Updated: August 26, 2020 05:13 PM
Created: August 26, 2020 12:55 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC/NBC News) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the New York state won’t be following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidance on coronavirus testing.
“Shame on the people at the CDC,” Cuomo said, calling the change in guidance “indefensible.”
The new guidance, which was published Monday, says that people without symptoms who were in close contact with an infected person for at least 15 minutes “do not necessarily need a test.” The guidance still recommends vulnerable people to get tested if they’ve come within 6 feet of someone with a confirmed infection for at least 15 minutes.
"We’re not going to follow the CDC guidance," Cuomo said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. "I consider it political propaganda. I would caution private companies against following the CDC guidance. I think it is wholly indefensible on its face. I think it is inherently self-contradictory. It is the exact opposite of what the CDC has been saying. So either the CDC is schizophrenic or they are admitting error in their first position or this is just political dictations."
Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir, who leads the Trump administration’s testing effort, said in a statement earlier Wednesday that the guidance was updated “to reflect current evidence and best public health practices.”
New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker called the change in testing recommendations “indefensible” and said it “makes absolutely no sense.”
“I have spoken with the scientists at the CDC and they say it’s political,” Zucker said.
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