Gov. Cuomo tests negative for COVID-19, tells sports teams to prepare for televised games without fans

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not have COVID-19.

The governor announced the results of the test he took Sunday during Monday’s COVID-19 briefing in Buffalo. The governor says testing capacity has increased statewide and he says anyone with any virus symptoms should be tested.

“Anyone who has any symptom for the COVID virus, get a test,” Gov. Cuomo said. “It protects you, protects your family, protects your colleagues — get a test.”

The governor announced Monday that 106 New Yorkers died Sunday from COVID-19, as the state’s virus death toll to date is more than 22,000.

“Number of deaths is still painfully high, 106, but it is down,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Thoughts and prayers to those 106 families today.”

The governor says the state is working on ways for professional sports teams to begin operating.

“I’ve also encouraged major sports teams to plan reopening without fans, but which could be televised” Gov Cuomo said. “I want to watch the Buffalo Bills.”

The governor announced Sunday that more than 4,800 people died from COVID-19 in nursing homes in the state between March 1 and May 1, according to a tally released by the Cuomo administration. Cuomo said “nobody” should be prosecuted for the those who died, noting that “older people” were most vulnerable.

“This is our family who are in nursing homes and the one thing we need to be able to say at the end of this is we did everything we could,” Gov. Cuomo said. “We still can’t save every life, but we can do everything in our power that we can do to try to save every life.”

The governor also announced Buffalo and the surrounding Western New York region has reached the criteria for phase one reopening, per the state guidelines, and will begin that process Tuesday. The governor reiterated that reopening will be determined by data.

“You start to increase economic activity, you have more people coming out of their homes, more people contacting other people,” Gov. Cuomo said. “And then you measure the impact of that increase with numbers, not with opinions, not with politics, not with partisanship — with numbers.

“This is a global pandemic and what we’re now doing, other countries have done before,” Gov. Cuomo said. “We tend to think we are always the first, we’re not the first, we’re not the first dealing with this virus, other countries have.

“We don’t know yet what the road ahead looks like. It is a function of what we do,” Gov. Cuomo said. “None of those is predetermined, this is all a function of what we do today going forward.”

The state has also launched a website to help people find a testing site near them. To find a testing site, check out the state’s website devoted to COVID-19 at coronavirus.health.NY.gov.

Locally, there have been 172 people COVID-19 deaths in Monroe County and 2,227 confirmed cases. The Monroe County Department of Public Health said that 124 people are currently hospitalized and 21 people are on ventilators.

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