“ENFORCE THE MASK.”

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GOVERNOR CUOMO AT CLOSE OF TODAY’S BRIEFING IN THE SUBWAY MAINTENANCE SHOPS IN CORONA QUEENS

WPCNR SATURDAY GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING. By John F. Bailey. May 2, 2020:

“Enforce the mask. The mask is not about your health, it’s about my health. Not wearing a mask is reckless and irresponsible. You don’t have the right to jeopardize human life,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo stated, saying if local authorities could not enforce mask requirements effectively, the state would help them.

The strongest statement the Governor has made on the masking issue at the close of the reporters’ “Q & A.” today in Corona, Queens, New York City, when asked his reaction to a reporter’s description of a reopening demonstration that was not social distancing and not wearing masks

The Governor said he “got the fact” that people wanted to open and had every right to express their feelings, but “I disagree with that, I’m not going to put a dollar sign on human life.”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on a beautiful Saturday morning today told counties, towns,, cities across the state to direct police, officials, supervisors  to “Enforce the Mask,” when persons are appearing in public places without wearing one.

“New Yorkers bent that curve of infection,” Governor Cuomo had said earlier by observing social distancing, wearing masks and being responsible. “They proved the predictions wrong.”

This came at the end of the Governor’s daily briefing at Governor Cuomo said new net Hospitalization Rates were “down a tick,” and new coronavirus infections were 831 from 900, and presented Pat Foye, Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Susan Feinberg, Interim President of the MTA who went into cleaning procedures and riding schedules during 1 AM to 5 AM within a week to clean all subway trains overnight to protect essential workers from infection

Mr. Foye said 900 workers will be deployed to disinfect subway cars overnight with sprayed disinfectant on all surfaces.  He said stations would be disinfected with the same cleaning spray with stations continually wiped down on railings and stairways throughout the day. He reported that private cleaning companies were being contracted to beef up the cleaning effort. Foye said the MTA is gathering data from organizations and merchants, deemed essential, on when their workers take the trains during the night hours and where they get on to assure stations are served by the subways in timely stops.

Ms. Feinberg said vans, buses, uber and lyft vehicles would be available for the essential workers during those hours, if there was no train when they would usually take it. It was not clear whether schedules of train stops on the various lines would be accelerated and more frequent, or less.  Ms. Feinberg said information would be available on the MTA websites in a few days.

Questioned on where homeless persons who will be required to leave the train when it comes to the location where it will be cleaned, will be taken, Governor Cuomo said the city has been funded for homeless housing facilities, and it was up to the city to make those decisions where to house them. The governor added that the coronavirus problem has focused on the need to engage the homeless riding the subways to accept help and shelter from the city. “The first step is they have to leave the train.”

In his briefing, the governor said  15,000 antibody tests have been completed and the number of persons who were infected with coronavirus now make up 12.3% of the random persons tested. Breaking down the largest number of persons in New York City—the Bronx was the leading borough. He said hospitals would now be supplying data on the deomographicsl of patients they have helped, cured so the state can isolate professions and patterns to help tamp down the number of new infections.

The Governor did not provide more details on the announcement that all School District budget and elections would be held on June 9, and conducted by absentee ballot.

In a news release, just out, the Governor confirmed 4,663 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 312,977 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 312,977 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows (With metropolitan NY areas in boldface):

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany1,23834
Allegany350
Broome3056
Cattaraugus501
Cayuga510
Chautauqua350
Chemung1241
Chenango990
Clinton621
Columbia2053
Cortland280
Delaware610
Dutchess3,04947
Erie3,598117
Essex280
Franklin150
Fulton794
Genesee1551
Greene1423
Hamilton30
Herkimer611
Jefferson621
Lewis90
Livingston763
Madison14910
Monroe1,53456
Montgomery540
Nassau36,519358
Niagara45717
NYC172,3542,664
Oneida47423
Onondaga90343
Ontario921
Orange8,910159
Orleans931
Oswego662
Otsego670
Putnam100313
Rensselaer31113
Rockland11,945133
Saratoga3613
Schenectady5217
Schoharie430
Schuyler70
Seneca421
St. Lawrence1760
Steuben2171
Suffolk34,478441
Sullivan93151
Tioga900
Tompkins1280
Ulster1,32729
Warren1853
Washington18414
Wayne732
Westchester29,626394
Wyoming691
Yates180

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