BUFFALO, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo took his daily briefing to Buffalo Tuesday to give his update regarding the coronavirus pandemic in New York state, where he announced 481 New Yorkers had died over the past 24 hours to COVID-19.
During Tuesday’s briefing, the governor spoke about how different regions have different curves, and that upstate communities may be reaching a plateau, or still rising, whereas downstate areas are beginning to descend as far as the virus’ spread goes.
“Different regions of the country have different curves,” Gov. Cuomo said. “The virus does not hit at the same time, at the same rate. So you hear about different states in the country, and when they’re going to hit their apex, they’re topping out, and when they’re going to come down, it’s different across the country, and it’s also different across the state.”
The governor said that priorities will shift around the state and resources will be sent where they need to go.
“Any need, anywhere in this state, the rest of the state will surge capacity, send equipment and energy to help that part of the state,” Gov. Cuomo said.
The governor said Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Duffy will serve as a special coordinator regarding public health and the reopening of the Finger Lakes region.
The governor also said the state is going to start going to allowing elective outpatient treatment in hospitals and New York counties that do not have a COVID issue.
The governor will be travelling to Washington D.C. later Tuesday and he said the main point of the meeting will be about testing.
“We need more testing across the state. That’s why I’m going to Washington,” Gov. Cuomo said.
The governor announced on Sunday that New York state has an FDA approved antibody test, and the state will roll it out this week to begin testing across the state.
Antibody testing has begun in Monroe County. Wegmans officials say that five of its locations were among the grocery stores where nurses from the New York State Department of Health conducted tests on Sunday, including the store on East Avenue in Rochester.
At last official count Monday, Monroe County had 81 COVID-19 deaths, and 1,035 confirmed cases. Of the 81 COVID-19 deaths, 22 of which occurred at area nursing homes.
A Johns Hopkins University professor and her graduate student have created an interactive map to capture all confirmed COVID-19 cases, fatalities and recoveries.