ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, on Long Island, Tuesday for his daily coronavirus briefing.
The governor announced 105 New Yorkers died Monday from COVID-19 as the statewide death toll from the virus approaches 23,000 to date.
“It’s still painfully high,” Gov. Cuomo said on the COVID-19 daily death rates.
Even with the death toll mounting, the governor acknowledged that the situation could have been worse.
“When someone asks ‘well why did we go through all this pain for two-three months?'” Gov. Cuomo said. “Because we saved lives, that’s why, and if we didn’t do what we did, that number of 100 per day would have kept going up. That’s why we did what we did. Did it work? You’re darn right it worked.”
As new daily cases and hospitalization rates continue to decline across New York, the governor said the state is looking into lifting some visitor restrictions in hospitals.
“This is getting visitors back into hospitals with the right precautions, with the right equipment,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This is a pilot project to see if we can bring visitors in and do it safely.”
Cuomo also called on more funding from the federal government to help state and local government. “What sense of priority do you have that you see so clearly the need for corporations, but you don’t see the need to continue basic services.
“If you don’t fund New York State Government, you know what that means? It means I have to cut aid to hospitals, to nurses to doctors. I have to cut aid to local governments that fund police and firefighters. I have to cut funding to schools, to teachers who also have been heroes doing remote learning. It’s about priorities it’s about values.”
Cuomo went on to say that government is important and it is a crucial time for government officials to be knowledgable leaders. “You have to be smart, you’re not going to tweet your way through this,” the governor said.
“Forget the politics, represent the people. I don’t care of you’re a democrat, republican, atheist, if you vote or don’t vote, I represent you. You pay me to represent you, that’s how I see it and government has to be fair and it has to be effective.”
The governor announced the results of the COVID test he took during Monday’s COVID-19 briefing in Buffalo. The governor says testing capacity has increased statewide and he says anyone with any virus symptoms should be tested.
“Anyone who has any symptom for the COVID virus, get a test,” Gov. Cuomo said. “It protects you, protects your family, protects your colleagues — get a test.”
The governor announced Monday that 106 New Yorkers died Sunday from COVID-19, as the state’s virus death toll to date is more than 22,000.
The state has also launched a website to help people find a testing site near them. To find a testing site, check out the state’s website devoted to COVID-19 at coronavirus.health.NY.gov.
Locally, there have been 174 people COVID-19 deaths in Monroe County and 2,268 confirmed cases. The Monroe County Department of Public Health said that 136 people are currently hospitalized and 21 people are on ventilators.