Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted Monday that New York made “a lot of mistakes” in its battle against coronavirus which has so far claimed 25,056, according to state data.
“It is hard. We made a lot of mistakes, but if we learn from half of the mistakes we made in doing it we are the wiser for it,” Cuomo said during a press briefing alongside Savannah, Ga. Mayor Van Johnson, a Democrat and Brooklyn native.
The New York governor did not specify exactly what mistakes he or his administration made, but Cuomo has been widely criticized for his fateful March mandate that may have led to some 6,600 COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes alone.
“We got assaulted by the COVID virus in New York,” said Cuomo as he noted that the state had its first confirmed coronavirus case on March 1 but was not shut down until nearly three weeks later on March 20.
“The numbers just exploded on us,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo, along with members of the state’s COVID-19 task force departed from JFK Airport earlier Monday to head to Savannah to offer aid to the city in its fight against coronavirus as cases continue to spike in the Peach State.
“We had 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…and see what we can help Savannah set that up,” Cuomo said.
Additionally, New York is working to set up two church coronavirus testing sites in Savannah hot spots “that will be models of how to do it,” Cuomo said.
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