Coronavirus Update: Gov. Cuomo cautions NY about mysterious illness possibly linked to COVID-19

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NEW YORK (WABC) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday there are now 73 reported cases of severe illness in children that may be linked to coronavirus.

A 5-year-old boy died in New York City Thursday from COVID-19-related complications, Cuomo said, while Westchester County health officials announced Friday that a child being treated for a mystery illness believed to be linked to the coronavirus has also died. Cuomo added the state is investigating other deaths.

“We didn’t think children would suffer from it,” Cuomo said. “It’s something we have to consider seriously now.”

Cuomo also reported 216 deaths Thursday as hospitalizations and ICU admissions continue a long, slow decline.

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MAY 8, 2020

Child with mysterious illness possibly linked to COVID-19 dies
Health officials in Westchester County announced Friday that a child being treated for a mystery illness believed to be linked to the coronavirus has died. The illness, called Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19, prompted an advisory to healthcare providers to immediately report any related symptoms. County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler said officials are still assessing whether underlying conditions were a factor in the child’s death.

MAY 7, 2020

Rent Relief
Governor Cuomo extended the moratorium for COVID-related hardship an additional 60 days until August 20th. No one can be evicted for non-payment of rent until that date.

Tenants can also use their security deposit to pay their rent.

MAY 6, 2020

New York State Board of Elections appeals June 23 presidential primary
The New York State Board of Elections is now appealing a federal judge’s decision to restore the state’s presidential primary.

On Tuesday, the judge ruled that the state must hold its primary on June 23 as planned. Last week, the board canceled the primary by removing all candidates’ names from the ballot except for Joe Biden, even though New York was still planning to hold its congressional and state-level primaries.

New York-area nonprofit mails spa boxes to women fighting breast cancer
When the COVID-19 pandemic brought one nonprofit’s operations to a complete standstill, Spoil Me Pink quickly took their operations remote and began mailing miniature spa days in a box to women fighting breast cancer around the country.

Many of the women have compromised immune systems and are at a higher risk for a serious case of COVID-19, forcing them into near isolation since the pandemic began.

Lawmaker proposes forgiving student loans of doctors, nurses fighting coronavirus
A U.S. lawmaker proposed forgiving all student loan debt for health care workers on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, introduced the bill Tuesday in response to doctors and nurses who pushed back at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s suggestion that the federal government gives 50% hazard pay bonuses to those workers. Many of them said they were appreciative of the hazard pay sentiment, but pointed out that the 50% boost would do very little to help them out of debt.

Westchester County honors COVID-19 victims
A new memorial called “Ribbons of Remembrance” now stands at Lenoir Preserve overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades dedicated to Westchester County residents who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Visitors will find the memorial a short walk away from the Lenoir Preserve parking lot in front of the Wightman Mansion.

Most NY patients are retired or unemployed, survey finds
Hospitals in New York state say only 17 percent of recently admitted patients were working, Governor Cuomo announced on Wednesday. Hospitalizations and new cases continue to decline, but the death toll is approaching 20,000.

NY issues advisory for mysterious COVID-19 related illness in children

The New York State Department of Health issued an advisory to healthcare providers Wednesday about a serious inflammatory disease affecting children throughout the state that is believed to be linked to the novel coronavirus. As of May 5, officials say there are 64 potential cases of the condition, called Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19, that have been reported in children in New York hospitals, including in New York City.

Cuomo examines who is getting hospitalized
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Testing at nursing homes
The Westchester County executive ordered all nursing homes to be tested for COVID-19. There are now more than 30,000 confirmed cases across the county.

MAY 5, 2020

Judge restores NY Democratic presidential primary
The New York Democratic presidential primary must take place June 23 because canceling it would be unconstitutional, a judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres ruled after hearing arguments a day earlier as lawyers for withdrawn presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang argued that it was wrong to cancel the primary.

PSA face mask contest
New Yorkers will now be able to enter a free contest in creating and sharing a video explaining why people should wear a face mask in public amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Cuomo announced Tuesday.

“How much is a human life worth?”
Governor Cuomo talked about reopening the state of New York and why it’s so important we stay closed for now. He said that first wave projections went from 60,000 deaths to 140,000 deaths in the country due to rising mobility in most US states as well as easing of social distancing measures expected in 31 states by May 11.

“How much is a human life worth?” Governor Cuomo asked. “Let’s be honest about it and let’s be open about it.” He said that all facts were being considered and that he feels the 12-step process and markers work best in determining the proper time for regions to restart. “A human life is priceless, period,” Cuomo said.

Vintage planes write messages of thanks over NY
A fleet of vintage WWII planes honored New York hospital workers, first responders, essential workers and all others affected by COVID-19 Tuesday by writing giant messages of thanks and hope in the sky. The airplanes flew over the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Long Island and Westchester County, just before noon.

Federal funding battle
Governor Cuomo said the “mismanagement for decades” President Trump spoke of is not the state governments – it is the federal government. He added that before the crisis broke out he did not ask the federal government for anything for New York state, and the state gets back less than it gives.

Nursing home deaths
New York state is reporting more than 1,700 previously undisclosed deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities as the state faces scrutiny over how it’s protected vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic. At least 4,813 people have died from COVID-19 in the state’s nursing homes since March 1, according to a tally released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration late Monday that, for the first time, includes people believed to have been killed by the coronavirus before their diagnoses could be confirmed by a lab test.

Reimagining education
The governor talked about ways to reimagine education with virtual and internet learning. He wants to see schools open better than before and says he’s working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to reimagine education in the new normal.

MAY 4, 2020

White Plains firefighter dies of COVID-19
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Virtual graduation
Westchester County lawmakers are planning a virtual graduation celebration for the class of 2020. Community leaders, teachers, parents, grandparents and siblings are being asked to record a short video to say congrats to the high school seniors in their lives.

Cases in Westchester County
The number of confirmed cases in Westchester County have now surpassed 30,000. More than 1,100 people have died.

Regional reopening plan for New York
The governor talked about number indicators that the state will use to determine if a region is ready to reopen. He said the rate of new infections needs to be below an infection rate of 1.1, healthcare capacity must have 30% hospital and ICU bed available, diagnostic testing capacity of 30 tests for every 1,000 residents, and a contact tracing system must be in place. Every hospital needs to have a 90 day supply of PPE stockpiled.

MAY 3, 2020

Cuomo calls out residents who refuse to wear face masks
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday those who do not wear masks are “disrespecting” frontline workers putting their lives in danger to help put a stop to the deadly coronavirus.

Faced with 20,000 dead, nursing homes seek shield from lawsuits
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PPE requirement for hospitals
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MAY 2, 2020

Frustration over reopen rallies
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that he understands the frustration building over the economic shutdown, but when asked about a rally on Long Island Friday to reopen the state, he drew a line.

People have a First Amendment right to make an argument, he said, but not to imperil people’s health.

“You want to jeopardize your health, God bless you,” the governor said. “You have no right to jeopardize my health … the mask is about my health, and my children’s health and your children’s health.”

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Nearly 400 of the 900 new COVID-19 cases are coming from Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

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MAY 1, 2020

Schools closed for rest of academic year in state
All K-12 schools and colleges in New York state will remain closed for the rest of this academic year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday. Distance learning and meal plans for students will continue. A decision on summer school will be made by the end of May.

Rockland County parks reopen
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The reopenings come after a decline in hospitalization rates throughout the county.


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