State Senator Reminds New Yorkers About Seriousness Of Staying Home

Lynda Lopez
March 30, 2020 - 6:07 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — As coronavirus continues to spread in New York State, there are concerns that some residents are not taking the pandemic as seriously as they should.

With reports of people still gathering in large groups and people continuing to leave their homes on a regular basis, State Sen. Gustavo Rivera, who represents the Bronx, says people need to be stricter.

“I’m afraid some of my neighbors are not observing social distancing rules as much as I’d like,” he said. “I’ve had a few conversations with folks, most of them have been friendly, but it seems that there’s a lot of folks in our city who still do not understand the seriousness of this.”

He says he does his best to inform people of the importance to stay home and abides by the social distancing rules himself. He even wears a mask in public to prevent the spread of germs.

Rivera says if people don’t listen, the consequences could be dire.

“I'm very concerned about what's going to happen in communities like the ones that I represent in the next coming weeks to be completely honest,” he tells WCBS 880’s Lynda Lopez.

He says the communities in the Bronx needs to be reminded of the pandemic’s seriousness

“Everyone who does not have the disease, who does not need to go to a hospital, stay at home,” he said.

He continues: “We need to pressure the federal government to do what it needs to do there when New York is the number one state in the nation that is the epicenter of the entire world, as far as this crisis, we need the resources that the federal government could muster – the state is doing an able job— without the federal government's help, we will not be able to get through this.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his press conference Monday that he wants all the state’s hospitals, public and private, to work now as a healthcare family. Sen. Rivera notes that that seems like the best idea.

“We're still behind the eight ball here and it still looks like that apex, which will be reaching probably in the next 14 to 20 days, will test the capacity of the healthcare system,” River said. “But one way to try to deal with it is by making sure that different hospitals communicate with each other. If they're over capacity in one place and under capacity in another, transferring patients to another place would be a way to go.”