April 3, 2020.
We are facing a hard and urgent truth in New York State right now. We need more ventilators, supplies and healthcare staff to get us through the "apex" of this pandemic. And we can't get the supplies we need alone. No state can. That's why I am calling for a national rolling deployment of resources to the areas of greatest need at the time it's needed.
States will reach their individual apex at different times. New York will be first. So we need to deploy resources from around the country to New York right now. Once we are past the worst of our apex, we will move resources to the next place in need and repeat this process as this virus rolls across the country. Mutual aid will save lives.
Photo of the Day: In normal times, the New England Patriots are New York's rivals. But today, they acted as friends, delivering 300,000 much-needed masks to our frontline healthcare workers. We thank them. (Photo by Kevin Coughlin)
Here's what else you need to know tonight:
1. The State launched a COVID-19 tracker to provide New York State's comprehensive testing data to the public. The website, www.ny.gov/covid-19tracker, which will be updated daily with the latest data, presents visualizations of statewide and county-level testing and results.
2. There has been an uptick in reported domestic violence incidents. We want you to know: If you are in a dangerous domestic situation, New York State will help you find safe shelter. You are not trapped just because of Coronavirus. If there is an issue where you are in immediate harm, call 911. If you need help, call the State's Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906.
3. A new COVID-19 drive-thru mobile testing center will open in Albany on Monday, April 6th. The mobile testing center will be located in a parking lot at the State University of New York at Albany campus at 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany. The site will prioritize tests for individuals who are among the highest risk population. Capital District residents who would like to be tested must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065. There will be no walk-ins allowed and all patients must be in a vehicle.
4. I will issue an Executive Order allowing the State to redistribute ventilators and personal protective equipment to hospitals with the highest need. We are asking upstate hospitals to loan 20 percent of their unused ventilators to struggling downstate hospitals — and then we will ask downstate hospitals for similar help when the pandemic wave hits upstate New York. The equipment will either be returned to the hospital it came from or the hospital will be reimbursed for it.
Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Tomorrow, April 4th, you can join a global chalk painting event to spread joy around the community. Share your art on social media with #Chalk4Joy and be sure to practice proper social distancing when participating. More information is available on the event's Facebook page.
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo