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Federal partnership will double testing in NYS

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Following a meeting yesterday with President Trump, Governor Cuomo announced a new partnership with the federal government aimed at double testing capacity across New York.

Currently, the state’s averaging about 20k tests per day, with the goal of raising that to 40k per day – which Cuomo said an aggressive approach could accomplish within “several weeks.”

“That’s our goal and it was a very productive conversation,” Cuomo said.

According to the governor, the problem so far with bringing testing to scale has been the supply chain – more specifically, the inability to keep up by the national manufacturers that produce equipment used to make testing kits, which are then sent to labs in each states to be performed.

“The national manufacturers have said they have a problem with the supply chain to quickly ramp up those tests…That is where the federal government can help,” said Cuomo. Let the federal government take responsibility for that federal supply chain for the national manufacturers. That’s what we agreed in this meeting.”

Yesterday was Day 5 without an additional positive case reported in Cortland County, as that number remains at 32 –¬†including eight active and 24 people recovered.

Two people remain in the hospital out of a total of six to-date, with 42 others currently being monitored by county health officials.

Additionally, they’ve reported 858 negative test results.

Non-emergency procedures

Cuomo also said yesterday that elective outpatient treatments may resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term beginning on Tuesday.

Available hospital capacity has to be at more than 25 percent with fewer than 10 new COVID hospitalizations in the past 10 days.

Cortland County does fall in these categories and will be eligible for returning to non emergency procedures next week. Patients still must test negative for COVID-19 prior to any being done.

(data current as of 4/22 at 11:45 am)

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