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that let's get the latest now on the corona virus outbreak joining us now Democratic Governor
Cuomoof New York in New York state officials have set up a one-mile
areain New Rochelle public schools in the
willbe closed until March 25th and the National Guard has been deployed to the
areaas of yesterday Westchester County has seen 108 confirmed cases of the virus Governor
Cuomohow does the
workand for people who are infected or are worried that they're infected are they still going to the hospital yeah well thanks good to be with you Mika and you know all this talk about politics I think we're the coronavirus reminds people is there's nothing theoretical about government right this is about making a difference in people's lives mobilizing and being effective and that's what we're seeing now on the New Rochelle
areaspecifically it's the most dense cluster of cases in the United States we have 108 cases in New Rochelle I think give you an idea in New York City only has 36 New York City is 100 times the size of New Rochelle okay so what the
areameans is just large gatherings in that
areaor postponed people can go and come etcetera it's not a quarantine
areabut no large gatherings because that's where it is spreading obviously and the numbers on this week are going to go up exponentially we don't see it in the testing yet because we're not testing enough and it's much...
bigger out there than we even know so we have to take real actions and we have to take them quickly so so governor just so other communities can learn from what happened in New Rochelle could you just briefly walk us through how one man being infected has now led to the densest cluster the most dense cluster in the United States and what other communities should do to avoid what happened in New Rochelle what's required you actually to take such a dramatic step yeah Joe it's math you know this community happened to have a of large gatherings back-to-back they had a large religious gathering where you had about 400 people they then had a couple of days later another large gathering and it's just math it's just the trajectory of exposure there's nothing extraordinary and what the other countries did is they did the massive testing you know China was doing two hundred thousand tests a day South Korea was doing fifteen thousand tests a day we've learned 5,000 to date so what I would say be what I have been saying to other governors is you're on your own you know let the states take action because when they do the retrospective here Joe I think this is going to be the public health version of Hurricane Katrina the federal government has just fallen down on the job so let the states do it so I'm still trying to understand though how the
workbecause if somebody has symptoms like for example the man who you know this story...
began with he went to the hospital in neighboring Bronxville and then ended up in the city so what is happening to people who have the virus who are feeling symptoms perhaps need care well in this in this
areaNew Rochelle the hot spot first no large gatherings second we're bringing testing into the community you know this testing has been such a fiasco even people going to a hospital as a problem they get in a cab they expose the care they walk into a hospital expose
workers so we're bringing testing mobile testing units to New Rochelle and you literally can drive in to a mobile testing unit it's all contained it's all isolated and you get the test right there we we are getting very aggressive on the testing because if you look at the way it has been stopped in other countries it's either massive quarantine or massive testing and we don't want a quarantine so we're going to have to do the testing and we can't wait for the federal government because it's not going to happen governor it's
willie Geist Tom Bossert who of course president Trump's homeland security secretary said yesterday we are ten days away from the hospitals in the United States here getting creamed he wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Monday said we're headed toward the crisis in what it looks like in Italy frankly and I'm getting even this
morningfrom doctors and people in Italy flashing red lights that what we have here is headed your way if you...
don't get smart about this so what is your threshold governor for closing schools I know that's a municipal question but for closing schools for canceling any gatherings for telling people just stop going to
workelectronically we can now do google chat you can we can do this where do you see the next turn in this is there a moment where you all get together and say we've just got to shut things down for a while yeah I think well I think you see the trajectory going straight up I'm gonna speak to business leaders in New York today I'm going to ask them voluntarily to do telecommuting two shifts a
morningshift and a late shift and let people
workfrom home voluntarily we are we have closed some schools we've closed schools in this hotspot in New Rochelle at the same time we're trying to slow it down by ramping up the testing and hopefully the federal government is going to release the handcuffs to be they've been controlling the process and that's the way the other countries have gotten ahead of it with testing but I think you're right it is all the numbers say it's going to be a wave we're worried about the health care system we're studying very closely our vacancy in the health care system and we're planning back-up Hospital's quarantine centers if you
willjust in case we overwhelm the health care system because that's the real challenge can you deal with the number of sick in the hospitals and then my...
number one concern my nightmare nursing homes senior citizen centers congregate care facilities for seniors that's the vulnerable population and that's what we have to keep an eye on because that's where we could have a real issue that was Washington State and these congregate senior facilities we've all people are all close together that's that's my number-one concern so governor I went back yesterday and watched an address to the nation by President Obama the Ebola crisis in which he was pretty straightforward in terms of what we were doing what the government was doing what the government could do in the case of New York in the case of New Rochelle you were talking about the government's failure what would you expect the federal government to be doing and what are they not doing that is critical to both New York both your your needs and every governor every state yeah look Mike let me be candid but let me be careful because I don't want the president tweeting at me after this broadcast I have to
workwith the federal government to make it
workhere but we knew this was coming in November in December we knew what was happening in China we had to know that somebody was going to get on an airplane and come to the United States right how we get to this point where we do not have testing capacity anywhere near what we need literally the HHS secretary says yesterday 5,000 tests to date Korea South Korea $15,000 to 15,000 tested day China 200,000...
tests a day that's how you stayed ahead of this thing that's how they turn the curve when nowhere near that it reminds me of Hurricane Katrina just a failed federal response and failed federal mobilization they underestimated the challenge now who and how and why I don't know I'll tell you in this whole political conversation we're having I think it said two people hey remember government matters guys this is not all theory and abstract this is who can manage and who can get things done in a time of crisis and I think that's what this coronavirus has done partially on the political scale but the federal government has just had a really poor response and I'm saying to them is at least get out of the way you know CDC FDA control all the approvals they've been controlling the testing process I'm saying to them now we know the horse is out of the barn we know that this is much more widespread at least let the states scramble and do what they can Governor