Coronavirus Updates: Cuomo Promises “Random Verifications” To Those Coming To New York From States Required For Quarantine

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Here is the latest:

5:30 pm. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that the state will carry out “random checks” on people flying from designated states with high rates of coronavirus infection to make sure they are following the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

“If you fly to New York, we will have your name, we will know where you are supposed to be staying, there will be random checks,” he said, during a morning interview on CNN. “A police officer stops you and he looks at where your residence is and says ‘How long have you been here?'”

Cuomo announced the travel notice Wednesday, along with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. The measure is unprecedented. Currently, at least nine other states are imposing some form of coronavirus-related quarantine or travel restriction.

As of Thursday, eight states meet the NY / NJ / CT quarantine requirement, defined as a positivity rate greater than 10 percent or those with more than 10 virus cases per 100,000 residents: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah. (Washington, which was listed on Wednesday, was removed.)

Cuomo’s announcement has been met with skepticism about how the state would enforce such a quarantine. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has access to flight manifests, according to the governor.

“We know people who fly,” he told CNN. “You fly here from another state, we know what flight you got on. And we will have inspectors who are randomly looking at the names on the list and calling to follow up to make sure you are quarantined. And if you are not breaking the law, you will be quarantined. mandatory, and you will be fined. “

Those who violate the quarantine order will face a minimum fine of $ 2,000 and up to $ 10,000 if they cause harm.

During a radio interview with WAMC’s Alan Chartock on Wednesday, Cuomo speculated that New Yorkers would betray others.

“I think the odds of someone reporting you are very high,” he said, then added, “I think they will leave you a penny.”

On Thursday, however, he suggested that people would voluntarily follow the rule.

“We work very hard in New York, and the people of New York have sacrificed themselves for the past three months,” he said. “It’s that simple and people understand it. So I think they are going to honor it because people at the end of the day understand it now. It took too long to get it, but this country understands it now.”

CDC says true number of infections in the US is 10 times higher than reported

4 pm According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the actual number of coronavirus infections in the United States may be more than 20 million, or 10 times greater than what has been reported.

During a press conference call Thursday, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said that the serological or antibody data the agency is collecting suggests that for every confirmed case, there are 10 more people who have been infected but have not been infected. been diagnosed He estimated that 5 to 8 percent of the American public could have already contracted the disease.

According to Redfield, the CDC bases its analysis on samples collected nationwide from blood banks and laboratories. That data collection process is still ongoing, he emphasized.

“We will have a fairly complete understanding as we get through this over the next month or two,” he said.

The CDC has reported approximately 2.3 million confirmed virus cases, although other sources, such as Johns Hopkins University, have brought the number closer to 2.4 million. One of the agency’s failures during the crisis has been the inability of the media and the public to trust its case and death reports, a problem that emerged in a new report from the US Government Accountability Office. USA

The briefing was just the second by the CDC since March 9, the last time the public heard from Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the agency’s immunization and respiratory disease specialist who had previously been in charge of speaking. with the press. Following her warning in late February that Americans must begin preparing for a pandemic, Messonnier allegedly sparked President Donald Trump’s anger by alarming the public and causing a stock market crash by telling the truth.

On Thursday, a reporter on the call asked Redfield if it had been a mistake to reject Messonnier’s message. He was also asked why the agency took so long to recommend masks, especially as many public health experts in the US began to embarrass Americans by buying masks, which they said were most necessary for workers in the Health.

Redfield declined to respond, saying he would speak to the reporter after the call.

New cases of COVID-19 in the US skyrocket to near record levels

In a sign that the coronavirus pandemic threatens to spiral out of control, the United States recorded its second highest number of new cases on Wednesday, according to two widely cited data sources.

Johns Hopkins University found about 35,000 new cases Wednesday, while the Worldometer measured more than 38,000 new cases. Both figures did not reach the highest daily total reported in late April.

According to the New York Times, which has also been gathering its own count of state and local government infections, the number of new cases on Wednesday was 36,880, the highest level by its count.

Either way, all three sources suggest an alarming spike in cases that are in line with the revival seen in the south and west.

Four states – Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas – reported their highest daily case totals on Wednesday. More than two dozen states are also experiencing waves.

Although President Donald Trump has tried to explain the growth in new cases as a result of expanded testing, at least seven states — Arizona, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas — are also reporting record levels in the number of hospitalizations, a sign that the spread of the community is accelerating. Some states, like Arizona, are now struggling to meet the demands of the tests.

To date, there have been more than 2.3 million infections and at least 119,000 deaths from the virus across the country.

On Wednesday, a World Health Organization official said cases in the Americas, which include high daily infections in Brazil, Chile and Peru, had not reached their peak and that blockages may be necessary to contain the spread.

“It is very difficult to remove the sting from this pandemic unless we can successfully isolate cases and quarantine contacts,” said Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO emergency health program. “In the absence of an ability to do so, the spectrum of additional blocks cannot be excluded.”

He added: “We must be able to reap the harvest from such a sacrifice to shut down and block and drive transmission to a low level.”

In the wake of the grim news, the White House has offered no answers. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have offered recommendations to mitigate the spread, they have relegated decision-making to individual states.

Faced with an impending election and falling polls, Trump has urged states to quickly reopen. In April, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and trusted adviser, predicted a quick recovery.