What Andrew Cuomo wants Donald Trump to acknowledge about the coronavirus

Yolanda Curtis
June 29, 2020

Hospitalizations from the disease also dropped Saturday, bringing the total number of people requiring treatment for the disease down to 869.

The order applies to anyone who is employed in New York State and voluntarily travels to states with infection rates of 10 per cent or more. As of Monday morning, that includes Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Utah, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Along with the Mohawk Valley and North Country, Central New York, the Southern Tier, and the Finger Lakes all entered Phase Four as well.

New Yorkers also were allowed to claim their benefits if they were home caring for someone infected by COVID-19.

Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million were required to provide job protection for the duration of the state's quarantine order and to ensure workers had access to paid family leave and disability benefits, including wage replacement, for people earning up to $150,000.

Cuomo has directed New York State Attorney General Letitia James and the DOH to probe the COVID-19 situation in nursing homes, but officials decried those efforts as lackluster - namely because such an investigation would involve the state investigating itself.

Cuomo then said that a final decision on indoor dining will be made by Wednesday so that "people who operate those types of businesses will know what we're doing".

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing continued backlash and accusations of hypocrisy for ordering travelers from certain states to go into quarantine upon entering NY, after he once threatened legal action against a state that tried doing the same to New Yorkers.

The governor cautioned that the numbers could spike again if New Yorkers let their guard down and fail to follow social distancing and mask-wearing requirements.

Conditions in Texas, Arizona and Florida all strike record day-to-day highs this earlier week. Some states, such as Texas, are pausing their reopenings or rolling back openings of bars and restaurants.

The US is the worst-hit country by the pandemic with more than 2.5 million cases and almost 126,000 fatalities.

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