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THEN GET TO THE TOP AND THE TOP TURNS OUT NOT TO BE A PEAK, IT TURNS OUT TO BE A PLATEAU THEN WE ARE ON THE PLATEAU AND IT’S BASICALLY FLAT THEN HOW LONG ARE WE ON THIS PLATEAU HOW LONG, HOW WIDE IS THE PLATEAU THE QUESTION NOW IS ASSUMING WE ARE OFF THE PLATEAU AND WE ARE SEEING A DECENT, WHICH THE NUMBERS WOULD SUGGEST WE ARE SEEING A DESCENT THE QUESTION IS HOW LONG IS THE DESCENT AND HOW STEEP IS THE DESCENT? NOBODY KNOWS JUST THE WAY NOBODY KNEW HOW LONG THE ASCENT WAS, NOBODY CAN TELL YOU HOW LONG THE DESCENT IS AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE NUMBER IS COMING DOWN BUT HOW FAST DOES IT COME DOWN AND HOW FAST TO WHERE IT BECOMES A 0 LOW ENOUGH NUMBER THAT WE HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE A MARGIN OF ERROR TWO WEEKS TO COME DOWN? SOME PROJECTIONS SAY THAT DOES IT TAKE A MONTH? SOME PROJECTIONS SAY THAT AGAIN, THE PROJECTIONS ARE NICE BUT I WOULDN’T BET THE FARM ON THEM AND I DON’T EVEN HAVE A FARM THE WORST NEWS IS THE NUMBER OF LIVES LOST, THAT NUMBER IS HORRIFICALLY HIGH IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE OPTIMIST VIEW, IT’S NOT AS BAD AS IT WAS BUT 468 NEW YORKERS DIED YESTERDAY FROM THIS TERRIBLE VIRUS EVERYONE IS ANXIOUS TO REOPEN, EVERYONE IS ANXIOUS TO GET BACK TO WORK, SO AM I. THE QUESTION IS, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? HOW DO WE DO IT? WHEN DO WE DO IT? NOBODY DISAGREES THAT WE WANT TO GET OUT OF THIS SITUATION, NOBODY YOU DON’T NEED PROTESTS TO CONVINCE ANYONE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WE HAVE TO GET BACK TO WORK AND GET THE ECONOMY GOING AND OUT OF OUR HOMES, NOBODY THE QUESTION IS GOING TO BECOME HOW, WHEN, HOW FAST AND WHAT DO WE MEAN IN TERMS OF REOPENING WITH REOPENING, I WANT TO SET THE BAR HIGHER MEANING THE QUESTION SHOULDN’T BE WHEN DO WE REOPEN? AND WHAT DO WE REOPEN? THE QUESTION SHOULD BE LET’S USE THIS SITUATION, THIS CRISIS, THIS TIME TO ACTUALLY LEARN THE LESSONS, VALUE FROM THE REFLECTION AND LET’S REIMAGINE WHAT WE WANT SOCIETY TO BE SINCE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS AND IT WON’T BE FAST, LET’S AT LEAST MAKE IT A MOMENT THAT WHEN WE LOOK BACK, WE CAN SAY, WOW, WE WENT THROUGH HELL BUT LOOK AT THE LESSONS WE LEARNED AND HOW MUCH BETTER WE MADE THIS PLACE FROM THIS INCIDENT, RIGHT? WE WENT THROUGH 9/11 HELLISH WHAT WE HAD TO REBUILD BUT WE WERE SMART ENOUGH TO SAY HOW DO WE BUILD BACK BETTER? YOU LOOK AT DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN, IT’S BETTER THAN IT WAS BEFORE 9/11 YOU LOOK AT THE SECURITY PROCEDURES THAT THIS NATION HAS, WE ARE BETTER THAN 9/11 WE HAD SUPERSTORM SANDY ON LONG ISLAND TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE’S HOMES GONE 0 LONG ISLAND IS BETTER TODAY FOR HAVING GONE THROUGH SUPERSTORM SANDY OKAY HOW DO WE USE THIS SITUATION AND STOP SAYING REOPEN BUT REIMAGINE AND IMPROVE AND BUILD BACK BETTER YOU CAN ASK THIS QUESTION ON ANY LEVEL HOW DO WE HAVE A BETTER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, BETTER HOUSING SYSTEM, BETTER SAFETY SYSTEM, SOCIAL EQUITY, BETTER USE OF TECHNOLOGY PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING FROM HOME, A LOT OF THEM ARE SAYING YOU KNOW WHAT, I SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING THIS ALL ALONG YOU HAVE TELEMEDICINE THAT WE HAVE BEEN SLOW ON WHY WAS EVERYBODY GOING TO A DOCTOR’S OFFICE ALL THAT TIME WHY DIDN’T YOU DO IT USING TECHNOLOGY WHY HAVEN’T HE WE BEEN USING MORE TECHNOLOGY FOR EDUCATION WHY HAVEN’T WE INCORPORATED SO MANY OF THESE LESSONS? CHANGE IS HARD AND PEOPLE ARE SLOW NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT THAT’S WHAT WE ARE DOING ON A MULTISTATE COALITION THAT IS THE SMARTEST WAY TO DO IT ON A MORE GRANULAR LEVEL IN NEW YORK, WE WILL HAVE A REIMAGINED TASK FORCE THAT FOCUSES PRIMARILY ON DOWN STATE NEW YORK WHICH HAS BEEN THE MOST EFFECTIVE AREA AND LED BY THE STATE WITH THOSE LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS

BUT LET’S GET THE BEST HOUSING EXPERTS, THE BEST TRANSPORTATION EXPERTS AND LET’S USE THIS AS A MOMENT TO REALLY PLAN CHANGE THAT WE COULD NORMALLY NEVER DO UNLESS YOU HAD THIS SITUATION IN THE MEANTIME, DO NO HARM AND THIS IS MY NUMBER ONE CONCERN EVERYDAY, DO NO HOME, DON’T LET THAT INFECTION RATE GO UP THAT’S TESTING AND THAT IS WATCHING THE DIAL, RIGHT? WE KNOW IS WHAT GOING TO HAPPEN NOW THE WEATHER IS GOING TO WARM PEOPLE ARE A LITTLE MORE RELAXED BECAUSE THEY SEE THE NUMBERS COMING DOWN AND WE KNOW HUMAN BEHAVIOR, RIGHT? THEY WANT TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE, THEY WANT TO BE MORE ACTIVE THERE IS A SANITY QUO SHARON AMITY TO THIS WHOLE SITUATION THERE IS ONLY SO LONG YOU CAN STAY TO PEOPLE STAY IN THE HOUSE AND LOCK THE DOOR THEY HAVE TO GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING THEY WILL THEY WILL COME OUT WITH THE WARMER WEATHER AND WE DO HAVE PARKS AND THERE ARE RECREATION AREAS IT’S NOT HEALTHY TO STAY IN THE HOUSE ALL THE TIME BUT THAT WILL HAPPEN THAT ACTIVITY LEVEL WILL INCREASE NATURALLY WHEN THAT ACTIVITY LEVEL INCREASES, YOU CAN VERY WELL SEE THAT INFECTION RATE SPREAD INFECTION RATE IS PRIMARILY A FUNCTION OF CONTACT YOU TOUCH A SURFACE AND I TOUCH A SURFACE YOU COUGH AND THE DROPLETS GO ON ME IT’S CONTACT THAT’S WHY A PLACE LIKE NEW YORK CITY OR ANYWHERE WHERE YOU SEE A HOT SPOT CLUSTER, NEW ROCHELLE, IT WAS ABOUT CONTACT PEOPLE COME OUT, START MOVING AROUND MORE, THERE WILL BE MORE CONTACT THAT CONTACT WILL INCREASE THE VIRUS SPREAD WATCH THE DIAL, WATCH THE VIRUS CONTACT SPREAD, YOU WILL SEE IT IN THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE TO THE EXTENT WE ARE DOING TESTING YOU WILL SEE IT IN THE TESTING RATE BUT REMEMBER HOW THIN OUR MARGIN OF ERROR WE WERE AT ONE POINT 2, 1.3, 1.4 THAT’S WHEN THE VIRUS IS OUTBREAK ONE PERSON IS INFECTING MORE THAN ONE ADDITIONAL PERSON WHEN YOU GET THE INFECTION RATE BELOW 1, THEORETICALLY THE VIRUS IS SLOWING WE ARE AT .9 WE HAVE .9 TO 1.2 THAT IS A VERY FINE MARGIN OF ERROR I DON’T EVEN KNOW THAT IT’S STATISTICALLY RELEVANT, FRANKLY BECAUSE ALL OF THESE NUMBERS ARE A LITTLE LOOSE BUT THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO WATCH AND WE WILL WE HAVE TO WATCH THIS UNTIL WE HAVE A MEDICAL TREATMENT OR WE HAVE A VACCINE THAT’S WHEN THIS IS REALLY OVER IN THE MEANTIME, I SAY TO MY LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, I’M GETTING A LOT OF CALLS FROM A LOT OF SUPERVISORS, TOWN, ELECTED OFFICIALS, ET CETERA THEY ARE UNDER INCREASING POLITICAL PRESSURE AND THEY WANT TO DO THINGS THE STATE RULE IS NOW EVERYTHING IS CLOSED AND THE STATE RULE IS THEY CAN’T TAKE ANY ACTION THAT IS CONTRARY TO THAT BECAUSE COORDINATION AND DISCIPLINE IS NOW KEY BEACHES, PUBLIC FACILITIES, SCHOOLS, PARADES, CONCERTS, THESE WOULD ALL BE MAGNETS FOR PEOPLE I WORK WITH OUR OTHER STATES BECAUSE, FRANKLY, IF THEY OPEN UP A BEACH IN CONNECTICUT, YOU COULD SEE A FLOW OF PEOPLE FROM KNOCKING TO A BEACH IN CONNECTICUT, IF I DON’T OPEN OUR BEACHES OR IF THEY HAVE A CONCERT IN NEW JERSEY, PEOPLE ARE COOPED UP HERE, YOU COULD SEE THEM GET IN A CAR AND DRIVE TO NEW JERSEY FOR A CONCERT PEOPLE DRIVE TO NEW JERSEY FOR CONCERTS ANYWAY WITHOUT COVID- 19 I TOLD SOMEONE YESTERDAY, I RAN INTO A COUPLE IN ALBANY WHO SAID WE ARE FROM QUEENS THEY ARE IN A CAR EATING OUT OF STYROFOAM TRAYS THEY DROVE UP FROM QUEENS TO BUY THAI FOOD IN ALBANY, TAKE OUT BECAUSE THEY LIKED THE THAI FOOD RESTAURANT IN ALBANY I SAID YOU DROVE FROM QUEENS TO ALBANY TO BUY THAI FOOD, 2 1/2, 3 HOURS THEY HAVE THAI RESTAURANTS IN QUEENS, ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE RESTAURANTS IN ALBANY, THEY ARE GOOD BUT WOULD YOU DRIVE THREE HOURS THEY SAID WE HAVE TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE WE LIKE TO TAKE A DRIVE

ANYTHING THAT NEW JERSEY, CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK DOES CAN AFFECT EVERYONE ELSE SUFFOLK DOES SOMETHING, WEST CHESS STEARD, NEW YORK CITY, IT AFFECTS EVERYONE ELSE THAT IS THE REALITY EVERYTHING IS CLOSED UNLESS WE SAY OTHERWISE I JUST HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH LOCAL PEOPLE PEOPLE NEED GOVERNMENT TO WORK IT HAS TO BE SMART IF IT LOOKS CONFUSED BETWEEN THE STATE AND THE COUNTY OR THE STATE AND THE TOWN, THAT’S THE WRONG MESSAGE FOR EVERYONE LET’S JUST BE SMART ON TESTING AND FUNDING, THOSE ARE THE TWO AREAS THAT WE ARE LOOKING TO WORK WITH OUR FEDERAL PARTNERS TESTING IS GOING TO — IS GOING TO REQUIRE EVERYONE TO WORK TOGETHER FEDERAL AND STATE STATE AND LOCALS BY THE WAY WE ARE STARTING THE LARGEST ANTIBODY TEST EVER DONE TODAY IN NEW YORK THE LARGEST SAMPLE BUT THIS HAS TO BE A MULTILEVEL GOVERNMENT COORDINATED PROJECT WE HAVE TO DO THIS ON AN ONGOING BASIS ALSO ON THE FUNDING ISSUE, THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A UNIQUE PERIOD IN A LOT OF WAYS, WE DID A STATE BUDGET IN A WAY THAT WE HAVE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE SINCE OUR STATE DIDN’T HAVE ANY REVENUES, THE WAY WE DID THE BUDGET WAS WE BASICALLY SAID IT’S DEPENDENT ON WHAT WE GET FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT PROMISED FUNDING ALL ALONG, WE SAID WHATEVER WE GET FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL DETERMINE OUR STATE BUDGET, RIGHT? BECAUSE THE STATE HAS A 10 TO $15 BILLION HOLD RIGHT NOW THAT’S NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE IT SAYS I WILL TELL YOU THE STATE BUDGET WHEN I KNOW THE STATE BUDGET AND THE STATE BUDGET WILL BE A FUNCTION OF WHATEVER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVES US THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NOT FUNDED STATES TO DATE THE NATIONAL GOVERNOR ASSOCIATION, BIPARTISAN HEADED BY GOVERNOR WHO GONE WE SAID YOU WANT THE GOVERNORS TO DO THE JOB, WE NEED TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR STATE GOVERNMENTS THERE IS ANOTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT PASSING IN WASHINGTON AGAIN IT DOESN’T HAVE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN IT IF THIS WEEK WE DO A STATE FORECAST, IF THEY EXCLUDE STATE GOVERNMENT AGAIN, OUR STATE FORECAST WILL PROJECT WITHOUT ANY FEDERAL FUNDS YOU CAN’T SPEND WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE, IF YOU ALLOCATE THE SHORTFALL ON A FLAT BASIS ACROSS NEED, YOU WOULD CUT SCHOOLS 20%, HOSPITALS 20% THIS IS THE WORST TIME TO DO THIS NOW, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS SAID FROM DAY ONE, DON’T WORRY WE WILL PROVIDE FUNDING TO THE STATES YEAH, DON’T WORRY BUT I’M WORRIED BECAUSE I HAVE HEARD THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN MY JOB IS SIMPLE I HAVE ONE AGENDA AND ONE PURPOSE I FIGHT FOR NEW YORKERS THAT IS MY JOB I DON’T HAVE ANY SIDE JOBS I DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER PLACES TO GO, PEOPLE TO SEE THAT’S ALL I DO AND I’M TELLING YOU, NEW YORKERS NEED FUNDING FOR THIS BUDGET BECAUSE WE CAN’T DO IT OTHERWISE WASHINGTON SAYS WE WANT TO FUND SMALL BUSINESS GREAT YOU SHOULD FUND SMALL BUSINESS AND THEY WANT TO FUND FINANCIAL SERVICES AND LARGE CORPORATIONS AND AIRLINES AND HOTELS THAT IS ALL GREAT FUND THOSE BUSINESSES BUT AT THE SAME TIME DON’T FORGET TEACHERS AND POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS AND TRANSIT WORKERS AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND NURSING HOME STAFF BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO I FUND WITH THE STATE BUDGET YOU SHOULDN’T MAKE US SHOWS BETWEEN SMALL BUSINESSES AND LARGE BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE FRONT LINE DOING THE WORKDAY IN AND DAY OUT I WOULD EVEN GO A STEP FURTHER AND I WOULD PROPOSE HAZARD PAY FOR FRONT LINE WORKERS WE ALL SAY, BOY, THEY DID A GREAT JOB

THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS DID A GREAT JOB, POLICE, HEROS YES, THEY ARE BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? THANKS IS NICE BUT RECOGNITION OF THEIR EFFORTS AND SACRIFICE IS ALSO APPROPRIATE THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ARE CARRYING US THROUGH THE CRISIS THIS CRISIS IS NOT OVER IF YOU LOOK AT WHO THEY ARE AND THE EQUITY AND FAIRNESS OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED, I THINK ANY REASONABLE PERSON WOULD SAY WE SHOULD WRITE THIS WRONG 40% OF THE FRONT LINE WORKERS ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR 40% IN PUBLIC TRANSIT 50% OF THE BUILDING WORKERS 40% OF THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY REPRESENTED IN DELIVERY SERVICES AND CHILD CARE SERVICES, RIGHT? THE ECONOMY CLOSED DOWN THE ECONOMY DID NOT CLOSE DOWN IT CLOSED DOWN FOR THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE THE LUXURY OF STAYING AT HOME ALL THOSE ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO HAD TO GET UP EVERY MORNING TO PUT FOOD ON THE SHELVES AND GO TO THE HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE UNDER EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE POLICE OFFICER WHO HAD TO GO OUT TO KEEP YOU SAFE AND THE FIREFIGHTER WHO STILL HAD TO GO OUT AND FIGHT THE FIRE, THOSE PEOPLE WORKED AND THEY WENT OUT THERE AND THEY EXPOSED THEMSELVES TO THE VIRUS TWO THIRDS OF THOSE FRONT LINE WORKERS ARE WOMEN ONE THIRD COME FROM LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS SO, THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THIS WORK, THEY HAVE STRESSED, THEY ARE GOING HOME TO A HOUSEHOLD THAT HAD TWO WAGE EARNERS, ONE IS NOW NOT WORKING, THEY ARE LIVING ON ONE SALARY AND AFTER ALL OF THAT WE SEE THE INFECTION RATE AMONG AFRICAN- AMERICAN AND BROWN AMERICANS HIGHER PROPORTIONATELY THAN OTHER GROUPS WHY? BECAUSE THEY WERE OUT THERE EXPOSING THEMSELVES THAT’S WHY? YOU CAN TALK ABOUT HEALTH DISPARITIES ET CETERA BUT I BELIEVE THE STUDIES WILL SHOW WHEN YOU WERE HOME WITH YOUR DOORS LOCKED DEALING WITH CABIN FEVER, THEY WERE OUT THERE DEALING WITH THE CORONAVIRUS AND THAT’S WHY THEY ARE MORE INFECTED PAY THEM WHAT THEY DESERVE I WOULD SAY HAZARD PAY, GIVE THEM A 50% BONUS AND I WOULD DO THAT NOW YES, AIRLINES ALSO FRONT LINE WORKERS ALSO WE HAVE A NEED AND A RESPONSIBILITY TO GET THE ASSISTANCE WE NEED TO PEOPLE IN LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES WE HAVE NYCHA PUBLIC HOUSING IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK HIGH CONCENTRATION OF PEOPLE IN ONE PLACE MANY PEOPLE IN THE SMALL LOBBY, MANY IN AN ELEVATOR MANY IN HALLWAYS HIGHER NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE APARTMENT A HIGHER OCCUPANCY THAT’S WHERE THE VIRUS SPREADS WE ARE GOING TO SET UP A TEST PROGRAM IN NYCHA WHERE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ON SITE HEALTH SERVICES AND TESTING IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA WITH NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY PROJECTS WORKING WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS WE ARE DOING IT AS A PILOT PROGRAM TO SEE HOW IT WORKS IF IT WORKS WELL, WE WILL GO FURTHER WITH IT WE HAVE, AS YOU SEE CONGRESSMAN MEEKS, JEFFRIES, AND OTHERS WORKING ON THIS AND COORDINATING THIS I THANK THEM VERY MUCH WE WILL BRING 500,000 CLOTH MASKS TO NYCHA THAT IS ONE MASK FOR EVERY PERSON WHO IS IN PUBLIC HOUSING AND HAND SANITIZER, ET CETERA JUST SO THEY HAVE THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT THEY NEED TO DO THE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND PROTECTION PERSONAL OPINION, THROW IT IN THE PAIL, WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE AS A GENERAL RULE, WHAT WE DO DETERMINES OUR FUTURE, RIGHT? AS SMART AS GOVERNMENT IS, AS SMART AS PEOPLE ARE, THAT’S HOW U-SHAPE YOUR FUTURE, BUT THIS IS CAUSE AND EFFECT ON STEROIDS WHAT WE DO TODAY WILL DETERMINE TOMORROW AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO NEED TO WAIT TO READ THE HISTORY BOOKS WE MAKE SMART DECISIONS, YOU WILL SEE SMART OUT COMES IN TWO WEEKS

WE MAKE BAD DECISIONS, YOU WILL SEE BAD OUT COMES IN TWO WEEKS SO, WHEN THEY SAY THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS, THE FUTURE IS REALLY IN OUR HANDS WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS WE CAN CONTROL THE BEAST THE BEAST WILL NOT DESTROY US WE CAN CONTROL THE BEAST GREAT NEWS WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO TO KEEP THE BEAST UNDER CONTROL AND WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO TO REOPEN BUT WE ARE GOING TO SET THE BAR HIGH AND REIMAGINE AND WHAT WE REOPEN WILL BE BETTER THAN WHAT WE HAD BEFORE BUILD BACK BETTER BBB AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO BECAUSE WE ARE NEW YORK TOUGH AND TOUGH ISN’T JUST TOUGH TOUGH IS SMART, TOUGH IS DISCIPLINED, SMART IS UNITED AND SMART IS LOVING QUESTIONS >> WHEN WILL NEW YORK RELEASE THE NUMBER OF COVID CASES AT NURSING HOMES LIKE CALIFORNIA HAS DONE? >> DOCTOR JAMES? >> WE ARE REUPDATING THE SURVEY THIS PAST WEEK AND WE ARE STARTING TO GET THE DATA IN WHEN IT’S READY, WE WILL POST IT >> GOVERNOR, THE PRESIDENT TWEETED THAT THE TESTING IS UP TO THE STATE NOT THE FEDERAL GVERNMENT QUICK REACTION ON THAT IS THE STATE CAPABLE OF DOING THE TYPE OF TESTING THAT IT NEEDS TO DO TO IDENTIFY WHO HAS THE DISEASE AND WHO HAS HAD THE DISEASE? >> THE PRESIDENT IS RIGHT THE STATES — TESTING IS UP TO THE STATES WHICH WILL IMPLEMENT THE TESTS AND LOGISTICALLY COORDINATE THE TESTS FOR EXAMPLE, GOES IN THIS STATE, I SHOULD MAKE THE DETERMINATIONS AS TO WHAT LAPS PARTICIPATE IN TESTING WE HAVE ABOUT 300 LABS IN NEW YORK IT’S MY JOB TO COORDINATE THOSE 300 LABS, WHICH SHOULD DO THIS, WHICH DO NOT HOW DO I DECIDE WHAT LABS WORK WHERE THEY ARE REGULATED BY THE STATES THESE LABS SO, HOW MANY LABS DO I HAVE IN SUFFOLK, HOW MANY IN NASSAU, HOW MANY IN BUFFALO HOW MANY TESTS CAN I GET DONE IN TOTAL HOW DO I ALLOCATE THOSE TESTS HOW MANY ANTIBODY TESTS, DIFFERENT TYPE OF TESTS, ANTIBODY TESTS CAN I GET FROM THOSE LABS? HOW DO I ALLOCATE THAT’S THE STATE LEADING WHAT THE STATES WILL RUN INTO IS WHEN YOU TALK TO THOSE LABS, THE 300 LABS THEY BUY MACHINE AND EQUIPMENT AND THOSE LABS CAN ONLY RUN AS MANY TESTS AS THEY PROVIDE THEM CHEMICALS, REAGENTS, AND LAB KITS THE NATIONAL MANUFACTURERS SAY THEIR SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES I WOULD LIKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HELP ON THOSE SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES IT’S HARDER THAN FUNDING BECAUSE IT IS NOT JUST FUNDING I OFFERED FUNDING TO THE NATIONAL MANUFACTURERS I SAID I’LL BUY, I’LL PAY, WHAT DO I HAVE ARE TO PAY TO GET THE TESTS? THEY WILL SAY WELL, IT’S NOT THAT EASY I CAN’T GET THE CHEMICALS, THEY COME FROM CHINA AND I CAN’T MAKE THIS SWAB FAST ENOUGH SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL BE RIGHT OR WRONG WITH THAT NATIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN QUESTION, BUT THAT’S WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD HELP BUT SHOULD THE STATES TAKE THE LEAD ON THE TESTS? YES THAT IS EXACTLY RIGHT BUT THE VOLUME AND THE VOLUME WILL BE DETERMINED BY HOW WELL THOSE NATIONAL MANUFACTURERS PROVIDE THE KITS TO THE 300 LABS IN NEWARK ONCE YOU TAKE THE TEST, THERE IS A SECOND FUNCTION WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT, WHICH IS YOU TAKE THE TEST TRACING, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO TALK THROUGH TRACING BECAUSE PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT TRACING IS YOU HIRE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO BE INVESTIGATORS IN ESSENCE, AN INVESTIGATOR WHO TRACES THE CONTACTS OF EVERY PERSON WHO IS POSITIVE THAT’S AN ENTIRE UNDERTAKING

THAT NO ONE HAS EVEN IMAGINED BEFORE >> WOULD YOU LIKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, YOU SAY THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT TO WRAP UP PRODUCTION OF SUPPLIES AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND THEN ALSO HAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HIRE THIS ARMY OF TRACERS IN >> THE TRACERS I THINK I WOULD ARGUE AND JUST MY PERSONAL OPINION AS THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK, I WOULD DO THE TRACING AS THE STATE RESPONSIBILITY ALSO SOME PEOPLE THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD HELP ON TRACERS I WOULD SAY THE STATE CAN DO THE TRACING AND I WILL COORDINATE WITH NEW YORK CITY TRACERS I THINK THAT IS TWO DISCREET ACTIONS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, RIGHT? AND ANYTHING THAT IS GRANULAR AND SPECIFIC TO THE DETAILS OF THE STATE LEAVE THAT TO THE STATE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT YOU’RE PAINTING THE ROOM WITH A ROLL, OKAY? YOU CAN’T DO CORNERS WITH THE ROLLER YOU CAN’T DO THE TRIM AND MOLDING WITH THE ROLLER BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO COME BEHIND YOU WITH A BRUSH AND TO DO THE DETAILS LET THEM DO WHAT THEY CAN IF THEY REQUIRE THAT BRUSH, LET THE STATE GOVERNMENT DO IT AND THE BIG QUESTION ON THE TESTING IS THAT NATIONAL MANUFACTURERS SUPPLY CHAINS AND GETTING THAT UP TO SCALE QUICKLY I’LL HANDLE MY 300 LABS BUT MY 300 LABS ARE NOW SAYING I CAN’T GET THE TESTS IT IS NOBODY’S FAULT THEY WANT TO GO TO WHO IS TO BLAME? úNO ONE IS TO BLAME BUT THE WAY THE TESTING WORLD WORKED, WAS A NATIONAL MANUFACTURER MADE THEIR MACHINE AND THE TESTING MACHINE I SOLD MY MACHINE TO PRIVATE LABS AND HOSPITALS AND MY MACHINE ONLY OPERATES IF YOU HAVE AN ANDREW QUO MOE TESTING KIT úIT DOESN’T WORK WITH THE TESTING KIT YOU HAVE TO BUY FOR ME AND NOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IS YOU CALL UP AND SAY YOU WANT TO BUY A THOUSAND KITS AND EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE THE MACHINE, AS A NATIONAL MANUFACTURER, I HAVE AN INCREASED DEMAND THAT I CANNOT PRODUCE IT ON TIME AND TO UNRAVEL THAT IS THE BEST WAY TO HELP DO YOU HAVE A FOLLOW UP? >> I’M A LITTLE CONFUSED ARE YOU ASKING THEM TO STEP IN AND TELL THEM TO BRING THE MANUFACTURERS TO MAKE THIS SORT OF AN EQUIPMENT AND THEN YOU’RE ASKING THEM TO PAY FOR THE TRACERS BUT YOU’LL HANDLE THE NUTS AND BOLTS? >> WE DIDN’T GET THE PAYMENT NO ONE IS EVEN TALKING ABOUT PAYING AND IT IS NOT ABOUT THE MONEY NOT BEING ABLE TO PRODUCE TO SELL TO MY STATE LABS >> AND GIVEN THE HIGH NUMBER OF THE DEATHS AND NURSING HOMES ON FRIDAY, YOU SAW THE DIVISION BETWEEN THOSE THAT ARE NURSING HOME RESIDENTS WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY AND ALSO IN THE NURSING HOMES THAT IS ALSO IN THE HOSPITALS, BUT WHAT IS THE STATE’S POLICY REGARDING THE ADMISSION TO THESE NURSING HOMES? WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE TESTED FOR THE VIRUS? AND THEY SAID THAT PEOPLE, THEY COULD NOT BE DENIED THE ADMISSION AND JUST WONDERING WHAT THE STATE POLICY IS RIGHT NOW AND JUDGING THE HIGH NUMBER OF DEATHS THAT’S COMING OUT >> IF YOU’RE ALLOWED TO BE ADMITTED TO THE NURSING HOME IS THE QUESTION? THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION I DON’T KNOW >> AND THE POLICY IS IF YOU’RE POSITIVE, THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS WILL BE TAKEN TO PROTECT THE OTHERS THERE >> IS THAT SAFE THOUGH? AND DOES THE STAFF HAVE THE CAPACITY TO TREAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS?

IS THAT THE BEST PLACE AGAIN? JUDGING HOW RAPIDLY THE VIRUS SPREADS AND THIS IS A VERY VULNERABLE POPULATION? >> WE’RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE NURSING HOME BOTH THE LEADERSHIP AND THOSE WORKING TO PROTECT THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE COMING BACK, WHO HAVE COVID-19 AND WENT BACK TO THE NURSING HOME WHERE THEY CAME IN >> WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON? >> WELL, IT’S ALL THE ISSUES OF THE SUPPLIES AND THE PPE, STAFFING, TESTING OF THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS AND AS I MENTIONED THE OTHER DAY JUST MONITORING TO BE SURE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS ARE BEING TAKEN AND OVER 20 HOSPITALS WE ARE ADMINISTERING AND DOING A TEST AND TODAY THOSE HOSPITALS ARE TO SEND THEIR RESULTS DOWN TO THE CDC >> AND THEY SHOULD BE SENDING THE FIRST RESULTS TODAY >> I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN AGAINST THE REGIONAL APPROACH, BUT DUE TO THE HOSPITALS LAYING OFF PEOPLE RIGHT NOW, DO YOU THINK THERE IS A WAY TO BRING BACK THE SURGERIES? YOU SPOKE EARLIER ABOUT THE ROLLING WAVE, BUT THERE ARE SOME PROJECTIONS SAYING THEY’RE NOT NECESSARILY GETTING BETTER THEY’RE PROJECTED TO HIT LATE JUNE ARE YOU WORRIED AT ALL? >> IS THERE A ROLLING CURVE? YEAH, IT’S AN OCEAN SO THEY ARE NOW COMING UP TO THE HIGH POINT, ANYTHING THAT YOU NEED WE ARE WATCHING THEM IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE STATE, RIGHT? AND WE RUN TO MASSACHUSETTS BUFFALO HAS A PROBLEM, WE RUN TO BUFFALO WHENEVER YOU GET UP TOWARDS THAT POINT, THE LOCALITY, WE’RE WORKING TO PREPARE FOR THAT HIGH POINT WE STOPPED ELECTED SURGERIES FOR ALL HOSPITALS IN THE STATE WHERE THEY HAVE SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL BURDENS BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT DOING THE ELECTED SURGERY, ONE OF THE PLACES WHERE THEY WILL MAKE MONEY FRANKLY AND THEY’RE SAYING WE HAVE LOWER VACANCIES, WE DON’T NEED THOSE BEDS FOR NEW YORK CITY PEOPLE OR BUFFALO PEOPLE OR ANYONE ELSE WHY NOT LET US GO BACK IF WE DON’T MEET THE CAPACITY? WE ARE LOOKING AT THE QUESTION OF THE BALANCE THEY FILL OUT THE BEDS WITH THE ELECTED SURGERIES THEN WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE A NEED FOR THOSE BEDS BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS AND YOU DON’T HAVE THE BED BECAUSE SOMEONE IS DOING SOME FORM OF AN ELECTIVE SURGERY THAT IS THE BALANCE WE’RE GOING TO ANNOUNCE THAT TOMORROW, THE POLICY THAT WE BELIEVE WILL PROVIDE FOR THAT AND THEY WILL HAVE SOME VARIABLES AND THAT WILL TAKE THE CORONAVIRUS RATE RIGHT IN THAT REGION, COMPARES IT TO THAT REGION, THE POTENTIAL FOR THE HIGH POINT IN THAT REGION WE’LL ANNOUNCE THAT TOMORROW >> MELISSA HAS ALL THE ANSWERS I HAVE ONLY QUESTIONS >> THEY MADE THE SIGNIFICANT DENT IN THAT BRINGING OUT OVER

3,100 PEOPLE TO WORK DAILY OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS 4,300 ARE NOW OUTSTANDING AND THAT IS ALL CLEAR AND THOSE PHONE CALLS, THEY ALL HAPPEN AND NOW THEY WILL GET INPUTTED AND THE CONTROLLERS WILL START TO PROCESS THE CHECKS THEY CHOOSE TO GET THEIR MONEY THROUGH DIRECT DEPOSIT, WHICH HAPPENS IN 48 HOURS AND IT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK AND THE APPLICATIONS OF THE PHONE CALLS GETTING DONE IS ONE PIECE OF IT AND OTHERS WILL CHOOSE TO GET THEIR MONEY ON THE DEBIT CARD, THAT’S A LONGER PROCESS THAT WILL TAKE A WEEK TO COME IN THE MAIL IF YOU CAN, I’LL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO TO THE DIRECT DEPOSIT ROUTE THERE IS AN INEFFICIENT PROCESS THAT THEY LAID OUT AROUND PANDEMIC INSURANCE WHERE YOU WOULD GET DENIED AND GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF EMPLOYING FOR THE PANDEMIC ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND WHAT THEY CAME UP WITH IS A NEW FORM THAT IS LAUNCHED THIS MORNING TO FILL OUT ONE APPLICATION AND TO PUT IN ALL THE INFORMATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WILL DETERMINE IF YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO GET THE REGULAR UNEMPLOYMENT EARNINGS AND IT WILL PUT YOU OUT THERE AND SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT TO STREAMLINE FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO WE KNOW WHO HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING TO GET THEIR MONEY FASTER HAS THAT INCREASED? >> YES, IT HAS, BUT WE HAVE RELEASED THOSE NUMBERS WEEKLY I CANNOT SPEAK TO THAT PUBLICLY UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK >> AND LET’S DO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T ASKED A QUESTION AND THEN WE WILL BE BACK >> YOU MENTIONED THE STATE OF DEPARTMENT HEALTH, AND TO RESEARCH DISPARITIES WITH COVID RELATED TO THE BLACK AND LATINO COMMUNITIES WHEN DO WE EXPECT TO SEE THEM COME TO LIFE? AND REGARDING NYCHA AND DOING TESTING THERE? >> THAT WILL TAKE A WHILE THAT IS A SMART ACADEMIC PROJECT THAT HAS A QUESTIONNAIRE THAT HAS DEVELOPED TO GET THE RIGHT DEMOGRAPHIC DATA YOU’RE DOING DIAGNOSTIC TESTING, WHICH IS GOOD, BUT THEY WILL NEED TO GET THE RIGHT DEMOGRAPHICS AND THEN YOU HAVE TO STUDY THAT THAT IS NOT GOING TO BE DONE IN TIME FOR ANY OF THESE IMMEDIATE POLICIES IT’S JUST COMMON SENSE YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AND YOU KNOW THE VIRUS WILL ATTACK IN PLACES OF THE CONCENTRATION, RIGHT? WHICH IS WHY WE WILL HAVE THIS ISSUE IN NEW YORK CITY IN THE FIRST PLACE AND WHERE THOSE PLACES OF THE CONCENTRATION IN NEW YORK CITY AND THAT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLACES OF THE CONCENTRATION AND IT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLACES OF HEALTH DISPARITIES IN THE FIRST PLACE AND WE KNOW THE PEOPLE IN PUBLIC HOUSING WILL NOT HAVE THE RESURESES TO DO A LOT OF THESE ACCOMMODATIONS THEMSELVES SO THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AS YOU LOOK AT ANY EMERGENCY THAT HAPPENS IN THE NATION PEOPLE IN PUBLIC HOUSING ALWAYS PAY THE HIGHEST PRICE IT SEEMS WHEN I WAS HUD SECRETARY, ONE OF THE THINGS HUD WAS PUBLIC HOUSING ACROSS THE COUNTRY I DON’T CARE IF THERE WAS A FLOOD IN THE MIDWEST OR A HURRICANE, AN EARTHQUAKE IN LOS ANGELES AND HURRICANE KATRINA, THE PEOPLE ON THE TOP OF THE BUILDINGS AND IN THE STADIUM, THOSE ARE PEOPLE FROM PUBLIC HOUSING >> AND THE RESEARC COULD BE TAKING A WHILE TO COMPILE AND WHAT MORE COULD THEY DO TO ADDRESS THE DISPARITY IN DEATHS BETWEEN BLACK, LATINOS? >> WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN THAT IS MY PROPOSAL ON THE HOUSING PAY AND FOCUSING ON PUBLIC HOUSING AND FOOD BANKS AND ADDITIONAL TESTING AND DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN LET’S DO WHO DIDN’T ASK A QUESTION? GO AHEAD >> THANKS I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ON THE RATE OVENFECTION AND ONE ON ANTIBODY TESTING I ASKED YOU ABOUT THIS LAST WEEK I ASKED YOU IF YOU HAD CALCULATED THE RATE OF INFECTION FOR INDIVIDUAL REGIONS MY QUESTION, WHY AREN’T YOU CALCULATING THE RATE OF INFECTIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL COUNTIES? >> YOU ASKED ME LAST WEEK AND IT’S THE SAME ANSWER I GAVE YOU LAST WEEK YOU NEED TESTING TO DO THAT WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TESTING WHERE YOU CAN BREAK OUT THE SAMPLE TO A COUNTY LEVEL, RIGHT? WHEN YOU TAKE THE MOST AGGRESSIVE SURVEY IN THE NATION RIGHT NOW

SO WE WILL HAVE LET’S SAY 2,000 PEOPLE STATEWIDE WITH 2,000 PEOPLE YOU CAN BREAK DOWN THAT SAMPLE A NUMBER OF WAYS YOU U CAN LOOK AT SEX, FEMALE, MALE, YOU CAN LOOK AT DEMOGRAPHICS YOU CAN’T BREAK IT DOWN TO 62 COUNTIES BECAUSE THE SAMPLE SIZE WOULD BE SO SMALL THAT IT WOULD NOT BE REPRESENTED SO YOU WOULD NEED A TREMENDOUS SAMPLE SIZE TO BE ABLE TO GET IT DOWN TO THE COUNTY LEVEL AND WHY DON’T YOU DO MORE TESTS? YEAH, I KNOW WE COME RIGHT BACK TO WHERE WE STARTED WE HAVE TO GET TESTING UP TO SCALE AND THAT IS THIS ONGOING CONVERSATION WITH THE STATES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND SO ON LET’S NOT INTERRUPT EACH OTHER IF WE CAN >> SO ALL THE ISSUES SURROUNDING TESTING, IS IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO COME UP, LIKE DO YOU HAVE A THRESHOLD OF HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU WOULD WANT TO SEE TESTED IN EACH COUNTY? DO YOU HAVE A GOAL? >> A COUNTY? NO BUT ALSO POLICIES, I’M NOT REALLY GOING TO WORK ON JUST THE COUNTY LEVEL YOU’LL NEVER OPEN BUSINESSES IN JUST THE COUNTY BECAUSE ALL YOU WOULD DO IS OVERWHELM THAT COUNTY WITH EVERYONE IN THE SURROUNDING AREA I THINK THE MOST DISCREET JURISDICTION YOU WOULD GET TO IS A REGION LIKE I WOULD THINK THE REGION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL OF REGION AND WESTERN NEW YORKERS REGION, AND THE NORTH COUNTRIES, IT’S A REGION THAT IS AN AREA WHERE YOU COULD COME UP WITH THE SPECIFIC STRATEGY BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE NUMBERS IN THAT REGION AND IT IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN WHAT IT IS ANYWHERE ELSE AND WE CAN GET TESTING INFORMATION BY REGION AND THE MORE TESTS WE WILL GET DONE IN WHAT THEY CALL THE SAMPLE SIZE, THEN WHEN YOU BREAK IT DOWN INTO DEMOGRAPHICS, YOU’LL HAVE A HIGHER NUMBER IN THAT AREA, RIGHT? AND SO IF YOU ONLY HAVE 10 PEOPLE IN THE NORTH COUNTRY, THEN YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING WITH 10 PEOPLE IN THE SAMPLE WELL, IF YOU WOULD HAVE 50 PEOPLE IN THE NORTH COUNTRY IN THE SAMPLE, CAN YOU TELL ANYTHING FROM 50 PEOPLE? AND SO YOU NEED A LARGER SAMPLE SIZE AND THAT IS WHAT WE’RE WORKING TOWARDS MORE TESTING >> THE LAST THING YOU MENTIONED PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COMING UPSTATE FROM OTHER AREAS TO GET FOOD AND THINGS LIKE THAT PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSE TO BE STAYING AT HOME DO YOU NEED TO TAKE FURTHER ACTION TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM TRAVELING TO GET FOOD WHEN WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMIC? >> THAT IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU SUGGESTED I DO LAST WEEK, WHICH IS I WAS BEING TOO TOUGH ON PEOPLE, KEEPING PEOPLE HOME LOOK, IT’S A BALANCE AND A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF THIS IS PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY, AND SOCIAL CONSCIENCE, FRANKLY I HAVE BEEN PROBABLY THE MOST AGGRESSIVE GOVERNOR IN THE COUNTRY ON PUTTING IN REGULATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS AND I THINK I WAS JUSTIFIED BECAUSE WE HAVE A WORSE PROBLEM THAN ANYWHERE ELSE AND WE WOULD HAVE THAT CONCENTRATION DENSITY TO DEAL WITH THE OTHER ISSUES, BUT I THINK WHERE WE ARE NOW, WE ARE NOW RIGHT AND I CAN’T MANDATE PERSONAL BEHAVIOR I NEVER COULD MY STRATEGY FROM DAY ONE, KNOWING WE WERE GOING TO HAVE TO ASK PEOPLE TO DO THINGS THAT NO GOVERNMENT HAS ASKED THEM TO DO MAYBE SINCE WORLD WAR I OR II AND THAT THE ONLY WAY I WOULD ACTUALLY GET COMPLIANCE BECAUSE I COULD SIT UP HERE AND SAY WHATEVER I WANT TO SAY AND NEW YORKERS ARE VERY GOOD AT SAYING, YOU KNOW, FINE, BUT I’M NOT GOING TO DO IT EXCUSE ME AND MY STRATEGY HAS BEEN TO GIVE THEM THE FACTS, TELL THEM WHY, AND WHY IT IS IN THEIR BEST INTEREST AND WHY IT IS IN ALL OF OUR BEST INTERESTS, AND NEW YORKERS ARE SMART IF THEY UNDERSTAND WHY, THEY’LL DO IT AND THEY HAVE DONE IT BY IT ALL YOU’RE RIGHT LAST WEEK AND SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT MASKS OR HAPPY ABOUT STAYING HOME, BUT NOBODY IS HAPPY ABOUT ANY OF THIS AND SO IT IS NEVER ARE YOU HAPPY? I THINK THEY’VE GOTTEN ENOUGH FACTS WHERE THEY KNOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH BY THE WAY IT IS NOT EVEN THE QUESTION OF HEALTH, BUT ABOUT LIAR OR DEATH YOU COULD DIE OR YOU COULD GET INFECTED, COME HOME, KISS YOUR MOTHER, AND YOUR MOTHER DIES I MEAN THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT AND SO I THINK THAT THEY GOT IT

I DON’T THINK THAT THERE IS ANYTHING MORE THAN WHAT WE COULD DO AND THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOME PEOPLE WHO SAY I DENY EVERYTHING WE RAN INTO A GENTLEMAN THE OTHER DAY AND THERE IS NOROVIRUS THERE IS NO HOPES OR VIRUS OKAY AND GO TALK TO THE 400 PEOPLES FAMILIES WHO DIED YESTERDAY AND TELL ME THAT IT IS A HOAX BUT YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE, YOU JUST CAN’T DO ANYTHING WITH >> AND CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE STATE’S REASONING ON WHY THEY RELEASED PEOPLE BEING INCARCERATED, THOSE FACILITIES AND WHY THEY DON’T RELEASE WHERE THOSE CASES ARE >> WHY DON’T WE RELEASE CASES OF INCARCERATED PEOPLE? >> AND THEY SAY IT IS BECAUSE OF SECURITY REASONS AND THEY HAVE NOT REALLY EXPLAINED WHY >> AND WHAT IS A LESSON THAT WE WOULD RELEASE IN >> AND LESS THAN INFECTED PEOPLE IN >> NO, NOT PEOPLE AND FACILITIES WHERE THE COUNTIES AND THE REGIONS >> THE COVID CASES PER PRISON >> I DON’T KNOW WHY WE HAVEN’T DONE THAT I’LL WORK WITH THEM AFTER THAT AND TO THE EXTENT THAT WE COULD STAND THE INFORMATION AND STAMP THE INFORMATION >> AND WHO HAS NOT ASKED THAT QUESTION? GO AHEAD >> GOVERNOR, WHAT PREPARATIONS ARE BEING MADE FOR IF AND WHEN SCHOOLS REOPEN THAT WE WILL BE SEEING SMALLER CLASS SIZES IN THE FUTURE? >> A WHOLE DIFFERENT EXERCISE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED ALL ACROSS THE STATE, PERIOD THERE IS NO PLAN TO REOPEN THE SCHOOLS PERIOD LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS, I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF THEY SAID THEY PLAN TO REOPEN AND WE HAVE 700 SCHOOL DISTRICTS BY LAW THEY CANNOT REOPEN THEY CANNOT REOPEN BECAUSE THEY WILL VIOLATE THE PLANS WE HAVE IN PLACE AND WE THEN WOULD NEED A WHOLE PLAN ON HOW TO REOPEN THE SCHOOL AND WITH THAT RIGHT PUBLIC HEALTH STANDARDS AND WITH ALL THE PRECAUTIONS, WHICH IS A MAJOR UNDERTAKING AND WE’RE NOT THERE YET >> WHO HAS ASKED THAT QUESTIONS, SIR? CAN YOU EXPLAIN THIS TRACING AND THAT IS OBVIOUSLY A BIG THING THAT DID NOT PRESENT THE CURRENT CONVERSATION THAT WE’RE IN >> AND THEY CONTACT THAT IT AND THEY DID NOT PREVENT WHAT SITUATION? >> AND THAT IS THE EMPHASIS EARLY ON AND TO FIND HOW MANY CASES AND WE STILL HAVE THAT MASSIVE OUTBREAK BEYOND THAT >> YOU ALSO SAW THE CLUSTER GO OH, RIGHT? AND THAT IS WHAT THEY DO ONCE THE OUTBREAK HAPPENS, CONTACT TRACING IS TOO LATE TO STOP THE INITIAL VIRUS INFECTION BUT THEY WILL COME IN, OKAY, YOU WERE TESTED POSITIVE AND WHO DID YOU CONTACT THESE TWO PEOPLE? CONTACT THOSE TWO PEOPLE AND WHO DO THEY CONTACT? OKAY, TESTING, TESTING TEST AND FIND THAT POSITIVE AND ISOLATE AND THAT IS WHAT WORKED AND WE WOULD DO THE MASSIVE CONTRACT TRACING AFTER THEY BROKE LOOSE AND THAT IS HOW WE FOUND OUT ABOUT IT IT BROKE LOOSE AND THE HOTTEST CLUSTER IN THE NATION I MEAN THIS IS VERY EARLY ON BUT THEN WE WOULD COME IN WITH THE HEAVY CONTRACT TRACING HOWEVER IT’S TREMENDOUS AND NO ONE HAS EVEN SCOPED THIS OUT, RIGHT? SO THE FIRST QUESTION IS HOW MANY TESTS CAN YOU DO? AND FOR EVERY TEST THAT YOU CAN DO, YOU NEED A CONTRACT TRACER TO COME IN AND TRACE THOSE CONTACTS FROM THAT PERSON I’M SAYING THAT WE WANT TO GET UP TO THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TESTS IF YOU’RE DOING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TESTS, HOW MANY CONTACT TRACERS DO YOU NEED? AND NOBODY HAS NEAR THIS CAPACITY LOGISTICAL MANAGEMENT OPERATIONAL AND SO THAT ALL HAS TO BE STARTED AND THEN YOU HAVE TO ISOLATE THOSE PEOPLE AND WE HAVE BEEN DOING ISOLATIONS WE ARE GOOD ON ISOLATIONS AS

GOOD AS IT CAN BE, BUT IT IS ALL OF THIS A PLACE WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE AND IT IS MANAGEMENT AND INTENSIVE OPERATIONAL AND A COST INTENSIVE, WHICH WILL TAKE US BACK TO COST AND WHO DID NOT ASK THAT QUESTION? >> AND HOW ARE YOU SELECTING THEM IN >> RANDOMLY AND RANDOM SELECTIONS IT IS A STATISTICAL MODEL THAT THEY WILL NEED TO COME UP WITH THE SAMPLES SO NEW YORK CITY IS 60% OF THE POPULATION AND THEN IT’S 60% BUFFALO AND THIS STATISTICAL MODEL AND LITERALLY RANDOM SO YOU JUST NEED TO FIND A WAY TO BE ON THE STREET CORNER OR WHATEVER AND ACTUALLY GET RANDOM PEOPLE >> YES, CLEARLY PEOPLE ARE STILL ALLOWED TO COME BACK IN >> AND YOU SHOULD TEST THOSE NURSING HOMES AS WE ARE DOING >> WILL THERE BE MORE TESTS AVAILABLE? >> THERE WILL BE MORE AND THE QUESTION IS HOW FAST CAN YOU INCREASE THE VOLUME OF TESTS? BECAUSE THE MORE TESTS, THE BETTER AND HOW DO YOU GET MORE? GO TO THE LAB AND THE NATIONAL MANUFACTURERS AND THE HIGHER THE BETTER AND TO TEST NURSING HOMES, SCHOOLS, TEACHERS, AND TEST THE PRISON FACILITIES, BUT YOU NEED THAT VOLUME OF TESTS