Cuomo told a daily briefing the three-day rolling average for new coronavirus hospitalizations was at 246 on Wednesday, below 295 a day earlier and roughly half the level reported on March 20, the earliest available data for that metric. New York City, where more than 20,000 people have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, remains under lockdown.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday said it appears to be the "tip of the iceberg" and the more cases the health department looks into, the more cases they are finding. "New York is proving to be the epicenter of nothingness".
"It is the lower income communities, predominantly minorities where we are still seeing an increase in the numbers", Cuomo said.
To combat the disparities, Cuomo said the state will partner with the state's largest health care provider Northwell Health to double church-based testing sites to 44 locations in those hardest-hit neighborhoods. Thankfully, and ironically, over Mother's Day weekend, Gov. Cuomo reversed his policy and finally announced that nursing homes in the state will no longer be required to admit patients who are positive for COVID-19.
School districts across the state have also been instructed to make plans toward reopening with proper social distancing, busing arrangements, and other preventive measures before the state can fully assess if the education system can relaunch in the fall.
"I understand their desire to get to religious ceremonies as soon as possible", said Cuomo.
Cuomo cited the new inflammatory disease that has now been diagnosed in more than 150 NY children, teenagers, and young adults as a reason to pump the brakes on determining when students can return to the classroom. "But we need to find out how to do it and do it safely and do it smartly".