(RightWing.org) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo adopted a confused approach to the coronavirus epidemic over the weekend. On Saturday he declared a state of emergency as the number of cases in New York state began to climb sharply, with 65 people infected by Saturday night – 57 of them in Westchester County.
An emergency declaration allows the state to perform expedited procurement, leasing of lab space, hiring, and more.
This will help us get resources to local health departments and others who need it quickly and efficiently. https://t.co/YVAJusbLer
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 7, 2020
Then, on Sunday morning, with the state’s case count up to 89, Cuomo told Fox News that Saturday’s move “sounds more alarming than it is” and people shouldn’t panic. He said the goal of the state of emergency was to let authorities do things more quickly and efficiently.
In a rambling discussion, the Democrat governor continued to tack between downplaying the virulence of the disease and claiming in an apparent misstatement “I don’t want people to stay calm.” He also said at this time there are no immediate plans to shut down mass transportation systems in NYC but that if necessary that could happen in the future.
As testing increases, expect to see the number of confirmed cases go up as well. We will keep you updated on the coronavirus situation. In the meantime, remember that proper handwashing is the best defense against this illness.
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