NEW YORK - Mixed messages continue over whether to move the city into Phase Two of its reopening as some New Yorkers grow tired of waiting while others remain cautious.
During his daily briefing Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo says the city will be ready to begin the second phase this coming Monday.
He says there were 17 deaths statewide from coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
Cuomo says the state conducted nearly 60,000 tests for COVID-19 on Tuesday and fewer than one percent tested positive, noting it's now “the lowest rate of transmission in the country.”
The governor noted new projections show nearly 90,000 more people are expected to die in the United States from coronavirus by August.
Cuomo also says he will end his daily coronavirus briefings this Friday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who held an update about an hour before the governor Wednesday, said officials are waiting to see the impact, if any, the protests have had before entering Phase Two.
Given the course of the virus, it's estimated the city could start seeing an uptick in cases over the weekend.
Mayor de Blasio says he has tested negative for COVID-19.
He underwent testing Tuesday after feeling under the weather.
The mayor says testing is being expanded, including mobile units and he's encouraging all New Yorkers to take advantage, especially since its free.