New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Declares State of Emergency Over COVID-19, Says CDC Was Caught ‘Flatfooted’

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Declares State of Emergency Over COVID-19, Says CDC Was Caught 'Flatfooted'
New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke at a separate information convention on the primary confirmed case of COVID-19 in New York on March 2, 2020 in New York City. On Saturday, Cuomo declared a state of emergency over the virus. David Dee Delgado/Getty

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Saturday as he revealed that 76 individuals have examined constructive for COVID-19 within the state, a rise of almost two dozen confirmed circumstances previously a number of days.

“I have officially…done a declaration of emergency, which gives us certain powers,” Cuomo mentioned at a press convention in Albany. “We’re going to be doing purchasing and hiring more staff, especially to help local health departments that are very stressed.”

Amid considerations that some people beneath voluntary quarantine may not be complying with isolation necessities, Cuomo mentioned that well being departments ought to conduct common monitoring of quarantined sufferers and hinted that the state might step in ought to particular person sufferers determine to buck the method.

The emergency declaration grants the chief extraordinary—albeit non permanent—powers, together with the power to droop legal guidelines and native ordinances that impede the federal government’s response to the outbreak.

In addition to shoring up his administration’s potential to mount an efficient public well being salvo, Cuomo pointed to a number of different elements, similar to value gouging, that threaten to exacerbate the disaster.

“Price gouging continues to be a problem,” he mentioned. “I want businesses to be aware that you could lose your license for price gouging. This is serious. It’s not just price gouging, it’s price gouging in an emergency situation where you’re being exploitative of the public.”

He additionally took purpose on the Trump administration and the U.S. Congress for what he described as a failure to help New York’s public well being response.

“I don’t believe the supplemental appropriation bill provided enough funding for New York,” Cuomo mentioned, referencing the $8.three billion spending package deal Trump lately signed—funds destined for particular person states and the federal authorities—after the president had requested simply $2.5 billion.

“Our relationship with the CDC is also problematic on an ongoing basis,” he added, claiming that the company was performing as a “bottleneck” for testing.

“I believe the CDC was caught flatfooted,” Cuomo mentioned. “They’re slowing down the state.”

During the press convention, Cuomo introduced that nursing houses and senior dwelling services in New Rochelle, the New York City suburb on the heart of one of many outbreaks, will be unable to obtain outdoors guests. He known as nursing houses a “problematic setting” that require the state to train an abundance of warning when contemplating emergency insurance policies.

A nursing house within the Seattle suburbs has performed host to one of many first U.S. outbreaks, to which not less than 10 deaths from COVID-19 have been linked.