Cuomo warns of possible shutdowns across NYS

Cuomo warns of possible shutdowns across NYS

Moses Kuwema 

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has warned of possible shutdowns across the state if the COVID-19 cases continue going up.

Governor Cuomo said Monday, that at the current rate of infection, NYS could have 11,000 people in hospitals-double the current number and 3,500 more deaths in one month.

He said shutdowns would be enforced if the increase in cases and hospitalizations in any region showed that hospital capacity would reach 90 percent in three weeks.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University released Monday, the total number of COVID-19 cases for New York State stood at 11,435.

The US recorded a total of 190,920 + new cases as of Monday bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases for the entire nation at 16.25 million with new deaths for the same day recorded at 1,389+ while the overall number of those who has died from COVID-19 across the nation now stands at over 300,000.
 
And a critical care nurse at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, Sandra Lindsay made history Monday after becoming the first New York to receive a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

"This is what heroes look like. Sandra Lindsay, an ICU Nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, became the first American to get vaccinated in a non-trial setting. Thank you Sandra and thank you Dr Michelle Chester," tweeted Governor Cuomo Monday morning alongside a picture of Lindsay.

Hours later, Governor Cuomo Tweeted, "Today is a day of hope. Thank you to the great NY company @Pfizer for developing the first vaccine and thank you to @UPS for delivering the doses safe and sound. 

New York State is grateful to all the scientists and workers who helped achieve this feat. Now let's #VaccinateNY." 

And speaking at NYU Langone Health Monday afternoon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the arrival of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the City is a shot of hope.

"This is a beautiful and powerful moment. We are getting a shot of hope. We now know we will defeat Coronavirus and to do that we will need the support of everybody. 

"Our health department will be out there to make sure we get vaccinated and ensure the distribution is equitable and we focus on the 27 neighborhoods that have gotten the brunt of this crisis. You're about to see the biggest mobilization effort in the history of New York City. 

"This will go into the history books. Greatest, fastest vaccination ever. It begins right here today. Let's start rolling. Let's start getting people safe in the city," said Mayor de Blasio before he witnessed one of NYC's first recipient of the COVID-19 vaccine, Registered Nurse Tara Easter.

"This is very exciting and I just hope everybody gets it. It feels good. This is the first two vaccines and I feel very good. Personally I am looking forward to my frontline staff getting it. They are in the first wave...it's really important for them. 

"They're out there taking care of patients. Everyone has said this was one of the most challenging times we faced but now they feel more confident. Those that are scared should look at the data," said Easter.