NEW YORK CITY (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his daily update from New York City Monday, as the Big Apple entered phase one of reopening under the New York state guidelines.
Monday also marked 100 days since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in New York state.
“If you would’ve told me 100 days ago, that we’d be reopening,” Gov. Cuomo said. “I mean we had some dire projections. It was frightening, but New Yorkers did it. New Yorkers did it. It’s that simple.”
The governor attributed the state’s progress against the coronavirus to the determination of its residents.
“When things are tough, New Yorkers are tougher and that’s what they did here, and I’m so proud to be governor of New York and I’m proud to be a New Yorker,” Gov. Cuomo said. “We are back, and not only are we back, but we went from the worst situation in the nation, frankly one of the worst situations on the globe, to not only flattening the curve, but bending the curve.”
The governor says the reason for the state’s reopening is simple, just look at the data.
“On Sunday we did 58,000 tests across the state, 1.2% were positive, the lowest level in the state since March 16,” Gov. Cuomo said.
As the state continues to overcome the difficulties presented by the pandemic, the governor also noted that Monday marked 15 days of civil unrest across the nation in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.
“That’s the fundamental cause of the injustice and that’s what we should be addressing along with policing issues and there is a moment to do this,” Gov. Cuomo said. There’s a global moment, there’s certainly a national moment for the change. Seize the moment and end the systemic injustice inequalities.”
Last week, the governor said the state will be working to pass the Say Their Name reform agenda, which is in response to the nation and statewide protests against police brutality after the death of George Floyd. The governor is also encouraging those who are protesting, to get a coronavirus test.
“Again I’m asking all the protesters to get tested,” Gov. Cuomo reiterated Monday. “That is a new question that has been dropped in the mix. One person in a crowd of 100 people can effect dozens, we’ve seen it.”
The governor also announced another extension for property tax filings.
“As we’re working through this, we’re going to extend the deadline for filing property taxes by 90 days,” Gov. Cuomo said.
On Sunday, the governor announced that churches, temples and mosques can meet up to 25% occupancy. Cuomo said the acceleration in reopening is due to the dramatic decrease in coronavirus cases.
Locally, There have been 236 COVID-19 related deaths and 3,092 confirmed cases in Monroe County.
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