ALBANY, N.Y. (CBS) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo held a press conference late Saturday morning in Albany and announced that 540 people have died in the last 24 hours from the coronavirus in New York State.
Cuomo said there needs to be more testing done in Western New York and that testing is the key way to reopening New York State. He added the state needs an estimated $500 billion to do so.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave an update Saturday on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He said the infection rate in New York had decreased, but that it could increase again if the state’s economy reopened too fast.
“Everybody wants to reopen,” Cuomo said. “The tension on reopening is: How fast can you reopen and what can you reopen without raising that infection rate?”
Cuomo said more testing was necessary, as it would help trace other cases and isolate the other people infected.
However, tracing requires thousands of personnel.
“The trick with testing is not that we don’t know how to do it … it’s bringing this up to scale,” Cuomo said.
He said that states need “basic partnership” with the federal government, and that the federal government needs to coordinate the supply chain for testing equipment.
He also called for Congress to pass federal funding to support state governments.
“On every level, this is a terrible experience,” Cuomo said.
He reiterated that “there is no time for politics.” However, on Friday, Cuomo and President Trump sparred over the response to the crisis.
Cuomo said Saturday that 2,000 patients were admitted to hospitals on Friday.
“Happy days are not here again,” Cuomo said. “That is still an overwhelming number every day.”
While the number of new hospitalizations have decreased, Cuomo said it was around the same level at the end of March.
“We’re not at a plateau anymore, but we’re not at a good position,” Cuomo said.
He announced that 540 people died of the virus on Friday.
As the state is about to enter its sixth week of being under a stay-at-home order Cuomo did announce that engaged couples are allowed to obtain marriage licenses remotely and that their weddings can be video taped. Cuomo encouraged weddings being recorded on Zoom in order to for their family and guests to be witnesses.