This story has been amended since it was originally published to say New York State has expanded COVID-19 testing. The story originally said New York State was expanding antibody testing.
ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — New York State continues to expand COVID-19 testing across the state, and on Saturday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state will be expanding COVID-19 testing capacity to allow any essential worker to get tested.
At his daily COVID-19 briefing on Saturday, Gov. Cuomo announced an executive order allowing individual pharmacies in the state to start performing COVID-19 testing.
On Saturday, Gov. Cuomo also expanded the criteria on who can get the test to any essential worker. The state is also working with the federal government to make testing available to any New Yorker who wants one.
According to Cuomo, the federal government is working to get more testing kits, and reagents to process the tests, in order to expand testing.
Cuomo said New York is already doing more testing than any other nation per capita.
In terms of COVID-19 numbers in the state, Governor Cuomo had more good news to report on Saturday.
The number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in New York State continues to decline. The number of hospitalizations has regressed to where the state was to start the month of April.
Governor Cuomo said, “We are on the downside of the mountain.”
However, the stark reality of the situation is that about 1,100 more people were hospitalized on Friday, and over 400 more people passed away from the virus.
New York’s data continues to trend in the right direction, but Cuomo said he is nervous that one day the data will say otherwise.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 280,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 in New York State, and over 21,000 deaths.
Before he opened the press conference up to questions, Governor Cuomo tried to put the COVID-19 pandemic into perspective.
I get 56 days is a long time, and I get that it’s the worst thing that we have experienced in modern history, I get that. But just a little perspective, not that it makes our situation any better, but it gives you a sense of perspective. Yes, in life things happen, on an individual level and on a societal level, things happen, and you have to deal with it, and it’s hard, but on the other hand it makes us who we are. You get shaped by your experiences. This is a terrible experience to go through, but we will manage it, we will handle it, and we will be the better for it.Governor Andrew Cuomo
To watch Saturday’s press conference in its entirety, click on the video below.
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