Tag: Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo’s Update on Coronavirus Vaccine Eligibility

An email update from the Governor regarding Vaccine Eligibility:Following new guidance from the CDC, New York is now including individuals age 65 and up as eligible to schedule appointments to receive the vaccine. Immunocompromised New Yorkers are also eligible to receive the vaccine. We are working with the CDC on how to best define the immunocompromised category. In the meantime, people who are 65 or older can immediately begin finding vaccination locations near them through New York’s Am I Eligible? tool. But I want to emphasize that New Yorkers should be patient. Today’s change brings the number of eligible New Yorkers to at least 7 million people—and the State receives only 300,000 doses per week from the federal government. That’s a huge gap between the supply and the number of eligible New Yorkers. Hospitals will continue to prioritize hospital workers and other health care workers—as it is critical to get these workers vaccinated to keep our hospital system functioning and able to handle the continued rise in COVID hospitalizations. If you are eligible, please be patient; unless the federal supply increases, it will take time to vaccinate the currently eligible groups. Ever Upward,

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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Gov. Cuomo’s Update on Coronavirus Vaccine

An email update from the Governor:

The federal government has informed us that New York will be getting its first 170,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks. If all safety and efficacy approvals are granted, we expect to receive these vaccines doses—from the New York pharmaceutical company Pfizer—on December 15. The State expects additional doses of both the Pfizer-developed vaccine and the Moderna-developed vaccine this month.

Following FDA approval, the NY COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force will look at the data and provide an additional level of review to the vaccine. This review will not delay distribution of the vaccine and will simply be another safety measure that ensures we can all trust in the vaccine. The COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force is made up of health experts and medical professionals and is co-chaired by Dr. Charles Rice, the winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Healthcare workers and nursing home residents will be the first groups of people to receive the vaccine. For most New Yorkers, though, the vaccine is still months away—and we are faced with a set of challenges to overcome before we get it. Hospitalizations are climbing across the state, and holiday social activity is certain to worsen this trend. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but in the winter we must fight harder than ever to slow the spread and save lives.

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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NYS Coronavirus Update: Message to Young People

According to Governor Cuomo, we are seeing a statistically significant increase in the COVID infection rate in 21- to 30-year-olds. Cuomo wants people to remember that young people can get seriously sick and some will die from the virus. Young people can bring it home and give it to others inadvertently. To deliver the message, NY launched a social and PSA campaign to communicate the hard facts to young people.

The campaign includes the following video:

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NYS Coronavirus Update: Record Low of Positive Cases

An email update from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo:
After more than 100 straight days of giving daily press briefings, this Friday, June 19th, will be the final one. Going forward, I will give press briefings as needed but rest assured I will continue to provide New Yorkers with the facts, data and my opinion as we continue to chart the way forward. We will send this newsletter on weeknights to share the latest information on reopening along with all other important COVID-19 updates.
Over the long course of this crisis, I counted on New Yorkers like you to listen to the facts and act accordingly. Together we have protected one another and ourselves. Through our collective action we not only bent the curve, we crushed it. I am so proud to be a New Yorker.
Slide of the Day: Throughout the COVID pandemic, New York has climbed the mountain and together, we have made it to the other side.
Here’s what else you need to know tonight:
1. New York City is on track to enter Phase 2 of reopening on June 22. The Mid-Hudson Valley is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on June 23 and Long Island is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on June 24, based on current data. Business guidance for Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan is available here and guidance for Phase 3 is available here.
2. Today, I issued an Executive Order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees. Juneteenth marks the day that enslaved African Americans in Texas finally learned they had been freed, over two years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. In addition to this Executive Order, I will advance legislation to make this important day celebrating freedom an official state holiday next year.
3. The State Department of Health will allow midwife-led birthing centers in New York for the first time. This directive to diversify birthing site options and support patient choice was one of the six key recommendations of the COVID-19 Maternity Task Force launched in April.
4. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to hit record lows. Total hospitalizations fell to 1,479, from 1,538. Sadly, 17 people in New York passed away yesterday due to COVID-19, down from a heartbreaking day when we lost 800 New Yorkers nine weeks ago. Our thoughts are with all the families who have lost loved ones to this awful virus.
5. Yesterday, New York reached the lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began. Out of the 59,341 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, only 567, or less than one percent, were positive.
6. I signed new laws that will that will help promote accountability and improve transparency in law enforcement. Yesterday, I signed legislation requiring all New York State Police officers to wear body cameras while on patrol; and creating the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office.
Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: Yesterday, the LEAF Festival of Flowers and Lewis Miller Design teamed up to celebrate New York City’s reopening through a collection of flower installations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The centerpiece installation was an “I Heart NY” made of flowers in the Meatpacking District.
(Photo by Iri Greco, BrakeThrough Media)
Ever Upward,
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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An Update from Gov. Cuomo

An email update from the Governor:
Every county in New York State now has confirmed cases of Coronavirus. Our “New York on PAUSE” policy remains in place. Non-essential workers must stay home except for essential activities like going to the grocery store. When you’re not at home, you must practice social distancing, and we also encourage you to wear a face covering in public (but do not purchase surgical masks — we must reserve those for healthcare workers and first responders). These are extraordinary times, and it will take all of us working together to beat this vicious virus.
Tragically, we continue to lose New Yorkers to this invisible enemy. More than four thousand of our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and neighbors have died after contracting COVID-19. Each and every one of them is in our hearts. We must continue to socially distance to prevent the virus from spreading and taking more lives.
Here are some other important updates:
  • New York launched a new COVID-19 tracker, with detailed county-by-county information on confirmed cases. The website is updated daily with the latest data.
  • Thousands of therapists have signed up to offer free emotional support to New Yorkers who are struggling with the mental health impact of this pandemic. Call the state’s hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider.
  • More than 85,000 volunteers from New York and across the country have answered our call to join New York’s surge healthcare force. We are awed by the heroism and selflessness of these volunteers. If you are interested in joining, enlist here.
  • NYS has a message for victims of domestic violence during this stressful time: You Are Not Alone. If you are in a dangerous domestic situation, NYS will help you find safe shelter. You are not trapped just because of Coronavirus. Call 1-800-942-6906.
I wish I could promise you that this period will be over soon. I can’t. What I can promise you is that I will continue to share the facts with New Yorkers and I will make decisions based on all the available science and data with one goal in mind: save lives. I know that this is a painful, disorienting experience. It’s important to remember that we will get through this. Now we must do what’s necessary to win this battle.
Ever Upward,
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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