New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is holding his final daily coronavirus briefing on Friday, capping months of press conferences in which he gave updates 7 days a week on COVID-19’s spread in the state, measures to fight it, and its subsequent decline.
He said Thursday he has a message for New Yorkers and people who have been watching: “We accomplished what we set out to accomplish. We needed to get across that mountain. We needed to tame the beast. We needed to control the virus, and we did.”
He also said the daily press conferences take a lot of time each day “and there’s a lot to do right now.”
He said he will still hold press conferences as needed.
Thursday that while New York has gotten the virus under control – after the state became the epicenter of the pandemic – other states are now seeing cases climb, which could lead to a resurgence.
He asked what happens if people from states with rising cases get on a plane and fly to New York City. “So we get the infection rate down, and then because other states are high we could have a problem,” he said.
New York City is expecting to enter its next phase of reopening on Monday. A final decision is expected to be announced at Friday’s briefing.