ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — There are now 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.
That makes 22 new confirmed cases since Thursday. The initial case in New York was announced Sunday.
“The more you test, the more positives you find,” Cuomo said. “The number has to go up because we’re testing people. We have to find people. We have to contain it.”
The governor says there are three focuses from a public health standpoint: Testing priorities, quarantine, and containment tracking.
“While the overall risk level of the novel coronavirus in New York remains low, I want New Yorkers to know that I’m not urging calm. I’m urging reality. I’m urging a factual response as opposed to an emotional response,” Cuomo said. “In New York we have the most sophisticated healthcare system on the globe, and we are continuing to prioritize testing, quarantine protocols and containment tracking to keep New Yorkers safe.”
In New York State, there are 4,000 people under a precautionary quarantine, and of those, 44 are under a mandatory quarantine, all of which are downstate.
Despite the rising number of confirmed cases, the governor insists the real problem is how people grapple with the facts. He says the main threat is for elderly people or folks with pre-existing conditions which could make them more at risk should they be affected.
“I think the anxiety and the fear is bigger problem than the virus,” Cuomo said.
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