Gov. Cuomo announces preliminary data from antibody study showing 13.9% infection rate

Of the 3,000 sampled, 13.9% had been infected and developed the antibodies to fight COVID-19..

News 12 Staff

Apr 23, 2020, 3:09 PM

Updated 1,553 days ago

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Gov. Cuomo announces preliminary data from antibody study showing 13.9% infection rate
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced preliminary results of a COVID-19 antibody study from a sample size of 3,000 New Yorkers in 19 counties who were out in the public.
The study showed that 13.9% of those tested had COVID-19 at one point and had developed antibodies to fight the infection.
The governor said a 13.9% infection rate means that the death rate may be lower than some estimates. He also says the primary results are in-line with a regional approach to opening the state.
Gov. Cuomo also said that the state Department of Health is partnering with Attorney General Letitia James to investigate nursing home violations of executive orders requiring communication with families on COVID-19 test results and deaths.
He also called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement on letting state’s go bankrupt “really one of the dumb ideas of all time.”
"You want to see the market fall through the cellar? Let New York state declare bankruptcy," said Gov. Cuomo.
The governor said 438 New Yorkers died yesterday from COVID-19. He said hospitalizations and intubations remain down and new COVID-19 cases has remained flat.
Briefing notes:
  • Gov. Cuomo: Hospitalizations and intubations remain down. The number of new COVID-19 cases remains relatively flat.
  • Gov. Cuomo: 438 New Yorkers died yesterday from COVID-19.
  • Gov. Cuomo says nusing homes remain the state's top priority and outlines what they must be doing by law:
  • The state Department of Health is partnering with Attorney General Letitia James to investigate violations of executive orders requiring communication with families on COVID-19 test results and deaths.
  • Gov. Cuomo announces preliminary estimates of 3,000 person antibody study survey in 19 counties across the state. Those people sampled were out in the population in grocery stores and big box stores. Of the 3,000 sampled, 13.9% were infected and had developed the antibodies to fight the infection.
  • Gov. Cuomo says "we are going to do more testing in African-American and Latino communities." He says it will be stepped up at NYCHA facilities.
    Gov. Cuomo comments on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel's statement that he would be "in favor of allowing state to use the bankruptcy route."
    "This is really one of the dumb ideas of all-time," Cuomo said.
  • "When you don't fund the state, then you can't fund those services," including fire, police and other workers. 
  • "You want to see the market fall through the cellar? Let New York state declare bankruptcy."
  • Gov. Cuomo on McConnell's statement that Congress should stop "blue state bailouts:" "What an ugly thought." Cuomo says we should all be unified in the fight against COVID-19.
  • 263 New York inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.
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