CORONAVIRUS: What a state of emergency means for NY

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March 07, 2020 - 2:36 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday declared a state of emergency in New York over the coronavirus as the number of cases climbed to 76.

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The state of emergency means New York will be able to get more help fighting the outbreak in terms of supplies and workers.

“As we continue to provide essential updates and encourage people to act upon the facts on coronavirus instead of the hype, I have officially done a declaration of emergency which gives us certain powers to help local health departments that are very stressed,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“As the local health departments continue to monitor and quarantine people, we have a more expedited purchasing protocol to get them all the tools they need to contain the virus spread. In the meantime we are cracking down on price gouging which continues to be a problem, and I want businesses to be aware that you could lose your license because we are very serious about this,” the governor said.

Here’s what the state of emergency allows, among other things:

  • Expedited procurement of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and other essential resources
  • Allowing qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses to conduct testing
  • Expedited procurement of testing supplies and equipment
  • Expedited personnel onboarding
  • Expedited leasing of lab space
  • Allowing EMS personnel to transport patients to quarantine locations other than just hospitals
  • Providing clear basis for price gouging and enforcement investigation   

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