NEW YORK — After 111 consecutive days of coronavirus briefings, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his last presser, telling New Yorkers “we have done the impossible.”
Unlike his previous briefings, Cuomo sat in his office without members of his staff or the press. “After 111 days of hell” he gave everyone the day off, he said.
Cuomo gave his first coronavirus briefing on March 2 in Manhattan with Mayor Bill de Blasio a day after the state recorded its first COVID-19 case.
The governor acknowledged how the state has continued to see consistent progress in it’s battle against the virus, noting hospitalizations have decreased to 1,284 — the lowest number reported so far. The state also reported its lowest weekly infection rate of 1%.
All regions have lower infection rates, including New York City, which Cuomo confirmed will enter Phase 2 beginning Monday.
“Over the three months we have done the impossible,” Cuomo said, acknowledging the fact that New York did a “complete 180” amid the pandemic.
“From worst to first, we are controlling the virus better than any state in the country.”
However, Cuomo reminded New Yorkes that “COVID isn’t over” and the state needs to watch out for a second wave and continue to follow guidelines and rules in place.
“More people will die, and it doesn’t have to be that way,” he said.
The governor also took a moment to thank front-line workers, local governments, including neighboring states and all New Yorkers.
Cuomo insisted that his work on the pandemic isn’t over despite ending his daily briefings.
“Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. I will still do what I do, we just don’t have to do it every day.”
The governor ended his briefing with a video montage that showed what New Yorkers have been through during the past 111 days.
The video ended with the message “Remember: Tomorrow is Saturday” — a nod to Cuomo’s daily presentations.
This wasn’t only about what government did. This was about what people did.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 19, 2020
Together, New Yorkers bent the curve because we acted responsibly and we looked out for each other.
Now we must stay the course. #NewYorkTough pic.twitter.com/6QZnEkVxD6
New York state has reported over 385,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and with a death toll of nearly 25,000. The majority of the cases were found in New York City, the area that was considered the epicenter of the virus.