GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW COVID-19 TESTING FACILITIES IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES DOWNSTATE

In April 9, 2020

Announces “New York Loves” Effort to Coordinate All Foundations, Philanthropies, Not-for-Profits, Charities and Other Entities that Want to Help or Donate to the State

Asks New Yorkers Who Have Recovered from Virus to Donate Blood

Governor Will Issue Executive Order to Bring in Additional Funeral Directors to Help with High Number of Deaths

Confirms 10,621 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 159,937; New Cases in 55 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced five new testing facilities downstate, primarily in minority communities. A drive-through mobile testing facility will open at the Sears Parking Lot at 2307 Beverly Road in Brooklyn tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., and a drive-through mobile testing facility opened at the Club House at Aqueduct Race Track Parking Lot, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, in Queens on Monday April 6th. In addition, the state is opening three walk-in facilities at health care centers in the South Bronx; Jamaica, Queens; and in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The walk-in facilities will open next week and will be by appointment only.

The state has opened nine testing facilities to date. The sites will prioritize tests for individuals that are among the highest risk population. Residents who would like to be tested at these facilities must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065.

The Governor also announced the “New York Loves” effort to coordinate all foundations, philanthropies, not-for-profits, charities and other entities that want to help or donate to the state during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. New York Secretary of State Rosanna Rosado and State Director of Nonprofits Fran Barrett will coordinate this effort and any resources that are collected, and will work with local governments that need additional help.

The Governor is also asking all New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 to contact the state and donate blood. Individuals who have recovered from the virus may have convalescent plasma in their blood, which has antibodies against the virus and could help with the development of a treatment for the virus. More information about how to donate is available here.

Governor Cuomo will also issue an Executive Order to bring additional funeral directors to New York to help with the high number of deaths due to COVID-19.

“Our efforts to reduce the spread of the virus through social distancing are working better than we expected because people are complying with them,” Governor Cuomo said. “Rapid testing and increasing our testing capacity is going to be the bridge to the new economy and restarting, but we also need to make sure we are learning the lessons of what we’re going through now because we haven’t finished going through it yet. We are going to increase testing and open new testing sites to collect more data in African-American and Latino communities so we can better understand why this virus kills and has higher fatality rates in certain communities, and what we can do to address it.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 10,621 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 159,937 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 159,937 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 379 37
Allegany 22 1
Broome 105 17
Cattaraugus 17 2
Cayuga 16 2
Chautauqua 18 1
Chemung 59 4
Chenango 55 2
Clinton 40 1
Columbia 70 7
Cortland 16 0
Delaware 37 0
Dutchess 1493 98
Erie 1362 157
Essex 8 1
Franklin 11 1
Fulton 15 1
Genesee 56 9
Greene 28 3
Hamilton 3 1
Herkimer 32 3
Jefferson 42 2
Lewis 6 0
Livingston 26 1
Madison 91 1
Monroe 698 47
Montgomery 28 10
Nassau 20140 1592
Niagara 146 12
NYC 87028 5225
Oneida 158 33
Onondaga 358 11
Ontario 43 4
Orange 4090 225
Orleans 22 6
Oswego 36 3
Otsego 39 1
Putnam 438 35
Rensselaer 79 4
Rockland 6665 252
Saratoga 172 10
Schenectady 167 18
Schoharie 12 0
Schuyler 4 0
Seneca 15 3
St. Lawrence 76 7
Steuben 89 7
Suffolk 17413 1569
Sullivan 294 15
Tioga 17 5
Tompkins 105 6
Ulster 460 38
Warren 40 7
Washington 25 5
Wayne 39 0
Westchester 17004 1117
Wyoming 29 2
Yates 1 0

 

 

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