Gov. Cuomo: Death rates ‘obnoxiously and terrifyingly’ high
UPDATED 10:40 AM PT — Sunday, May 3, 2020
According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the coronavirus death rate in New York remains “terrifyingly high.” During a press conference Saturday, he announced 299 people died from the virus in the last 24 hours and added the number is not dropping at the rate officials would like.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo: “The number that I watch every day — which is the worst — is the number of deaths. That number has remained obnoxiously and terrifyingly high.” pic.twitter.com/KNSZb8WJZv
— The Hill (@thehill) May 2, 2020
The governor stressed officials are taking measures to see how strong the infection rate is and who in the state has antibodies.
“We’ve been sampling all across the state to determine the infection rate, so we know if it’s getting better, if it’s getting worse,” stated Cuomo. “We’ve done the largest survey in the nation, testing for people who have antibodies.”
He warned other states to not reopen their economies too soon and emphasized they need to make informed decisions.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 3, 2020
Meanwhile, large crowds gathered in front of the state capitol in Albany, New York, on Friday to protest the governor’s lockdown orders. Hundreds of New Yorkers were heard chanting “USA,” while others waved American flags and held up signs.
Anti lockdown protest in Albany at New York State capitol pic.twitter.com/FtWLMJdQIS
— Luke Tress (@luketress) May 1, 2020
According to demonstrators, the lockdown goes beyond “flattening the curve.” Attendees have said it’s about the government taking more and more control.
“We are fighting for our constitutional rights and our rights given to us by God,” stated one protester. “For every life that’s lost for COVID, I am sad, but for all the lives that have been changed or ruined because of the shutdown, I am more fearful.”
Counter-protesters, who also demonstrated at the capitol, claimed the lockdown orders are saving American lives. They suggested those protesting should be more focused on the health of the nation.
This came after the governor was criticized for overspending taxpayer dollars on unnecessary hospitals in his state. According to new reports, many field hospitals set up for treating coronavirus patients went unused in the peak of the pandemic.
— TruthRaider (@TruthRaiderHQ) April 8, 2020
Last month, President Trump tweeted to Cuomo, “We built you thousands of hospital beds that you didn’t need or use.”
Governor Cuomo should spend more time “doing” and less time “complaining”. Get out there and get the job done. Stop talking! We built you thousands of hospital beds that you didn’t need or use, gave large numbers of Ventilators that you should have had, and helped you with….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
The governor reportedly spent nearly $260 million on two hospital sites and aid from the USNS Comfort.
The Javits Center, NYC’s massive convention center, has been turned into an unbelievable emergency hospital.
It’s completely necessary, but still totally surreal.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) March 28, 2020
The hospitals will reportedly remain on standby in case of a potential second wave of the virus.
A sports field used by Columbia University has been converted into a temporary field hospital for #coronavirus patients in New York.
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) April 15, 2020