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Governor Cuomo: “I spoke with the President this morning and asked if the USNS Comfort, the United States Navy Ship the Comfort, which is an additional 1,000 beds, could also take COVID patients. The original plan was they would do non-COVID patients from the hospital system. As it turns out, we don’t have many non-COVID symptoms because when you close everything down, the silver lining was traffic accidents, crime went down. So, we really need help with the COVID patients. The President spoke to the Department of Defense and granted that request to use the Navy Ship Comfort for COVID patients. So, that’s an additional 1,000 beds with federal personnel managing that ship. So, that’s a welcome relief and the President granted the request. … Between the 2,500 at the Javits Center and the 1,000 beds of the Comfort, that should be a major, major relief system for already overtaxed hospital system.”
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the federal government has granted his request to allow COVID-19 patients to be treated on the USNS Comfort. The approval will provide an additional 1,000 beds, staffed by federal personnel, to care for COVID-19 patients in New York. Governor Cuomo called President Trump earlier today to make the request. The Governor made today’s announcement during an interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur.
WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From the Governor’s Office. April 6, 2020:
South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island & Brooklyn Center Temporary Hospital at 170 Buffalo Avenue Will Open This Week Specifically for COVID-19 Patients
“One of the reasons the rate of infection is going down is because social distancing is working. We have to continue the social distancing. Schools and non-essential businesses will stay closed until April 29. I know that’s a negative for many, many reasons. I know what it does to the economy. But as I said from day one I’m not going to choose between public health and economic activity because in either event public health still demands that we stay on pause with businesses closed and schools closed.”
Cuomo: “I’m going to call the president this afternoon and ask him to shift the Comfort from non-COVID to COVID. … That is the only way we sustain this level of intensity in the hospital system. I understand what the original plan was with the Comfort, but I understand that there is no preordained strategy here. You have to feel it out day to day and you have to adjust with the facts. We do not need the Comfort for non-COVID cases. We need it for COVID.”
Earlier today, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced all NYS on Pause functions will be extended for an additional two weeks. The Governor also directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed for an additional two weeks through April 29th. The state will re-evaluate after this additional two-week period.
Governor Cuomo also announced the state is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state’s social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. The Governor reminded localities that they have the authority to enforce the protocols.
The Governor today is asking the federal government to allow the USNS Comfort hospital ship to be used for COVID-19 patients. President Trump has already granted the Governor’s request for the Javits temporary hospital facility to be used for only COVID-19 positive patients, and the addition of the USNS Comfort would help relieve pressure on the state’s hospital system with an addition of 1,000 beds for COVID-19 patients.
The Governor also announced that 802 ventilators have been distributed downstate through the state’s “surge and flex” system where all hospital systems are working together as one and sharing supplies, equipment and staff. Of the 802 ventilators, 38 were deployed to Rockland County, 36 were deployed to Westchester County, 505 were deployed to New York City and 223 were deployed to Long Island.
Governor Cuomo also announced the creation of the First Responders Fund to assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care. The State Department of Health is accepting donations for the fund, and Blackstone is making an anchor $10 million contribution to the fund. Donations can be made electronically at https://www.healthresearch.org/donation-form/ or by check sent to below address. Donors should specify the donation is for “COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response.” c/o Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204
The Governor also announced that the state is partnering with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, to offer free meditation and mindfulness content for all New Yorkers as a mental health resource for residents coping with the unprecedented public health crisis. New Yorkers can access a collection of science-backed, evidence-based guided meditations, along with at-home mindful workouts, sleep and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety at www.headspace.com/ny.
Finally, the Governor confirmed 8,658 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 130,689 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 130,689 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:
(FROM WPCNR: Westchester cases now number 14,294, increasing 4% Overnight, 642 cases more than yesterday (13,723) a drop of 1% in the day to-day rate of increase.
New York City cases increased 4,630 to 72,181, an increase of 6.85 overnight statistically the same day to day increase rate as yesterday.
NASSAU COUNTY increased 1,218 to 15,616 cases, an 8.4% overnight increase compared to 7.8% overnight Saturday.
SUFFOLK COUNTY increased 1,082 cases overnight to 13,487 , a 8.7% overnight increase, compared to 9.1% Saturday to Sunday.
ROCKLAND went up 377 to 5,703 from 5,326 Sunday, a 7% increase overnight compared to 9.3%–so that county is slowing down.
ORANGE increased cases to 3,387, up 295 cases, overnight increase rate: 9.5%
PUTNAM has 345 cases, with 31 more from Sunday, increasing at a 9.8%
ULSTER went up 40 cases to 372–increasing 12%
DUTCHESS has 1,189 cases, up 112, a 10.3% increase day to day.
WPCNR MAYOR’S CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From the Mayor’s Office. April 5, 2020:
New York state now has close to 122,000 cases; there are 642 new cases in Westchester for a current total of 13,723 out of almost 44,000 people tested in the county.
The municipality specific data we received from the county today indicates 341 positive cases in White Plains. As we have noted these local numbers do not accurately reflect the actually count in a municipality on the day they are received. We share them because they are the best data we have been given.
The April meeting of the White Plains Common Council will be held at 7:30 PM. Monday night. Due to the public health emergency and the order to limit gatherings due to the spread of COVID-19, the Common Council meeting will be closed to in-person attendance by the public and the Citizens to be Heard regularly scheduled for 7:00 pm is cancelled.
The meeting will be aired live on the White Plains Cable Access Channels (Channel 75 on Altice and Channel 47on FIOS) and streamed on the City’s website. The agenda for the meeting and details regarding how the meeting will be conducted are available on the City of White Plains website. Finally, we continue to get inquiries from people who wish to volunteer their time. If you are interested please email your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember we are standing together by staying apart.
WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From the Governor’s Press Office.and the coronavirus news conference Sunday morning 4 PM.:
Earlier today, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the federal government is deploying approximately 1,000 personnel to New York State, including doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians and therapists, to help the state’s overwhelmed hospital systems. The first 325 personnel will be deployed to the New York City hospital system today.
From WPCNR:In the Governor’s daily Coronavirus Intelligence Report, Governor Cuomo expressed cautious optimism we may be seeing a leveling off of the rise in cases, which he said the experts could not tell him whether the number of cases in New York State had “APEXED” or that today’s reported rise had hit a plateau, the governor said it was too soon to tell.
Governor Cuomo expressed optimism that deaths today declined for the first time; hospitalization rates of infected coronavirus patients had dropped sharply to 574 new today (after averaging about 1,000) and incubations (patients going onto ventilators) had declined slightly
The governor said the state had enough hospital beds, approaching the previously projected 140,000 infections in the state, that the problem was not beds now, but ventilators. He again detailed his plan to deploy ventilators from other hospitals across the state. He has not signed the executive order requiring hospitals to do so, saying he was making changes to it to determine how long such an order would stay in effect.
He addressed the Rockland County outbreak of cases in his press conference below, saying he is well aware of the Muncie problem in that county and that Dr. Zucker, the State Commissioner of Health had spoken with the Rabbis of that community and made them aware of the need for distancing and travel restrictions.
The Governor said the Coronavirus “Command Center” is keeping track of how many ventilators are in every hospital “within 2 to 3 ventilators” and will dispatch ventilators to any hospital declining to zero ventilators. He said he personally would drive ventilator to a hospital himself if they needed it and no other transport could be found. He said he did not have a count on how many doctors, nurses, police and fire personnel had contracted the virus, but a count would be forthcoming.
He said the Covid crunch in New York City would be greatly aided when the Javits Center conversion to a auxiliary hospital was completed.
WPCNR Notes: you can see key moments in the Governor’s news conference in the clips in the previous stories below with more details, plus the news conference with reporters where key questions were asked that the Governor answer forthrightly.
Finally, the Governor confirmed 8,327 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 122,031 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 122,031 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:
Editor’s Note: Based on these most recent numbers, the overnight day-to-day rate of new cases in Westchester County declined to 5% .
The New York City new cases increased to 67, 551 a day-to-day increase from Saturday of 6.7%, from Saturday’s 63,306, 4,245 new cases today.
Nassau County cases went up to 14,398 increasing 1,052 cases, a day-to-day increase rate of 7.8%
Suffolk County cases increased 1,035 persons to 12,405, a day-to-day increase rate of 9.1%.
Orange County had 3,102 cases, increasing 361, a daily increase rate of 13.1%
Putnam County has 314 cases, up 31, a daily increase rate of 9.3%
Rockland County went over 5,000 to 5,326 total cases up from 4,872 yesterday. Rockland is increasing in number of cases by a percentage of 9.3%.
Ulster went up 42 cases to 332, from 290 yesterday a rate of 10.8% a day.
“The next two weeks of social distancing will be critical to stem the outbreak, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus coordinator, and hot spots in New York, Detroit and Louisiana will likely reach a peak within six to seven days.” (NY TIMES 4/5)
I believe that NYS needs to do more to control the corona virus. The directives to stay home issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo contain many loopholes and exceptions.
An example: some communities have banned golf. Westchester County allows golf on public golf courses. Is tennis allowed OK or not OK? Depends on who you ask. The confusion and mixed messages encourage teenagers to feel safe when playing soccer or other contact sports on fields around NYS.
Construction is prohibited when it is not essential. But, construction crews are building new homes all over Westchester. A contractor’s interpretation of what is essential may be different than a health professional’s interpretation.
On Saturday some residents reported a party taking place at Macy Park in Ardsley. No social distancing! Photos were published on next door Ardsley yesterday.
Landscaping is allowed for maintenance as is leaf blowing. I have witnessed landscapers working next to each other–no social distancing.
Supermarket/big box stores are open and there is nothing we can do to prevent shoppers from standing on top of each other (in violation of social distancing) when checking out their food.
I think all supermarkets/pharmacies/big box stores should require people to distance themselves, should limit the number of people entering the store at any given time, temperature of employees should be taken at the beginning of each shift. They should offer shoppers gloves and masks should be given to employee.
More and more people are getting infected. The careless behavior of some could result in the death of others. NYS is sending mixed messages –that we should stay at home unless we don’t want to. If we are going to control the virus we need a much stronger policy, with fewer exceptions. NYS should also have someone on the payroll who could respond to questions about the law and provide rulings to local governments.
WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. From Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Tom Roach. April 4, 2020″
Governor Cuomo wrote today:
1. New York State received a donation of 1,000 ventilators from China. This significant donation was madeby the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and facilitated by the Chinese government and Ambassador Huang, the Chinese Consul General. (Joe Tsai is the owner of the Brooklyn Nets.) The ventilators arrived at JFK Airport today. Additionally, the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation have donated one million surgical masks, one million KN95 masks and more than 100,000 pairs of goggles. We thank them.
2. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has offered to provide New York with 140 ventilators from Oregon’s stockpile. We are so grateful to Governor Brown and the people of Oregon. New York State will repay the favor when Oregon needs it. This generous offer is an inspiring example of the solidarity that other states are showing to New York.
3. I issued an Executive Order today allowing medical students slated to graduate this spring to begin practicing now. These are extraordinary times, and we need all the help we can get.
4. Long Island’s number of Coronavirus cases, as a percentage of the total number of cases in our state, has grown to 22% from 15% on March 22. That’s worrisome. I urge Long Island residents, and all New Yorkers, to stay at home and if you must go out, to practice social distancing. We need to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and we all have a role to play.
Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: The media company CONVICTS has produced a powerful video called “NY Tough,” celebrating the resiliency of New Yorkers and memorializing those New Yorkers lost to this vicious virus. Watch the inspiring video here. If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State’s Coronavirus Updates here.
White Plains Mayor Tom Roach in his nightly message wrote:
There are 324 residents of White Plains diagnosed with coronavirus in Whtie Plains, but that is all the information we are given.
He thanked the persons who participated in the Friday night shout out and all the persons who have volunteered to help in the city. The text of tonight’s phone communication:
Posted on: April 4, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Residents April 4, 2020
New York state now has close to 114,000 cases; there are 730 new cases in Westchester for a current total of 13,081 out of over 42,000 people tested in the county. The municipality specific data we received from the county today indicates 324 positive cases in White Plains.
As we have noted these local numbers do not accurately reflect the actually count in a municipality on the day they are received. We share them because they are the best data we have been given.
The Center for Disease Control Is now recommending that a face covering be worn when you are in situations when you will be in contact with others. It is important to remember that social distancing is still the primary means of preventing transmission and should be maintained even if wearing a face covering. To learn more about this and other corona virus information please see CDC.gov. Thank you to all who participated in the #wpshoutout to essential employees last night the response was tremendous. I can tell you it was well appreciated by the staff at White Plains Hospital and Empress Ambulance with whom I spoke. And it was great to be outside and see and hear our neighbors and to feel we’re all still here, we’re in this together, and we are all doing our part to flatten the curve. We are working on another one, keep an eye out on the city’s social media sites for our next clap for essential workers. It’s hard to believe that the first case in NY was only about a month ago. Our world has changed so dramatically in such a short period of time in ways that we could not have imagined. And I know it’s not easy. But we are starting to see signs that all of our efforts are having an impact. And the cooperation we have seen in our city by all of you and the spirit with which you have met these challenges is inspiring. And when this is all over, and it will be over, we will be able to look back and say that together, as a community, we saved lives. Lastly, we have gotten a great response from our request for volunteers. Thank you for those who have emailed. If you, too, would like to help in the community, please email: email@example.com.
Remember we are standing together by staying apart
Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Allowing Medical Students Slated to Graduate to Begin Practicing
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 1,000 ventilators have been donated to New York by the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation.
In his daily Coronavirus Intelligence Report, Governor Cuomo said his experts have told him the cases in New York State Now at 113,000, are getting close to the estimated top–the apex. The Governor said they expect the Apex in about 7 days.
The governor also showed a chart show current hospital capacities across the state. He noted the upstate hospitals are approximately 5% full, Nassau Suffolk about 17% full, with New York Hospitals about 85% full. The Governor said he would be meeting with coronavirus command center to allocate equipment, ventilators and personnel where the need is greatest.
Today’s media briefing was the most encouraging since last Monday and is well worth watching. You can see it here
The Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation have also donated one million surgical masks, one million KN95 masks and more than 100,000 pairs of goggles to the state. The Chinese government and Ambassador Huang Ping, Chinese Consul General, have facilitated these donations.
The ventilators arrived at JFK Airport today.
The National Basketball Association is also contributing one million surgical masks for New York’s essential workers in collaboration with the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and China’s New York Consul General Huang Ping.
Additionally, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has offered to provide New York with 140 ventilators from Oregon’s stockpile.
Governor Cuomo will also issue an Executive Order allowing medical students that are slated to graduate to begin practicing immediately to help with the state’s surge health care force. To date, 85,000 health professionals, including 22,000 out-of-state individuals, have signed up to volunteer as part of the state’s surge healthcare force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“This pandemic has been stressing our nation on every level and we are doing everything in our power to prepare for the fight that will come at the apex,” Governor Cuomo said. “Ventilators remain our greatest challenge, and we have received a generous donation of 1,000 ventilators from the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Chinese government, as well as 140 ventilators from Oregon – and these ventilators will save lives. This is a painful, disorienting experience, but we will get through it together and we will all be the better for it.”
The Governor confirmed 10,841 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 113,704 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 113,704 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows,.
Editor’s Note:Westchester cases rose 6% overnight to 13,081 from 12,351 yesterday, slowing it’s spread but still growing.
Nassau County continued its rapid spread of the virus rising 11% overnight to 13,346
Suffolk County cases rose 12% to 11,354 from 10,154 yesterday
Rockland County is at 4,872 cases continuing its 13.5% Rate of Infections. Dutchess County is approaching 1,000 cases
NEW YORK CITY IS AT 63,306 INFECTIONS UP 6,107, A GAIN OF 10.7% RISING AT SAME RATE AS THE STATE