"It's an exciting new phase". "We have abated the worst by what we've done, and now we can intelligently turn to reopening".
NY has been the epicentre of the USA coronavirus outbreak, with 26,670 deaths and 335,395 cases as of Sunday.
Outlining a plan to reopen some parts of the state for business - while keeping New York City and its environs under strict lockdown - at a press conference on Monday, Cuomo argued that the virus came to New York from Europe, not China, and even referred to it as the "European virus" multiple times.
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that three areas of New York State will re-open on May 15th, the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions.
In this first phase, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, forestry and fishing businesses can reopen, and retailers can start offering curbside or in-store pickups.
Cuomo said Sunday that the state is looking to open its economy back up on a regional basis.
New York State's Plans To Re-Open Post-Coronavirus Unveiled
Numbers across the state measuring things like new hospitalizations and deaths related to the pandemic continue to be down. Cuomo said 85 cases of Covid-related illness in children were now being investigated by NY , up from 73 on Saturday .
Beginning on Friday, drive-in movie theaters and some outdoor recreational activities, such as tennis, will resume statewide.
The governor said the control boards will closely monitor the health care systems in their regions to make sure that the re-openings don't raise the infection rates. "And it was because we were smart and because we were unified, and because we did that, we averted tragedy".
Nursing homes and rehabilitation centers have tallied more than 5,000 coronavirus deaths, yet the governor accepts zero responsibility despite his March 25 order forcing them to take infected patients from hospitals.
Hanse added that while he applauds Cuomo's decision, the facilities will need the state's help to carry out the testing. "These control rooms are critical because we just made it over the mountain and nobody wants to go back to the other side now".
"This is the next big step in this historic journey", Cuomo said.
People wear protective masks May 11 as they walk in the Elmhurst neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York City.
"Where we are today is basically, with the number of new cases, is basically right where we were when we started".