On Friday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in New Rochelle, which is currently under containment as one of the worst clusters of coronavirus cases in the country. Starting next week, a drive-through testing facility will open its doors to Westchester residents, which should help get those most in need tested more quickly.
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"This facility can do about 200 cars per day. So, depending on how many people are in the cars, how many people you will actually serve. It's not only faster and easier, it's also smarter and safer,” Cuomo said.
The state's Department of Health has now gotten the 28 private labs it is contracting with up and running, According to the governor, that will likley mean a total of 6,000 tests per day by next week.
Reducing density by limiting large gatherings was instituted Thursday, and more tests will enable healtth officials to identify other hot zones and slow the spread.
But Cuomo warns this situation could last another nine months.
"This is not going to be a quick situation. This is going to be weeks, months. I would calibrate ourselves. It's not going to be gone next week. It's not going to be returned to normal next week,” he said.
Cuomo also announced that one of his three daughters, whom he declined to name, was forced to self-quarantine for 14 days after coming into contact with someone who may have been exposed. He made the point that while people should be careful, there are limits to what they can do to avoid exposure.
"That's my daughter. That’s everything to me. That's why I get up in the morning. How could I protect my daughter? Why didn't I protect my daughter? Because it's impossible,” the governor said.
Cuomo says he has spoken with Vice President Pence and he reccomended they decentralize testing nationside. The federal government is now moving to let all states conbtract privately for tests, like New York is doing.
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