May 6, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Schmidt Futures Will Help Integrate NYS Practices and Systems with Best Advanced Technology Tools to Build Back Better

TOP Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo...

Eric Schmidt Will Lead 15-Member Commission and Use What the State Has Learned During COVID-19 Pandemic, Combined with New Technologies, to Improve Telehealth and Broadband Systems Across the State

 

Outlines Results of New Hospitalization Data to Further Reduce Number of New Hospitalizations per Day

 

JetBlue is Donating 100,000 Pairs of Round-Trip Flights for Medical Personnel and Nurses

 

Confirms 2,786 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 323,978; New Cases in 45 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Schmidt Futures will help integrate New York State practices and systems with the best advanced technology tools to build back better. Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and Executive Chairman and founder of Schmidt Futures, will lead the state's 15-member Blue Ribbon Commission and use what the state has learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with new technologies, to improve telehealth and broadband access.

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The Governor also outlined the results of new hospitalization data that was collected from hospitals in a new targeted effort to further reduce the number of new hospitalizations per day. The state received 1,269 survey responses from 113 hospitals over three days and found that the majority of individuals were:

  • Not working or traveling;
  • Predominately located downstate;
  • Predominately minorities and older individuals;
  • Predominately non-essential employees; and
  • Predominately at home.

We're working with some of the nation's great business leaders to ensure we are thinking outside the box and improving and modernizing our systems for the future.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Governor also announced that JetBlue is donating 100,000 pairs of round-trip flights for medical personnel and nurses to honor their efforts, beginning with 10,000 pairs of tickets for New York medical professionals. Additionally, three painted JetBlue planes honoring New York's frontline workers will do a flyover above New York City on Thursday, May 7th, at 7:00 p.m.

"As we begin re-opening parts of the state and re-imagining New York in the new normal, we should take this moment in history to use what we've learned and actually build our systems back better," Governor Cuomo said. "I don't want to replace what we did - I want to set the bar higher and actually improve our situation so we are prepared for the future. We're working with some of the nation's great business leaders to ensure we are thinking outside the box and improving and modernizing our systems for the future."

Governor Cuomo Announces Schmidt Futures Will Help Integrate NYS Practices and Systems with Best Advanced Technology Tools to Build Back Better

Finally, the Governor confirmed 2,786 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 323,978 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 323,978 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

1,321

27

Allegany

35

0

Broome

345

7

Cattaraugus

54

1

Cayuga

51

0

Chautauqua

38

1

Chemung

128

2

Chenango

102

2

Clinton

69

0

Columbia

291

62

Cortland

28

0

Delaware

62

0

Dutchess

3,192

41

Erie

4,008

117

Essex

30

0

Franklin

16

0

Fulton

100

3

Genesee

162

3

Greene

188

22

Hamilton

5

2

Herkimer

68

1

Jefferson

63

0

Lewis

9

0

Livingston

89

3

Madison

231

8

Monroe

1,655

32

Montgomery

63

2

Nassau

37,350

198

Niagara

549

41

NYC

178,351

1,477

Oneida

579

5

Onondaga

1,056

54

Ontario

99

2

Orange

9,215

71

Orleans

103

4

Oswego

70

2

Otsego

67

0

Putnam

1,040

9

Rensselaer

347

8

Rockland

12,204

60

Saratoga

371

3

Schenectady

551

14

Schoharie

45

0

Schuyler

7

0

Seneca

46

0

St. Lawrence

180

2

Steuben

223

2

Suffolk

35,543

268

Sullivan

996

12

Tioga

96

4

Tompkins

129

0

Ulster

1,383

26

Warren

193

1

Washington

189

1

Wayne

78

0

Westchester

30,426

186

Wyoming

70

0

Yates

19

0

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