Cuomo Reports ‘Possible Flattening’ In Curve, Extends NY ‘PAUSE’ Order

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April 06, 2020 - 1:54 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Non-essential businesses and schools will remain closed until at least April 29 despite a possible flattening of the curve, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

The governor extended the state’s “PAUSE” order as the number of coronavirus fatalities grew towards 5,000. There is a total of 130,689 confirmed cases in the state with 16,837 hospitalizations.

However, Cuomo believes there might be a “possible flattening in the curve.”

“We could either be very near the apex, or the apex could be a plateau and we could be on the plateau right now,” he said during his daily coronavirus press briefing.

He says the number of hospitalizations and incubations is also down, which made be a sign of a flattening curve. But, Cuomo stressed the state may be at a very high plateau that continues to place pressure on the healthcare system.

Still, he wants New Yorkers to remain vigilant and stay at home, announcing Monday that all schools and non-essential businesses would remain closed until the end of the month.

“I know that's a negative for many, many reasons,” Cuomo said. “I know what it does to the economy. But I said from day one I'm not going choose between public health and the economy.”

A new Siena College poll says most New York residents are either quarantining or practicing social distancing.

According to the statistics, 14% of residents are under mandatory quarantine while another 42% are self-quarantining. Another 39% are not quarantining but are not going out as frequently or exposing themselves to others.

Cuomo says these efforts are about saving lives as just about all ventilators in the state are being used.

“We are into all back up plans that we had,” he said.

The governor says he's increasing the maximum fine from $500 to $1,000 for those who fail to abide by social distancing guidelines.

Mayor Bill de Blasio continued to stress ventilators are in short supply and warns that the city will need another 1,500 ventilators to get through the next week.

"Those dynamics will change daily, hourly even, so we will keep updating the assessment, but that's the plan that we have going into this week," Mayor de Blasio said.

The mayor says hospital beds are no longer the biggest issue in the city, it's ventilators.

Both he and Gov. Cuomo agree the healthcare workers are overstressed and the state is establishing a fund to help all medical personnel in the state. New York is also partnering with Headspace to help residents struggling mentally.

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