New York's virus death toll falls to lowest level in weeks

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As Cuomo criticises the federal government for so far not aiding state budgets, he has also announced billions of dollars in cuts in NY that will hit localities hard.

A phased plan to re-open the state and "re-imagine a new normal for the state" was outlined by Cuomo at his daily news briefing on Sunday, April 26.

"Only in this insane reality would 1,100 new cases be relatively good news", the governor commented.

"What matters a lot more than the date that the stay-at-home ends is what we do going forward and how we have an ongoing, sustainable way, psychologically, economically and from the health perspective, to have the social distancing we need", Gov. Jared Polis told CNN's State of the Union. Under a plan for reopening, the first sectors would be construction and manufacturing.

He said that opening New York City was far more complicated than more sparsely populated areas upstate - and more connected to Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey.

To reopen, businesses will need to present NY authorities with plans that show they are ensuring sanitation to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

As effects of the state's outbreak become less severe, he explained that NY will collaborate with local officials as well as neighboring governors to "reopen in phases, based on regional analysis".

The New York State School Boards Association and other major educational groups are asking that funding be included for local schools in the next federal stimulus bill.

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Cuomo described the latest numbers as "only not bad news compared to where we were".

Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday that the state had expanded its testing eligibility criteria to allow for more people to get tested.

Nevertheless, Ruhnke wrote, the couple had five masks and wished to give one to help New York's battle against the virus. He added that more people will become eligible as the state's test supply increases.

Recent tests conducted by the state Health Department revealed significantly high rates of antibody levels within New York City residents; however, multiple agencies, including the World Health Organization and the city's Health Department, warned against the use of antibody tests to determine overall immunity - which is now uncertain.

Antibody testing is a way of determining if a person has been infected by the coronavirus even if they hadn't shown symptoms. For a second day, he blasted Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for suggesting states facing shortfalls could declare bankruptcy.

White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Dr. Both Cuomo and New York City Mayor de Blasio have continuously underscored that it is critical for state residents to conform with the guidelines.

Based on Centers for Disease Control recommendations, once a region experiences a 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate, it may begin the phased reopening.

Governor Andrew Cuomo discusses the new coronavirus outbreak in NY during daily press briefings.

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