“It won’t get us through the crisis, but it will make a significant contribution to New York City’s mask issue,” Cuomo said. A number of apparel companies in New York are converting to mask manufacturers, and Cuomo said he is exploring the state also manufacturing masks.
Cuomo announced that there are 10,356 confirmed Covid-19 cases across New York. There are 3,254 new cases across New York state, Cuomo said, with at least 1,803 new cases in New York City alone for a combined total of 6,211.
Fifty-four percent of New York State cases are of people between 18 and 49 years old.
At least 45,000 people have been tested for Covid-19, and about 15% of those cases are being hospitalized. “The more tests you take, the more positives you find,” Cuomo said.
The Democratic governor is touring sites Saturday with the Army Corps of Engineers for alternate hospitals, including the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. These sites would be Army Corps temporary hospitals and include SUNY Stonybrook, SUNY Westbury and Westchester Convention Center.
Cuomo insisted he wasn’t issuing a “shelter in place” order, which he said referred to active shooter situations, but rather the state was “closing the valve” of everyday life to limit the outbreak. He urged New Yorkers to “remain indoors to the greatest extent.”
Civil fines and mandatory closures for businesses that don’t comply with the new mandate will be enforced beginning on Sunday, he announced.