Cuomo calls for Congress to provide state funding amid COVID-19 pandemic

Cuomo calls for Congress to provide state funding amid COVID-19 pandemic

Created: April 20, 2020 01:16 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC/AP) — During his daily briefing on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo once again called on the federal government to provide funding to states amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facing a $10 billion to $15 billion economic shortfall, Cuomo projected 20% budget cuts for schools, hospitals, and local governments unless Congress passes an aid package of more than $450 billion.

This comes as the number of people dying from COVID-19 in New York state continues to slowly drop, with 478 fatalities tallied on Sunday. It was a third straight day of decreases and the lowest death toll since April 1, when 432 people died.

The state tally excludes more than 4,000 New York City deaths that were blamed on the virus but weren’t confirmed by a lab test.

The total number of hospitalizations remained largely unchanged at more than 16,000 and the number of new admissions remained largely flat at above 1,300, Cuomo said Monday.

After weeks of increases in deaths and hospitalizations in the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, Cuomo said the big question now is how fast the descent will be if New Yorkers continue to abide by social distancing restrictions, even as warmer weather tempts more people to venture outdoors.

“Does it take two weeks for it to come down? Some projections say that. Does it take a month? Some projections say that,” Cuomo said. “The projections are nice, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.”

The governor warned that when public activity increases, the rate of infection will spread. He said beaches, public facilities, schools would be “magnets” for the virus if public activity increases too quickly.

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