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Gov. Cuomo says NY is ‘ahead’ of COVID-19 pandemic

At a press briefing at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that total COVID-19-related hospitalizations were down to just over 8,000 patients.

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2020, 5:17 PM

Updated 1,474 days ago

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At a press briefing at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that total COVID-19-related hospitalizations were down to just over 8,000 patients.
“I feel for the first time, we're actually ahead of it,” said the governor. “We have showed that we can control the beast and look at those numbers coming down."
At his press briefing, Gov. Cuomo also spoke about the devastating economic impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on hundreds of thousands of out-of-work New Yorkers. He touted the measures the state has taken to help people during these challenging times, including rent relief measures put in place until Aug. 20.
“I think is a significant point. Nobody can be evicted from their home. We're providing food assistance, in a number of different ways," said Gov. Cuomo.
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Briefing Notes:
  • Hospitalizations, intubations are down. But the number of new cases has remained flat.
  • 216 New Yorkers died on Thursday due to COVID-19.
  • Gov. Cuomo says there are rare cases in New York where COVID-19 can cause severe illness in children with symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome. There are 73 reported cases in New York.
  • A 5-year-old boy passed away Thursday due to COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • The Child Victims Act to be extended to ensure COVID-19 "does not stand in the way of justice." The state is extending the window for victims to file cases an additional five months until January 14, 2021
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