April 1, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Regeneron is Creating 500,000 Test Kits for State at No Charge

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Announces New York City Playgrounds Will Close to Address Lack of Adherence to Social Distancing Protocols; Open Spaces Will Remain Open

New PSA Provides Information on How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits, Reassures New Yorkers that Everyone Will Receive Full Benefits Even if Their Filing is Delayed

Reminds New Yorkers to Complete the 2020 U.S. Census Online, Over the Phone or by Mail

Confirms 7,917 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 83,712; New Cases in 42 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is creating 500,000 test kits for the State at no charge amid a nationwide shortage of test kits and swabs. The first batch of test kits was delivered to the State on Monday and the State will receive an ongoing delivery of 25,000 kits per day. Additionally, Corning has donated 100,000 tubes and provided an additional 500,000 tubes to the State at reduced cost and expedited delivery, and Puritan has sold medical swabs to the State. To date, the State has tested 220,880 individuals, with 15,694 new people tested just yesterday.

Governor Cuomo also announced that New York City playgrounds will close to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. Open spaces in New York City will remain open.

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Additionally, the Governor announced the launch of a new PSA that provides information on how to apply for unemployment benefits and reassures New Yorkers if their unemployment filing is delayed, they will still receive full unemployment benefits. The PSA is also available with Spanish subtitles here.

The Governor also reminded New Yorkers to complete the 2020 Census online, by telephone or by mail.

Rapid testing is the fastest way to return to normalcy and get the economy back up and running

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

"New York has been very aggressive on testing from day one - so far we have tested more than 220,000 New Yorkers with more than 15,000 new tests every day - and it has helped us slow the spread of this virus," Governor Cuomo said. "Rapid testing is the fastest way to return to normalcy and get the economy back up and running, and will also help end the anxiety that has become the most oppressive part of this situation. We now have new testing capacity in New York thanks to donations from Regeneron and Corning so we can continue our work to plan forward and prepare for when the apex of the curve hits our healthcare system. In the meantime, New Yorkers must continue to comply with all social distancing protocols and stay home as much as possible to prevent spreading this virus to others."

Governor Cuomo Holds Briefing on COVID-19 Response

Finally, the Governor confirmed 7,917 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 83,712 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 83,712 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

240

14

Allegany

9

2

Broome

42

4

Cattaraugus

7

1

Cayuga

3

0

Chautauqua

6

0

Chemung

22

2

Chenango

26

7

Clinton

25

4

Columbia

31

1

Cortland

8

0

Delaware

20

4

Dutchess

547

63

Erie

464

26

Essex

6

2

Franklin

9

0

Fulton

2

1

Genesee

13

3

Greene

18

2

Hamilton

2

0

Herkimer

12

0

Jefferson

12

0

Lewis

2

0

Livingston

14

1

Madison

51

10

Monroe

349

57

Montgomery

7

0

Nassau

9554

1010

Niagara

46

4

NYC

47439

4300

Oneida

50

10

Onondaga

217

23

Ontario

24

2

Orange

1756

200

Orleans

6

0

Oswego

17

2

Otsego

19

1

Putnam

207

21

Rensselaer

43

2

Rockland

3321

458

Saratoga

122

14

Schenectady

93

8

Schoharie

8

2

Schuyler

2

0

Seneca

2

0

St. Lawrence

34

4

Steuben

38

14

Suffolk

7605

892

Sullivan

121

12

Tioga

7

0

Tompkins

68

2

Ulster

221

10

Warren

18

0

Washington

10

0

Wayne

24

5

Westchester

10683

716

Wyoming

10

1

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