April 19, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide Antibody Testing Survey Will Begin Tomorrow

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Large-Scale Antibody Testing Will Help Determine What Percentage of the Population is Now Immune to the Virus and Help Get More People Back to Work

 

State Will Continue Working with the Federal Government to Assist with the Supply Chain and Coordinate Private Labs to Ramp Up Diagnostic Testing

 

Announces State is Ready to Transport 400 Ventilators to Massachusetts if Needed

 

Expands Executive Order to Allow Any Authorized Officiant to Perform Marriage Ceremonies Using Online Video Technology

 

Confirms 6,054 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 242,786; New Cases in 46 Counties

 

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the State Department of Health will begin to conduct a statewide antibody testing survey tomorrow. The testing survey will sample 3,000 people for a population of 19.5 million people - for context Germany performed a 3,000-person sample with a population of 83 million. Large-scale antibody testing will help determine the percentage of the population that is now immune to the virus, allowing more individuals to safely return to work.

 

Governor Cuomo also announced the state will continue working with the federal government to assist with the supply chain and coordinate private labs to ramp up diagnostic testing, another key component of getting people back to work and restarting the economy.

 

 

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The Governor also announced the state is ready to transport 400 ventilators to Massachusetts within 24 hours if they are needed.

 

The Governor also will sign an Executive Order allowing any authorized officiant to perform marriage ceremonies using online video technology. Yesterday, the Governor issued an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference, a practice that is banned under current law. Many marriage bureaus have temporarily closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing New Yorkers from getting a marriage license during the current health emergency; yesterday's Executive Order temporarily suspends a provision of law that requires in-person visits. 

    

 

Any plan to start to reopen the economy has to be based on data and testing, and we have to make sure our antibody and diagnostic testing is up to the scale we need so we can safely get people back to work

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

"Any plan to start to reopen the economy has to be based on data and testing, and we have to make sure our antibody and diagnostic testing is up to the scale we need so we can safely get people back to work," Governor Cuomo said. "We are going to start antibody testing across the state tomorrow - and we are going to do that in the most aggressive way in the nation. This will be the first true snapshot of exactly how many people were infected by COVID-19 and where we are as a population and will help us to reopen and rebuild without jeopardizing what we've already accomplished."

  

 

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide Antibody Testing Survey Will Begin Tomorrow

Finally, the Governor confirmed 6,054 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 242,786 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 242,786 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

682

34

Allegany

30

0

Broome

192

6

Cattaraugus

34

0

Cayuga

36

0

Chautauqua

25

0

Chemung

73

1

Chenango

78

1

Clinton

49

1

Columbia

107

2

Cortland

25

0

Delaware

49

0

Dutchess

2,240

39

Erie

2,070

73

Essex

18

2

Franklin

13

0

Fulton

27

0

Genesee

117

30

Greene

85

3

Hamilton

3

0

Herkimer

49

2

Jefferson

54

4

Lewis

8

0

Livingston

39

2

Madison

106

1

Monroe

1,032

24

Montgomery

35

1

Nassau

30,013

833

Niagara

246

12

NYC

134,436

3,173

Oneida

275

7

Onondaga

498

6

Ontario

70

1

Orange

6,379

113

Orleans

46

5

Oswego

47

2

Otsego

48

1

Putnam

592

10

Rensselaer

173

9

Rockland

9,364

193

Saratoga

251

7

Schenectady

268

9

Schoharie

20

0

Schuyler

6

0

Seneca

18

0

St. Lawrence

105

7

Steuben

167

7

Suffolk

26,888

745

Sullivan

537

13

Tioga

35

3

Tompkins

117

0

Ulster

854

34

Warren

96

2

Washington

63

11

Wayne

50

1

Westchester

23,803

624

Wyoming

36

0

Yates

9

0

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