Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a study on how COVID-19 has impacted minorities where higher rates of infection have been demonstrated.
He also boasted that NYS now has the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began.
Twenty-three people in New York passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high of 800 just nine weeks ago.
“New York State has been continuing to follow the data and the numbers on the COVID-19 virus and we are making really great progress with the lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since this pandemic first began,” Cuomo stated.
“This is all good news, but our behavior is what’s keeping these numbers down and the numbers can change in a week if we don’t remain disciplined and follow the guidelines and protocols in place. We’ve been getting reports from all across the state of large gatherings, social distancing violations and people are not wearing masks – and we want to remind all individuals and businesses, especially bars and restaurants, that failure to follow the state’s reopening rules and guidelines will result in serious consequences.”
Senator Kevin Parker said, “COVID has ripped off an ugly scab from the wound of health disparities in our state. We need to understand more about how this pandemic effected African-American and Latino communities, so we can prevent this catastrophe of disease and death in the future. This legislation is an important first step towards eliminating health disparities in our state and protecting vulnerable communities. The Governor embodies the loving nature of New York by signing this bill into law.”
Assembly Member Jeffrion L. Aubry said, “The disparities in communities that were exposed by the pandemic must be explored analyzed and eradicated. This bill requires that work. My thanks to the Governor, the Senate and Assembly for acting swiftly on this legislation.”
Out of the 62,359 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, only 694, or 1.1 percent, were positive. The Finger Lakes region was less (0.6%) than one percentage of positive tests over the last three days.