New York is offering assistance to states that have high coronavirus infection rates as the state faces a reversal of where it was at in March and April, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday.
The state's overall infection rate over a seven-day average is the lowest in the country, Cuomo said. More than 60,000 tests conducted in the last 24 hours found an infection rate of 1.3 percent, Cuomo said.
The sharp reduction in COVID cases in New York comes as other parts of the country, mostly in the south and west, are seeing spikes in cases. New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut announced a required 14-day quarantine for people who have traveled into those states from those with high rates of infection.
“What’s going on in this country is frightening and revealing," Cuomo said in a conference call. "Wake up, America. It’s time to get smart.”
Cuomo indciated the gradual reopening process has been vindicated in New York, as other states opened on a faster basis.
“Just look at the numbers," he said. "It’s not a debate when you have different facts.”
The aid for other states comes after New York received support — ventilators, masks and other personal protective equipment —came from other states.
Five regions in upstate New York — Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, North Country, central New York, and the Southern Tier — are entering the fourth reopening phase today.