New York City is meeting the coronavirus crisis with a massive emergency food assistance program and will be delivering 1 million meals daily by next week, with another 500,000 meals available daily for pickup at school sites, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Those indicators include the number of New Yorkers being admitted into the city's hospitals, patients in the city's 11 public hospitals' intensive care units, and the rate of New Yorkers testing positive for coronavirus.
New York, which has taken a lead in USA tracking of the so-called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, is now investigating 159 cases in the state, Cuomo said.
Cuomo said hospitalizations and new COVID hospitalizations continue to decline.
Two young boys and an 18-year-old woman diagnosed with the syndrome have died in NY state.
Regional economic re-openings began in upstate areas last Friday, with different industries opening in phases. "New York is proving to be the epicenter of nothingness".
De Blasio said when the day comes in which NYC will begin phase one of reopening, it will be based on the state's guidelines with possible modifications that are geared toward the city. "They're on buses. They're in classrooms", Cuomo said at his daily briefing.
"Those are the big standards and then we'll fill in a lot of blanks between now and then about how to do those things and how to approach them safely".
Thankfully, and ironically, over Mother's Day weekend, Gov. Cuomo reversed his policy and finally announced that nursing homes in the state will no longer be required to admit patients who are positive for COVID-19.
"If people get arrogant and casual about this pandemic, you will see the infection rate go up", he said.
However, it's unlikely the city and state will consider reopening Staten Island or other boroughs ahead of other parts of New York City. Cuomo asked. "They are wearing the mask".