Gov. Cuomo: ‘Phased reopening doesn’t mean the problem has gone away’


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his daily coronavirus update from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse Thursday.

The governor announced that 157 New Yorkers died Wednesday from COVID-19 as the state’s death toll from the virus to date approaches 22,000.

While in the Rochester area Monday, the governor announced that our region was one of three that would be allowed to being phase one reopening when NY PAUSE expires Friday, May 15.

“Obviously we have different rates of infection across the state, hence the various opening times,” Gov. Cuomo said. “A big responsibility is now going to fall to local government to manage the situation, and my advice to local government in terms of priority is daily monitoring of numbers.”

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Since then, several other regions throughout the state have been given the green light to begin phase one reopening, Gov. Cuomo announced Thursday in Syracuse.

“Phased reopening does not mean the problem has gone away,” Gov. Cuomo said. “It means we have controlled the problem because of what we did and because of our individual responsibility and individual actions and that has to be maintained.”

The governor said the New York State Department of Health continues to monitor a new COVID-like medical condition in children.

“With this virus, we must remain vigilant because we’re still learning,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Facts are in many ways still continuing to change on us and while we’re learning, the virus is still learning also. We have a situation that is serious and concerning which is these COVID-related illnesses in children.The Department of Health is now looking at 110 cases.”

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As in past briefings, the governor said the federal government needs to support state and local governments if there is another coronavirus relief bill.

“The need for state funding is not a Democratic or Republican issue,” Gov. Cuomo said Wednesday. “All governors say they need federal assistance.”

Locally, there have been 162 COVID-19 deaths in Monroe County. To date, officials report 1,935 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County. Of those, 101 people are hospitalized and 20 of those patients are receiving treatment in an Intensive Care Unit.

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