will do short term borrowing, but we will still have a 10 billion dollar revenue shortfall.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “When you have that big a hole that has to be closed, there’s two things you can do. You can sort of paper over it and come up with expectations. Well, we believe the next federal bill will actually deliver money to the state of New York. Yeah, you could say that. And you could say that I believe that Santa Claus is real. You know. But, I’m not comfortable doing that. Especially since the federal government just passed the bill, and that’s what we were just hoping for, and the federal government just did the exact opposite and handed us a goose egg. Uh, well we expect the economy is gonna rebound in nine months, and that it’s gonna be what they call the V curve. It’s gonna be a quick down, it’s gonna be a quick up, so all those revenues are gonna keep flooding back so we’re gonna be fine. That’s another way of papering over the hole. I don’t want to do that either. Because I don’t believe it. And I don’t believe anyone’s gonna believe it. And I don’t believe credit agencies are gonna believe it. And I believe postponing a problem, in government, in life, you just make it worse. You just make it worse. Let’s not deceive ourselves. You’re not gonna get saved by the federal government. If they were going to do it, they would have done it. They played the wrong politics. SHOCKER.”
  • QUESTION: Will there be any policy issues done with the budget?
  • CUOMO: The same policy issues we’ve been discussing all along. The main policy objections are to a bill that would is meant to fight against anti-semitism. He thinks it would be a mistake not to address anti-semitism in the state and address “domestic terrorism”.
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “It’s repugnant to the concept of New York and America to attack someone based on their race, color, creed. If you kill someone in an attempt to kill several people based on their race, color or creed, how is that not a terrorist act?”
  • CUOMO: They don’t want to pass that bill, and they don’t want to pass a surrogacy bill that would allow LGTBQ couples to have a biological child. He says this is “wholly ironic” to him, since New York was the first state to pass marriage equality. He says now we are telling those same couples they can’t have kids, and that makes no sense to him.

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/28/20)

Before I start today’s notes, I want to speak a little bit about my life before COVID-19. As I state in the about me section of this website, before this virus came along I was a freelance experiential marketer.

You might be wondering, what does that mean? Experiential marketing basically refers to any sort of marketing that’s done face to face with other people. I think the most easily recognizable example of experiential marketing are auto shows. The people you see standing by the cars, the people who welcome you to the display and answer your questions, do not work directly for the brands they are representing. We work for talent and staffing agencies, and most of us have represented hundreds, if not thousands, of brands at conventions and promotional tours all across the country. I personally have worked events in about 25 states, but several of my colleagues have made it fairly close to all 50.

One thing that I love about my job, is that it allows me to continuously connect with other humans on a personal level, from all walks of life. I see the very best, and the very worst, of people all the time throughout my daily interactions. I am used to dealing with large crowds, with calming people’s anxiety over uncontrollable things like wait times, or calming people’s decision making fears. And through my adjacent experience with event production, I have also become accustomed to learning to adapt to changing circumstances quickly.

But, all of my life experience and coping skills are geared towards managing being surrounded by other people. This situation presents me with a completely different sort of challenge. This situation has forced me to manage myself. I am the one one who needs calming now, and there is no one here to redirect my energy and renew my spirits when I fall short. I live alone in The Bronx. It’s just me and my cat, in a one bedroom apartment, staring out the window at the unknown. Gone are the tours across the country, the conventions, and the film festivals. Rather than waking up everyday ready to use my energy to make people smile, I wake up everyday praying that no one I know dies.

I’m telling you this because I want you to have some context for why these press conferences and updates are so important to me. If you are reading this from outside of New York City, you might not yet understand the impact this crisis has had on our culture and our way of life. It might seem far removed for you, wherever you are. As someone who lives in the current epicenter of this pandemic, I want you to understand the reality on the ground. I want you to understand that your city could be next. And, most importantly of all, I would like to use my skills to connect with you all as a human being once more.

Thank you for allowing me this platform, everyone. On to the notes!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • The situation manifests itself in many different ways, through economic anxiety, fear of isolation, panic from misinformation, etc. If you feel lost or disoriented, it’s not you. It’s everyone, and it’s everywhere.
  • Today is Saturday. How many of us knew that? I am in the same position Cuomo’s in. All of the days now feel the same to me. I’m sure many of you can relate.
  • The state of New York had our first COVID-19 case 27 days ago. Please stop and reflect on that. Our entire existence here in New York was completely derailed in less than a month.
  • New York schools closed only 10 days ago.
  • The first school closures in New Rochelle during the first major outbreak happened 18 days ago.
  • The overall shutdown on non essential workers was only 8 days ago. He says it feels like a lifetime ago, and I agree.
  • How long will this go on? Let’s look at some other countries to try to gain some perspective.
  • China had their first test case 12 weeks ago.
  • South Korea had their first test case 9 weeks ago.
  • Italy had their first test case 8 weeks ago.
  • NOTE FROM ME: He didn’t talk about this, but I would like to give you all some added context myself. China locked down the entire province of Hubei on January 23rd. The city of Wuhan just lifted some of the lockdown requirements today, Saturday March 28th. This means that they were in lockdown for slightly more than two months. Italy fully locked down on March 9th (although some cities were on lockdown before the national decision), and they are still locked down. Also, for those keeping score at home, it looks like Italy suspended travel to China before the US did, contrary to what Cheetolini keeps saying. South Korea didn’t have to lockdown, because they handled this better than us from jump.
  • Every emergency situation is unique.
  • During Superstorm Sandy, we needed 1,000 portable generators and 700 miles of sandbags. So, there is always something unique to every crisis. In this case, we need ventilators.
  • Once again, the average patient who needs a ventilator with a normal respiratory issue will need a ventilator for 3 – 4 days. A COVID-19 patient may need one for up to 20 days, which increases the problem of scarcity.
  • He believes the president was right to invoke the defense production act.
  • As governor, he consults with all the experts about all of the possible scenarios in this situation.
  • What if we don’t have ventilators? Then we use bag valve masks.
  • What is a bag valve mask? It’s basically a manual ventilator that someone has to squeeze by hand.
  • They are buying these masks as well. They have about 3,000 already, and they have ordered an additional 4,000.
  • They are talking about training national guard people to operate these masks, although it would be a desperate last resort move since it requires so much manpower to operate.
  • In short, he says his preferred answer to using these would be “No, thank you”. But, we have them.
  • Do we really need 30,000 ventilators? Well, let’s look at the numbers one more time.
  • The projected numbers say yes. The numbers suggest that at the apex of our curve, we will need 140,000 beds and 30,000 ventilators. Period.
  • He says maybe we will get lucky and flatten the curve enough not to need these numbers, but we’re not running this show on maybes.
  • Ventilators cost about $25k – 45k each. (!!!!)
  • The state is buying most of the ventilators, and we are already in a terrible financial position. So, to be clear, we are not trying to inflate these numbers. The state has no interest in asking for more than we need.
  • When they started buying ventilators, the price was averaging 25k each. It was shot up to $45k each because of demand.
  • NOTE FROM ME: Wow. That is really sad. Shame on all of these companies for taking advantage of this crisis. I understand that there is a price tag that comes along with increased, accelerated production, but this is absurd. I don’t know how some people sleep at night.
  • The government sent 4,000 ventilators. Why aren’t we using them? You know what, he answered this question civilly. But, I’m not going to. WTF, do people not understand how preparation works??? Some of this country has never planned for a damn thing in their lives, and it shows. This is why so many Americans get suckered into things like joining pyramid schemes and voting for Donald Trump! Some people have no foresight whatsoever! So, in short, we aren’t using them yet because we don’t need them yet. But, we definitely will need them IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
  • Ok, so in his much calmer words; “because we are preparing and stockpiling for the Apex.” and because “we want to have what we need when we need it.”
  • He quotes an old expression: “You go to war with what you have, not with what you need.” but adds, until you go to war you should prepare!
  • “Our mission is to be ready for the apex.”
  • The apex is still forecasted to happen in 14 – 21 days.
  • That number can always change.
  • In the short term, we are ok in terms of PPE. We are working on addressing long term needs.
  • The CDC has decided to enact crisis guidelines for PPE, which means using less PPE than would normally be used in a hospital. Many doctors and nurses are concerned about this. The state is looking into this. If the state doctors feel the CDC guidelines are not protecting our medical staff properly, the state will change the guidelines for our healthcare professionals.
  • We now have 72,000 medically trained volunteers ready to help us in New York.
  • He says we need regional hospitals to change their orientation. Rather than our traditional model where every hospital operates on their own, we need hospitals to work together (both public and private) and shift resources and patients when one hospital is overwhelmed. The state department of health not only advises this, but now mandates this.
  • There may come a point where the state steps in and allocates where patients need to go. This means patients who can safely be moved from downstate to upstate may be moved by the state if hospitals in long island, or the new york city metro area become too overwhelmed to handle their patient load.
  • He is asking the major pharmacy chains to start doing home delivery services, free of charge.
  • The department of health is monitoring the density and activity in New York City parks, specifically on the playgrounds. They put plans in place to allow people places to go while still maintaining social distancing. If people do not comply with the 6 ft separation rules, the playgrounds will be closed.
  • He pleads with the people, especially the young people, of New York City to take this seriously.
  • NOTE FROM ME: I personally have just been staying inside since the lockdown started, but I can understand why some people feel the need to go to the parks. That said, if you’re going to go, DON’T RUIN IT FOR EVERYONE BY BEING STUPID. A lot of people are about to have our only opportunity for fresh air taken away simply because some of y’all refuse to follow directions. STAY SIX FEET AWAY FROM ONE ANOTHER AND STOP BEING JACKHOLES. Yes, this rant includes your children!
  • We are doing tests on Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax.
  • So far, 1,100 tests have been administered.
  • These tests have mainly been happening in New York City, and we will be hearing the results of those tests soon.
  • The emergency hospital at the Javits Center will open on Monday. Wow.
  • The USNS Comfort leaves for New York today. It will arrive on Monday as well.
  • The USNS Comfort is bringing us 1,000 beds, 1,200 medical personnel, 12 Operating rooms, a pharmacy, and a lab. The medical personnel will be the most needed resource of all.
  • The ship will be used to backfill some of the overflow from the hospitals.
  • He says he spoke to the president this morning, and he approved the four new hospital sites.
  • He apologizes for being late for today’s conference because of that call, which I have to point out because it’s such a huge contrast to Trump. Trump declares a different time for his press conference every day and then is CONSISTENTLY late for the time that he himself picked! Now I know some of you who know me well will laugh at the idea of me getting on anyone else for being late. But, I’m not the president of The United States Of America!
  • The four new hospital locations will once again be: Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, CUNY Staten Island, and The New York Expo Center in The Bronx.
  • He toured these sites yesterday, and he says they are appropriate for our needs.
  • He says that it was very important to him that every borough gets a field hospital, and that we are treated equally.
  • NOTE FROM ME: As a long time resident of the city’s most neglected borough, The Bronx, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate him for doing this. If you could see the difference in how Manhattan and the wealthy parts of Brooklyn are treated by the MTA in normal life, versus how we are treated up here, you would know why this declaration matters to me. I know there will always be an element of “the haves and the have nots” in how people are treated in a crisis, but it makes me feel better to know that equal treatment of the boroughs is at least on his radar. I’m sure the people of Staten Island also appreciate this, as I heard a few days ago that their hospitals were nearing capacity and they have the hardest time getting to another borough.
  • They are adding to their bed capacity as well at three new sites, giving us a total of 695 new beds.
  • The three new sites are South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island (260 beds), Westchester Square in The Bronx (200 beds), and Health Alliance (formerly Benedictine Hospital) in Ulster County (235 beds).
  • They are also shifting to having COVID only sites, with 600+ beds available in total.
  • The COVID only locations will be South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, Westchester Square in The Bronx, and SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn.
  • The New York State Department of Health has gotten approval from the test to start trying a new test, which is an antibody test to see if individuals were in fact previously infected with the COVID virus and now have immunity.
  • New York State’s primary election was scheduled to happen on April 28th. He does not think it’s wise to bring so many people to vote during this crisis, so the New York State primary election is now moved to coincide with the previously scheduled state legislative and congressional election on June 23rd.
  • The state tax filing deadline has been moved to July 15th, which is the same day as the new federal deadline.
  • So far, New York state has tested 155,934 people in total. 17,412 of those tests are new tests since the last press conference.
  • 65,902 people in total have been tested in New York City. 7,948 of those tests are new since the last press conference.
  • At the time of the press conference, New York State had 52,318 positive cases. 7,681 of those cases are new since the last press conference.
  • At the time of the press conference, New York City had 29,766 positive cases. 4,368 of those cases are new cases since the last press conference.
  • We currently have 7,328 people hospitalized in New York State.
  • We currently have 1,755 ICU patients in New York State (someone requiring a ventilator).
  • And 2,726 patients have been discharged. That’s 681 more than yesterday.
  • We are still the most impacted state. The second most impacted state is our dear neighbor, New Jersey, at 8,825 cases. The third most impacted state is California, where I have family and many friends, coming in at 4,914. Washington, where I also have friends (and incidentally I have a lot of coworkers, one of whom exposed me to the virus at PAX East), is fourth most impacted at 3,770. Coming in at number five, is Michigan with 3,651. I was born in Michigan, and I lived there until I was 17. My parents are in Michigan. My grandmother is in Michigan. Many of my friends are in Michigan. I’m praying for all of us.
  • We have had 728 deaths so far in New York State. This number is up from 519 yesterday.
  • Rounding out the other top five most impacted states: New Jersey has had 108 deaths, California has had 102 deaths, Washington has had 177 deaths, and Michigan has had 93 deaths so far.
  • People have complained that New York has been asking for more resources than other states, and that is true. But, if you look at the numbers, it’s pretty easy to understand why we are asking.
  • If you’re looking for good news, there were only 172 people admitted to the ICU yesterday. This is down from 374 the day before. This is the lowest this number has been in four days.
  • The number of hospitalizations also dropped a bit yesterday. 847 people were admitted to the hospital yesterday, versus 1,154 the day before.
  • Don’t put too much stock in the numbers for any one day, but these last two numbers are a good thing.
  • “Yes, death is inevitable for all of us. But, just not today.”
  • WHAT DO WE SAY TO THE GOD OF DEATH, Y’ALL??? NOT TODAY! 🙂
  • Wash your hands and stop touching each other, you heathens.
  • Rule one in any situation is to plan forward. Be proactive, not reactive. We’ve been behind this virus since day one. He says we have been reacting to the virus, but you don’t win being on the defense. We need to find ways to be on the offense.
  • QUOTE: “That’s what we’re doing with the Apex preparation. We don’t have that crisis today. We could have that crisis in 14 to 21 days. So, YES, I’m creating a stockpile TODAY for a possible reality 14 to 21 days from now. I’m not going to wait for day 13 to say ‘oh my gosh, we need 30,000 ventilators’. It’s over. So, get ahead of it.”
  • CONT. QUOTE: “But, beyond just New York, as a nation, we have to start to get ahead of this, in two areas specifically. On purchasing, you can’t have a situation where 50 states are competing with each other to buy the same material. That is what is happening now. When I showed you the price of ventilators went from $25k to $45k, why? Because we bid $25k, and California says ‘I’ll give you $30k, and Illinois says ‘I’ll give you $35k, Florida says ‘I’ll give you $40k’. We’re literally bidding up the prices ourselves.”
  • CONT. QUOTE: “Now, every state… no ones doing anything wrong. I’m here to protect New York. That’s what I get paid to do. I have to acquire the ventilators. I have to pay whatever I have to pay to acquire the ventilators. I don’t mean to take them from other states. But, when you have a system where you say to the states ‘Ok, you go out and buy what you need to buy’, we all need to buy the same thing. We all need to buy PPE. We all need to buy N95 masks. We all need to buy ventilators. So, we’re all shopping the same distributors, the same group, and it’s not even legally price gouging. I was attorney general. I don’t even think you could get a price gouging case! This is just private market competition. My daughter Cara is working on the purchasing team. They change the prices, you can see the prices going up literally during the course of the day.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: He says the federal government should organize this, or “the states among themselves”. I think that last one is the more realistic solution. Trump is obviously showing favoritism to certain states, and his cruelty will end up getting people killed. I think all of the blue states, and any sensible red states that would like to join, should band together and form a buying coalition and do take care of this problem ourselves. We already know Trump has told providers not to send anything to Michigan, and he made it pretty clear yesterday that he has no real intention of sending more Ventilators to New York. I realize what I’m saying here is like asking for a civil war, but this is literally a matter of life and death. In my opinion, we can’t afford to wait for Trump to act like a real leader here.
  • QUOTE: “And then, by the way, when the federal government goes out to buy the same equipment for their stockpile, now it’s 50 states competing up against the states AND the federal government competing against the states!”
  • He says we need a nationwide buying consortium, and clearly I AGREE. He suggests basically exactly what I just suggested (minus the blue and red arguments and civil war lol), and says he will bring this up among the other state governors.
  • He says the second thing we need to do is plan forward on testing. We need more tests, and we need faster results.
  • He says we need to open the market to tests from other countries, and that a 5 day waiting period for test results is too long. That’s five days that someone could go out and infect someone else.
  • He says the only way to open up our economy quickly is to invest in millions of tests, and begin testing to see who has the antibody already and can safely return to work.
  • “Remember this is a sprint, it’s a marathon.”
  • “We must do our part and we must adjust.”
  • “We must look for the silver lining.”
  • “You have the advantage of time here” and I agree with him about this. He says that the time he now has to stay at home and talk to his daughters is priceless, and that we may never have it again. He is right about this. While we are in lockdown mode, take this time to appreciate what you have and work on things you never had time for before. Watch a movie, read a book, start a blog… 🙂
  • “This will be over, and we will be better for it.”

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: Trump is apparently considering a quarantine of the tristate area. He also said that he had spoken with you about this. What do you have to say about that?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “I spoke to the president about the ship coming up, and the four sites. I didn’t speak to him about any quarantine.”
  • QUESTION: He hasn’t spoken to you about a quarantine? Have you had any indication that a quarantine is possible for New York?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “No, I haven’t had those conversations. I don’t even know what that means.”
  • QUESTION: Mayor De Blasio said yesterday that April 5th is the day that New York City is expecting some sort of Apex. What can they do to prepare for that, given that at this point we only have a couple thousand extra hospital beds?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE: “April 5th? Well, uh look… all of the projections on the apex are just that, projections. April 5th is earlier than our state projection. So Dr. Zucker will get with the local health commissioner there to have that conversation.” He goes on to say that we can shift patients from New York City upstate if need be.
  • QUESTION: The president said he’s looking at some sort of enforceable quarantine for New York, and parts of the tristate area. Is that a sound policy from your perspective, or would you advise against it?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE: “I don’t even know what that means. I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable, and from a medical point of view I don’t know what you would be accomplishing. But, I can tell you this, I don’t even like the sound of it, not even understanding what it is. I don’t like the sounds of it.”
  • QUESTION: There are people in New Rochelle who have been quarantined for 24 – 25 days. There’s some confusion about the guidance that says you have to wait a certain number of days without being symptomatic, or whether you should have to pass a second test to be let out of quarantine. What is the state’s guidance on that?
  • DR. ZUCKER: That quarantine has been lifted there. For those that have been positive for 7 – 10 days, if they don’t have symptoms for 72 hours they are considered cleared.
  • QUESTION: What’s your reaction to the governor of Rhode Island stopping people with New York plates and attempting to keep them out of her state?
  • CUOMO: I don’t know any details about that. Take everything with a grain of salt.
  • QUESTION: Did you have a call with the other governors in the tristate area this morning?
  • CUOMO: No.
  • QUESTION: Are you getting any reports of false positive tests?
  • DR. ZUCKER: No.
  • QUESTION: Are you changing any requirements to unemployment? Or at least any in person activities?
  • ROBERT MUJICA: For now, no. But, the in person requirements can now be done online or by phone.
  • QUESTION: Some people are upset by what appear to be cuts in the public hospital system during this crisis. Can you comment on that?
  • CUOMO: The hospitals are receiving more funding than any other area right now. They’re getting $100 billion nationally. QUOTE: “look, we have no money. Life is options. That state has no money. But, if you’re getting… the federal bill has $100 billion for hospitals for coronavirus expenses. They are doing better than anyone else.”
  • QUESTION: How are you handling partners being in the room for births right now?
  • MELISSA DEROSA: We had issued a ruling that partners should be allowed in for births, and some hospitals were ignoring that. We updated that guidance to make it a directive, and it will be reinforced again as an executive order. Hospitals should allow one person in for the birth in addition to the mother.
  • QUESTION: Do you intend on drawing away any of the money intended for hospitals for the state?
  • CUOMO: The way they wrote the law, we can’t.
  • QUESTION: Yesterday you said you need 40,000 ventilators, today it was 30,000. Why the change?
  • CUOMO: It’s because we acquired some already.
  • QUESTION: Has anyone contacted you to dispute being on or off the essential workers list? And if so, what was the result?
  • CUOMO: Nope.
  • QUESTION: (paraphrasing what I feel was the intent of this question) De Blasio’s been releasing people from jail over in New York City like it’s the last day of school, do you have plans to follow suit?
  • CUOMO: We are looking at that now.
  • QUESTION: Have you thought about what sort of statistics you would need to see on the backend of the apex before you start easing up on lockdown restrictions?
  • CUOMO: No. We’re focused on the apex.
  • QUESTION: Will you consider raising taxes on the wealthy?
  • CUOMO: I don’t know how you raise taxes on people who are out of work, and their businesses are closed.
  • QUESTION: Do you have a reaction to the loss of another nurse?
  • CUOMO: He says he is not shocked, because they are doing a very dangerous job. He says our first responders are truly extraordinary, and that they are heroes. He says he is in awe of them. He says thank god for those people, and that he is sorry for their loss.

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