CORONAVIRUS IN NY STATE: Gov. reports 481 new deaths as statewide death toll nears 15K

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April 21, 2020 - 11:05 am

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported another 481 coronavirus related deaths on Tuesday, with 29 of those in nursing homes.

    It was the lowest single-day toll in two weeks, Cuomo added.

    The total number of deaths statewide is now 14,347.

    Statewide hospitalizations are relatively flat, ICU hospitalizations are down, Cuomo reported.

    "The current questions now is assuming we are seeing a decent off the plateau-the question is how long is the decent and how steep is the decent? That's what we are trying to figure out," Cuomo said.

    The number of people in the hospital also dropped for the 6th straight day, he said.

    Cuomo added that elective outpatient treatments will now be allowed in some counties upstate without significant risk of a coronavirus surge.

    This will not include New York City, Westchester, Rockland south, Eerie or other hard-hit counties, according to Cuomo.

    The governor also said that he would make reopening decisions based on "regional coronavirus facts."

    Cuomo heads to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump focused on testing and how the federal government can work with the states, according to the governor.

    "Up until now testing was a private sector function. We never needed testing capacity on the scale we do now," Cuomo said. "Each state must be in charge of the labs in their state. The federal government must assist with international supply chain problems."

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    On Monday, Cuomo recommended a 50 percent hazard pay bonus to frontline workers including first responders, MTA, cleaning service, delivery workers and health care workers.

    "I would propose hazard pay for front line workers. Thanks is nice, but recognition of their efforts and their sacrifice is also appropriate," he said.


    "Pay them what they deserve," Cuomo added, noting that 41percent of frontline workers are people of color.

    New York City's public housing will now get on-site novel coronavirus testing as a way to battle the growing disparity in infections, Cuomo announced.

    "They've always been the most vulnerable population," said Cuomo. "People in public housing always pay the highest price."

    A program between the New York City Housing Authority and urgent care provider Ready Responders will launch at seven public housing facilities this week, including the Highbridge, Andrew Jackson, Brevoort, Queensbridge, and Hammel Houses according to Cuomo.

    Cuomo also announced that NYCHA residents will receive 500,000 masks and 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer through the new program.