'We are the exception' - Reopening has led to COVID-19 spikes in 14 states as NY cases drop

Gov. Cuomo credits New York's reopening based on numbers and diligent residents for the drop in cases.

News 12 Staff

Jun 11, 2020, 3:05 PM

Updated 1,505 days ago

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'We are the exception' - Reopening has led to COVID-19 spikes in 14 states as NY cases drop
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that New York was the "exception" to states that have reopened and are seeing spiking cases of COVID-19.
He said during his daily briefing Thursday that cases are continuing to go down, even as all regions have entered reopening phases. He announced Wednesday that five regions in Central New York will begin Phase 3 Thursday.
Cuomo says the reason for the drop is because the state's reopening is "based on numbers" and "because New Yorkers have been smart."
Gov. Cuomo says New York is performing around 50,000 COVID-19 tests a day and will continue to watch testing metrics to inform the reopening process.
He also warned businesses to follow guidelines, saying bars and restaurants who don't will lose their liquor license.
Harvard Global Health Institute Dr. Ashish Jha says there could be 100,000 new COVID-19 deaths by September.
"Right now have between 800 and 1,000 people dying every single day in America and all of the data, all of the models suggest that things are going to get worse," says Jha.
Northwell Health's Dr. Mark Jarrett says he believes numbers will continue to sporadically spike over the summer. Here on Long Island, he says to be cautious.
"It's not going to be life as we knew it a year ago in the summer," says Jarrett. "But it certainly can become much more tolerable as things start to loosen up."
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BRIEFING NOTES:
  • Gov. Cuomo calls New York the progressive capital of the United States.
  • Gov. Cuomo says state is conducting around 50,000 tests each day. NYC had a positive rate of 1.7%.
  •  There were 36 COVID-19-related deaths on June 10. 
  • 5 regions in Central New York will enter Phase 3 tomorrow.
  • Gov. Cuomo: The opening of public pools and playgrounds will be up to local governments.
  • 'We are the exception.' As 14 other states are seeing COVID-19 cases spiking after reopening, Gov. Cuomo says NY cases continue to go down. He credits reopening based on numbers and diligent New Yorkers.
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