WPCNR GOVERNOR CUOMO TUESDAY CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING. By John F. Bailey. May 12, 2020 UPDATED 11 PM EDT:
Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking from Binghampton University today lead off his briefing today, urging parents whose children experience any of the symptoms above, should have their child or children (especially if they have been previously diagnosed as Covid-19 Positive .
All 100 cases of this new disease that inflames the blood vessels have occurred in children who have been diagnosed Covid-19 positive without getting the corona virus disease, but have developed this new condition. The Governor said there were approximately 100 cases. There were 93 yesterday. There have been 3 deaths, including two boys, 5 and 7 years of age, and an 18 year old girl yesterday.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in a news release late Tuesday afternoon, directed hospitals statewide to prioritize COVID-19 testing for children displaying symptoms similar to an atypical Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome. The State is currently investigating approximately 100 reported cases in New York where children – predominantly school-aged – are experiencing these symptoms possibly due to COVID-19.
Health care providers, including hospitals, are required to report to the Department of Health all cases of pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19 in those under 21 years of age.
The Governor said the New York congressional delegation has agreed to sponsor his Americans First Bill calling for massive state aid to avoid states having to fire workers, and not provide “bailouts for greedy businesses.”
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that members of New York’s Congressional Delegation – Representative Nydia Velázquez, Representative Thomas Suozzi, Representative Carolyn Maloney, Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Representative Gregory Meeks, Representative Grace Meng, Representative Eliot Engel, Representative Paul Tonko, Representative José Serrano, Representative Joe Morelle, Representative Adriano Espaillat and Representative Yvette Clarke – will propose the ‘Americans First Law’ to help prevent corporate bailouts following the COVID-19 pandemic. First proposed by the Governor on May 10th, the law states that a corporation cannot be eligible to receive government funding if it doesn’t maintain the same number of employees that the corporation had before the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his talk he said that New York alone needs $61 Billion to fund testing and tracing programs, and avoid cutting education, counties and cities and towns, and Hospitals 20% across the board. The $61 Billion is up from the $35 Million the governor stated Sunday.
Governor Cuomo clarifed in the “Q. & A.” with the press, that it was up to the local health departments in regions that are preparing to reopen after May 15 to enforce social distancing in business settings allowed to reopen, because as that is what the law says.
The Governor declined to answer directly if the hospitalization rate or community infection rate exceeds 1 person infecting more than 1.1 other persons would have to shutdown and retart the opening immediately. He said that was up to the Region Control Boards.
He said if Control Boards were monitoring the numbers correctly they should be able to correct the community spread before it got out of control.
The Governor named the Capitol Region as having met 7 of 7 metrics overnight and could choose to reopen after May 15
The Governor said, “The way you stop a community spread is with community unity.”