Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Savannah, Ga. on Monday to deliver resources to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, a trip he said was meant to be a sign of goodwill after other parts of the country aided New York in March and April.
Coronavirus cases are spiking around the country as New York and other northeastern states have largely held steady at an infection rate of about 1 percent out of tens of thousands of daily tests.
More than 25,000 New Yorkers have died during the pandemic. Cuomo, without elaborating, acknowledged mistakes have been made, but stae officials have learned from them.
"So we have to learn the hard way and we did and the purpose of being here today is first to share what we've done on the testing and the tracing, etcetera, and see how we can help Savannah set that up," Cuomo said. "It is hard. We've made a lot of mistakes. But if we learned from half of the mistakes we made in doing it, we are the wiser for it. So I look forward."
Cuomo's trip aided two testing sites at churches in Savannah, allowing them to perform up to 500 tests per day. The state also sent personal protective equipment including masks, face shields, gloves and hand sanitizer.