Gov. Cuomo discusses COVID-19 efforts with Mayor Van Johnson in Savannah


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WROC/WSAV) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a coronavirus roundtable in Savannah, Georgia with Mayor Van Johnson Monday afternoon.

It was the governor’s second media appearance of the day, as he held a briefing at 9:30 a.m. from JFK International Airport to give an update on the status of the pandemic in New York state.

During the morning briefing, the governor said he was flying south Monday to help with teams there fighting the virus.

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“When New York was at its worst point — to come into our emergency rooms, come into our hospitals to help fight this dreadful disease, 30,000 people came to help us,” Gov. Cuomo said during the Monday morning briefing. “I was floored. I was touched. To tell you the truth I was inspired. We don’t forget and we live by the same code of generosity and love and community. So we’re doing everything we can now to pay it back and help states and people all cross the nation. We’re sending drugs to Florida, we’ve been working with Atlanta, Georgia on their needs,” Gov. Cuomo said. “We’ve been working with Houston, Texas and were going to go to Savannah today.”  

Gov. Cuomo said he and Mayor Johnson would discuss what has been done in New York to handle COVID-19. They would also discuss a plan to help develop a local testing and tracing program, and the governor said his team would brought PPE to Savannah.

According to the governor’s office, New York state provided:

  • 124,000 Surgical Masks (50 cases)
  • 7,500 VTM Test Kits
  • 7,500 Gowns
  • 11,500 Gloves
  • 7,500 N95 Masks
  • 7,500 Face Shields
  • 2.5 Pallets of Styrofoam Coolers
  • 1,250 Gallons of Hand Sanitizer

“Savannah has resolved to follow the science in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, our steadfastness remains today with this exciting new partnership with New York State, which will expand testing capacity and PPE supplies in our community,” said Mayor Johnson. “I’m grateful to Governor Cuomo and his team for graciously partnering to help us fight back against this devastating virus.”

According to the governor’s office, New York has created and implemented a strategy to stop the spread and save lives, and shared the strategy with other cities and states around the country, with measures including:

  • Testing
  • Tracing
  • Hospital capacity
  • PPE and medical equipment
  • Staffing
  • Regional coordination (with neighboring states)
  • Masks and social distancing
  • Phased, data-driven reopening

New York state has previously sent coronavirus support to Houston, Atlanta, and Florida.

Upon his arrival back in New York, Gov. Cuomo will not be subject to a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days because the emergency travel advisory has an exemption for essential workers, and doesn’t apply to stays for less than 24 hours.

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Watch the video in the player above for the full briefing.

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