New York's "Wear A Mask" PSA contest has a victor

Henrietta Brewer
May 28, 2020

An additional 96 people died from the disease in New York Sunday - the second time the daily number has dipped below 100 since late March.

At the time of this writing, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that at least 362,764 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed across the state with at least 29,229 deaths resulting from the virus.

Those benefits will be paid for by local pension funds in the case of local government workers, and the state pension fund for employees of the state government, Cuomo said.

But the governor said he did not want to guess when New York City could hit that benchmark because past projections have been wrong. The policy ultimately sent over 4,500 recovering coronavirus patients to nursing homes, which Cuomo himself called "the optimum feeding ground for this virus".

An analysis of the data shows that since May 10, the death toll in NY has surpassed 200 only twice - May 12 (300 deaths) and May 15 (400 deaths). His press conferences have been used as comedic inspiration, his face popped up on t-shirts and discussions arose about a potential bid for the presidency.

So far, NY has reported 3,55,500 cases and 24,100 deaths as per data from John Hopkins University.

To limit the loss of lives and prevent an overwhelming spike in cases, executive orders closed non-essential businesses, limited restaurants and bars to takeout and delivery service, and prohibited people from gathering.

Cuomo noted that it's simply impossible to gauge the condition of public health at this point as the coronavirus sometimes has up to a 14-day incubation period, and many infected people walk around asymptomatic.

Overall, Cuomo still receives high marks for his handling of the pandemic (76-21%) but down from April when 84% of voters approved of his response and 15% disapproved. MA has a Republican governor, but the other five states' governors are Democrats.

"Only in this time of crisis would 74 deaths be anything less than truly tragic news", said Cuomo.

He further added that in honor of their sacrifices, they are "going to make sure" that every government under the state of NY will provide death benefits to those who have lost their lives during the worldwide emergency.

The death toll had peaked at 799 on April 8.

Voters said by a 2-to-1 margin (65-32%) that moving too quickly to loosen stay-at-home orders is a bigger danger than moving too slowly and risking more damage to the economy, the Siena College poll found.

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