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Governor Cuomo's Coronavirus Update: Social Distancing Will Affect Final Outcome

Apr 1, 2020

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From Governor Cuomo @ 7:29 PM on April 1

Many people have asked me, how bad is this pandemic going to be? While we can't predict the future, we are using a number of models to forecast when and what the "apex" of the virus might be. The forecasts show a range of possibilities based on the key factor of how successful our social distancing efforts are. In other words, how well New Yorkers like you follow social distancing will make all the difference in the final outcome. So help us. Stay home, reduce the spread, and we will be able to save the lives of hundreds, or even thousands, of your fellow New Yorkers.
One World Trade Center.
Photo of the Day: One World Trade Center was lit up in red, white and blue this week to signify our country's unity in the face of this pandemic (Photo by Kevin Coughlin).
Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York-based company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is creating 500,000 much-needed test kits for the State at no charge. The first batch of test kits was delivered on Monday and the State will receive an ongoing delivery of 25,000 kits per day. Additionally, Corning has donated 100,000 tubes and provided an additional 500,000 tubes to the State at reduced cost and expedited delivery.

2. New York City playgrounds will close because they have been too crowded. Open spaces in New York City will remain open for fresh air and sun — but you must stay six feet apart from others.

3. The Department of Labor released a new PSA to help New Yorkers applying for unemployment benefits. The PSA provides information on how to apply for UI benefits and reassures New Yorkers: If your unemployment filing is delayed, you will still receive every cent you are owed. And if you have questions about the expanded COVID-19 UI and whether you qualify, click here for more information.

4. Happy Census Day. Today, every New Yorker must now respond to the Census. Responding to the Census is simple, safe, private and can be done online from your own home. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at my2020census.gov.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New York City pet owners affected by Coronavirus can get free dog and cat food, and other supplies like cat litter, through the ASPCA's New York City pet food distribution center. New York City residents can call the ASPCA Helpline at 1-800-738-9437 for information and appointments.

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Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo