NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (WROC) — Before his daily briefing on Memorial Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a moment of silence for all the families grieving those they lost. He also called to — on this Memorial Day — remember those lost to the coronavirus.

The governor opened his daily update calling on the federal government to honor those sacrificing on the frontlines, by providing hazard pay.

“They deserve not just words, but actions and I think the federal government should dedicate federal funds and pay hazard pay to those that showed up,” Cuomo said. “It’s a way of showing Americans that we truly appreciate people who show up and do their duty.”

Cuomo also announced that in the last 24 hours, 98 people died from the virus across the state. As the number of COVID-19 deaths and cases continue to decline overall, the state is slowly opening back up. On Sunday, the governor announced that professional sports leagues can start training camps.

Campgrounds and RV parks will be allowed to open statewide on Monday as well, and veterinarian practices will be allowed to open in all regions beginning Tuesday.

“As we move forward with reopening, we have to keep one eye on the future and start talking about building back better, not just building to what we had before. There are new rules now, and we must learn from what we’ve been through so that we can be prepared when another inevitable public health emergency happens,” Cuomo said at his briefing on Sunday.

Locally, there have been 194 COVID-19 related deaths in Monroe County and 2,648 confirmed cases. 176 people are hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, 15 are in the ICU on ventilators.

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