tv New York Gov. Cuomo Holds Coronavirus Briefing CSPAN May 2, 2020 8:01pm-8:43pm EDT
shift and our viewers. -- congressman schiff and our viewers. >> coronavirus response briefings from several of the nation's governors, next. new york's governor andrew cuomo leads off reviewing the results of a statewide antibody study. thelso announced that for first time in new york city history, the transit system will be periodically shut down during overnight hours for a deep cleaning. after that, florida governor ron desantis followed by governor phil murphy of new jersey. now, here's governor cuomo. good morning. pleasure to be with everyone
this morning. we are in corona queens. always a pleasure to get out of the state capitol and talk to the people doing the work. i am a queens boy, so it is coming back home for me. corona queens. it was called corona queens before the coronavirus. there's no connection between corona queens and the coronavirus. let me introduce my colleagues to the far-left. pat foy, the chairman of the mta. to my left, sarah feinberg, who runs the new york city transit bureau, to my right, gareth rhodes. deputy superintendent of the parts in financial services, but has been with me for many years and is helping on this up in albany. is saturday. i know that because it is on the slide.
otherwise, i may not have known that. i followed the days by was on the powerpoint. everybody talks about this is uncharted waters, that we have never been here before, and that's true. itn in uncharted waters, doesn't mean you just proceed blindly, you get whatever information you can. you want to stay informed. even in the old days, when sailors would sail into uncharted waters. radar. before gps and they would throw out a piece of lead with a rope. the lead would fall to the bottom. they would call back to the captain how deep the water was. on the bottom there was a piece of wax that would pick up what was on the ocean bottom. sand, rocks, etc.
-- so the captain can tell where he was. uncharted waters don't mean to proceed blindly. get information, get data the best you can. use that data to decide where you are going. especially in this situation, so much emotion, politics, personal anxiety that people feel, social anxiety, social stress. let's stick to the facts, the data, let's make sure we are making decisions with the best information we have. we do a lot of testing, a lot of tracking to find out where we are. we test the number of hospitalizations every day. we find out how many people were in the hospital the day before. is good news is that number down.
the net change in hospitalizations is down. down, which ise very good news. the new cases walking in the door, the number of new infections, was also down a little bit. 831. --had been relatively fat relatively flat, 900 a day, which was not good news. yesterday was 8:31. we will see what happens with that. number that i watch every worst, theis the number of deaths. that number has remained obnoxiously and terrifyingly high. it is still not dropping at the rate we would like to see it drop. it even went up.
299. 289 the day before. that is bad news. in hospitals. 23 in nursing homes. nursing homes are where the most vulnerable population is and the highest number of the most vulnerable population. use information to determine actions. politics, notnot what people think or feel, but what we know in terms of facts. we have been sampling all across the state to determine the infection rate so we know if it is getting better or getting worse. we have done the largest survey in the nation. testing for people who have antibodies. if somebody has antibodies, it
means that person was infected. it tells you that person was infected, they have now recovered so they have antibodies. i went through this with my brother. he got infected, he now has the antibodies. if you test him, he tests positive for antibodies. we have been doing these antibody tests across the state. we have the largest sample, over 15,000 people, which is an incredibly large sample. the 22nd, weed, on had 2900 people surveyed. 13.9%, about 14%, infection rate statewide. about 14.9%.up to today, it is down to 12.3%.
statisticians will say this is old, plus or minus in the margin of error, but it is a large sample. it is indicative. 14.9% down to 12.3%. every four or five days. we have so much at stake. so many decisions we have to make. we want to get those data points as quickly as we can. seeing it go down to 12% may only be a couple of points but it is better than seeing it go up for sure. again, this is outside the margin of error so this is a good sign. it is 15,000 people surveyed so it is a large number. you can then look at where in the state, who in the state, and that will inform the strategy. it is a little bit more male than female. i am not quite sure why that is. in new york city it went from
24% and is now down. you always want to see the number dropping rather than increasing. within new york city you see the bronx is high. 27%. brooklyn, 19%. manhattan 17%. staten island, 19%. we are going to do more research to understand what is going on. why is the bronx higher than the other boroughs? statewide it is basically about flat. this is predominantly for new york city, then long island, the northern suburbs, then the rest of the state but eerie county has been problematic. we are looking at who is been impacted, who is paying the highest price, what is happening with the poor communities, what
is happening with the racial demographics overlaid over the income demographics and also if there is any information in other ages that can be instructive. we are still getting 900 new infections every day. that is still an unacceptably high rate. we are trying to understand exactly why that is, who are the 900, wears it coming from, how can we refine our strategies? we can get to those areas, those places, those people to try and target our attack. if you remember, we have the first cluster in the nation, the
first hotspot even before they call them that. it was new rochelle, rhett's westchester and we then sent all resources into new rochelle and we reduced that hotspot. if you find a specific place or pattern that is generating infections, you can attack it but you have to find it first. that is what we are looking at especially on the number of new infections that are coming. if you look at the location, it is not telling us much but we asked the hospitals yesterday -- we have all hospitals on a conference call and i spoke to all the hospitals -- and ask them to take additional information from those walking in to try find out where these infections are coming from. are the front line workers or
other people staying home? are these infections that are being spread in the home? front-line workers which means they're getting up every day, getting a public transit, going to work, and maybe they are getting it on the public transit? maybe they're getting at the it at the workplace. not just where you live but where in the borough? are there different health factors affecting the new infection rate? how are they traveling? are they in their cars? are they in public transit? is it the transit system, the railroad, etc.? we asked the hospitals to collect that and we will be getting that over the next couple of days. that will help us get more information. in the meantime, we know vulnerable populations are
paying the highest price. seniors, nursing homes, and the poor community are the ones where you have higher infection rates and exposure. we are going to distribute today 7 million masks to just those communities in nursing homes, poor communities, public housing, new york city housing authority. we will be doing that today. 7 million masks is a large number. there is about 9 million people in new york city total so 7 million masks is obviously making a big difference. we are funding food banks. the more this is going on the more people are without a job, they have no check. basics like paying rent and buying food become very important. we have addressed the rent issue, the immediate need --
nobody can be evicted for nonpayment of rent through june. people are stable. the next basic need is food. we are operating food banks. funded $25 million more in food banks. they will tell you the demand is up. we need help in funding the food banks. there are a lot of philanthropies, foundations, that are in the business of helping people. if you are a foundation or not-for-profit or philanthropy or person who wants to help, we could use more funding for food banks. the state budget is also very stressed with what is going on. we do not have the state funds to do what needs to be done but we would appreciate donations. as i said, the antibody testing has been very important and we
are going to undertake a full survey of antibody testing for transit workers. transit workers have very much been at the front-line. we talk about essential workers, people who are out every day, running the buses, the subways all through this. we know there has been a very high infection rate among transit workers. we have said thank you and we appreciate what you're doing 1000 times. i believe actions speak louder than words. if you appreciate what we are doing, help us do what we do and we are going to be doing that with more testing and resources that is going on right now. to keep our transit workers safe and to keep the public safe, the riding public, we are going to do something that has never been done before.
the mta is going to be disinfecting every train 24 hours. this is such a monumental undertaking i cannot begin to describe it to you. the new york city subway system has never been closed. it operates 24 hours a day because we have a 24 hour city. we are taking the unprecedented step during this pandemic of closing the system for 4 hours at night when the ridership is lowest. 1:00 a.m. until 5 a.m. and the mta is going to literally disinfect every train. i just viewed the operation on how they are doing it and it is smart, labor-intensive, people have to wear hazmat suits, they
have a number of chemicals that disinfect. you literally have to go through the whole train with a misting device where they spray disinfectant on every surface. this virus -- they are just studying it now -- but the virus could live 2-3 days on surfaces like stainless steel. you look at the inside of a subway car, the rails, the bars, there stainless steel. to make sure the transit workers are safe, to make sure the riding public is safe, the best thing you can do is disinfect the car. as massive a challenge as that is. but that is what the mta is doing and they're doing it well. it is just another sign of the dedication, skill, the capacity of our transit workers which is
indicative of the story of new york. they are stepping up in a big, big way. not just the cars, they are doing stations, all the handrails, etc. it is good and smart for the transit workers who have to work in that environment but also right for the riding public. the essential workers who have kept this entire society functioning have done an extraordinary job. we want them to know we are doing everything we can to keep them safe. this was a delicate balance all along. we needed new yorkers to
understand how dangerous this virus was and we communicated that early on so that when we said, stay home, people understood they should really stay home. new yorkers can be a cynical bunch and just because a governor says stay home they are not going to stay home unless they understand why they need to stay home. we presented that but at the same time we are saying to essential workers upon hearing how dangerous the virus is, by the way, you have to go to work and they did. if the essential workers did not, then you would have seen a real problem. if you do not have food on the shelves, if you do not have power to homes, if you do not have basic services, if the police do not show up, if the fire department does not show up, if the emt does not show up, the ambulances don't run, the nurses don't show up, the doctors don't show up, you
are at a place you have never been before. after communicating how dangerous the situation was the next breath was but front-line workers have to show up and they did. they did their job and that is an extraordinary, extraordinary example of duty and honor and respect and love for what they do and who they are and love for their brothers and sisters in the community. they demonstrated it. they did not say it, they demonstrated it every day when they get up and leave their house. god bless them all but we also have to do what we have to do to make sure we're doing everything we can to keep them safe. this heroic effort on cleaning the subways is part of that. we will continue it because we
are new york tough but tough does not mean just tough, it means smart, united, disciplined, and loving. you could be tough and you can be loving. they are not inconsistent. sometimes you have to be tough to be loving and that is what new york is all about. questions, comments? reporter: what actions is the administration taking to provide hotel rooms, funding, resources to make sure the homeless do not move from one area to another? >> i have worked with the homeless community since i was in my 20's. i was the largest nonprofit for homeless in the country. i then went to the department of housing and urban development which is in charge of homeless
programs. i came up with a whole new program to help the homeless nationwide. i did more for the homeless than ever before. my knowledge of helping the homeless i think is sufficient. i know there is a lot of politics about helping the homeless. you do not help the homeless by letting them stay on a subway car and sleep on a subway car in the middle of a global pandemic. they could expose themselves or others to a virus. that does not help the homeless. it is common sense. these people need a decent place and shelter and we should provide that. even more to the extent people need services and help with an underlying issue, mental health services, substance abuse, job training, we should provide that. the notion that everybody should stand the train because that is
good for them -- it is not good for them. we are funding an unprecedented amount in housing and services for the homeless. part of what the problem has been has been connecting a homeless individual with those services. that is the difficulty because homeless people with an underlying issue have been homeless for a time. it is not a simple essay, come with me, i want to help you. i'm going to bring you to a community group residence. that connection is very difficult. it is not that we are not funding services, you have to get that homeless person to a position where they trust and are accepting. i think this poses an opportunity to engage homeless
men and women who have been sleeping on trains, some of them for years. two disinfect you have to get the people off the train. you have to engage homeless men and women with the appropriate skill set and i think it is an opportunity to get them off the trains and actually connect them to the services they needed. reporter: sorry, governor. there is talk of using fema money to pay for hotel rooms. have you taken any actions to make those resources available? >> it is up to the local government to decide the best strategy but i think there's an opportunity here. reporter: iva picture are outed our took this morning on a train and there were three men sleeping in the car. do you realistically think with
the increased outreach -- because he pushed them out in the middle of the night -- could we see an end to that realistically? >> those are separate issues. can you end all homeless people? i don't think you can. i would like to say yes but i don't think you will. you have always had people who are homeless for one reason or another going back decades. not like it was today but you always had some people who, for one reason or another, wanted to drop out of society, had an issue they were dealing with. i don't think you will help everybody 100% but i don't know if that is the real question. you help as many as you can and this will be the first time -- that i can remember -- the every
homeless person by definition has to get off that train at one point. i think that is an opportunity to actually engage homeless people, find out what they need, and try and link them up with the services. will you help everybody? no. but you help everyone you can. reporter: [indiscernible] >> if somebody cannot pay rent now and they do not pay rent, they cannot be evicted by the landlord. you cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent. i did an executive order but basically a law. a landlord cannot evict a person for nonpayment of rent.
if you can pay rent, you should. i am not saying, don't pay if you can. there is a morality in this but if you cannot pay -- and many can't because of economic circumstances -- you cannot be evicted. that is a law in place through june and come june, we will see where we are and figure it out. reporter: can you describe how anymore employees are police officers going to be needed? what about the workers that need to travel between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.? >> we have chairman pat faure so i will turn it to him. >> let me start with the alternative service plan and
sarah will talk about the program of closing the subways. when the pandemic began we reached out to the hospital association, labor unions, and trade associations to get data on where employees lived, what hospital they went to, what food preparation facility they went to. we did that in early march. as a result, we have granular data as to the number of passengers that travel from 1:00 a.m. until 2 a.m. approximately 10,000-11,000 customers travel and what we have done in connection with the announcement earlier in the week about closing the subways -- i and a bunch of colleagues have reached out to the transit workers union, new york state and new york city, the hospital association, the building trades, grocery stores, and grocery store unions.
that is a partial list. we are getting granular data about where their employees travel. we are going to tailor service to accommodate their needs. i will turn to sarah in terms of the program. >> thank you. like pat said, 10,000-11,000 riders travel between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. we know which subway stops they use, we know origin and destination information. we are going to prioritize service. we are a public transportation agency. we want to prioritize best service. in most places, the subway headways were 20 minutes so we are going have bus service that
matches. if you were depending on the subways, we are going to match bus service so you have a similar wait and commute. we will have a website with details we provide in the next couple of days but people should know if they were counting on the subway, bus services will be provided. taxi is an option and hired vehicles are an option. we are not going to leave behind the people who need the systems overnight to go to hospitals, medical centers, jobs. we are going to make sure we take care of them but we have to do everything we can to make our workforce to save and riders are safe. we are going to make sure we clean every single car. on the cleaning, we have a team of 900 cleaners already. heroes, essential workers who shove day in and day out and do difficult work. we also have additional folks we are bringing on his contractors to make sure we can get this done. for those who are riding during the day, they are going to see
an uptick in cleaners they did not see before. you ride the train to the end of the line, you get out, and instead of just going off onto the platform and up the stairs one of the things you're going to see is a whole bunch of cleaners boarding the train immediately and starting disinfecting. that will be happening during the day. that has not happened as much before. we have cars on lap and in the system. the cleaning will happen 24 hours a day with the goal of cleaning every single car every day. some will get cleaned more than once. >> governor, can i make one more additional addition? this is on the commitment to a robust and sustainable police presence in terms of closing the stations from 1:00 a.m. until 5
a.m. mayor de blasio zoomed into the governor's meeting earlier and affirmed that robust and sustainable plan. that will make the police department presents that will make this possible. >> just to be straightforward about it, this has never been done before. you have never closed the subways, you have never tried to disinfect trains, you have never tried to disinfect every train every 24 hours. nobody has been here before and whenever you do something different there is always opposition, always someone who raises the other side -- especially new york because we love to argue about everything. yes, we are closing the trains. yes, they will have service but somebody may have to take a bus instead of a train.
it is the lowest period of ridership in a time when you have the lowest ridership in probably a century. but you still have people who have to take a bus instead of a train and they will be inconvenienced. except we had no option. i'm not going to say to essential workers, you need to come every day, the nurses need to come, the doctors need to come and by the way i don't know if i can tell you for sure that the trains and buses are claim. i not going to do that. i am not going to ask essential workers, please leave your home so others can stay at home, come work in a grocery store, hospital, put yourself at risk and i cannot even tell you the buses and trains are clean. i can't ask the transit workers who are seeing a high rate of infection, who are dealing with some of the most difficult
circumstances they ever had i need you to come work but i don't know if the buses and trains are clean. i'm not going to do that. no new yorker is going to do that. new yorkers, we live by the right thing, do the right thing. what is the right thing? it is hard to describe but you know it when you see it. to do the right thing -- the essential workers are doing the right thing by us. they are showing up, putting themselves at risk. we have to do the right thing by them. the trains and buses should be cleaned for the transit workers, the riding public, for every worker who gets on them. end of story. how do we do that? we will figure out how to do it and it is going to be hard but
it is the right thing to do and it has never been done before but we step up and do it. everything we are doing here has never been done before. how do you do 15,000 tests? it has never been done before. i know but we have to do it. how do you come up with a tracing system to test the positives? you need thousands of tracers. there are really no tracers anymore. i know but we will figure it out. that is the story of where we are in this moment. we are called upon to do things we have never done before. either we do them and we rise to the occasion or we fail and we are not about failing in new york. we are about rising to the occasion. we did after 9/11, we did after superstorm sandy, and we are going to do it here. reporter: yesterday there was a demonstration wanting the state
to reopen. they were blatantly ignoring social distancing. there were about 300 people and many of them refusing to wear masks. one, what message do you have to people who are ignoring social distancing either through demonstrations or other things? two, we notice police were there but not doing anything to enforce social distancing. what do you want to see happen when it comes to enforcement? >> this is a highly politicized time. we know that. it was highly politicized before covid-19. that was the environment we were living in. i have worked very hard to keep politics out of the situation. we have to make a lot of tough decisions. we have to make them fast and the worst thing that could happen is politics collides with what we are trying to do.
take today cleaning trains. if you want to take a partisan view to that, people will argue because they are supposed to because it is politics. i have stayed 100 miles away from politics. for myself, i have made it clear i have no political agenda whatsoever. people are always ready to look at a politician and say this is in their personal interests. i have no personal interest. i am not going anywhere. i am here until they fire me. i have no political interest. i think that has been very helpful. but having said that, i understand people's frustration with the economy not being open. i get it. i want to see the economy open for myself, my family, and for the state.
the state has a tremendous financial problem and the faster the economy comes up the better the financial situation. i feel it, i get it. i disagree with people who say open the economy even though you know there is a public health risk. i disagree with that. i am not going to put dollar signs over human life. i am not going to do that. not for my family and not for yours but i understand the point of view. i understand the first amendment. you have an argument? god bless america. you do not have a right to jeopardize my health. you want to jeopardize your health? god bless you. you have no right to jeopardize my health. the mask is not about your health but about my health. my children's health, your children's health, and that is why you have to wear a mask. if you are in a situation where
you cannot stay six feet apart, i have such a law enforcement enforce the mask executive order. i said the state police will help you if you cannot. i believe it should be enforced because it is reckless, irresponsible, and not about your life but other people. you do not have a right to do that. reporter: [indiscernible] >> i believe in new yorkers. i'm a lifelong new yorker. we have many new yorkers who moved here and that is great. i was born here, right here, i'm going to die here. i'm so impressed with what they have done. we communicated the facts but they have closed down in a way that is just remarkable.
you see that curve drop in the projections of the number of cases. that curve did not draw. new yorkers grant that curve and bent it down. that is what happened. that number was going like this. that is what the projections were wrong. new yorkers grabbed it, and pulled it down. they changed that curve because they stayed at home, they closed, they were masks. at the same time, new yorkers understood how dangerous it was. essential workers, food workers, nurses, doctors showed up for work. beautiful, beautiful, and with masks and compliance -- it is extraordinarily high the compliance -- and with the warm weather people will come outside.
you cannot stay indoors all the time. people will come outside and that is great. go for a walk but just respect the social distancing and where the mask. new yorkers are doing it. they're doing it across the state. i'm going to go to work. thank you for being here. [indiscernible] >> thank you very much. every new yorker is in your debt. god bless you. thank you. governor ron desantis
visited a barbershop in orlando to talk about challenges salon owners are facing in reopening their businesses. here is a portion of that conversation, followed by a press conference. we just go around, introduce, say a few things. i will kick it off, pass it over to the mayor, and we will discuss what we will do. you have done a great job. thank you for your hard work. county, it orange don't think anyone would have predicted what has happened. with the health department, you have done great. gratifying to see your plan, these measures. al