In April 19, 2020

Large-Scale Antibody Testing Will Help Determine What Percentage of the Population is Now Immune to the Virus and Help Get More People Back to Work

State Will Continue Working with the Federal Government to Assist with the Supply Chain and Coordinate Private Labs to Ramp Up Diagnostic Testing

Announces State is Ready to Transport 400 Ventilators to Massachusetts if Needed

Expands Executive Order to Allow Any Authorized Officiant to Perform Marriage Ceremonies Using Online Video Technology

Confirms 6,054 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 242,786; New Cases in 46 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the State Department of Health will begin to conduct a statewide antibody testing survey tomorrow. The testing survey will sample 3,000 people for a population of 19.5 million people – for context Germany performed a 3,000-person sample with a population of 83 million. Large-scale antibody testing will help determine the percentage of the population that is now immune to the virus, allowing more individuals to safely return to work.

Governor Cuomo also announced the state will continue working with the federal government to assist with the supply chain and coordinate private labs to ramp up diagnostic testing, another key component of getting people back to work and restarting the economy.

The Governor also announced the state is ready to transport 400 ventilators to Massachusetts within 24 hours if they are needed.

The Governor also will sign an Executive Order allowing any authorized officiant to perform marriage ceremonies using online video technology. Yesterday, the Governor issued an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference, a practice that is banned under current law. Many marriage bureaus have temporarily closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing New Yorkers from getting a marriage license during the current health emergency; yesterday’s Executive Order temporarily suspends a provision of law that requires in-person visits.

“Any plan to start to reopen the economy has to be based on data and testing, and we have to make sure our antibody and diagnostic testing is up to the scale we need so we can safely get people back to work,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are going to start antibody testing across the state tomorrow – and we are going to do that in the most aggressive way in the nation. This will be the first true snapshot of exactly how many people were infected by COVID-19 and where we are as a population and will help us to reopen and rebuild without jeopardizing what we’ve already accomplished.”

 Finally, the Governor confirmed 6,054 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 242,786 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 242,786 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:


County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 682 34
Allegany 30 0
Broome 192 6
Cattaraugus 34 0
Cayuga 36 0
Chautauqua 25 0
Chemung 73 1
Chenango 78 1
Clinton 49 1
Columbia 107 2
Cortland 25 0
Delaware 49 0
Dutchess 2,240 39
Erie 2,070 73
Essex 18 2
Franklin 13 0
Fulton 27 0
Genesee 117 30
Greene 85 3
Hamilton 3 0
Herkimer 49 2
Jefferson 54 4
Lewis 8 0
Livingston 39 2
Madison 106 1
Monroe 1,032 24
Montgomery 35 1
Nassau 30,013 833
Niagara 246 12
NYC 134,436 3,173
Oneida 275 7
Onondaga 498 6
Ontario 70 1
Orange 6,379 113
Orleans 46 5
Oswego 47 2
Otsego 48 1
Putnam 592 10
Rensselaer 173 9
Rockland 9,364 193
Saratoga 251 7
Schenectady 268 9
Schoharie 20 0
Schuyler 6 0
Seneca 18 0
St. Lawrence 105 7
Steuben 167 7
Suffolk 26,888 745
Sullivan 537 13
Tioga 35 3
Tompkins 117 0
Ulster 854 34
Warren 96 2
Washington 63 11
Wayne 50 1
Westchester 23,803 624
Wyoming 36 0
Yates 9 0