New York City Mayor Updates On Coronavirus Response | NBC News (Live Stream Recording)

New York City Mayor Updates On Coronavirus Response | NBC News (Live Stream Recording)


CHANCELLOR AND THEN WE WILL OPEN IT UP TO MEDIA QUESTIONS. WE’RE GOING TO TALK TODAY OF COURSE ABOUT THE NEW MEASURES TAKEN BY THE STATE AND TALK ABOUT WHAT IS STILL NOT HAPPENING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND OBVIOUSLY THE OVER ALL SITUATION THAT IS GOING ON WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY. I WANT TO START BY SAYING WE HAD A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT BY GOVERNOR CUOMO. I WANT TO THANK AND IT WILL BE A NEW REALITY IN THIS CITY. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THAT E THIS IS IN A WHOLE NEW DYNAMIC AND WE’RE ALL LEARNING EVERY DAY HOW TO MAKE SENSE OF IT. WHEN I GIVE YOU THESE BRIEFINGS, WE WILL TRY TOO BE AS PLUNT AND STRAIGHTFORWARD AS WE POSSIBLY CAN BE, BUT SOME OF THE TIME THE ANSWER WILL BE THAT WE DON’T KNOW BECAUSE WE STILL DON’T KNOW. THERE ARE SO MANY THANGS WE ARE TRYING TO SORT OUT. BUT A LOT OF PIECES ARE COMING TOGETHER AND WE ARE TRYING TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE TO GIVE US A CHANCE TO PREPARE FOR THE WEEKS AHEAD WHEN WE WILL SEE MORE CASES AND MAKE SURE OUR HEALTH CARE IS AS STRONG AS IT CAN BE, THAT THE ONLY PEOPLE WORKING ARE ONES DOING SOMETHING ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE CLEAR RULES ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO. WE WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT ENFORCING THE RULES, THE FDNY, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, MANY OTHER AGENCIES WILL BE INVOLVED. REALLY WE WANT TO EMPHASIZE FROM THE BEGINNING THAT WE’RE IN A BRAND NEW REALITY, WE HAVE NOT GONE THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THIS ACROSS OUR WHOLE CITY IN GENERATIONS. AND OUR GOAL WILL BE EVERY DAY TO TRY WHAT WE THINK MAKES SENSE, TO SEE HOW IT GOES, TO LISTEN TO NEW YORKERS AND I AM LISTENING THE BEST THAT I CAN AND WE’RE GETTING A REAL SENSE OF WHAT PEOPLE NEED. AND WE WILL BE ENFORCING THE GOVERNOR’S ORDERS BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO TO PROTECT US ALL AND PARTICULARLY THOSE MUST VULNERABLE. AND PARTICULARLY FOLKS OVER 70 EVEN IF THEY’RE PRETTY HEALTHY. THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE. THOSE ARE OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. THE PEOPLE WE WORSHIP WITH THAT WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF. WE NEED TO EDUCATE PEOPLE TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND HOW TO WORK WITH THE NEW REALITY, HOW TO WORK TOGETHER, HOW TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE PERFECT OVERNIGHT, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW TO MAKE IT WORK AND THAT WE ALL HAVE TO MAKE IT WORK AND WE VALUE TO DO THIS TOGETHER. SO YOU WILL SEE FOLKS FROM YOUR CITY GOVERNMENT REMINDING PEOPLE, EDUCATING PEOPLE, WARNING PEOPLE, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THIS RIGHT. SO LET ME GO OVER A FEW OTHER MATTERS, STARTING AGAIN WITH THE STATE ORDER. AGAIN, IT STARTS TO TAKE FULL EFFECT ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT 8:00. 100% NONESSENTIAL WORKERS MUST STAY HOME. THERE ARE A NUMBER THAT ARE ESSENTIAL, FOOD AND GROCERIES, FOOD DELIVERY, PHARMACIES, MASS TRANSIT, HEALTH CARE. THOSE ARE THE AREA THAT’S WILL BE PROTECTED, THEY WILL KEEP GOING, BUT IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THIS. IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE OUT, DON’T BE OUT. IF YOU SHOULD BE HOME, BE HOME. FOLKS WHO, AT THIS MOMENT ARE VULNERABLE TO THIS DISEASE, LET’S JUST THINK ABOUT IT, WE DON’T WANT THEM TO TAKE ANY CHANCES WHATSOEVER. IF ANYONE IN THOSE CATEGORIES WANTS TO GO OUTSIDE FOR A LITTLE BIT I GET IT, BUT PLEASE DISTANCE FROM ANYONE AROUND YOU AND BE AS BRIEF AS POSSIBLE. LIMIT THE PEOPLE THAT YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH. NO ONE SHOULD COME IN CONTACT WITH ANYONE WITHOUT CHECKING FIRST TO SEE IF YOU HAVE A TEMPERATURE. USE A THERMOMETER, IF YOU HAVE A TEMPERATURE OVER 100 YOU SHOULD NOT BE IN CONTACT WITH ANYONE OVER THOSE CASE GOIRS. ALWAYS PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, THAT IS SIX FEET APART. WHERE EVER YOU ARE, EXCEPT AMONG RIGHT WITH YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS. IF YOU GO TO THE GROCERY STORE, STAY SIX FEET APART FROM PEOPLE. DOES ANYONE THINK IT WILL BE PERFECT? NO, IT IS QUITE CLEAR. IT IS TOUGH TO SAY. ANYTHING NONESSENTIAL SHOULD NOT HAPPEN AT THIS POINT. IT HAS TO BE POSTPONED AT THIS POINT. IT WILL CERTAINLY GO ON FOR WEEKS, MOST LIKELY MONTHS, IF YOU HAVE TO POSTPONE YOU WILL BE POSTPONING FOR AWHILE. BUT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. I REMIND PEOPLE THAT IS TRUE. THAT IS TRUE OUTSIDE AND INSIDE. THAT SIX FOOT APART MATTERS IN EITHER SITUATION. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE REMEMBER EVEN IF YOUR DOING BASIC THINGS, THE GROCERY STORE, THE PHARMACY, STAY SIX FEET APART. WE’RE GOING TO ASK EDUCATIONS THAT GO IN AND REMIND PEOPLE TO SEPARATE AND SPREAD OUT. I DON’T THINK MOST NEW YORKERS NEED A REMINDING OF WHAT THE PANDEMIC MEANS AND WHAT IT BRINGS. BUT WE’RE ALL HUMAN BEINGS, WE’RE SOCIAL, WE’RE USED TO BEING CLOSE TOGETHER. I KNOW WE WILL DO A GREAT JOB REMINDING PEOPLE TO DO THE SMART, HEALTHY, SAFE THING. LET ME TALK ABOUT THE SITUATION, THIS IS THE PART OF EVERY BRIEFING THAT I HATE TO GIVE, IT IS JUST ASTOUNDING AND IT GETS WORSE EVERY TIME, BUT MY JOB IS TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH AND TELL YOU THE FACTS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. AS OF 10:00 A.M. TODAY, WE CAN CONFIRM IN NEW YORK CITY 5151 CASES OF CORONAVIRUS. AND TO GIVE YOU PERSPECTIVE, THAT IS NOW ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF ALL OF THE CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT IS ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THE CASES IN NEW YORK. I HATE TO SAY THIS, BUT IT IS TRUE. WE’RE NOW THE EPICENTER OF THIS CRISIS HERE IN THE NATION’S LARGEST CITY. AND WE HAVE SO MUCH THAT WE HAVE TO DO. THE CITY, WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE POSSIBLY CAN. PEOPLE ARE GIVING US IDEAS EVERY DAY. WE’RE RUNNING WITH THOSE IDEAS, WE’RE TRUEING TO HELP PEOPLE, OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS ARE DOING AN AMAZING JOB FROM PRIVATE SECTOR OFFERING, THERE IS SO MANY PEOPLE OFFERING PEM FROM INDIVIDUALS, AMAZING RESULTS. BUSINESS PEOPLE, BIG AND SMALL, OFFERING TO GIVE ANYTHING THEY HAVE TO HELP THIS CITY. SO MANY AMAING POSITIVE STORIES AND THAT REMINDS ME OF JUST HOW GOOD NEW YORKERS ARE AND THAT WE’RE GOING TO FIND A WAY TO GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER. NEW YORKERS, BUSINESSES, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITY GROUPS, HOUSES OF WORSHIP, EVERYBODY, THE STATE OF NEW YORK, DOING THE RIGHT THING. THE RIGHT POLICY TO PROTECT US ALL AND TAKING A LOT OF THE OTHER RIGHT MOVES TO BE CAREFUL THAT WE’RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS. EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE UNTIL YOU GET TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. EVERY DAY THAT I TALK TO YOU I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. THERE WAS ANOTHER BIG PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE PRESIDENT AND HIS KEY OFFICIALS. HE IS TALKING ABOUT ONE OF THE BIGGEST CRISIS IN THE COUNTRY, AND YET ESSENTIALLY TODAY HE OFFERED NO NEW EVIDENCE OF ACTION. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY HE WON’T DO THE SINGLE SIMPLEST THING, MOBILIZE OUR ARMED FORCES. WE NEED THEIR ABILITY, THEIR LOGISTIC KAL ABILITY, OPERATIONAL ABILITY, EXTRAORDINARY PERSONNEL, EXTRAORDINARY MEDICAL PERSONNEL, WE NEED THEM HERE AND NOW AND THE ORDER HAS STILL NOT BEEN GIVEN. THE SAME WITH THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING AND WAITING. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE WOULD UTILIZE IT, BUT THERE IS NO SPECIFIC EVIDENCE OF THAT CONFIRMS TO US ANY SPECIFIC SUPPLIES OR NOTHING YET TO TELL US WHEN WE’RE GOING TO GET HELP AND WE NEED IT. CONTINUING TO APPEAL TO OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION THAT HAS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE. I’M REACHING OUT, ANYONE BUT WE NEED THE PRESIDENT’S FULL AUTHORITY SO IT WILL TURN INTO THOUSANDS OF VENTILATORS, MILLIONS OF SURGICAL MASKS, AND I WARNED PEOPLE IN TWO OR THREE WEEKS AT THIS RATE WE’RE GOING TO RUN OUT, BUT THAT’S THE BEGINNING OF THE CRISIS. IT GETS WORSE. SO WE NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ACT. SENATOR SHUM TORE HIS CREATE. HE OFFERED THIS HOSPITAL PLAN FOR HOSPITALS. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED TO GIVE OUR HEALTH CARE COMMUNITY WHAT THEY NEED BUT LISTEN TO HIS GREAT CREDIT RECOGNIZES STATES AND LOCALITIES RIGHT NOW THEY’RE BEARING MASSIVE NEW EXPENSES AND THEY’RE STRESSED IN HUGE WAYS AND WE NEED THE FINANCIAL RELIEF TOO AND OUR PEOPLE NEED MONEY BACK IN THEIR POCKETS. THANK YOU TO SENATOR SCHUMER FOR ALL YOU’RE DOING. I WANT TO GIVE A NUMBER OF UPDATES. ABOUT ACTIONS THAT THE CITY IS TAKING AND THEN I WILL TURN TO OUR POLICE COMMISSIONER AND THEN OUR SCHOOL’S CHANCELLOR. LET ME JUST SAY THE SHEER NUMBER OF CASES, AGAIN 5151, 29 PEOPLE IN THE CITY HAVE PASSED AWAY BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS. THAT NUMBER IS SURE TO KEEP GOING. WE HAVE 1406 CASES. 14606 IN QUEENS. SORRY, 1314 CASES IN MANHATTAN. 667 IN THE BRONX, 242 IN STATEN ISLAND. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS. GOING INTO MORE DETAIL ON THE QUESTION OF OUR ENRICHMENT CENTERS. WE NEVER HAD THEM BEFORE. THIS IS A BRAND NEW THING. I WANT TO THANK OUR EDUCATORS, OUR STAFF, THESE FOLKS HAVE BEEN WORKING NONSTOP TO GET READY. THESE ARE THE ENRICHMENT CENTERS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND TO GIVE A SAFE PLACE TO THE BODY THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY ESSENTIAL WORKERS B, OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, WE NEED ALL OF THOSE WORKERS AT THE FRONT WHERE THEY’RE NEEDED MOST. 93 TO BEGIN, BUT WE COULD BE ADDING MORE. 76 OF THOSE WILL BE K-12 EDUCATION CENTERS. AND THEY CAN HANDLE WELL OVER 50,000 STUDENTS. IT WILL NOT BE NEAR THAT NUMBER TO BEGIN. BUT IT COULD GROW MUCH MORE AS WE GO ALONG AND WE WANT TO BE READY FOR ANYTHING. THE FIRST GROUP OF COURSE IS HEALTH CARE WORKERS. I HAVE IDENTIFIED THEM BEFORE. ALL OF THEM WILL BE ABLE TO CONFIRM — THEY ARE GOING TO THESE CENTERS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. THE DEPARTMENT EDUCATION STAFF, WORKING AT THE CENTERS AND THE FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTERS, OF COURSE THERE ARE CHILDREN AS WELL THAT WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY. FOR THE FRONT LINE INVESTIGATORS, THEY ARE PROTECTING KIDS AGAINST CHILD ABUSE, THE SAME FOR DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS. THE ESSENTIAL STAFF, THE SAME FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELESS SERVICES AND HUMAN RESOURCES. SHELTER STAFF, KEY CONTRACTOR STAFF AND SANITATION ESSENTIAL STAFF AND THAT MEANS OUR FRONT LINE WORKERS AS WELL. SO WE’LL BE GETTING DETAILS OUT ON THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF WORKERS THAT QUALIFYING. WE WILL SEE AS WE GO ON AND AS WE SEE FROM ADDITIONAL FOLKS WHAT THEY NEED. I MENTIONED THE FEEDING SITES. WE’RE GOING TO DO A LOT OF WORK IN THESE NEXT FEW MONTHS, THESE ARE GRAB AND GO MEALS FOR ANY YOUNG PERSON UNDER 18. 435 SITES ARE OPENING ON MONDAY. THEY WILL SERVE BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND DINNER. YOU CAN GET ALL THREE MEALS AT ONCE OR ANY COMBINATION FOR LIMITED HOURS OF THE DAY. DETAILS ARE ALL BEING POSTED. WE HAVE BEEN BASED ON SITES FROM OUR SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM. A NUMBER OF OTHER SITES WHERE WE HAVE SEEN A HIGH LEVEL OF KIDS AND THEY GET MEAL THAT’S ARE REDUCED OR FREE. WE’RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE A SPECIAL INITIATIVE TO GET FOOD TO THE HOMES OF MEDICALLY FRAGILE STUDENTS. STUDENTS THAT NEED PARTICULAR HELP. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS PARTICULAR INFORMATION FOR THEM. EVERYONE WHO STEPPED UP TO MAKE THESE FEEDING SITES POSSIBLE, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU. A LOT OF PUBLIC SERVANTS THAT ARE STEPPING FORWARD TO HELP THEIR FELLOW PEOPLE. THERE HAVE BEEN REAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS AND LOANS THAT WE ANNOUNCED OVER A WEEK AGO. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE CLEAR ABOUT HOW THAT WORKS AND I WANT US TO DO A BETTER JOB KEEPING THIS INFORMATION STRAIGHTFORWARD AND CLEAR. WE NEED THEM GOING FORWARD. GRANTS WITH BUSINESSES OF FIVE OR FEWER EMPLOYEES, THEY HAVE BEEN ONLINE AND LIVE SINCE LAST TUESDAY. AND WE HAVE NOW 466 APPLICATIONS THEY WILL BE PROCESSED ON MONDAY AND MONEY WILL GO INTO PEOPLE’S BANK ACCOUNTS ON MONDAY. FOR THE BUSINESSES WITH FEWER THAN 100 EMPLOYEES AND THAT LOST 25% OR MORE OF REVENUE. WE ARE NOT ABLE TO MEET THE FULL DEMAND IMMEDIATELY. INITIALLY THAT IS ABOUT 400 BUSINESSES AS WELL. THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROCESS THEIR APPLICATIONS TOMORROW, BEGINNING TOMORROW, AND IT WILL BE IN THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS, SO WE SHOULD HAVE MONEY IN PEOPLE’S HANDS BY THE END OF THIS COMING WEEK. ON OUR CITY PARKS, THIS PAINS ME AGAIN, I’M A PARENT. IT PAINS ME TO TELL YOU WE HAVE TO CANCEL ALL FIELD PERMITS. WE CANNOT ALLOW ANY EVENTS OR ANY TEAM SPORTS. BUT IT IS JUST ALL TEAM SPORTS COME WITH PEOPLE GETTING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY, SO WE CANNOT ALLOW A PERMIT FOR THAT. E ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO EXERCISE ON THEIR OWN AND SOCIALLY DISTANCE. AND PARTICIPANTS AND KIDS WILL HAVE A TOUGH TIME WITH THIS, BUT DO THE BEST YOU CAN. IS IT GOING TO GO ON FOREVER? NO. IT WILL BE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF WEEKS OR MONTHS, WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WILL BE, BUT IT WILL NOT BE FOREVER. WE KNOW THE CRISIS WILL END. SO IT WILL BE A TOUGH, TOUGH ADJUSTMENT, BUT WE HAVE TO BE CLEAR ABOUT KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE. THAT IS GOOD QUESTIONS ABOUT BIKE USAGE. WE WANT TO SUPPORT THAT. WE WILL BEGIN BY INSTALLING TEMPORARY BIKE LANES BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK. SECOND AVENUE, A TEMPORARY BIKE LANE THERE. IT IS PART OF A STREET THAT DOES NOT HAVE A BIKE LANE. WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR OTHER AREAS AROUND THE CITY THAT NEED THEM. CERTAINLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE BIKES AS MUCH AS THEY CAN AT THIS MOMENT. AND WE WILL HAVE CONSTANT UPDAISES ON THAT. WHEN IT COMES TO UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE TO REDUCE SOME OF OUR FERRY SERVICE. THERE IS JUST NOT RIDERSHIP TO JUSTIFY THE FREQUENCY WE HAVE NOW AND WE HAVE TO BE SMART ABOUT THAT. EVERY RESOURCE RIGHT NOW HAS TO BE USED BEST TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS. EVERY PART OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT HAS TO HELP EVERY OTHER PART. THE RELATIONSHIP IS DOWN 70, 70% COMPARED TO THE SAME POINT LAST YEAR. WE WILL STILL HAVE FERRY SERVICE, BUT PEOPLE NEED TO BE SMART ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND FEWER TRIPS, AND SMART ABOUT KEEPING AN EYE ON THAT AND KEEPING IT BALANCED. IT WILL NOT BE A HUGE CHANGE. SO YOU WILL STILL HAVE REGULAR SERVICE, IT WILL JUST BE SOMEWHAT LESS AND THAT WILL GO INTO EFFECT THIS SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT. THE SAME FOR THE NYC FERRY REDUCTIONS THAT BEGIN NEXT WEEK. WE WILL GET THE EXACT DETAILS. THERE WILL BE REDUCTIONS IN THAT SERVICE, DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED. IF ANYONE OUT THERE IS CONFUSED, YOU’RE NOT ALONE, IF YOU’RE ANXIOUS, YOU’RE NOT ALONE. ALL OF US ARE, WE’RE ALL TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF THIS. BUT I WILL TELL YOU SOMETHING THAT I REALLY, REALLY BELIEVE IT. NEW YORKERS ARE SO STRONG NEW YORKERS HAVE DEALT WITH EVERY SINGLE THING EVER THROWN AT THEM. WE HAVE HAD A LOT THROWN AT US. WE ARE TOUGH BY NATURE AND THAT IS SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF. SO EVERYONE, LET’S BELIEVE IN THAT AND BELIEVE IN THE COMPASSION OF NEW YORKERS AND THE ABILITY TO HELP EACH OTHER OUT, WE HAVE SEEN THAT TIME AND TIME AGAIN. LET’S DO THAT AGAIN AND BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER. A FEW WORDS IN SPANISH. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] [ SPEAKING SPANISH ]>>WITH THAT I WILL TURN TO OUR POLICE COMMISSIONER AND I WILL SAY THIS. THIS IS A NEW REALITY FOR THE NYPD. THERE IS MORE, NO FORCE ON EARTH MORE EFFECTIVE AND CAPABLE THAN THE NYPD. NO GROUP MORE AGILE AND SOPHISTICATED. BUT THERE IS AN ADDED POSITIVE REALITY HERE. COMING FROM SCRATCH OVER THESE LAST FIVE YEARS, BUILDING PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON BLOCK BY BLOCK AND GETTING TO KNOW THOSE THAT RUN THE STORES AND THE PHARMACIES RIGHT NOW. OUR OFFICERS HAD A HEAD START, AND WITH POLICING STRATEGY WE’LL HAVE A REAL UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE THEY NEED TO BE. HELPING PEOPLE KEEP MOVING ON. AND I’M CONVINCED THEIR MORE THAN READY TO MEET THE MOMENT, WITH THAT I TURN YOU TO OUR POLICE COMMISSIONER.>>THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. I’LL GIVE AWE BRIEF OVERVIEW WHAT WE’RE SEEING THROUGHOUT THE CITY AS IT RELATES TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN TERMS OF CRIME IN THE CITY. WE’VE SEEN A DOWNTURN IN ABOUT THE LAST WEEK, SINCE WE’RE DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS. AS YOU SEE CROWDS DISAPPEARING ON STREETS AND IN OTHER AREAS, THAT HAS TRANSLATED TO A DECREASE IN CRIME. ALSO WE’VE SEEN A DECREASE IN CALLS TO 911. THE SERVICE, THROUGHOUT THE CITY. ONE NOTABLE EXCEPTION, CALLS REGARDING SICK PATIENTS. THAT’S SEEN AN INCREASE AS EXPECTED. I THANK THE PUBLIC AND ALL OTHER CITY AGENCIES SOME SITTING HERE FOR THE COOPERATION HAS THAT BEEN SEAMLESS AS WE’VE ALL COME TOGETHER TO DEAL WITH THIS CRISIS, REALLY AS ONE CITY. MEN AND WOMEN OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, UNIFORMED AND CIVILIAN, THE MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC, THEY ARE OUT THERE, OUT THERE IN FORCE AND THERE TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. WHETHER IT’S A THE A SCHOOL, KIDS TO PICK UP LUNCHES. WHETHER IT’S TRAFFIC AGENTS, EXPEDITED AMBULANCES TO GET TO A HOSPITAL. THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT REMAIN COMMITTED TO BEING OUT THERE. THERE HAS BEEN A TOLL TO THIS. AS WE LOOK AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT’S SICK WE HAVE SEEN A NOTABLE INCREASING IN THE LAST FOUR DAYS PICKING UP. WE’RE WATCHING THAT CLOSELY AND I TELL YOU AT THIS POINT WE REMAIN VERY WELL-RESOURCED TO HANDLE ANY AND ALL OBSTACLES THAT COME OUR WAY BUT ARE WATCHING THAT CLOSELY. AS I SIT HERE THE NUMBER IS PROBABLY CHANGING, IT’S CHANGED THROUGHOUT THE LAST 24 HOURS, BUT WE HAVE AT THIS POINT IN TIME 52 MEMBERS OF THE NYPD THAT TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS. THAT RANGES FROM CIVILIAN MEMBERS TO THE EXECUTIVE LEVEL. VERY GOOD NEWS IS ONLY ONE OUT OF 52 IS HOSPITALIZED AT THIS TIME, AND THAT’S HOSPITALIZED WITH PNEUMONIA-LIKE SYMPTOMS. OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS OUT TO THE FAMILIES IN THAT RESPECT. NOW WE’RE PAYING EXTREMELY CLOSE ATTENTION AS THE MAYOR SAID TO AREAS WHERE PEOPLE ARE GATHERING FOR GOOD REASON. GROCERY STORES, TOP OF OUR LIST. GROCERY STORES, HOSPITAL, SCHOOLS AND MANY FACILITIES OPEN FOR BOTH CHILDREN AND PICKING UP BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. THAT REMAIN AS FOCUS POINT IN THE NEXT PERIOD GOING FORWARD. IN TERMS OF THE GROCERY STORES, BARS AND RESTAURANTS WITH THE NEW ORDERS OF CLOSINGS, CERTAINLY THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS AND THE GROCERY STORES REMAIN OPEN, BUT ALSO WE ASK FOR CONTINUED COOPERATION IN TERMS OF JUST MANAGING ANY VOLUMES OF PEOPLE. THE GOOD NEWS IS WE CONSIDER ABOUT 500 LOCATIONS THAT I WOULD CATEGORIZE AS LARGE ESTABLISHMENTS THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITY. WE HAVE BEEN TO THEM ALL AND HAVE NOT SEEN ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS. WE HAVE ISSUED VERY FEW SUMMONSES TO ANY ESTABLISHMENTS BECAUSE OF THE LEVEL OF COOPERATION THAT WE’VE SEEN. SO IT’S ABOUT EDUCATION. IT’S ABOUT WORKING WITH EACH OTHER, AND IT’S ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING THAT DR. BALBOA HAS BEEN PREACHING NOW SEEMS LIKE YEARS BUT IT’S REALLY ABOUT WEEKS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE SERVE EVERY DAY TO KEEP CONTINUING TO SPREAD THAT WORD. WE ASK FOR YOUR CONTINUED COOPERATION AT THIS TIME. OF CERTAINLY STRESSFUL FOR ALL NEW YORKERS BUT AGAIN THANK YOU FOR ALL THE COOPERATION. >>THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER. I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN. MEN AND WOMEN OF THE NYPD HAVE BEEN OUTSTANDING IN THIS MOMENT AND REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU FOR REMINDING PEOPLE, AGAIN, THIS IS ONE OF “THE” LEADING — I WOULD ARGUE “THE” PREEMINENT PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIAL IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND WHAT HE’S SAYING HERE IS, THAT IN FACT WHAT THE NYPD IT FINDING IS THE VAST MAJORITY OF NEW YORKERS ARE ABIDING BY THE NEW RULES EVEN BEFORE TODAY. BEING CLEAR ABOUT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO EACH OTHER, RESPONSIBILITIES TO THEIR COMMUNITY AND ARE LISTENING TO THE CONSTANT INFORMATION GETTING ABOUT CORONAVIRUS AND TAKING IT SERIOUSLY. SO I ACTUALLY THINK AS WE GO INTO THIS NEW PHASE WITH A NEW PLAN PUT FORWARD BY THE STATE, THAT NEW YORKERS ADAPT TO IT QUICKLY, AND THE NYPD WILL BE THERE TO HELP. IN ANYONE NEEDS A REMINDER, THEY’LL GET THAT REMINDER. IF ANYONE NEEDS TO BE REMINDED THAT YOU’VE GOT TO STICK TO THE RULES AND KEEP MOOSHING ALONG, NYPD WILL DO THAT, BUT I THINK NEW YORKERS ARE READY TO LISTEN AND RESPECT FOR THE NYPD IS GREAT AND FOR ALL THE OTHER AGENCIES THAT WILL HELP WITH THE ENFORCEMENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. APPRECIATE IT AND WE SHARE WITH YOU THE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR YOUR MEMBERS WHO ARE ILL. PARTICULARLY THE MEMBER WHO’S HOSPITALIZED AND THAT’S TRUE FOR ALL OF OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO ARE DEALING WITH THESE CHALLENGES NOW AND ALL OF THEIR FAMILIES. I WANT TO TURN TO OUR SCHOOL CHANCELLOR NOW TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON WHAT IS STARTING MONDAY AND AS HE COMES UP, CHANCELLOR, I COMMEND YOU AGAIN AS YOUR TEAM. ASKED TO DO SOMETHING NEVER DONE IN THE HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY BEFORE AND TO DID IT IN A WEEK’S TIME. IT WON’T BE PERFECT BUT YOU’VE DONE AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB MOVING MOUNTAINS AND A LOT OF KIDS AND FAMILIES WILL BENEFIT AND A LOT OF KIDS ARE GETTING FOOD RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU AND YOUR TEAM HAS DONE. THANK YOU. PLEASE. >>THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. SO I WANT TO ECHO WHAT THE MAYOR HAS TALKED ABOUT WITH OUR POLICE COMMISSIONER TALKED ABOUT, WHAT THE DOCTOR TALKED ABOUT. THIS IS A TIME TO BE AWARE. IT IS NOT A TIME TO BE PANICKED. IT IS A TIME TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTION, AND I HAVE BEEN SO INSPIRED, MR. MAYOR, AS I’VE BEEN OUT IN THE CITY LOOKING AT THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY SPEAKING VIRTUALLY WITH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE SYSTEM. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IN A MATTER OF DAYS THE LARGEST SCHOOL SYSTEM IN AMERICA IS GOING TO COMPLETELY SWITCH ITS INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY METHOD IN A MATTER OF THREE, FOUR DAYS. THAT’S UNHEARD OF, AND IT’S ONLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE INCREDIBLE EDUCATORS WE HAVE IN OUR SCHOOLS AND LEADERS THAT LEAD, AS PRINCIPALS AND THE SUPPORT TEAM WE HAVE IN PLACE. I HAVE ALSO, I’M ALSO GOING TO TAKE JUST A MOMENT HERE TO SAY THANK YOU TO OUR CUSTODIANS, OUR SCHOOL SAFETY AGENTS, OUR SCHOOL FOOD AND NUTRITION WORKERS WHO HAVE ALL SHOWN UP, EVERY DAY, WITHOUT FAIL, TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE WA THEY NEED WHETHER IT’S FOOD, BUT WE HAVE CLEAN FACILITIES THAT ARE DISINFECTED AND DEEP CLEANED EVERY SINGLE DAY, AND KEEPING OUR BUILDING SAFE AND SECURE AS WELL. I WANT TO THANK THEM. I HAVEN’T HEARD ONE COMPLAINT FROM THEM TO SAY THEY DON’T WANT TO COME IN. I THANK THEM FOR WHAT THEY DO. OUR SCHOOLTEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS AS WELL ARE ABOUT TO GO INTO A VERY BIG UNKNOWN BUT WE’RE EXCITED, BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK CITY THAT HAVE ALREADY HAD SOME VERSION OF VIRTUAL LEARNING, DISTANCE LEARNING, REMOTE LEARNING, BUT THIS IS A OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THIS TO SCALE. I’M THANKFUL OR MONDAY WE WILL SWITCH TO A REMOST LEARNING MODEL WHERE OUR STUDENTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO GET THE INSTRUCTION THEY NEED OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. HOPEFULLY NOT MONTHS, BUT WHATEVER THE TIME PERIOD IS. WE WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO HAVE THEM ENGAGED ACADEMICALLY. IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT THERE WON’T BE HICCUPS, AND MR. MAYOR, I APPRECIATE YOU’VE SAID WE ARE IN UNCHARTERED WATERS AND THERE WILL BE HICCUPS. THE GOOD THING IS WE ALL RECOGNIZE THAT GOOD IS NOT GOING TO BE THE, THE OPPOSITE OF PERFECT AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK THROUGH THOSE HICCUPS AS WE BUILD THIS NEW — >>PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF GOOD. >>YES, SIR. PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF GOOD. THERE WILL BE HICCUPS BUT WE’RE GOING TO KEEP THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN. NOT ONLY WILL STUDENTS BE TRANSITIONING TO REMOTE LEARNING MONDAY BUT ACROSS THE CITY AND YOU MENTIONED THIS. 439 BUILDINGS THAT WILL SERVE THREE MEALS A DAY TO ANY STUDENT THAT WANTS ONE. NO — NO IDENTIFICATION IS REQUIRED. NO IDENTIFYING WHAT SCHOOL YOU COME FROM. IF YOU SHOW UP, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET NOT ONLY BREAKFAST AND LUNCH, BUT ALSO DINNER. ALL AT ONE STOP. NOW, YOU MENTIONED THAT THESE SITES WERE SPECIFICALLY CHOSEN. 100 OF THE SITES WERE CHOSEN, BECAUSE THEY WERE HIGH PARTICIPATION SITES IN SUMMER OF 2019, AND THE REMAINING SITES ARE SCHOOLS WHERE MORE THAN 50% OF THE STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH. TRYING TO BE VERY STRATEGIC WHERE THE SITES ARE LOCATED. TO FIND A SITE NEAR YOU, IT’S EASY. SEARCH “FREE MEALS” ON THE DOE WEBSITE OR CALL 311. STARTING MONDAY TEXT FOOD, F-O-O-D TO 877 –>>SAY THE NAME OF THE DOE WEBSITE. >> WWW.NYCSCHOOLS. SO, PLEASE, IT’S THAT SIMPLE. 311 OR TEXTING TO 877877 FOOD OR KOMEDA AND WE’RE OPENING 93 ENRICHMENT CENTERS SERVING UP TO 57,000 STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS ARE ON THE FRONT LINE SERVING OUR CITY INCLUDING FIRST RESPONDERS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS, TRANSIT WORKERS AND ALSO WILL BE SERVING THE ESSENTIAL STAFF, OTHER ESSENTIAL STAFF INCLUDING SANITATION WORKERS, HHS, HRA, SHELTER STAFF, ACS STAFF AND THE DOE STAFF REPORTING TO THE REGIONAL ENRICHMENTS CENTERS SERVING FOOD ALL DAY. 76 — AGAIN WE WANT TO THANK OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS FOR KEEPING OUR CITY GOING. STUDENTS AT THE EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT CENTERS WILL BE THERE FROM 7:30 A.M. UNTIL 6:00 P.M. AND WILL PARTICIPATE IN REMOTE LEARNING WITH THEIR SCHOOL AS WELL AS ANY ART OR PHYSICAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES WE HAVE. I PERSONALLY HAVE BEEN BLOWN AWAY BY THE FACT WE HAVE 2,000 VOLUNTEERS THAT HAVE THUS FAR VOLUNTEERED AND SIGNED UP TO STAFF THESE CENTERS. WE’VE ALSO HEARD THE CALL TO EXPAND THE ELIGIBILITY FOR THESE CENTERS AND WE ARE EVALUATING IN THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS OUR CAPACITY TO MEET THAT NEED AS WELLING. SO THE WORK ISN’T GOING TO BE EASY AND IT’S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE FLAWLESS, BUT I AM VERY PROUD OF THE WORK AND THE LABOR THAT MY COLLEAGUES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUT INTO MAKING SURE WITH A COMPASSIONATE HEART THAT OUR 1.1 MILLION STUDENTS WILL BE SERVED FOR EITHER WEEKS OR MONTHS, BUT THEY WILL BE SERVED. WE HAVE A LONG ROAD AHEAD, BUT I’M CONFIDENT THAT TOGETHER WE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE THIS A REALITY FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CHANCELLOR. NOW WE WILL TURN TO OLIVIA, OUR MODERATOR. GO AHEAD. >>A QUICK NOTE AT THE TOP FOR FOLKS. GET TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. TO DO THAT WE ASK THAT YOU LIMIT YOUR QUESTIONS TO TWO MAX, AND WITH THAT WE’RE GOING TO TURN IT OVER HERE FOR THE FIRST QUESTION. >>I SEE WE HAVE REVERSE ORDER HERE. GO AHEAD. >>HI. SO TWO QUESTIONS. ONE, WE SEEM TO BE HEARING ABOUT A SURPRISING NUMBER OF YOUNGER PEOPLE WHO ARE HOSPITALIZED AND EVEN IN THE ICU, AND SUPPOSEDLY MANY OF THEM DO NOT HAVE PRECONDITIONS. JUST WONDERING IF YOUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS SEEING THAT AND WHETHER THERE’S ANY CONSIDERATION TO CHANGING THE MESSAGING SO THAT PERHAPS SOME OF THE HEALTHY YOUNG ADULTS DON’T CONTINUE TO THINK OF THEMSELVES AS VERY LOW RISK PERSONALLY?>>SO, LET ME START OFF BY SAYING THAT FROM THE BEGINNING, WE HAVE MADE CLEAR THAT EVEN THOUGH THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MOST AT RISK FOR THAT BAD OUT COMES ARE PEOPLE ABOVE 50 WITH CHRONIC UNDERLYING ILLNESSES AND WE’VE ALSO SAID THEY’RE NOT THE ONLY ONES WHO ARE AT RISK. THAT CERTAINLY WE HAVE HAD YOUNG PEOPLE, NOT ONLY INFECTED BUT ALSO HAVE BEEN ILL. WE HAVE NOT SEEN A LARGE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED, BUT THE REALITY IS THAT, AND I JUST WANT TO SORT OF TAKE A PAUSE HERE, BECAUSE WE ARE IN A SOMBER MOMENT IN THIS OUTBREAK. RIGHT? WE’VE GONE FROM A PERIOD OF THREE WEEKS OF HAVING SINGLE DIGIT CASES TO THEN HAVING DOUBLE DIGIT DAILY CASES. SO THEN HAVING TRIPLE DIGIT DAILY CASES AND NOW ARE IN THE THOUSANDS EVERY DAY OF NEW INDIVIDUALS INFECTED WITH COVID-19. SO IT’S INEVITABLE THAT THERE WILL BE INDIVIDUALS INFECTED WITH COVID-19 THAT REPRESENT THE SPECTRUM OF NEW YORKERS FROM THE YOUNG TO THE VERY OLD, AND CERTAINLY THE REASON WHY I HAVE SUCH URGENCY WITH PEOPLE STAYING IN THEIR HOMES IS BECAUSE EVERY TIME NEW YORKERS GO OUT UNNECESSARILY, THEY ARE ADDING POTENTIAL FLAME TO THE FIRE OF SPREADING COVID-19, AND MY CONCERN IS THAT RIGHT NOW WE ARE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS, THANKFULLY, THANKFULLY, THANKFULLY, SINGLE DIGITS OF PEOPLE DIEING, REPORTING DIEING EVERY DAY, BUT I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF WE GET TO A DAY WHERE WE HAVE DOUBLE DIGITS, NEW PEOPLE DIEING EVERY DAY, AND SO IT’S INCUMBENT ON ALL OF US, YOUNG AND OLD, AND ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG WHO MAY THINK THAT THEY ARE INVINCIBLE, TO STAY THE HECK INDOORS. EVERY TIME THEY GO OUT UNNECESSARILY, IT PUTS OTHERS AT RISK. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION, BECAUSE I WANT NEW YORKERS TO BE CLEAR THAT NO ONE, AND I SAID THIS BEFORE, BUT IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY HAMMER HOME THE POINT. NO ONE LITERALLY IS IMMUNE TO THIS. THIS IS A NOVEL VIRUS THAT WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE, AND EVERYONE IS AT RISK FOR BEING INFECTED. THANKFULLY WHAT WE’VE SEEN BE IS THAT, YEAH. 80% OF THE PEOPLE WHO DO BECOME INFECTED DO HAVE MILD COURSES, BUT THE REALITY IS IN A THERE ARE AND THERE HAVE BEEN AND THERE WILL BE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE BAD OUTCOMES AS A RESULT OF THIS. SO IT’S INCUMBENT ON ALL OF US TO DO OUR PART, TO TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR BEHAVIOR, TO BE CIVICALLY RESPONSIBLE, TO STAY INDOORS ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS AND TO ONLY GO TO THE DOCTOR IF YOU ARE GETTING WORSE. >>OKAY. THANK YOU, AND ONE OTHER QUESTION. JUST WANTED TO GET SOME CLARITY THAT THERE APPEARS TO BE KIND OF NEW DIRECTIVES FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT THAT SAYS, “OUTPATIENT TESTING MUST NOT BE ENCOURAGED, PROMOTED OR ADVERTISED.” I’M WONDERING, BECAUSE THERE WAS KIND OF A DRIVE-THROUGH, I FORGET WHAT YOU CALL IT. A DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING SITE ON STATEN ISLAND. I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS SET UP BY THE CITY OR STATE. GIVE THAN DIRECTIVE, WITH THE ADMINISTRATION, WOULD THEY LIKE TO SEE THOSE DRIVE-THROUGH EFFORTS STOPPED?>>SO, AGAIN, WE HAVE BEEN CLEAR THAT TESTING IS BEST INDICATED FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SYMPTOMATIC, SHCHRONIC UNDERLYING ILLNESSES AND ARE NOT GETTING BETTER. TO THE EXTENT THAT HEALTH SYSTEMS ARE USING THESE TYPES OF TESTING SITES TO OFF-LOAD VOLUME FROM THEIR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS, THEN THAT, WE THINK, IS OKAY, BUT WE’VE BEEN CLEAR FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. WE DO NOT ENCOURAGE AND WE ACTIVELY DISCOURAGE ASIMPLEATIC PEOPLE FROM GETTING TESTED, BECAUSE IT’S SQUANDERING SCARCE RESOURCES NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF TESTS, BUT ALSO IN TERMS OF THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT THAT’S REQUIRED BY HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHEN DOING THESE TESTS, WHICH INCLUDE MASKS, GOWNS, GLOVES. ALL OF WHICH WE WILL DESPERATELY NEED AS THIS EPIDEMIC CONTINUES. WE ARE ONLY AT THE VERY BEGINNING, AND SO IT’S INCUMBENT TO DO THIS AND TESTING PEOPLE IS A WASTE OF TIME THAT AREN’T SICK >>ANY TESTING SET UP BY THE CITY OR STATE IS WORKING ON A PRIORITY BASIS AND A RESERVATION BASIS. THAT’S THE STANDARD WE’RE WORKING WITH. OUR TWO HEALTH COMMISSIONERS CITY AND STATE TALK CONSTANTLY. WHAT WE HAVE ALL AGREED TO IS ON THE TESTING CENTERS WE’VE ANNOUNCED AROUND HEALTH AND HOSPITALS FACILITIES, YOU CALL. YOU SPEAK TO A CLINICIAN. THEY DETERMINE IF YOU NEED TESTING. IF YOU’RE A PRIORITY PERSON YOU GET A RESERVATION. THIS IS THE WAY IT’S GOING TO GO FOR TESTING FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. UNTIL AND UNLESS WE HAVE A REALLY, REALLY SUBSTANTIAL SUPPLY OF TESTING AND WE CAN HAVE DIFFERENT STANDARDS. BUT THAT IS CLEAR, AND I DO THINK TO MAKE CLEAR TO FOLKS THAT, YOU KNOW, 80%, THIS CONTINUES TO BE SEEN, IN STATISTICS — 80% OF PEOPLE HAVE A MILD EXPERIENCE, FOR THOSE FOLKS, IF YOU STAY HOME, IF YOU’RE ABLE TO RIDE THIS OUT, YOU MAY NEVER NEED TO BE TESTED. AND WE HAPPEN TO BE CLEAR THAT THAT IS IN AN IMPERFECT SITUATION, THAT’S A VIRTUE IF FOLKS CAN AND WE ACTUALLY, BLUNTLY, A LOT OF PEOPLE, ALREADY YOU HAVE, SOME DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THEY WERE SICK WITH ANYTHING SPECIAL. I MEAN, WE KNOW THIS. SOME PEOPLE HAVE HAD THIS DISEASE AND HAD MINIMAL EFFECT FROM IT AND JUST RODE IT OUT. OTHERS ARE IN TREMENDOUS DANGER. WE HAVE TO KEEP FOCUSED ON WHERE THE NEED IS GREAT EFFORT AND THAT’S HOW THE TESTING PROGRAMS WILL GO. GO AHEAD. >>MATT IS UP NEXT. >>THANK YOU. MR. MAYOR, I KNOW YOU’RE IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH GOVERNOR AND WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER. BUT I’M LOOKING FOR YOU TO BE SPECK ABOUT THE EXTENT TO WHICH HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER HE SIGNED WEDNESDAY LIMITS WHAT YOU AS MAYOR CAN DO AND ALSO HOW IT LIMITS WHAT YOU CAN DO UNDER THE TWO ORDERS YOU’VE ALREADY SIGNED, AND THEN A QUESTION FOR THE POLICE COMMISSIONER ONCE YOU ANSWERED THAT. >>MATT, I THINK EVERYTHING WE HAVE DONE PREVIOUSLY CONTINUES. THE STATE, TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, AGREES WITH IT. THERE’S NOTHING CHANGING ON THE ACTIONS WE’VE TAKEN SO FAR. AND THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER IS FOR THE ENTIRE STATE. AND I THINK IT’S A VERY SIMPLE WAY TO CHARACTERIZE IT. IT SAYS LOCALITIES NEED TO DEFER TO THE STATE AND IF WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING SPECIFICALLY, WE GO TO THE STATE. WE TALK IT THROUGH. IF THERE’S AGREEMENT, EITHER THE STATE’S GOING TO DO IT OR WE’RE GOING TO DO IT BUT IT’S GOING TO BE DONE WITH COMMON UNDERSTANDING. THAT MAKES SENSE TO ME IN A TIME OF CRISIS. SO THAT’S HOW WE’LL OPERATE. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND FOR COMMISSIONER SHEA, ASSUMING YOUR OFFICERS ASK NICELY AND A PERSON IS NOT ON AN AUTHORIZED OUTDOOR EXCURSION AND IS TRANSIENT WHAT WILL THE RESPONSE BE FOR FAIL ING TO RESPONSE BE FOR FAIL OBEY. >>A NUMBER OF EFFORTS TO BE TAKEN. OBVIOUSLY, SUMMONS AND ARREST IS ONE OF THOSE OPTIONS BUT THAT’S THE LAST RESORT. I STATED WHEN I OPENED TODAY. WHAT WE’VE BEEN ENCOUNTERING FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS IS OVERWHELMINGLY COOPERATION. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SUMMONS’ ISSUED, LOOK AT THE INITIATE THINGSUT IN PLACE REGARDING BARS AND RESTAURANTS, SINGLE DIGITS, IN THE CITY OF 8. MILLION PEOPLE. AND NOT ONLY SINGLE DIGITS, I THINK CLOSER TO 2 IS, I BELIEVE, THE LAST NUMBER I SAW. SO CERTAINLY WITH ANYTHING WE PUT INTO PLACE IN NEW YORK CITY, THERE ARE MANY LAWS ON THE BOOKS, BUT WE START WITH A, WITH A CONVERSATION. AND WE PROGRESS FROM THERE, AND BY AND LARGE WHAT WE HAVE GOTTEN IS COOPERATION, AND WE ANTICIPATE MORE OF THE SAME.>>MARK MORALES FROM CNN. >>GO AHEAD, MARK.>>MR. MAYOR. HOW ARE YOU COMMISSIONER? JUST HAD A COUPLE OF — ACTUALLY TWO QUESTIONS FOR THE POLICE COMMISSIONER. THE FIRST WAS, IS THERE GOING TO BE ANY PLAN TO, SAY, GOING TO A PLACE LIKE PROSPECT PARK, FOR INSTANCE, THAT JUST SEEMS LIKE IT’S VERY CROWDED, AND EITHER TAKE PEOPLE OUT OF THE PARK OR REDUCE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE? THE OTHER QUESTION I HAVE, DOES THE DEPARTMENT HAVE TO HAVE ANYTHING LIKE A PANDEMIC PLAN IN PLACE, AND IF IT DOES, WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS AND HOW IS IS THAT BEING IMPLEMENTED. >>I’LL JUMP IN ON THE FIRST PART BECAUSE WE ARE OBVIOUSLY PUTTING TOGETHER OUR APPROACH. THIS ACTION BY THE STATE IS VERY NEW. AGAIN, I AGREE WITH IT FULLY. BUT THE NEW REALITY, WE’RE GOING TO ACCLIMATE TO IT. I KNOW PROSPECT PARK LIKE THE BACK OF MY HAND. I’VE SPENT DECADES AROUND IT. IF YOU THINK OF A VERY, VERY CROWDED PROSPECT PARK, THE GOAL IS NOT TO KICK PEOPLE OUT. THE GOAL IS TO GET PEOPLE TO CREATE DISTANCE AND SPACE FOR EACH OTHER. THERE’S ALREADY OFFICERS WHO PATROL IN PROSPECT PARK. THEY’LL GO AND SAY THAT PEOPLE GETTING TOO CLOSE TOGETHER, SPREAD OUT. AND YOU KNOW, FIND — THERE’S LOTS OF DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE PARK. SPREAD OUT. MAKE SURE YOU’RE SAFE. AND WE’LL BE DOING THAT ALL OVER THE CITY, AND WHEREVER WE CAN FIND OPPORTUNITIES TO OPEN UP ADDITIONAL SPACES, ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE WORKING ON IS SCHOOL YARDS, FOR EXAMPLE. WE WANT TO MAXIMIZE SPACES FOR PEOPLE. THE GOAL IS NOT TO KICK ANYONE OUT AS GETTING EXERCISE. THE GOAL, SPACE THEM OUT AND MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE DON’T LINGER TOO LONG, BECAUSE THEY’LL GO, OF COURSE, ONCE YOU’VE GOTTEN YOUR EXERCISE, YOU GET BACK HOME. YOU CAN TAKE THE REST, COMMISSIONER?>>AND IN TERMS OF THE SECOND PART OF THE QUESTION WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT PLANNING FOR A PANDEMIC. THAT’S WHAT WE DO. WE PLAN FOR LARGE-SCALE EVENTS. WHEN YOU LOOK AT TABLETOP EXERCISES, WHEN YOU LOOK AT ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE NYPD AND HOW WE PLAN WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, EMS, OFFICER EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND ALL PARTNERS, WHETHER FOR A TERRORIST STRIKE. WHETHER IT’S A NEW YORK CITY MARATHON OR ANY OTHER EVENT. CERTAINLY THIS — CORONAVIRUS THAT WE’RE SEEING NOW IS, IN A NEW PAGE, BUT MANY OF THE THINGS WE ARE SEEING NOW ARE THINGS THAT WE HAVE, QUITE FRANKLY, PLANNED FOR. IN TERMS OF IMMEDIACY. IN TERMS OF GOING INTO HOT ZONES AND WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS. PLANS OF PLANNING FOR LONGER-TERM OUTAGES OF WATER, FOOD, ELECTRICITY. SO WE’RE PULLING THIS ALL TOGETHER. THIS IS A VERY, VERY FLUID SITUATION THAT WE’RE INVOLVED WITH, BUT AS I SAID, WHETHER IT’S PATROL STRENGTH, SWITCHING TO 12-HOUR TOURS, DEALING WITH LESS RESOURCES. THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE PLAN FOR THE WORST ON A DAILY BASIS. AND I THINK MANY, MUCH OF THAT PLANNING IS — PROVIDING VERY USEFUL TODAY.>>AMEN. >>THANKS, MARK. UP NEXT JULIA. JULIA?>>HI. CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YES. >>HI. KIND OF RELATED TO YOUR QUESTION, THE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, MAYBE THIS IS A QUESTION FOR DR. BARBEAU. PUT OUT DEMOGRAPHICS THAT SOUND MOST OF THE CITY THE POP CASES ARE MEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 TO 49. CAN YOU DISCUSS WHY THAT IS?>>SO I THINK IT’S TOO EARLY IN THE OUTBREAK TO MAKE ANY INFORMED OPINIONS ABOUT WHAT THAT MIGHT BE, BUT IT DOES DRAW ATTENTION TO THE FACT AS WE HAVE SAID IN THE PAST THAT WE ARE ENCOURAGING THOSE IN THAT AGE GROUP WHO ARE NOT SYMPTOMATIC, NOT TO BE TESTED, AND THAT WE ARE ENCOURAGES FOLKS MILDLY SYMPTOMATIC TO REMAIN HOME. I KNOW THAT RECENTLY THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS WHERE WORLDWIDE IT SEEMS LIKE MEN HAVE WORSE OUTCOMES THAN WOMEN. AGAIN, I THINK IT’S PREMATURE TO MAKE ANY SORT OF INFERENCES ON WHAT THAT MIGHT MEAN, BECAUSE, ESPECIALLY HERE IN NEW YORK CITY. WE’RE ONLY AT THE VERY, VERY, VERY BEGINNING OF THIS OUTBREAK, AND WHILE, FOR EXAMPLE, PLACES LIKE ITALY YOU MAY SEE THAT DISPARITY. IN PLACES LIKE KOREA, IT’S A 50/50 SPLIT. I THINK IT’S TOO EARLY TO TELL. >>THANKS, JULIA. AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION OR FOLLOW-UP?>>I DON’T. >>THANK YOU. UP NEXT, JOE. >>WHO’S THAT?>>JOE. >>JOE. >>JOE, YOU’RE UP. >>JOE?>>OKAY WE CAN’T HEAR JOE. JOE, COME BACK TO YOU. JENNIFER FROM THE A.P. IS UP NEXT. >>HI. CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YEP. >>YES. >>THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. THIS IS ACTUALLY A QUESTION FOR THE SCHOOL CHANCELLOR. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD ENLIGHTEN US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF WHAT THE PREPARATION FOR REMOTE LEARNING HAS ENTAILED BOTH TECHNOLOICALLY AND TEACHER TRAINING AND COMMUNICATION WITH THE FAMILIES?>>THANK YOU. IT’S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT AS I MENTIONED IN MY COMMENTS, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS IN THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THAT ARE VERY, VERY FAR ALONG THIS PATH. HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR A WHILE. HAVE VERY SOPHISTICATED SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES AND REALLY DONE A GREAT JOB. WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO CAPTURE THOSE BEST PRACTICES AS PART OF OUR RAMP-UP AS WELL, AND THEN WE HAVE SOME SCHOOLS THAT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY WILL EVER TRY REMOTE LEARNING. SO WE DO HAVE A DIFFERENTIATED GROUP OF COLLEAGUES OUT THERE. SO IN ORDER TO DO THAT WHAT WE’VE DONE IS CREATED TUTORIALS FOR ALL OUR TEACHERS. WE’VE VETTED AND CURATED LOTS OF DIFFERENT VIRTUAL NOT ONLY LEARNING SITES, ALSO ACTIVITY SITES. WE’RE WORKING WITH A NUMBER OF PARTNERS, THIRD-PARTY PARTNERS, THAT HAVE GREAT RESOURCES. EVERYTHING FROM BEING ABLE TO TAKE VIRTUAL TRIPS TO DO VIRTUAL TREASURE HUNTS AND STUDENTS GET TO WRITE ABOUT IT. GRADE SPECIFIC, GRADE STANDARDS ALIGNED. WE HAVE GIVEN GUIDANCE AND WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE GUIDANCE TO TEACHERS AROUND BEING ABLE TO, FOR EXAMPLE, STRUCTURE A LEARNING DAY SO THAT STUDENTS HAVE MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE DIFFERENT CONTENT AREAS. A STUDENT IN MIDDLE SCHOOL OR IN HIGH SCHOOL, FOR EXAMPLE, MAY HAVE A MATH ASSIGNMENT, AND IF THEY ARE HAVING DITTY WITH WITH — DIFFICULT WITH THAT ASSIGNMENT, A HOT LINK TO CLICK AND GO TO THE ACADEMY AND GET A TUTORIAL HOW TO SOLVE THOSE ISSUES. THAT’S THE KIND OF SUPPORT WE’RE TRYING TO PROVIDE FOR OUR TEACHERS, AND I HAVE TO SAY THAT A NUMBER OF THE THINGS WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO CURATE ARE COMING RIGHT FROM OUR TEACHERS AS WELL. THIS HAS BEEN A GOOD DISCOVERY PROCESS FOR US. FOR PARENTS AND FOR STUDENTS, IT IS ALSO A SHIFT IN THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR THEM. SO WE’RE PUTTING GUIDANCE OUT TO PARENTS IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY CAN DO AND PARENTS CAN BE AS INVOLVED OR NOT, IN TERMS OF GUIDING WHAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE DOING IN THIS ENVIRONMENT. WE’RE GOING TO ASK THAT PARENTS DO SUPPORT US AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT WE WANT STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REMOTE LEARNING ACTIVITIES. IT’S ONLY GOING TO BENEFIT THEM. BUT WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT PARENTS ARE UNDER A LOT OF STRESS RIGHT NOW, AND WE KNOW THAT THERE’S MULTIPLE THINGS HAPPENING IN FAMILY DYNAMICS. SO WE UNDERSTAND THAT AS WELL, BUT WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PARENTS AND STUDENTS AND TEACHERS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE ROBUST LEARNING THAT HAPPENS IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. ONE LAST THING THAT I’LL SAY IS THAT WE ARE ALSO PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO OUR VULNERABLE STUDENTS. SO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER STUDENTS. OUR STUDENTS IN, THAT ARE HOMELESS. SO WE HAVE VERY SPECIFIC PLANS THAT TEACHERS IN THEIR SCHOOLS ARE WORKING ON WITH THOSE STUDENTS. FOR EXAMPLE, STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, THEY’RE BEING REACHED OUT TO. THEY’VE BEEN REACHED OUT TO THIS WHOLE WEEK, AND THEY’RE DEVELOPING CERTAIN WAYS OF WORKING WITH THOSE STUDENTS. SOME OF THEM YOU WOULD EXPECT TO BE EASIER THAN OTHERS. FOR EXAMPLE, STUDENTS THAT NEED SPEECH THERAPY. YOU CAN DO THAT IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT RATHER EASILY, BUT STUDENTS THAT NEED PHYSICAL THERAPY, IT REQUIRES A WHOLE OTHER DYNAMIC. SO IT’S NOT A COOKIE-CUTTER APPROACH AND WE’RE WORKING THROUGH THOSE ISSUES RIGHT NOW. WE ALSO ARE ADDRESSING THE DEVICE, DIGITAL DIVIDE BETWEEN OUR STUDENTS. WE HAVE ABOUT 25,000 WI-FI ENABLED COMPUTERS THAT WE’RE STARTING TO DISTRIBUTE ON MONDAY, AND WILL CONTINUE TO. WE HAVE OTHERS ALREADY PLANNED. SCHOOLS ARE USING THEIR OWN STOCK OF COMPUTERS THAT USUALLY STAY IN THE SCHOOL AND ASSIGNING THEM TO STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO TAKE HOME. A LOT OF MOVING PARTS, AND I KNOW I GAVE YOU A LOT OF INFORMATION, BUT VERY COMPLEX IMPLEMENTATION. I’M REALLY PROUD OF OUR TEAM. >>BACK TO JOE OH, SORRY, JENNIFER. CONTINUE. >>THANKS. THANKS FOR THAT, AND FOLLOWING ON THAT, I KNOW THAT THERE HAVE BEEN SOME STUDENTS WHO TRIED TO PICK UP A DEVICE THIS WEEK AND WERE UNABLE TO. THEY RAN OUT. WHAT GUIDANCE DO YOU GIVE THEM WHAT THEY SHOULD DO UNTIL NEXT WEEK COMES IF THEY DON’T HAVE THE EQUIPMENT ON MONDAY?>>YES. SO I’M GOING TO ENCOURAGE ALL FAMILIES TO STAY IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THEIR SCHOOL, BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WILL HAVE THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THEIR PARTICULAR DISTRIBUTION. AND REMEMBER, DEVICES ARE COMING IN ALL THE TIME. BUT WE ALSO HAVE MORE THAN TWO WEEKS’ WORTH OF PAPER AND PENCIL ASSIGNMENTS AND ACTIVITIES AND PACKETS THAT ARE AVAILABLE AS WELL. THOSE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE HUBS THAT I SPOKE OF WHERE PARENTS AND STUDENTS CAN COME AND PICK UP BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER. THEY CAN ALSO PICK UP ASSIGNMENTS. SO, AGAIN, IT’S VERY SIMPLE. WWW.SCHOOLS.NYC. GOV. THERE IS A LINK RIGHT ON THE HOME PAGE THERE TAKING YOU TO HOME LEARNING WITH LOTS OF INFORMATION. ALSO YOU CAN CALL 311 AND WE’D BE HAPPY TO HELP.>>UP NEXT IS JEFF MAIZE AND THEN BACK TO JOE. JEFF?>>YES. THIS IS FOR THE COMMISSIONER. THERE’S BEEN SOME CALLS FOR THE NYPD TO CUT DOWN ON THE LEVEL OF ENFORCEMENT AND SOME DISTRICT ATTORNEYS HAVE SAID THEY WILL NOT PROSECUTE SUCH ARRESTS. DOES THE NYPD PLAN TO CURB SOME OF ITS ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY OR HAVE YOU ALREADY BEGUN TO DO THAT?>>SO, IF YOU LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE IN NEW YORK CITY, WE HAVE DRAMATICALLY CUT OUR ENFORCEMENT, OVER, REALLY, THE LAST SIX YEARS. I’M VERY COMFORTABLE WE WE ARE NOW IN TERMS OF POLICING IN THIS CITY. IT CONTINUES TO EVOLVE. AS I SAID BEFORE, THE PRIMARY FOCUS THAT I WANT TO GET OUT TODAY IS, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT OF OUT THERE. THEY’RE OUT THERE TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. WHETHER YOU’RE A CRIME VICTIM OR WHETHER YOU’RE A PERSON DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT.>>BUT HAVE YOU CUT ENFORCEMENT?>>I’M SORRY?>>BUT HAVE YOU CUT ENFORCEMENT?>>NOT BECAUSE I — I JUST CLARIFIED THAT. NOT SOMETHING DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF WHAT’S HAPPENED IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS. >>WE HAVE NO INTENTION OF STRATEGICALLY CUTTING ENFORCEMENT SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO THIS CORONAVIRUS. BUT AS I SAID BEFORE, WE HAVE THROUGH PRECISION POLICING EXHIBITED WHAT I LIKE TO THINK IS THE BEST POLICING MODEL IN THIS COUNTRY FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS, AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT. >>JEFF, I WANT TO ADD TO THAT. IP THINK THERE’S — WE GOT TWO HISTORICAL TRENDS KIND OF COMING TOGETHER HERE AND WE’VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND THAT. SIX YEARS OF NONSTOP ADJUSTMENT, AND I ALWAYS REMIND PEOPLE THE DAY BILL BRATTON SAID TO ME, IT WAS A VERY REVELATORY DAY FOR ME, LEARNING FROM, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE GREAT POLICE LEADERS OF OUR TIME. HE SAID, YOU KNOW, ARREST IS JUST ONE TOOL. AND OBVIOUSLY, SOME YEARS AGO, BEFORE THIS ADMINISTRATION, ARREST WAS OVER-USED AND STOPS WERE OVER-USED, AND WHAT BILL BRATTON SAID IS WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT ARRESTS HAVE A PLACE. SUMMONS’ HAVE A PLACE. WARNINGS HAVE A PLACE. THEY’RE ALL DIFFERENT TOOLS THAT POLICE CAN USE, BUT, REALLY, WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS TREAT POLICE OFFICERS AS THE PROFESSIONALS THEY ARE, TRAIN THEM CONSTANTLY, SUPPORT THEM CONSTANTLY, GIVE THEM DISCRETION, AND HONESTLY, IN THE PAST AND THE COMMISSIONER KNOWS MUCH MORE THAN ME. WENT ON THE JOB IN 1991. >>THAT’S LIGHT. >>IN THE SOUTH BRONX IN A TOUGH, TOUGH TIME. BUT IN TRUTH FOR A LONG TIME OUR OFFICERS WERE NOT GIVEN THE RESPECT TO GET THE KIND OF TRAINING THEY DESERVED, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE THAT TRAINING AND THAT DISCRETION. WHEN YOU COMBINE THAT WITH A CONSTANT DEVOTION TO REDUCING UNNECESSARY ARRESTS, REDUCING STOPS PROFOUNDLY, TURNING TO SUMMONSES MORE AND WARNINGS MORE WHILE KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE, AND WE DO KNOW NOTWITHSTANDING THE LAST FEW MONTHS WITH ABERRANT REALITIES, OVERALL WE’RE AT THE SAFEST POINT IN NEW YORK CITY SINCE THE 1950s. THAT SIX-YEAR TREND WAS ALREADY HIGHLY ESTABLISHED, DEEPLY ESTABLISHED, BEFORE CORONAVIRUS BECAME A MAJOR REALITY IN OUR LIVES IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS. SO I WOULD ARGUE THE ADJUSTMENT ALREADY HAPPENED, AND THERE’S NOT A LOT OF ADDITIONAL ADJUSTMENT THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. THE, OUR POLICE OFFICERS ARE GOING TO OBVIOUSLY FOCUS NOW IN THIS NEW REALITY STARTING SUNDAY ON EDUCATING AND WARNING, AND HELPING PEOPLE DO THE RIGHT THING. BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. AND THE COMMISSIONER AND I HAVE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THE LAST FEW MONTHS AND WE SAW SOME THINGS WE DID NOT LIKE THAT WE HAVE TO ADDRESS AND WE HAVE TO KEEP AN EYE ON THAT. I’M HEARTENED TO HEAR THAT CRIME HAS GONE DOWN RECENTLY. OBVIOUSLY, INTERCONNECTED WITH THE LAST FEW WEEKS, BUT, JEFF, I’M TRYING TO PUT IT ALL IN PERSPECTIVE. WE WOULD ARGUE WE GOT TO A GOOD BALANCE POINT AND ARE NOT MOVING OFF THAT SIMPLY BECAUSE OF WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS. WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH IF SOMETHING CHANGES CROSS THAT BRIDGE WHEN WE GET TO IT BUT I THINK WE FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHERE WE ARE. >>BACK TO JOE. JOE?>>CAN YOU HEAR ME THIS TIME?>>YEAH. >>YES. >>OKAY. GREAT. HI, MR. MAYOR. I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU. THE FIRST, HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW DATA ANALYSIS SAYING HOSPITAL VISITS WILL OVERWHELM CAPACITY NEXT WEEK. I THINK THIS GENTLEMAN, PREDICTING 3,000 VISITS BY TUESDAY. 8,000 BY FRIDAY AND 15,000 EARLY NEXT WEEK.>>SORRY TO INTERRUPT, JOE. SORRY TO INTERRUPT. MAKE SURE WE’RE SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE. VISITS. DO YOU MEAN HOSPITALIZATIONS?>>FROM CORONAVIRUS, YES.>>OKAY. AND I’M CURIOUS IF YOU COULD GIVE AN UPDATE. I KNOW THERE ARE LOTS OF PLANS TO BRING ADDITIONAL CAPACITY ONLINE. WHERE ARE WE TODAY AND SORT OF CAN YOU GIVE SPECIFICS WHEN WE’LL SEE SOME OF THE RESERVES BROUGHT ONLINE?>>I’LL START AND THEN PASS TO DR. KATZ. JOE, I’M ONLY, A GLANCING SENSE OF THAT PARTICULAR PRODUCTION. THERE’S A LOT OF PROJECTIONS THAT ARE BEING LOOKED AT RIGHT NOW. BUT WHAT I’VE SAID OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS, I THINK, IS THE SUMMATION, THE SORT OF SIMPLE VERSION OF THE PROJECTIONS THAT WE’RE SEEING. WHICH IS FOR THE REMAINDER OF MARCH, WE BELIEVE OUR HOSPITAL SYSTEM AND IN ITS CURRENT STATE, CAN HANDLE WHAT IS OBVIOUSLY A VERY, VERY INTENSE SURGE OF CASES. WHEN I MEAN OUR SYSTEM, AND AGAIN, DR. KATZ AND DR. BARBEAU WILL REFINE WHAT I SAY AS EXPERTS, BUT THAT OUR PUBLIC SYSTEM AND OUR VOLUNTARY SYSTEM HAVING NOW SHED A HUGE AMOUNT OF ACTIVITY WITH THE END OF ELECTIVE SURGERY AND ENDING PEOPLE’S HOSPITAL STAYS APPROPRIATELY EARLIER WHERE THEY COULD, THEY HAVE A LOT OF CAPACITY OPENED UP, AND OBVIOUSLY HAVE BEEN PREPARING, AND WE BELIEVE OVER THIS NEXT WEEK OR TWO WE’RE PREPARED TO HANDLE THAT. I’VE BEEN VERY BLUNT ABOUT THE FACT THAT AFTER TWO WEEKS OR THREE WEEKS WE GET INTO A WHOLE NEW REALITY, AND THAT’S WHERE WE NOT ONLY NEED THAT EXPANSION OF SPACE BUT WE NEED THAT EXPANSION OF SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT TO START REACHING US. WE HAVE, AS YOU HEARD, YOU KNOW, ABOUT 1,200 ADDITIONAL BEDS WE’RE BRINGING ON RAN UDLY. SOME WILL BE AS EARLY AS THIS COMING WEEK. A HUGE AMOUNT OF SPACE OFFERED US IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY AND OTHERS. DEANN CLIS WALD, EMERGENCY MANAGER. HER TEAM’S COORDINATING THAT. WE’LL BRING THINGS ONLINE QUICK AS WE CAN BUT THE SAFE TO SAY NEXT WEEK WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF NEW CAPACITY AND THEN IT WILL JUST BE ROLLING OVER WEEKS AND WEEKS. AS WE GET SPECIFIC NUMBERS, GETTING INTO NEXT WEEK WE’LL BE ABLE TO PUT SPECIFIC DATES AND THE NUMBERS TO IT, BUT I DO FEEL THAT NEXT WEEK FOR SURE ARE OUR — OUR SYSTEM HAS THE CAPACITY IT NEEDS. DR. KATZ?>>WELL, THE HOSPITAL, 11. VERY MUCH DEALING WITH THE DYNAMIC YOU’RE SPEAKING OF AND THE MAYOR HAS SPOKEN TO. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OPEN UP CAPACITY IN THE WAYS THAT THE MAYOR HAS SPOKEN. WE’RE ALSO FOCUSED VERY MUCH ON COVID-SPECIFIC CARE FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE COVID ALLOWING US TO PROVIDE THAT CARE MUCH MORE EFFICIENTLY, BUT I WOULD CERTAINLY AGREE THAT OUR HOSPITALS ARE SEEING VOLUMES OF PATIENTS THAT THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. AND IT’S EXTREMELY CHALLENGING. PEOPLE ARE RIING TO MEET THAT CHALLENGE, BUT IT CERTAINLY IS A DIFFICULT SITUATION. >>DR. BARBEAU?>>MR. MAYOR, IF I CAN ADD TO WHAT YOU AND DR. KATZ HAVE SAID. PART OF THE REASON WHY IT IS SO CRITICAL FOR US AS NEW YORKERS TO TAKE SOCIAL DISTANCING REALLY, REALLY, REALLY SERIOUSLY IS BECAUSE THAT IS OUR BEST CHANCE AT BENDING THE CURVE AND NOT OVERWHELMING OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. EVERY TIME A NEW YORKER GOES OUT UNNECESSARILY, THEY RISK BEING F RISK BECOMING SICK TO THE POINT OF GOING TO THE HOSPITAL AND WE NEED NEW YORKERS TO STAY INDOORS, BECAUSE ALL OF THE MEASURES WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IN TERMS OF PREPARING HOSPITALS, SECURING BEDS, ALL OF THAT CAN BE — I’M NOT GOING TO SAY AVOIDED, BECAUSE WE’RE FAR ENOUGH ALONG IT’S GOING TO BE BAD. I’VE SAID THAT AND WE’RE PREPARING FOR BAD AND IT DOESN’T REALLY MAT WHICH MODELED YOU LOOK AT, THEY’RE ALL PRETTY DIRE. THE REALITY IS THAT WE AS NEW YORKERS HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN PROTECTING OUR HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE AND TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN STAY INDOORS, NOT GO OUT UNNECESSARILY, WILL BE THE BEST CHANCE THAT WE HAVE AT PROTECTING OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. >>AND IF I COULD JUST ASK A QUICK FOLLOW-UP QUESTION. MR. MAYOR, WE’VE HEARD YOU TACK ABOUT YOUR REQUEST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR AID AND SUPPLIES, AND — >>ARE YOU THERE? JOE?>>YEAH. I HAD A QUICK FOLLOW-UP QUESTION. >>YEAH. GO AHEAD. WE HEARD YOU AND THEN LOST YOU. CONTINUE. >>OKAY. WE’VE HEARD YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR REQUEST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR SUPPLIES AND AID THAT REALLY YOU HAVEN’T BEEN GETTING THE RESPONSE YOU WANT. THE PRESIDENT SAID TODAY IN HIS PRESS CONFERENCE HE’S NOT DEALING WITH YOU. HE’S DEALING WITH THE GOVERNOR. I WONDERED IF I COULD GET YOUR REACTION TO THAT AND IS IT SUFFICIENT THE PRESIDENT IS ONLY COMMUNICATING WITH THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK AND NOT THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY?>>LOOK, HIS ANSWER WAS BLUNTLY IRRESPONSIBLE. AND — FIRST OF ALL, I DON’T CARE IF IT’S THE PRESIDENT OR THE VICE PRESIDENT OR A CABINET SECRETARY. I DON’T CARE WHO IT IS. IF SOMEONE IN THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD TELL US THAT WE’RE GOING TO GET THE SUPPLIES WE NEED IN TIME AND WOULD PROVE HOW THAT’S GOING TO WORK I WOULD HAVE ONLY PRAISED AND APPRECIATION FOR THEM. THAT’S NEVER, EVER HAPPENED. WE HAVEN’T GOT AN SINGLE RESPONSE FROM ANYONE INDICATING THAT THEY HAVE A SERIOUS PLAN TO GET SUPPLIES TO NEW YORK CITY, THE LARGEST CITY IN THE NATION. THE FRONT LINE OF THIS CRISIS, THE PLACE THAT’S BEARING THE BRUNT. THEY JUST DON’T HAVE A PLAN. AND THEY’RE NOT TAKING IT SERIOUSLY. SO HIS RESPONSE, IT WAS KIND OF CHILDISH, REALLY. IT’S LIKE, I’M TAKING MY BALL AND GOING HOME. I WOULD THINK THAT A RESPONSIBLE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS. NONE OF THEM IN A MILLION YEARS WOULD HAVE THOUGHT YOU DON’T TALK TO THE MAYOR OF THE NATION’S LARGEST CITY WHEN IT’S THE EPICENTER OF A GLOBAL CRISIS IN HOW ITS AFFECTING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. INCONCEIVABLE. REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL DIFFERENCES. ANY PREVIOUS PRESIDENT. YOU CAN LIST THEM ALL, WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE PHONE TALKING ABOUT HOW TO ADDRESS THIS, WOULD HAVE TAKEN OUR REQUEST SERIOUSLY AND PERSONALLY. AND, OF COURSE, WE ALL ARE WORKING HERE IN NEW YORK CITY AND IN ANY LOCALITY THROUGH THE STATE, BUT THE STATE HASN’T GOTTEN WHAT IT’S ASKING FOR EITHER. SO YOU KNOW, THAT ANSWER WAS JUST LITERALLY AN EXAMPLE OF RUNNING AWAY FROM THE QUESTION, BECAUSE IF HE SAID, OH — WHAT WOULD HAVE BAN GREAT ANSWER. I DISAGREE WITH THE MAYOR, AND HERE’S ALL THE THINGS WE’RE DOING FOR NEW YORK STATE AND NEW YORK CITY AND THESE SUPPLIES ARE GOING TO GET 10 MILLION MASKS NEXT WE’RE AND GETTING 15,000 VENTILATORS THE WEEK AFTER AND HERE’S HOW THEY’RE BEING PROVIDED. HERE’S HOW I’M USING THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT AND HOW I’LL HAVE THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ENSURE THE SUPPLIES ARRIVE AND THESE MILITARY MEDICAL PERSONNEL WILL BE THERE IN A WEEK. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT ANSWER. HE HAS THAT ANSWER, HE DOESN’T NEED TO GIVE IT TO ME. GIVE IT TO ANYONE, I’LL BE HAPPY. BUT HE HAD NO ANSWER. THAT’S THE TRUTH.>>HENRY IS UP NEXT.>>CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YES. >>OKAY. I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE SITUATION, THE QUESTION THAT JOE ASKED ABOUT HOSPITAL CAPACITY. AND I’M JUST — I’M WONDERING WHETHER ANYONE KEEPS A CURRENT TALLY OF THE STATUS THAT NEW YORK HOSPITAL BEDS AVAILABILITY, PARTICULARLY ICU ROOMS. HOW MANY ARE AVAILABLE NOW? AND HOW MANY DO YOU NEED? HOW MANY PATIENTS ARE BEING HOSPITALIZED? AND WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THOSE PEOPLE NEEDED ICU?>>YEAH. HENRY, THE ANSWER BASICALLY IS YES. THE REASON I SAY “BASICALLY” IS, TALK ABOUT A MOVING TARGET. WE HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING QUITE LIKE THIS. BUT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT EVERYONE AT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IS DOING. WORKING CLOSELY WITH HEALTH AND HOSPITALS AND — THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. >>AND DO YOU HAVE NUMBERS ON THIS?>>HENRY, AGAIN, THE NUMBERS MOVE CONSTANTLY, AND THE PROJECTIONS ARE CONSTANTLY UPDATED TO DETERMINE EXACTLY THE EQUATION YOU PUT FORWARD. WHAT’S YOUR BASE OF BEDS TO BEGIN WITH? HOW MANY ARE AVAILABLE? ESPECIALLY AS A LOT HAVE BEEN EMPTIED OUT FOR ELECTIVE SURGERIES AND EARLY DISCHARGES? HOW MANY ARE BEING UTILIZED. HOW MANY ARE ICU VERSUS NON-ICU. DOING THIS ALL DAY LONG HELPING TO DETERMINE THE PROCESS OF WHAT WE NEED NEXT AND HOW QUICKLY TO GET IT ONLINE. THAT’S THE EXERCISE EVERY SINGLE DAY, HONESTLY. >>THIS IS THE QUESTION, REALLY, THAT, THAT WE HAVE IS, WHY NOT AT 10:00 A.M. EVERY MORNING WE GET A STATUS REPORT THAT GIVES US THE NUMBER OF HOSPITAL ROOMS AVAILABLE, THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS OVERNIGHT, THE NUMBER OF, HOW MUCH, WHAT THE PERCENTAGE IS OF ICU DEMAND, OF THOSE PATIENTS. SO THAT THE PUBLIC REALLY HAS A CLEAR SENSE OF WHAT THE CITY’S NEEDS ARE?>>I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION. I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION, HENRY. I KNOW IT’S A STRAIGHTFORWARD HONEST QUESTION BUT I WANT TO THINK ABOUT THAT. WE HAVE, AGAIN, AN EVER-CHANGING DAILY, HOURLY SITUATION. I WANT TO BE CAREFUL IF WE PUT THAT INFORMATION OUT IT’S DONE IN A WAY THAT ACTUALLY IS CLEAR AND CONSISTENT. SO THAT’S A CONVERSATION I WANT TO HAVE INTERNALLY BEFORE I MAKE A SPECIFIC COMMITMENT TO YOU. >>UP NEXT, GLORIA.>>AND EVERY SINGLE DAY, HONESTLY. >>CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YES. >>MR. MAYOR, I JUST WANTED TO ASK YOU, I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS, THIS NEW, WHAT THE GOVERNOR PUT IN EFFECT WILL GO INTO EFFECT ON SUNDAY. CAN YOU GIVE NEW YORKERS AN IDEA WHAT THEY CAN EXPECT COME SUNDAY NIGHT?>>WHICH COMMISSIONER? WHICH COMMISSIONER, GLORIA?>>WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE WHEN THEY GE OUT THERE? HOW IS THE NYPD GOING TO — >>THERE WE GO. >>– WE ARE STILL SEEING GROUPS OF PEOPLE GATHERING IN THE CITY’S PARKS. I KNOW YOU’RE ENTUCK R COURAGING PEOPLE TO GET OUTSIDE AND GET THE EXERCISE THEY NEED, BUT WE ARE SEEING VIDEO AND REPORTS OF DOZENS AND DOZENS OF PEOPLE GATHERING AND NOT WHAT LOOKS LIKE, NOT PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING. HOW IS THE NYPD GOING TO ENFORCE ALL THIS?>>GLORIA, I UNDERSTAND YOUR QUESTION IS HONEST. I WANT TO JUST SAY TO YOU, THIS IS SOMETHING WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THAT WE HAVEN’T DONE BEFORE. I UNDERSTAND THE URGENCY BUT I ALSO THINK PEOPLE, AND I AM ABSOLUTELY, I WANT TO STOP SOCIAL DISTANCING BUT I ALSO THINK WE HAVE TO BE HON EFFORT ABOUT FIGURES OUT EVERY SINGLE DAY. THE REALITY IS, WELL, I WANT TO BE CAREFUL. YOU SAID ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO GO OUT. I WANT PEOPLE TO GET EXERCISE BUT THEN GET BACK TO THEIR HOMES. SO IT’S NOT, I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR. I KNOW THE DOCTOR WILL ENERGETICALLY AGREE WITH ME. IT’S FAIR THAT EVERYONE NEEDS A LITTLE AIR AND EXERCISE. THEY NEED TO WALK THEIR DOG. IT’S GO DO THAT, BUT KEEP IT TO WHAT YOU NEED AND THEN GET BACK HOME. WHETHER THAT’S THE MOST FUN WAY TO LIVE LIFE OR NOT IS NOT THE QUESTION. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRISIS, THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC, FOR GOD’S SAKES. GETS SOME EXERCISE, GET BACK HOME. SO IT’S NOT — IT’S NOT LIKE HANG OUT ALL DAY. IT’S NOT GET IN BIG GROUPS. THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE STILL DOING IT, BECAUSE DOING IT THEIR ENTIRE LIVES IS NOT SHOCKING. IT’S ACTUALLY AMAZING, GLORIA, THAT IN JUST THE COURSE OF DAYS PEOPLE HAVE HAD TO STOP GOING TO WORK, STOP GOING TO RESTAURANTS AND BARS, STOP DOING, GOING TO HOUSES OF WORSHIP. STOP DOING MOVIE THEATERS. SO MANY THINGS THEY USED TO DO, LIKE LIT RAYE EVERY DAY, THEY’RE SHEDDING PARTS OF THEIR LIVES AND REALITY. THEY KNOW IT WILL COME BACK ONE DAY BUT IT’S A BIG ADJUSTMENT. SO IF PEOPLE ARE GATHERING TOGETHER, THE NYPD AND OTHER AGENCIES WILL BE SENT OUT TO SAY, HEY, YOU CAN’T DO THAT, BECAUSE IT’S A WHOLE NEW SITUATION HERE. SPLIT UP. SPREAD OUT. GO HOME. YOU NEED TO EXERCISE, EXERCISE, THAT’S IT. GET BACK HOME. GO AHEAD. >>THIS IS AN ADJUSTMENT PERIOD, CLEARLY. YOU’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THAT ADJUSTMENT PERIOD EVOLVE IN THE DAYS TO COME. I CAN TELL YOU THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE EXECUTIVE STAFF WE MET ON THIS TOPIC VIA TELECONFERENCE INCLUDED IN THAT OUR LEGAL BUREAU, AND WE’RE GOING TO BE PUTTING OUT THE MESSAGE TO THE COPS, BECAUSE THIS IS VERY FLUID. SO THAT WE HAVE UNIFORMED — I’LL YOU’D THE WORD ENFORCEMENT BUT IT’S NOT ENFORCEMENT. IT’S ENGAGEMENT THROUGHOUT THE CITY, AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE ENCOUNTERS, I’M SURE, IN A CITY OF 8.6 MILLION PEOPLE, IN MANY COUNTLESS NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITY, GROUPS, AS PEOPLE CONTINUE TO ADJUST. YOU’RE GOING TO EXPECT TO SEE CONTINUED HIGH VISIBILITY IN POLICING THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITY AND THEY’RE GOING TO ENCOUNTER GROUPS AT TIMES. THE GROUPS ARE APPEARING TO BE SMALLER AND SMALLER BUT THEY’RE GOING TO INFORM THEM OF THIS ORDER AND POLITELY ASK THEM TO DISPERSE. I, AGAIN, THIRD TIME. I’M GOING TO TELL YOU THAT PEOPLE ARE COOPERATING. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING ALL OVER. NEW YORKERS ADAPT LIKE NOBODY ELSE. EXERCISE. IT’S SOMETIME AS FINE LINE BETWEEN A GATHERING, BUT WHAT WE CAN’T HAVE IS LARGE GROUPS GATHERING NAP GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT WE’RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH THROUGH THIS SOCIAL DISTANCING. THAT’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE. WILL THERE BE BUMPS AND LEARNING CURVES GOING FORWARD? I’M SURE THERE WILL BUT I THINK NEW YORKERS TOGETHER WITH THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL ADOPT AS ALWAYS, OVERCOME AND GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.>>AND MR. MAYOR, IF I COULD FOLLOW-UP AND ASK YOU TO PROVIDE, DO YOU HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE SITUATION AT RIKERS? HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN REMOVED? ARE YOU STILL LOOKING TO LET MORE PEOPLE OUT? DO YOU HAVE AN UPDATE ON HOW MANY INMATES HAVE TESTED POSITIVE THERE, AND WHAT’S THE STATUS OF WHAT THE CITY’S DOING AT THE RIKERS, AT THE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES TO PROTECT PEOPLE THERE?>>SO NOTHING NEW TO REPORT ON NUMBER OF INMATES WHO MAY HAVE BEEN INFECTED. I GAVE A REPORT ON THAT YESTERDAY. I HAVE NOT HEARD OF ANY CHANGE IN THAT WE’RE ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF OUR CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AND OUR INMATES AND EVERYONE WHO WORKS IN OUR CORRECTIONS SYSTEM, AND THERE’S A VERY STRONG HEALTH SYSTEM IN PLACE THERE AND THERE’S ALSO A LOT MORE SPACE THAN WE USED TO HAVE, BECAUSE OUR INMATE POPULATION IS LITERALLY HALF OF WHAT IT WAS SIX YEARS AGO. SO WE HAVE AN INITIAL LIST OF PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING PROCESSED FOR RELYRICS BUT REQUIRED DAs AND/OR STATE APPROVAL. STILL WAITING ON THAT. ANOTHER LIST IS BEING DEVELOPED AS WE SPEAK. YOU’LL SEE A NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL NAMES COMING, OR A NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL PEOPLE WHO WILL BE RELEASED, BUT THERE’S MORE WORK TO BE DONE. WE’RE TRYING TO DO THIS QUICKLY, BUT IT HAS TO BE DONE VERY, VERY SMARTLY. SO IT’S ABSOLUTELY ON OUR MINDS. AS SOON AS WE HAVE FIRM NUMBERS ON HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE RELEASED AND HOW QUICKLY WE WILL UPDATE YOU.>>AND UP NEXT, GIRSH.>>GIRS HARRY? . >>CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YES. HEY, MR. MAYOR. HOW ARE YOU?>>GOOD, MAN. HOW YOU DOING?>>TWO VERY QUICK QUESTIONS AND ASK THEM IN ORDER. THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER TODAY DECLARED CAR REPAIR SHOPS ARE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES BUT BIKE REPAIR SHOPS ARE NOT. GIVEN THIS SURGE IN CYCLING AND HOW MANY WORK THE CITY BIKE RIDING DELIVERY WORKERS ARE DOING, DO YOU THINK BIKE REPAIR SHOPS ARE ESSENTIAL?>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION, GIRSH. I WANT TO TALK TO THE STATE ABOUT THAT, BECAUSE YOU MAKE A GOOD POINT. BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND HOW THEY’RE TREATING THAT AND WHY. SO I WILL PLEDGE TO YOU THAT WE WILL RAISE IT TO THE STATE THIS EVENING, AND HAVE AN ANSWER FOR YOU TOMORROW. >>OKAY. GOOD. SECOND QUESTIONALITIES MORE COMPLICATED. TODAY YOU ANNOUNCED TWO SPECIFIC LOCATIONS FOR TEMPORARY BIKE LANES BY END OF THE WEEK WITH POSSIBLY MORE. WILL THE ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS BE ANNOUNCED BEFORE THE END OF THE WEEK OR ONLY AFTER YOU AND DO T. REVIEW THE FIRST TWO AND PERHAPS THE OTHER PLANNING LIKE CLOSING SOME RESIDENTIAL STREETS ENTIRELY TO AUTOMOBILE SO PEOPLE CAN SOCIALIZE AS A DISTANCE?>>OKAY. THIS ONE I WANT TO SAY FIRST. SOMEONE HAS SOMETHING DINGING?>>IT IS GIRSH. >>OH. IT’S GIRSH. ALL RIGHT. THOUGHT IT WAS HERE IN THE ROOM. THERE YOU GO AGAIN, GIRSH! SO ON THE QUESTION OF NEW BIKE LANES, WE INTEND TO LOOK VERY QUICKLY AND AGGRESSIVELY AT WHAT WE CAN DO MORE. SO AS SOON — THERE’S NO INTERRELATIONSHIP OF HOW ONE FITS INTO ANOTHER. EVERY TIME I’M READY TO ANNOUNCE ANOTHER ONE I WILL SOON AS IT’S READY AND IMPLEMENT IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THAT’S STRAIGHTFORWARD. AGAIN, WE ARE IN A BRAND NEW REALITY, WE’RE ACCLIMATING BUT OBVIOUSLY SAID TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WORKING WITH NYPD WE WANT TO SEE AN EXPANSION QUICKLY. LET’S SEE HOW QUICKLY WE WERE DO A AND WE WERE CAN DO IT. THE OTHER PART OF YOUR QUESTION, SO DISTRACTED BY YOUR DINGING BELL I LOST TRACK OF THE OTHER PART OF YOUR QUESTION. WHAT IS IT?>>SO IT FEELS LIKE THE CASINO. ANYWAY — >>CAN YOU START AGAIN?>>YEAH. THE QUESTION WAS SIMPLY, ARE YOU CONSIDERED CLOSING SOME RESIDENTIAL STREETS AS SOME CITIES HAVE DONE SO THAT PEOPLE WERE SOCIALIZE AT A DISTANCE WITHOUT CARS GOING THROUGH?>>YEAH. WITHOUT — WITHOUT OVERSTATING IT, GIRSH, AND I JUST WANT TO — PUTTING BRAKES ON YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR INTERPRETATION DOES NOT GET TOO ENERGETIC HERE. DEFINITELY INTERESTED IN CREATING MORE SPACES FOR PEOPLE OUTDOORS SO WE CAN HAVE SOCIAL DISTANCING. I THINK WE HAVE SOME GOOD MODELS OF, LIKE, SUMMER STREETS, INTERESTING IDEA. SOMETHING WE’LL LOOK AT RIGHT AWAY. OBVIOUSLY SCHOOL YARDS. THAT’S A CHALLENGE IN A DIFFERENT WAY BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE THE SAME PERSONNEL AT THE SCHOOLS WE USUALLY DO. THE QUESTION, HOW TO CREATE THE RIGHT SPACE, RIGHT A LOT OF SPACE IN DIFFERENT PLACES SO PEOPLE HAVE ALTERNATIVES AND CAN KEEP SOME DISTANCE. THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY THE SAME AT CLOSING RESIDENTIAL STREETS BUT IT MEANS MAKING SURE THERE’S ENOUGH SPACE AND SOMETHING THAT WILL CONSTANTLY GROW OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>CRAIG FROM “THE POST” IS UP NEXT. CRAIG?>>CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YEP.>>ALL RIGHT, GREAT. COMMISSIONER, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THE COPS ARE FEELING THEY’RE NOT GETTING SPECIFIC INFO ABOUT SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IN THE DEPARTMENT AND FEEL SUPPLIES PROVIDED HAS BEEN INADEQUATE?>>I THINK AS WE’RE SITTING HERE, ANOTHER MESSAGE WENT OUT FROM MYSELF PERSONALLY TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. I THINK WITH ANY CRISIS IT’S FLUID. THERE’S ALWAYS THINGS WE CAN LEARN. I THINK WE’VE DONE A GOOD JOB TRYING TO PUT OUT INFORMATION THAT AT TIMES SEEMS TO BE CHANGING DAY-BY-DAY. IN TERMS OF WHAT WE’RE SEEING. SO — I THINK YOU CAN ALWAYS LEARN FROM AN EXPERIENCE, IN TERMS OF ONE CRISIS AND HOW YOU CAN LEARN AND BETTER PREPARE FOR THE NEXT ONE. I THINK WE’VE DONE OKAY IN THIS. TO BE HONEST WITH. IN TERMS OF INTERNALLY, INFORMING OUR MEMBERS WHAT’S GOING ON. MEETING WITH THE UNIONS, BUT ALSO BEING RECEPTIVE AND BEING HON EFFORT AND TRANSPARENT ABOUT WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER. IN TERMS OF EQUIPMENT, THAT, TOO. I THINK THAT SOME OF THE BIG COMPLAINTS THAT WE’RE GETTING HAS BEEN JUST THE BASICS. A CLEAN BEER CALLS IN SICK, THAT SPOT IS FILLED IN. WE’VE DONE A LOT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. QUICKLY I’LL RECOUNT IN TERMS OF READILY RAMPING UP AND HIRING 100 EXTRA CLEANERS. FIRST ARE DUE TO COME ONLINE NEXT WEEK AND THAT’S MOVED PRETTY SIGNIFICANTLY IN TERMS OF THE NORMAL COURSE OF ACTION. IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING CLEANERS WE HAVE. WE’VE GOTTEN SEVERAL SUPPLIES. I THANK THE DOCTOR FOR HELPING US GET EQUIPMENT, AND OEM AND MANY OTHERS IN THIS ROOM. SO WHETHER IT’S MASKS, SURGICAL MASKS OR N95 MASKS OR BASIC CLEANING SUPPLIES. GLOVES, ALL OF THESE. QUITE FRANKLY IN SHORT SUPPLY NOT JUST TO LAW ENFORCEMENT BUT HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. THIS IS AN ONGOING THING FOR EVERYONE THAT NEEDS IT. I THINK THAT WE’VE DONE WELL. WE’VE GOTTEN IT TO THE FRONT LINE PEOPLE, THE NYPD. THOSE THAT NEED IT THE MOST. AND IT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE, BUT IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE’RE CONTINUING TO DO AND WE STRIVE TO DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO MAKE OUR MEMBERS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.>>AND, CRAIG I WANT TO ADD TO THAT. I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY, WE’VE BEEN, I’VE BEEN REAL BLUNT ABOUT THE SUPPLY CHALLENGES WE’RE FACING IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AND PRAYING THAT OUR PLEAS WILL BE HEARD IN WASHINGTON AND ACTED ON, AND I KNOW OTHERS ARE STEPPING FORWARD TRYING TO HELP US OUT. BUT I’M VERY, VERY COGNIZANT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE MEN AND WOMEN IN NYPD ARE PROTECTED. COMMISSIONER SHEA AND COMMISSIONER BARBEAU AND I SPOKE YESTERDAY AND HAVE ANOTHER HALF MILLION SURGICAL MASKS GOING TO THE NYPD IMMEDIATELY. WE HAVE REAL, REAL CHALLENGES WITH OUR SUPPLIES BUT ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THE MEN AND WOMEN AT NYPD ARE PROTECTED FOR SURE. >>THANK YOU. JUST ONE OTHER QUESTION, COMMISSIONER SHEA. YOU HAD SAID THE GROWING NUMBER OF OFFICERS CALLING OUT SICK. IS THERE A, A PLAN IN PLACE THAT IT GOATS A CERTAIN LEVEL AND IF SO, WHAT’S THE BREAKING POINT FOR THAT?>>I WON’T GET INTO BREAKING POINTS HERE AND I DON’T LIKE TO AFTERWARDS EVER TO CRIMINALS, WHERE WE ARE, HAVE HIGHER THAN ORDINARY LEVELS, BUT THIS IS SOMETHING I WILL TELL YOU THAT EVERY MORNING I WAKE UP, I LOOK AT THE NUMBERS. I HAVE A CONFERENCE CALL THE SECOND I GET INTO WORK WITH ENTIRE MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE STAFF THAT ARE NOW SPREAD OUT THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITY, BUT CALLING ON A CENTRAL CALL AND GOING OVER AND THE FIRST THING I START WITH EVERY DAY. HOW ARE OUR MEMBERS? HOW MANY OF SICK? WHERE ARE THEY SICK? WHAT RANKS? WHERE ARE CLUSTERS, IF YOU WILL? ALSO WE PLAN FOR WHERE IS IT AT NOW, WHERE CAN WE PROJECT AND IT’S AN IMPERFECT SCIENCE LAYING OUT A ROAD MAP WHERE WILL IT BE A DAY, TWO DAYS, A WEEK FROM NOW. I DON’T LIKING WHAT EAVE SEEN IN THE LAST FOUR DAYS. WE’RE HOLDING STEADY. GENERALLY SPEAKING PREDICT WHERE WE’LL BE IN TERMS OF SICK RATES IN THE N NYPD. A BREAKING POINT, NO NUMBER. WE PLAN FOR CERTAIN LEVELS WHAT DO WE DO WHEN IT GETS TO A CERTAIN LEVEL. WE’RE IN A GOOD PLACE STILL. MANAGEABLE. IN TERMS OF BALANCING THE NEEDS OF NEW YORK CITY. IN DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS ANSWERS ALSO DEALING WITH, THE WORLD GOES ON. THAT’S A GOOD THING THE WORLD GOES ON. PEOPLE CALL POLICE FOR TRADITIONAL REASONS, TOO. WHETHER IT’S SOMEBODY INJURED, WHETHER IT’S SOMEBODY THAT HASN’T COME HOME AND I’M WORRIED OR WHETHER IT’S UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WILL STILL PREY ON VICTIMS IN TIMES LIKE THIS. BALANCING ALL OF THAT, WE HAVE NOT HAD TO GO, FOR EXAMPLE, TO 12-HOUR TOURS AND EXTEND AND THROW OUT OUR EXISTING DUTY CHART BUT ARE PREPARED FOR THE POINT WHEN WE HAVE TO. IF WE HAVE A NEED TO REALLY RAPIDLY RAMP UP AND PUT EXTRA OFFICERS ON THE STREET. SO AGAIN, PLANNING FOR IT? ABSOLUTELY. ARE WE THERE YET? NO.>>I WANT TO ALSO QUESTION SORT OF THE — ONE PART OF WHAT YOUR RAISING HERE, CRAIG, RESPECTFULLY. I MEAN, THIS IS A POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT WENT THROUGH 9/11 AND IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH, AFTER LOSING SO MANY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ARMS, YOU KNOW, GO THE BACK OUT THERE AND PROTECTED THIS CITY, THE SAME OBVIOUSLY FOR THE FDNY WENT THROUGH HELL AND MANAGED TO KEEP US SAFE. THIS IS A POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS HAS 2000 MORE OFFICERS ON PATROL THAN DID DID A FEW YEARS AGO. SO IT’S A STRONGER, A BIGGER DEPARTMENT. IT IS UNQUESTIONABLY THE MOST EFFICIENT IT’S BEEN IN ITS HISTORY. SO MEN AND WOMEN ARE BEING USED TO THE MAXIMUM IN THE BEST WAYS. YOU’VE GOT MORE POSITIONS THAT WERE CIVILIZED OVER THE LAST SIX YEARS. SO MORE OFFICERS MADE AVAILABLE THAT WAY. I DON’T THINK THE NYPD HAS A BREAKING POINT. I REALLY DON’T. I THINK THE NYPD, 36,000 OFFICERS STRONG, HAS AMAZING ABILITY TO ADAPT AND TO DEAL WITH ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. AND I WOULD ADD FURTHER, TWO POINTS. ONE, YOU KNOW, A TYPICAL NYPD OFFICER IS SOMEONE WHO IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS IN GENERAL IS ON THE YOUNGER SIDE OF LIFE AND OBVIOUSLY TYPICALLY IN VERY GOOD SHAPE. ALSO IT MEANS THAT FOR A LOT OF FOLKS WHO EVEN DO GET SICK IT WILL BE FOR A LIMITED PERIOD OF TIME. I WANT TO TAKE A TIME JUT ON THIS POINT TO FINISH THE ANSWER, I HAVE DR. BARBEAU AT MY LIFELINE. I THINK, DOCTOR, THERE’S STILL CONFUSION ABOUT FROM THE MOMENT YOU FEEL ILL TO THE POINT THAT JUST IN DAYS, A LITTLE AS, AS MUCH AS IF YOU’RE A HEALTHY YOUNGER PERSON, AN AVERAGE OFFICER IN THEIR 20s OR 30s, LET’S SAY HEALTHY GOD FORBID CONTRACT THIS DISEASE. WHAT’S THE TYPICAL TIME FRAME THEY WOULD BE OUT OF COMMISSION BEFORE THEY WOULD BE WELL FLUFF TO GET GET — ENOUGH TO GET BACK TO WORK. >>WE’VE MOVED TOWARDS SAYING FROM THE BEGINNING OF YOUR SYMPTOMS YOU’VE GOT, LIKE, ROUGHLY SEVEN DAYS, WE THINK YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE BACK AT WORK, OR IF YOU’VE GOT FEVER, THEN THREE DAYS AFTER YOUR FEVER IS GONE, WITHOUT HAVING TAKEN ANY TYLENOL, ADVIL OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. WHICHEVER ONE OF THOSE TWO IS LONGEST. SO TYPICALLY, A WEEK FOR MOST PEOPLE IS USUALLY THE LONGEST THAT THEY WOULD BE OUT OF WORK. >>AND COMMISSIONER, JUST FOR EVERYONE’S BENEFIT, YOU’RE FEELING FINE AGAIN. YOU’RE SAYING YOU DON’T TAKE THE TYLENOL OR ANYTHING BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY MASKS THE REALITY OF FEVER, AND YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO TEST, IS IT TRUE THAT THE FEVER’S GONE AWAY?>>EXACTLY. >>WHEN YOU FEEL WELL?>>RIGHT. THAT IT’S, WHEN WE SAY NO FEVER, IT’S A TRUE NO FEVER. THAT THERE’S NOTHING POTENTIALLY MASKING AN ONGOING INFECTION. >>SO SEVEN DAYS, OR THREE DAYS, NO MEDICATION WITHOUT FEVER, WHICHEVER’S LONGEST. >>EXACTLY. >>SO TO CRAIG’S QUESTION AGAIN. WHAT THAT MEANS CRAIG. CALL IT FOR DEFINITION PURPOSES SEVEN TO TEN DAYS. I THINK EVERY PUBLIC SERVANT WHO MIGHT BE AFFECTED BY THIS DISEASE AS WE KNOW BY THE NUMBERS, 80% ARE GOING TO COME OUT WITH THAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE, SEVEN TO TEN DAYS, NOT PLEASANT. I DON’T WISH IT ON ANYONE. I KNOW PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE CONCERNED FOR THEIR FAMILIES, BUT COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE AND GET RIGHT BACK IN THE GAME. NOW, THE BIG QUESTION I DON’T THINK WE HAVE 100% ANSWER IS, ARE YOU, THEREFORE, IMMUNE THEREAFTER? I THINK WE THINK THERE’S A POSSIBILITIES YOU’RE IMMUNE THEREAFTER BUT DON’T KNOW FOR SURE?>>EXACTLY RIGHT. WE DON’T KNOW FOR SURE. >>WHAT WE DO KNOW IS ONCE YOU’VE GONE THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE DISEASE YOU’VE GONE THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE DECEASE AND THEN GET BACK IN THE GAME AS WILL EVERYONE.>>CHRISTINA IS UP NEXT. CHRISTINA?>>THANKS FOR YOUR TIME. YOU IN THE PAST SAID THEY WOULD BE OPEN FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN. SPECIFICALLY HOMELESS STUDENTS AND MEDICALLY FRAGILE STUDENTS. SO CAN YOU JUST PROVIDE A LITTLE BIT MORE CLARITY ON WHO CAN ATTEND THOSE?>>THE FOCUS HAS BEEN ON SUPPORTING THE CHILDREN OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS. THAT HAS BEEN THE CONSTRUCT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY CHILDREN IN NEED AND WE WANT TO SERVE IN A VARIETY OF WAYS AND OBVIOUSLY WE’RE TRYING TO DO SPECIAL EFFORTS AND AS WE WERE DOING DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR AND DISTANCE LEARNING IS OBVIOUSLY BEING DEVELOPED RAPIDLY AND WE HAD A SPECIAL EFFORT FOR MEDICALLY FRAGILE KIDS BUT THE CENTRAL PURPOSE, THE REASON WE STARTED UP THESE ENRICHMENT CENTERS WAS TO SUPPORT THE EFFORT TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS. AND TO SUPPORT ESSENTIAL WORKERS CHILDREN. THEIR ADULT CAREGIVERS ARE FIRST RESPONDERS THAT ARE CRITICAL FOR KEEPING THE CITY RUNNING YOU COULD IN ONE SWOOP SHUTDOWN THE CITY AND OUR RESPONSE TO THIS VIRUS. SO AS THE MAYOR HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR AND HOPEFULLY WE HAVE BEEN CLEAR, THE WHOLE POINT OF THESE ENRICHMENT CENTERS IS TO PROVIDE A SPACE SO THAT FIRST RESPONDERS, ESSENTIAL WORKERS HAVE A PLACE THEIR CHILDREN CAN BE. WE HAVE PUT OUT THE CALL. WE HAVE ABOUT 57,000 WHICH BY THE WAY IS LARGER THAN MOST MID SIZED SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN AMERICA AND WE STOOD THESE UP IN A MATTER OF DAYS. AND WE’RE TRYING TO BUILD MORE CAPACITY AS WE GO. I AM GOING TO REITERATE THIS HERE. THIS IS FOR STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS ARE ON THE FRONT LINES RIGHT NOW. FIRST RESPONDERS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS, TRANSIT WORKERS, OTHER ESSENTIAL STAFF INCLUDING SANITATION WORKERS, HRA AND THEY’RE MANNING SERVICE CENTERS. THAT BEING SAID WE ARE WORKING WITH ALL DUE DILIGENCE TO TRY TO BUILD MORE CAPACITY. AND ADDING GROUPS OF STUDENTS AND WE’RE WORKING HARD TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT BUT TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE A FACILITY AND YOU NEED TO HAVE VOLUNTEERS THAT WILL VOLUNTEER TO STAFF THEM. YOU NEED TO HAVE SUPERVISORS. THERE’S A WHOLE RANGE OF THINGS THAT WILL HAVE TO HAPPEN. I UNDERSTAND THE WANTING TO KNOW WHY AND WHEN AND HOW MANY BUT THE INTENT HAS BEEN CLEAR FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. >>BRIDGET IS UP NEXT.>>HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>THANKS SO MUCH. >>WE HEARD IT WAS GOING TO START ON MONDAY. HAVE YOU HAD ANY CONVERSATIONS WITH INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS? WE HEARD SOME FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY’RE GOING TO GET INTERNET ACCESS AND TO BE ABLE TO GET ONLINE FOR SOME OF THAT. >>WE HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SEVERAL INTERNET PROVIDERS. THEY’RE OFFERING TO INSTALL INTERNET SERVICES. WE’RE VETTING THAT BUT THAT INFORMATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. AND WE ALSO WITH THE DEVICES THAT WE ARE PURCHASING, T-MOBILE IS INSTALLING CHIPS THAT ARE WIFI ENABLED SO EVERY ONE OF THOSE DEVICES WILL BE WIFI ENABLED. THE OTHER THING THAT YOU UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE IS THAT THEY ARE ACCESSIBLE THROUGH SMARTPHONES AND I HAVEN’T SEEN MANY STUDENTS THAT DON’T HAVE A SMARTPHONE SO THEY CAN GET ACCESS TO MANY RESOURCES THROUGH THEIR SMARTPHONE AS WELL.>>WHO SHOULD THEY BE IN CONTACT WITH?>>WE CAN CALL 311 AND THEY’LL PUT THEM IN TOUCH WITH OUR HOTLINE AND SOMEBODY WILL BE ABLE TO WALK THROUGH THEM A SERIES OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS.>>LAST QUESTION WAS ASHLEY FROM THE TIMES. >>ASHLEY. >>GOOD AFTERNOON, CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YES, ASHLEY. >>OKAY. SO I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS ACTUALLY. MAINLY FOR THE COMMISSIONER BUT ALSO FOR THE MAYOR.>>WHICH COMMISSIONER.>>THE POLICE COMMISSIONER. AND WE SAW 12 OFFICERS RESPOND. AND WITHOUT ANY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. AND THEY HAVE SPOKEN TO ROLL CALLS. AND THESE ARE THE OFFICERS WHO THE MAYOR IS PUTTING IN CHARGE OF ENFORCING SOCIAL DISTANCING IN HOPES OF PRESENTING AND CONTAINING THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS. BUT HOW CAN THEY BE EXPECTED TO DO THAT IF THEY DON’T SEEM TO KNOW WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE IN THEIR OWN JOB?>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. I’LL START AT THE SECOND ONE REGARDING THE ROLL CALL. I HAVE BEEN TO TOO MANY TO COUNT ROLL CALLS THIS WEEK. A NUMBER OF THEM AND THEY STARTED OUT AS YOU DESCRIBED AND AS THE WEEK WENT ON, THEY ENDED IN A VERY DIFFERENT PLACE. SO I THINK THAT’S A GOOD THING AS WE EDUCATE THE PEOPLE. ONE THING THAT WE HAVE TO DO IS PUT POLICE OFFICERS ON THE STREET TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. WE WORK WITHIN THE ENVIRONMENT THAT WE WORK IN. WE HAVE MADE CHANGES. WE HAVE ADAPTED. I COULD TELL YOU THAT I TURNED OUT A LOT OF TRAFFIC AGENTS TAKING TO THE STREET AND TOLD THEM WE HAVEN’T FORGET THEM TOO. THEY’RE PART OF THE NYPD FAMILY AND WE THANKED THEM FOR WHAT THEY’RE DOING. I TALKED TO ONE GROUP DIVIDED INTO ABOUT 8 GROUPS SO WE’RE AWARE OF THAT AND WHERE EVER POSSIBLE WE ARE MAKING THE CHANGES, IF YOU WILL, TO PRACTICE SPREADING OUT. TO THE FIRST PART OF YOUR QUESTION ABOUT SEEING OFFICERS ENGAGING PEOPLE WITH MASKS OR GLOVES NOT ON THAT COULD BE A GOOD THING, QUITE FRANKLY. WE’RE NOT UNDER ANY ORDERS OR DIRECTION TO WEAR GLOVES WHEN INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE OR WEAR MASKS. IT’S PRETTY MUCH THE OPPOSITE. AND THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WOULD TELL US THAT GENERALLY SPEAKING IT’S BETTER TO HAVE THE MASK ON THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SICK AS OPPOSED TO OFFICERS WALKING AROUND ON THE STREET. WE’RE TRYING TO EDUCATE OUR MEMBERS AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE MASKS IF THEY NEED THEM AND TO USE THEM APPROPRIATELY. EVEN WHEN THEY’RE WORKING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY. YOU’RE WITHIN A FOOT OF THE OFFICER. >>WE’RE GOING TO BRING ANOTHER COMMISSIONER IN BECAUSE EVERYONE IN PUBLIC SERVICE — EVERYONE IS TOLD TO DISTANCE. IT GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING WE HAVE EVER DONE IN OUR LIVES. WE’RE ALL LEARNING AS WE GO ALONG BUT THE POINT IS TRYING TO REMEMBER TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE AND TO BE MINDFUL TO COVER YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU COUGH AND SNEEZE, LET’S HAVE OUR HEALTH COMMISSIONER TELL US WHEN PUBLIC SERVANTS ARE SUPPOSED TO WEAR MASKS AND GLOVES AND WHEN THEY’RE NOT. >>I HAVE TO TAKE THE MOMENT TO SAY WE HAVE BEEN TOGETHER EVERY DAY FOR THE LAST, I DON’T KNOW, 8 WEEKS. BUT I WANT TO GIVE A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO COMMISSIONER SHEA. IT’S CLEAR THAT HE HAS BEEN PAYING ATTENTION AND HE’LL GET MY HONORARY MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH AFTER THIS PRESS CONFERENCE. >>I’M GOING TO PUT IT ON THE WALL. THE IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE IS WHAT THE COMMISSIONER SAID. THE GUIDANCE WE’RE GIVING TO THE FIRST RESPONDERS IS THE SAME GUIDANCE THAT WE’RE GIVING TO NEW YORKERS AND IT’S A LAYERED APPROACH AND FIRST AND FOREMOST, HYGIENE COVERING YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WHEN YOU COUGH AND YOU CAN SEE LAYERING ON TOP OF THAT ENSURING THAT IF YOU’RE NOT CLOSE TO A WATER SOURCE USING ALCOHOL BASED HAND SANITIZER, LAYING ON TOP OF THAT AND ENSURING THAT IF YOU’RE SICK YOU STAY HOME, LAYERING ON TOP OF THAT THAT IF YOU CAN TO MAINTAIN A DISTANCE OF AT LEAST SIX FEET, AT LEAST THREE FEET AND THAT THERE ARE VERY LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THERE IS AND INDICATION FOR USING A MASK. ALL ALONG THERE’S A PLACE AND A TIME FOR USING MASKS AND AS HE SAID THE TIME TO USE THE MASK IS WHEN SOMEONE IS SYMPTOMATIC. WHEN THEY’RE COUGHING AND THEIR SNEEZING AND THAT INDIVIDUAL DOESN’T CONTAMINATE OTHER FOLKS AND IT GIVES PEOPLE THAT ARE ASYMPTOMATIC A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO WASH THEIR HANDS OR COVER THEIR MOUTH AND THEIR NOSES WHEN THEY COUGH OR SNEEZE. AND SEEING NEW YORKERS ON THE CORNER. AND THEY’RE NOT REALLY FOLLOWING THOSE PRECAUTIONS. AND THE IMPORTANT IS HAVING A LAYERED APPROACH. AND KNOWING WHAT THE LAYERS ARE IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MAXIMUM SECURITY. >>THAT CONCLUDES THE PRESS CONFERENCE. >>THANK YOU, EVERYBODY. >>THANKS, EVERYONE.

100 thoughts on “New York City Mayor Updates On Coronavirus Response | NBC News (Live Stream Recording)

  1. It's time for America, Canada, Australia, Europe and the rest of the western world to stop dealing with the repressive and tyrannical totalitarian communist China which reportedly has been experimenting on biological weapons that eventually got exposed from their laboratory in Wuhan and got released to the public that resulted in the spread of this novel corona virus (COVID-19) worldwide, causing panic, hysteria, anxiety, social & economic chaos, and deaths around the world. Countries around the world should band together and CENSURE China at the United Nations for this atrocity and other violations of international laws, human rights and other norms of civilized behavior, without prejudice to claims for pecuniary and other damages that may be filed against China's CCP party.

  2. To buy some land in Washington County Indiana or in Lawrence County Indiana for the Federal Government Independent Army that I want to startup, and to build a Federal Government Independent Army base, and to start building a gun and ammunition manufacturing plant, to manufacture. 308, .365, .400, .485, .50, .65, .850, 1", 1.50", 2", and 3" caliber machine guns, and automated machine guns, semi-automatic and bolt action rifles, semi-automatic pistols, and to build three Army bank buildings, one Army mint building, to be built by the Federal Government Independent Army and for the Federal Government Independent Army.

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  4. You ever think that this guy has to be reminded that he is actually the Mayor…..he always seems like he was taken from something else he was doing to do what he is responsible to do, impossible to like the guy, Sorry

  5. Why was NYC and NY behind the curve in shutting things down compared to other cities and states? "We have never experienced anything quite like this." What about the Spanish flu and 9/11?

  6. Why New York and California Governors keep demanding that the Feds must taken care of their states. New York & California taxes the people who live there to death. Use all the monies you took from the tax payers to buy all the medical supplies to treat the Covid19.

  7. The guy doing the sign language looks like Penn Gillette. I keep expecting him to pull a bunch of flowers out of his arm sleeve. That would be so cool.

  8. This idea of going out for "exercise" is idiotic. We keep hearing about how critical it is to stay inside and they are telling people they can go out if they want to "exercise??" Just stupid. Tell them to get their exercise in their own apartments. Open a window and run in place. I went out in Midtown Manhattan a few hours ago just to pick up a prescription and the number of people outside was shocking. People are everywhere prancing and giggling without a care in the world. I saw groups of up to 5 people out there and numerous "joggers" running around like nothing was going on. I didn't see anyone observing social distancing. The minute I tried to move away from one group of people, another couple or group moved right up next to me or behind me. I use a walker, I'm wearing a mask on my face and not one person tried to keep any distance from me at all !! No one cared that I'm old and sick and could get really sick from this. He should be telling people to stay home unless they seriously need to take a quick trip to the pharmacy or supermarket.
    If NYC sees huge problems about 12 to 14 days from now surely this whole "we don't want to tell people not to go outside and exercise" will have been part of it.

  9. Why did you say? THOSE DAM COMUNIST ( THE ACTUAL GOVERNORS OF CHINA ) AND THEY MAFIA MAKE THIS MESS AND TO SUPPRESS THE REVOLTS OF THE PEOPLE ASKING FOR DEMOCRACY DAM …. WHY ARE YOU BLIND OR LYING!!!

  10. Please help the families that live in everett where the first case was treated.
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-families-affected-by-the-coronavirus?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

  11. if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

    2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV

  12. These are professional communicators. Why are they speaking like "they never done seen no tellyphone machine before?"

  13. Hey where is Robert de Niro now? He has so much to say about the president of the United States . Not that I am against that but has he nothing to say about New York City his loved birthplace and the Corona virus?

  14. If anybody should be worried about ko ro na virus is any goverment sign guy/gal. I mean they mine as well lick every door knob in Manhattan. As he tells people not to touch there face or how it can be spread.

  15. Diblasio, please have 1 million hospital beds ready in 3 days in nyc.. Why can’t anyone do this? Anyone can put in a request…

  16. Mayor Bill De Blasio this briefing was like the Orson Welles broadcast but for real. You want a job as President?

  17. When you say a NEW REALITY: Do you mean for YEARS TO COME, even after you lying political crooks said , " Don't worry, its on a few week!"

  18. Open borders, open schools, open shops, open markets, open everything and the virus spreads.Mayor de Blasio should take the most responsability for spread of the virus in NYC.

  19. You Americans gonna experiment karma as long you don’t release sanctions on Iran.
    Repeat and spread that message, divine inspiration.

  20. i tried resolving the situation by bringing my mother to her isolated room back home but this Nursing home Social workers & my brother rejected the idea & kept her there a crowded nursing home what you say mayor & governor ? you think these are over productive measures they are not practicing social distances ..

  21. How many genes, still distracted by the bad virus, as scheduled, while the solely responsible for these deaths, a 13.000 milion dollars deal , goes completely unnoticed. Wake up people! https://www.instagram.com/p/B999LGIhfAx/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B9_-Z5-BGr_/

  22. DiBlasio is pound for pound the dumbest and most naive person in the United States. How can people of New York go to church and then vote foer Satan?

  23. A YouTube algorithm is BLOCKING all comments that contain specific words like Corona Virus. Google is blocking all searches for 2018 and 2019 regular Flu deaths – Because you are not supposed to know that the regular Flu has killed more people than the current Corona Virus each week during Flu seasons.

  24. Please read and pass it on. Thanks http://www.paulstramer.net/2020/03/important-public-notice-we-are-being.html

  25. Wow, Wow, Wow! De Blasio praising Cuomo and his "leadership," I've seen it all now. Drink a shot every time you hear De Blasio says we need the Federal Government to ________________, you'll be passed out by the time is speech get going. Progressives are working the Frank Marshall Davis (Rahm Emanuel) playbook to the letter. Forget the people suffering from the crisis, use the crisis to expand government and create more dependence, aka constituents. Libs have consistently and unconsciously undermined the President and this administration at every turn to undermine his agenda. It's a cultural war folks and if you don't see it at this point you don't want to see it.

  26. It's sad how it takes a pandemic like this for us to realize how much we rely on hospitals, food workers, delivery drivers and manufacturing. They will truly be remembered as the heroes of this story that kept us afloat after month's of quarantine.

  27. He invoked wartime production act 3 days ago. What is he talking about. It doesn't turn on like a light switch DeBlasio. Besides, this is personal responsibility issue. You can have all the military you want, but until people stop being irresponsible with their health, and start caring about others around them, the numbers of sick will only increase in a population dense city like NYC.

  28. I like i hear this man daily down talk the known facts that he supposedly references that is available since day one from other countries and W.H.H.O. . Anyways Im from detroit, this man seems nice and honest but he talks to new Yorkers like you're five year olds. Just saying. Lol typical Libs they are way beyond you and your just cattle that don know whats best for you. This spread there could of been way way down if you just were honest and did all of this right away instead of waiting for the inevitable. But remember, new yorkers are strong so thats why we have help lines for mental health during having to stay in your home for few days. Lol i love all Americans but im talking about the politicians. Garbage.

  29. Sorry just amazing to me that they have to cuddle americans and so weak minded. My fellow americans that are independent and paybattention to the workd around them instead of waiting for the news to tell them to jump, good job and for others who are followers please let this situation teach why you need to be reliable on your self, and government is not the father, but should be a secondary resource in time of need. Like i said though, Blasio does seem like nice guy and like he does truly care for you guys. Godspeed.

  30. This the same guy who put every homeless person into a "NYC_Shelter", a ticking time-bomb for the virus !! He Doesn't talk about any of this !!

  31. In a resource-based economy, there will be a better management of resources we need in these crucial areas. Due to the nature of capitalism/profit, people experience these shortages of resources, which is felt more strongly in times of crisis.

  32. wash mouth by salt and ver warm water , cook ginger root in hot boil water and drink all day , to keep inside body and throat hot to fight with Coronavirus , no cold drink this time .

  33. Is he and governor of new York sued Trump administration because Trump wants to stop all foreigners from enter this country when the China virus started back in January.

  34. Just one opinion: This selfish authoritarian and his media liars can take a hike. They trained everyone over the years of Democrat lies and empty promises not to believe them. Why believe them now.

  35. Blasio is incompetent. He is spreading fear. How did he let his city get this bad. Hopefully Trump and the Feds can come in and fix it for him.

  36. if you eat too much food that raises your blood glucose, it turns out that lectins can't signal macrophages to get rid of the virus

  37. “The president of the United States is from New York City and he will not lift a finger to help his hometown,” he said. “I don’t get it.” said de Blasio

    which means, the mayor of New York City will not lift a finger to help his hometown, either……..so what's the purpose of a mayor while earning $3000 per hour?

  38. Deblasio why don't you run for President.I for got you tryed already. Random people who get tested because they were around someone who had virus 🐝.

  39. H1N1 this season has killed 33000 alone, that’s 100 times more than the Chinese flu! By the way 33 million have had it this season already! No military role out or stock collapse.

  40. people are idiots. 15000 deaths out of 7.5 billion people. If you had a 2 in a million chance of winning the lotto, would you be excited? You're 50X more likely to die in a car accident, are you gonna close the roads? If you had a city of a million people and 2 died of a disease are you gonna close schools and businesses and hoard toilet paper and crash the stock market? They're full of crap, they want you scared and locked in your home and out of work!!! Don't believe anything from the nice people who killed JFK and did 9/11!!!

  41. You know the mainstream media and establishment went too far when even the low information masses don't believe the propaganda anymore.

  42. Help me out here?!… New York has approx 50% of the cases and approx 25% of the deaths nationally…. The US is now at 99 deaths per million however if NY were not included in these national stats our death rate would be approx 50 per million citizens…. Just based on the NY state population your stats should not be this high…Are your citizens taking this seriously or is this just a holiday in NY State??

  43. Why he keeps criticizing and accusing Trump instead of presenting his super steps except telling us to stay home. I miss Giuliani. What a week major

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  45. Democrats are disgusting to be playing politics at this time. They have been drunk power and hate losing the Presidency. They will stop at nothing, even run a Biden with already suffering from 2 brain aneurysms.

  46. Good health to you, American people! We will always help you, no matter how outraged by the actions of your government. Regards to you. Russian.

  47. Why can’t they start buying masks from private suppliers? China is making masks and they are available

  48. Deben RECLUTAR A LAS PERSONAS que se han curado ( Han Creado ANTICUERPOS CONTRA COVIB 19 ) para tomar SANGRE y usarla para crear una prueba de VACCIN. Seguro podremos ayudar a los más afectados

  49. I tough I was positive but my body create a antivirus ( antibodies ) I would like test and can use my blood to make a vaccine or something to help many posible people’s. Never said anything about VOLUNTEERS where can go to helping

  50. Please everyone have to read How to protect you from viruses
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