NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Holds Press Conference On Coronavirus | NBC News (Live Stream Recording)

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Holds Press Conference On Coronavirus | NBC News (Live Stream Recording)


AND DINNER AT ADDITIONAL PICKUP SITES AROUND THE FIVE BURROUGHS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM. THIS WILL NOT AT THIS MOMENT BE EVERY SCHOOL. THIS WILL BE A MORE CONCENTRATED APPROACH. NOT EXACTLY WHAT WE DO DURING SUMMER, BUT CLOSER TO THAT THAN TO EVERY SCHOOL BUILDING. BUT THERE WILL BE ONGOING SOURCES OF FOOD FOR STUDENTS THAT, WHO NEED THEM IN A NEW FORM STARTING NEXT WEEK. I AM GOING TO GO THROUGH DIFFERENT ITEMS OF THE THEY DON’T NECESSARILY ALL CONNECT. THEY ARE ALL PERTINENT. THERE HAS BEEN QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR BUDGET PROCESS. THE UPDATE THAT WE INTEND TO CONTINUE THE CITY BUDGET PROCESS ON SCHEDULE. ACCORDING TO THE LAW. AND OUR OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET IS CONTINUING TO DO ITS WORK TO PREPARE THE BUDGET ON TIME. AND YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET IS WORKING REMOTELY ALREADY. AN UPDATE RELATED TO FOR-HIRE VEHICLES. FOR THIS ONE I WILL BE SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER RIGHT NOW FOR FOR-HIRE VEHICLES. WE WANT TO PROTECT DRIVERS AND WE WANT TO PROTECT RIDERS ALIKE. THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER WILL BAN RIDESHARES AND POOLING OF CUSTOMERS. THIS HAS BEEN DONE IN AGREEMENT WITH MAJOR FOR-HIRE VEHICLE COMPANIES SUCH AS UBER, LIFE-THREATENING, AND VIA. THE RULE WILL BE ONE INDIVIDUAL CUSTOMER PER VEHICLE TO, OF COURSE, CREATE SOCIAL DISTANCING AS BEST POSSIBLE WITHIN THE VEHICLE. THIS DOES NOT DISALLOW A COUPLE THAT IS TOGETHER ALREADY AND ACTUALLY A REAL COUPLE. I WANT TO BE CLEAR WITH PEOPLE. A MARRIED COUPLE, FOR EXAMPLE, OR PEOPLE WHO LIVE TOGETHER, OR A FAMILY THAT LIVES UNDER THE SAME ROOF. THOSE FOLKS, OBVIOUSLY, HAVE HAD DEEP EXPOSURE TO EACH OTHER. IT’S APPROPRIATE FOR THEM TO SHARE A VEHICLE. BUT NOT PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW EACH OTHER. SO WE’LL FORMALIZE THAT NOW IN THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER. RELATED TO THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FIELD, WE HAVE A HUGE NUMBER OF NONPROFIT WORKERS WHO PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN PROVIDING HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO NEW YORKERS. THERE ARE ALMOST= 40,000 NONPROFIT WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN UNDER CONTRACT WITH US. A VAST MAJORITY RIGHT NOW ARE IN A SITUATION — NOT A VAST MAJORITY, A VERY LARGE NUMBER ARE IN A SITUATION RIGHT NOW WHERE THEIR WORKPLACES MAY BE CLOSED, BUT THEIR WORK IS STILL CRUCIAL AND WE HAVE A VARIETY OF THINGS WE NEED THEM TO DO. SO, FOR APPROXIMATELY 40,000 NONPROFIT WORKERS ALREADY WORKING UNDER CONTRACT WITH NEW YORK CITY, WE WILL DESIGNATE THEM AS ESSENTIAL WORKERS. NEXT TOPIC IS ONE THERE HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF INTEREST. ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING. STARTING TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18th, AND CONTINUING THROUGH TUESDAY, MARCH 24th WE’LL SUSPEND ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING. THIS IS FOR ONE WEEK FOR SEVEN DAYS. THIS WILL GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO EVALUATE THE IMPACT AND SEE IF IT’S SOMETHING WE WANT TO DO ON A LONGER TERM BASIS. I WANT TO HELP ALL NEW YORKERS TO KNOW THESE ARE DISCUSSIONS WE HAVE ALL DAY LONG TRYING TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS. DOING IT FOR A WEEK TO SEE HOW IT GOES MAKES ALL THE SENSE IN THE WORLD. DOING IT THROUGHOUT A CRISIS THAT COULD EASILY REACH MONTHS UPON MONTHS IS A BIGGER QUESTION MARK BECAUSE WHAT OUR SANITATION DEPARTMENT DOES RELATED TO THIS IS KEEP OUR STREETS CLEAN, KEEP OUR NEIGHBORHOODS CLEAN. THERE IS A REAL CONNECTION BETWEEN CLEAN STREETS, CLEAN NEIGHBORHOODS, AND OVERALL HEALTH CARE. SO WE HAVE TO BE SMART ABOUT KEEPING THE CITY AS CLEAN AND SANITARY AS POSSIBLE, BUT LET’S DO THIS FIRST SUSPENSION, SEE HOW IT GOES. WE WILL UPDATE YOU AS IT GETS CLOSE TO NEXT TUESDAY ON WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO NEXT. AGAIN, ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED TOMORROW THROUGH ALL DAY TOMORROW AND ALL THE WAY THROUGH TUESDAY, MARCH 24th. THEN WE’LL GET YOU AN UPDATE. IN TERMS OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME VERY FAIR AND IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IS GOING TO BE DONE DIFFERENTLY. FIRST OF ALL, ANYONE WHO IS ARRESTED AND HAS FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS WILL NOT BE TAKEN TO A PRECINCT, NOT TO CENTRAL BOOKING. THERE WILL BE A SPECIFIC METHODOLOGY LIMITING CONTACT WITH FIRST RESPONDERS AND USING A VIDEO CONFERENCE SYSTEM TO IMMEDIATELY PROVIDE FOR THE WORKINGS OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ARE BEING TRAINED IN HOW TO APPROPRIATELY HANDLE THAT KIND OF CIRCUMSTANCE. THAT’S IF THEY HAVE THOSE SYMPTOMS. NOW, ANOTHER QUESTION HAS BEEN ABOUT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN JAIL AND WILL THERE BE SOME ALTERATIONS. WE ARE EVALUATING RIGHT NOW WORKING WITH THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE NYPD. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN OUR JAIL SYSTEM WHO MIGHT BE POTENTIALLY HIGH RISK IN TERMS OF VULNERABILITY TO THE VIRUS, AND ANOTHER CATEGORY OF PEOPLE, THOSE WHO ARE INCARCERATED BUT ARE AT LOW RISK OF RE-OFFENDING. WE ARE GOING TO EVALUATE THOSE NUMBERS, THE DETAILS AND DETERMINE IF CASE BY CASE ANY OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT OF OUR JAIL SYSTEM. WE DON’T HAVE A FINAL DECISION OR A FINAL NUMBERS, BUT THAT EVALUATION IS HAPPENING TODAY. QUESTION CAME UP ABOUT BUSINESS TAXES. HERE IS THE INSTRUCTION. EVERYONE, BUSINESS OWNERS, EVERYONE SHOULD FILE THEIR TAXES ON TIME AS NORMAL. WE UNDERSTAND SOME PEOPLE HAVE OBVIOUSLY A HARDSHIP SITUATION. IF YOU HAVE A HARDSHIP, YOU CAN APPLY FOR AN EXTENSION, AND IF YOU CAN PROVE THAT YOUR BUSINESS HAS BEEN DISRUPTED, WE WOULD WAIVE ANY PENALTIES THAT YOU MIGHT INCUR. BUT THE REQUEST IS THAT ALL BUSINESS OWNERS FILE TAXES AS NORMAL TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE. AND INDICATE SPECIFICALLY AND WITH PROOF IF THERE IS A HARDSHIP. WE ARE — IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS CRISIS CERTAINLY PUTS A CLEAR LIGHT ON THE FACT THAT THE CITY OF NEW YORK DOES NOT HAVE UNLIMITED RESOURCES. WE HAVE A LOT WE NEED TO COVER, AND WE DO NOT HAVE UNLIMITED RESOURCES. WE NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PLAY A MUCH BIGGER ROLE. WE DON’T SEE ENOUGH EVIDENCE OF THAT YET. SO, OUR CONCERN IS, OVERALL, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT REVENUE, THE IMPACT ALL OF THIS IS HAVING, OF COURSE, BUT WE ARE CONCERNED WE DO NOT SEE THAT MASSIVE FEDERAL STIMULUS YET AND WE SEE VOLATILITY IN THE STOCK MARKET. SO WE’RE VERY CONCERNED THAT WE KEEP OUR REVENUE PICTURE AS STRONG AS IT CAN BE IN LIGHT OF THOSE REALITIES. NOW, VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS WE ARE GOING TO BE MASSIVELY BUILDING OUT OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WE ARE GOING TO BE CREATING NEW HEALTH CARE CAPACITY IN OUR HOSPITALS, BUT WE ARE ALSO GOING TO BE CREATING HEALTH CARE CAPACITY WHERE THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A HOSPITAL BEFORE BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO NEED THIS MASSIVE MOBILIZATION TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS IN THE WEEKS AHEAD. AS OUR HEALTH CARE LEADERS HAVE SAID, THE PHYSICAL SPACE IN MANY WAYS IS THE EASY PART. GETTING THE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH OF FOR THE LONG HAUL, WE MUST HAVE FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR THAT. BUT MAYBE EVEN MORE CHALLENGING, THE PERSONNEL. THE GLUE OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS THE PEOPLE, THE EXPERTS, THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS OF ALL TYPES. SO, WE’RE LAUNCHING A CITY-WIDE CAMPAIGN, AND IT WILL LOOK AND FEEL LIKE A WARTIME MOBILIZATION MESSAGE. AND THE MESSAGE WILL BE SIMPLE. IF YOU ARE A HEALTH CARE WORKER, YOU HAVE ANY APPROPRIATE TRAINING, WE NEED YOU, AND WE NEED YOU RIGHT AWAY. IT’S GOING TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR. THIS IS SO FAR FROM BUSINESS AS USUAL, THERE IS NO WORDS FOR IT. ANYONE WHO BRINGS HEALTH CARE SKILLS THE EQUATION, YOUR CITY NEEDS YOU NOW. NOW, A COUPLE OF KEY CATEGORIES. THERE ARE ABOUT 9,000 LICENSED AND RETIRED HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO ARE REGISTERED IN WHAT IS CALLED THE MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS. THAT CORPS IS MANAGED BY OUR DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. WE ARE GOING TO WORK TO MOBILIZE THAT CORPS IMMEDIATELY. IT IS ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS, BUT WE ARE GOING TO ASK ALL THOSE WHO ARE PART OF OUR MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS WHO CAN COME FORWARD TO HELP, WE NEED YOU NOW. ALSO, LICENSED WORKERS WHO AREN’T IN THE MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS CAN BE ADDED TO IT. THAT MEANS A NUMBER OF FOLKS IN HEALTH CARE RIGHT NOW COULD BE PEOPLE IN PRIVATE PRACTICE, FOR EXAMPLE, WHO ARE NOT CONNECTED TO A LARGER INSTITUTION, WE ARE GOING TO NEED YOU AND WE’RE ASKING YOU TO SIGN UP FOR THE CORPS. THE WEBSITE WHERE YOU CAN SIGN UP IS LIVE TODAY. WWW.NYC.GOV/HELP NOW NYC. HELP NOW NYC. WE NEED EVERYONE WHO IS ABLE TO COME FORWARD. FEW MORE UPDATES OF THE. WE HAD ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES THIS MORNING BY THE NYPD, FDNY, DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS AND THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE OUT AT BARS AND RESTAURANTS TO ENSURE THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR IN-HOUSE DINING AND HAVE CONVERTED TO DELIVERY AND TAKEOUT. WE HAVE HAD A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF COMPLIANCE. THERE WERE INSTANCES WHERE WARNINGS HAD TO BE GIVEN AND REMINDERS HAD TO BE GIVEN THAT INITIAL — AND THIS IS INITIAL INFORMATION, SAID THAT IT WAS AROUND 10% OF THE CASES, BUT OVERALL HIGH COMPLIANCE AND WE BELIEVE THAT WILL ONLY DEEPEN, THAT ENFORCEMENT WILL CONTINUE SO LONG AS WE SEE ANY LACK OF ADHERENCE. A FEW FINAL POINTS. TODAY AT 6:00 P.M. THERE WILL BE AN ALERT SENT TO ALL NEW YORKERS WITH AN APPROPRIATE DEVICE. SOME OF YOU WILL REMEMBER THIS HAS BEEN THE SAME APPROACH THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE IN THE MIDDLE OF MAJOR WEATHER EVENTS, BLIZZARDS AND HURRICANES OR MAJOR POLICE ACTIVITY. YOU WILL GET A LOUD AUDIO ALERT AND A VIBRATION. THIS IS HAPPENING TODAY AT 6:00 P.M. WE’D LIKE EVERYONE IN THE MEDIA TO PLEASE LET ALL OF THOSE WHO FOLLOW WHAT YOU PUT OUT THERE KNOW THIS IS TO ALERT EVERYONE TO THE FACT THAT, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, THIS TYPE OF ALERT WILL BE COMING THAT WE WANT EVERYONE WHO CAN TO SIGN UP FOR THE PROACTIVE INFORMATION. THERE IS STILL A LOT OF MISINFORMATION OUT THERE. SO, ONE, WHAT WE’RE GOING TO SAY TODAY AT 6:00 P.M. IS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO TEXT COVID TO 692692 OR IF YOU ARE A SPANISH SPEAKER COVID TO 692692. THE MORE PEOPLE WHO DO THAT, THE BETTER OFF WE’LL BE IN TERMS OF ENSURING THAT PEOPLE ARE GETTING REAL ACCURATE INFORMATION QUICKLY. IT’S ALSO A HEADS UP. THE ALERT WILL SEND AT 6:00, WHICH WILL BE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH, A HEADS UP TO PEOPLE THAT GIVEN THE SEVERITY OF THIS CRISIS THEY CAN EXPECT THOSE MORE SERIOUS ALERTS FROM TIME TO TIME AND TO GET READY FOR THEM. BEFORE I TURN TO DR. COHEN AND DR. KATZ, JUST A FEW REMINDERS AGAIN. IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME. IF ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY IS SICK, THEY NEED TO STAY HOME. IF YOU ARE SICK, TAKE THOSE THREE OR FOUR DAYS. IF YOU DON’T GET BETTER, CALL A DOCTOR. DO NOT GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM UNLESS IT IS TRULY AN URGENT AND IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY. WE HAVE TO PROTECT THE ABILITY TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE IN GREATEST DANGER AND EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN THAT. AGAIN, THE CURRENT RULES IN EFFECT ALWAYS POTENTIALLY SUBJECT TO CHANGE. WE WANT AS MANY PEOPLE IN GENERAL TO STAY HOME AS POSSIBLE. WE WANT EVERYONE TO TELECOMMUTE TO TELECOMMUTE, AND WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S AN APPROPRIATE ACTIVITY OR NOT, GENERAL RULE IS STAY HOME. WHEN IN DOUBT, STAY HOME. THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS. DR. BAR BODDE LINIATED THEM YESTERDAY. OBVIOUSLY, IF YOU NEED TO GET GROCERIES, THAT MAKES SENSE. IF YOU NEED TO GET TO THE PHARMACY FOR MEDICINE, THAT MAKES SENSE. IF YOU NEED TO GET CLEAN CLOTHES, THAT MAKES SENSE. IF YOU NEED TO GET SOME EXERCISE OR TAKE YOUR DOG FOR A WALK, THAT MAKES SENSE. WHILE YOU ARE DOING ALL THESE THINGS, PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. KEEP THREE TO SIX FEET APART FROM EVERYONE AROUND YOU TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT FEASIBLE. AND WHEN YOU DON’T NEED TO BE OUTSIDE, GET BACK HOME. THOSE ARE SIMPLE RULES AND WE’LL KEEP UPDATING PEOPLE ON THEM AS WE GO ALONG. THERE IS A BIG SHARE OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN ALL OF THIS. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE EASY. THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG BATTLE, BUT NEW YORKERS ARE THE TOUGHEST AND THE MOST RESILIENT PEOPLE IN THIS NATION. IF ANY PLACE CAN HANDLE CORONAVIRUS, IT’S NEW YORK CITY. I ALWAYS SAY, BEHIND OUR TOUGH EXTERIORS BEAT HEARTS OF GOLD. NEW YORKERS ARE VERY COMPASSIONATE PEOPLE. LOOK OUT FOR THOSE IN YOUR LIFE. SENIORS. LOOK OUT PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE OVER 70. THEY NEED FOOD, IF THEY NEED PRESCRIPTIONS, IF THEY NEED HELP, LET’S BE THERE FOR THEM. LOOK OUT FOR FOLKS WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. IF WE HELP EACH OTHER, WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS. I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED. IF NEW YORKERS DID WHAT WE DID AFTER SANDY, AFTER 9/11, SO MANY OTHER TIMES, WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS. BUT WE ALL HAVE TO DO IT TOGETHER. A FEW WORDS IN SPANISH. [ SPEAKING IN SPANISH ]>>WITH THAT, I WANT TO THANK YOU. DR. COHEN AND EVERYONE AT BIO REFERENCE LABORATORIES, I LITERALLY WANT TO THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF 8.6 MILLION NEW YORKERS. YOU ARE THE CALVARY WHO HAS RODE TO THE RESCUE HERE. AND WE ARE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL. AND DR. COHEN, I WOULD LOVE YOU TO TALK TO EVERYONE ABOUT THE NEW CAPACITY YOU ARE BRINGING ONLINE AND THE WORK WE WILL ALL BE DOING TOGETHER. THANK.>>SO, THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR, FIRST OFF, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND THE PRIVILEGE, ACTUALLY, TO SERVE. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THE FOLKS AT BIO REFERENCE, I CAN TELL YOU WE HAVE BEEN WORKING 24/7 FOR LITERALLY THE LAST TEN DAYS TO GET UP TO CAPACITY FOR WHAT WE THINK IS GOING TO BE NEEDED AND BEYOND. SO, FIRST, YOU KNOW, WE TAKE THIS RESPONSIBILITY INCREDIBLY SERIOUSLY AND BELIEVE THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS HERE TO ASSIST GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO COMBAT THIS EPIDEMIC. SECOND, IN PARTICULAR, SUPPORTING THE HEALTH AND HOSPITAL CORPORATION AS THE LARGEST PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY AND, OF COURSE, SERVING NEW YORK CITY, SERVING THE MOST VULNERABLE AND AT RISK POPULATIONS OF THE CITY IS SOMETHING WE THINK IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO STEP UP TO AND BE PART OF. THIRD, FINALLY, AS A PHYSICIAN, I TAKE THIS PERSONALLY, AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY ONE OF THOSE FRONT LINE PHYSICIANS, NURSES, HEALTH CARE WORKERS THAT ARE ACTUALLY PUTTING THEIR LIVES AND THEIR RISK IN THE FRONT TO GET THESE PEOPLE HEALTHY HAVE EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEED AND IN OUR CASE THE TESTING ABILITY AND TO BRING THAT TESTING ABILITY TO THEM IN THE MOST TIMELY FASHION SO THAT THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF THEIR PATIENTS. WE WILL, AS WE STATED, WE HAVE COMMITTED TO TESTING 5,000 PATIENTS A DAY, AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, WE WILL RAMP UP FOR THEM AS NEEDED IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.>>DOCTOR, THANK YOU. AGAIN, WE REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE THE COLLABORATION AND THE PARTNERSHIP, AND WE’VE GOT A LONG BATTLE AHEAD, BUT IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES ON OUR SIDE. I WANT TO TURN TO DR. MITCH KATZ. CEO OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS, AND OBVIOUSLY HE WILL DESCRIBE WHAT THIS NEW TESTING WILL MEAN FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO WORK AT HEALTH AND HOSPITALS AND THEIR ABILITY TO SERVE PEOPLE IN THEIR GREATEST NEED. >>THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. THANKS TO YOU AND DR. COHEN FOR PROVIDING US THIS CAPACITY FOR TESTING. FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT, REMEMBER THAT NOT EVERYBODY WHO HAS RESPIRATORY DISTRESS HAS COVID-19. SOME PEOPLE MAY BE SUFFERING FROM HEART DISEASE WITH A WORSENING. SOME PEOPLE MAY HAVE BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA. THESE ARE ILLNESSES THAT TYPICALLY AFFECT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE EVERY DAY AT HOSPITALS THAT WE RUN. WHAT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT IS WHAT SERIOUSLY ILL PEOPLE HAVE COVID-19 AND AS QUICKLY AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. THIS CAPACITY WILL ASSURE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO TEST ALL SERIOUSLY ILL PATIENTS, AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT, IT WILL CUT IN HALF THE WAIT TIME TO A FINAL RESPONSE. SO, WE WILL KNOW FOR SURE THAT THE PATIENT IS COVID-19 POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE, AND THAT WILL GREATLY IMPROVE OUR CLINICAL CARE. LET ME JUST SAY, THOUGH, THAT WHILE THIS CAPACITY IS WONDERFUL, IT IS MEANT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK AND NEED SERVICES AT A HOSPITAL. THE CITY IS WORKING EXTREMELY HARD AND THE MAYOR HAS DONE GREAT EFFORTS ON BEING ABLE SHORTLY TO MASSIVELY EXPAND CAPACITY FOR TESTING. PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SYMPTOMATIC AT OTHER FACILITIES THAT WILL BE CREATED IN NON-HOSPITAL SPACES SO THAT PEOPLE CAN BE TESTED IN THE SAFEST PLACE POSSIBLE, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. BUT I’D LIKE TO ASK ALL MY FELLOW NEW YORKERS ON BEHALF OF THEIR PARENTS, ON BEHALF OF THEIR GRANDPARENTS, ON BEHALF OF PEOPLE THAT THEY KNOW WHO HAVE SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITIONS, THAT RIGHT NOW WE NEED PEOPLE WHO ARE ASYMPTOMATIC TO STAY HOME. WE NEED PEOPLE WITH MINIMAL SYMPTOMS IN THE FIRST THREE DAYS TO STAY HOME. WE ARE PREPARING TO TAKE CARE OF ANYONE WHO HAS SERIOUS SYMPTOMS, PEOPLE WHOSE SYMPTOMS HAVE NOT GONE AWAY AFTER THREE OR FOUR DAYS, AND THAT WILL HELPED IF PEOPLE WHO ARE CURRENTLY WITHOUT SYMPTOMS OR WITH MINIMAL SYMPTOMS WILL AWAIT THE GREATER EXPANSION OF TESTING FOR THEM. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, DOCTOR. SO, JUST WANT TO ASK OF OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE MEDIA, IF YOU HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TESTING ANNOUNCEMENT WITH BIO REFERENCE AND H AND H, IF WE GET THOSE QUESTIONS UP FRONT, DR. COHEN MAY HAVE TO LEAVE. I WANT TO GIVE HIM AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK HIM ANYTHING YOU NEED FROM HIM. >>Reporter: ARE THESE NOT AUTOMATED TESTING?>>SO, THE ORIGINAL CDC TESTS, AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, WAS MANUAL. IT WAS MANUAL FOR THE EXTRACTION OF THE VIRUS, THE RNA, AND IT WAS PUT ON A PLATFORM. THE PLATFORMS WE’RE NOW RUNNING, WE HAVE FOUR PLATFORMS THAT WE HAVE BROUGHT UP. EACH ONE OF THOSE PLATFORMS HAVE ESSENTIALLY A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT WHAT WE CALL RECIPE. BUT THE END RESULT IS THEY ALL DIAGNOSIS TO A VERY HIGH SENSITIVITY AND SPECIFICITY THE CORONAVIRUS. THESE ARE AUTOMATED. THAT MEANS WHEN YOU GET THE SAMPLE, YOU COULD PUT THE SAMPLE RIGHT ON TO THE ANALYZER AND THEN IT TAKES IT THROUGH THE ENTIRE ANALYSIS.>>Reporter: WHAT ADDITIONAL TESTING 5,000 PER DAY AT CITY HOSPITALS IS SUPPOSED TO YIELD FOR US? ONCE WE HAVE THAT KIND OF INCREASE IN DATA, WHY IS THAT A GOOD THING?>>IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE INCREASE IN DATA. IT’S ABOUT THE ABILITY FOR ALL OF OUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AT HEALTH AND HOSPITALS TO ACTUALLY DO THEIR JOB MORE EFFECTIVELY, TO UNDERSTAND WHO NEEDS WHAT HELP AND PRIORITIZE IT. DR. KATZ IS GOING TO EXPLAIN IT. I’M SURE MORE ELOQUENTLY THAN I. IT’S A SEA CHANGE TO GO FROM MINIMAL CAPACITY TO HAVE A RELIABLE CAPACITY DAILY WHICH WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE ENTIRE HEALTH AND HOSPITALS SYSTEM, THE LARGEST PUBLIC HEALTH CARE NETWORK IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WENT FROM, YOU KNOW, A TENUOUS SITUATION TO NOW HAVING ITS BASIC NEEDS GUARANTEED FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. THAT’S A HUGE DEAL. BUT DOCTOR, MAYBE YOU CAN MAKE IT A LITTLE MORE DAY-TO-DAY, EXPLAIN THE REALITY. >>THREE THINGS WILL CUT THE TIME IT TAKES TO GET A RESULT IN HALF. THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO CORRECTLY MANAGE PATIENTS WITH SERIOUS DISEASE. IT WILL ENSURE SUFFICIENT CAPACITY. SO, RIGHT NOW I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET TEST RESULTS MORE IN THE THREE DAYS, FOUR DAYS. NOW I’LL GET IT MUCH SHORTER. ALSO, THERE WAS NO GUARANTEE AS THE NUMBERS GREW THAT THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO BE CONTINUED UNDER OUR CURRENT LAB ARRANGEMENTS. AND THIRD, WHILE THIS ARRANGEMENT IS JUST FOR HEALTH AND HOSPITALS, IT REALLY HELPS EVERYONE BECAUSE IT MEANS IF I’M SENDING MY SPECIMENS TO DR. COHEN’S LABS, IT OPENS UP CAPACITY AT THE OTHER COMMERCIAL LABS TO BE ABLE TO PRO RAPID RESPONSES FOR THEIR HOSPITALS. THE MORE LABS THAT COME ONLINE, THE MORE HELP IT IS TO EVERYBODY NO MATTER WHO HAS WHAT ARRANGEMENTS. >>Reporter: A FOLLOW-UP. MAYOR, YOU ARE LIKELY TO BE ACCURATE ABOUT THE 1,000 CASES AS SOON AS TOMORROW, ARE WE STILL IN AN EXPONENTIAL SITUATION WHEREBY NEXT WEEK YOU ARE LOOKING AT 10,000 CASES OR EVEN MORE?>>LOOK, WE’RE CERTAINLY GOING TO HAVE THOUSANDS OF CASES NEXT WEEK. I DON’T WANT TO GIVE YOU AN EXACT NUMBER YET. BUT IT’S CERTAINLY CONCEIVABLE TO BE IN THE NUMBER OF THOUSANDS. SO, WE’LL GET YOU A BETTER GUESS. IT’S NOT THAT LONG UNTIL WE HIT 10,000 CASES THAT. IS A TRUE STATEMENT WHETHER IT’S NEXT WEEK OR SOME LATER PERIOD. IT’S NOT THAT FAR OFF. BUT THAT’S WHY WE ARE RACING AGAINST TIME TO SET UP THE EXPANDED MEDICAL CAPACITY IN THIS CITY. AND TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE TESTING CAPACITY WE NEED. I AM GOING TO ASK BEFORE GOING TO THE DEPUTY MAYOR, PASSING IT BACK TO DR. KATZ ON A PRACTICAL POINT. I WOULDN’T TO MAKE AN OBVIOUS STATEMENT. NEW YORKERS ARE SELF-RELIANT. NEW YORKERS ARE RESOURCEFUL. THIS IS WHAT WE DO. WE HAVE NOT BEEN SITTING AROUND CRYING ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEVER REALLY SHOWED UP. ONCE WE UNDERSTOOD THERE WAS NOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH DR. COHEN AND HIS COMPANY, WE JUST WENT AND DID IT. AND WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS ALL ALONG. LOOK, I AM PRAYING OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL ACTUALLY COME INTO THIS CRISIS AND HELP US, BUT I DON’T SIT AROUND ASSUMING THAT. WE ARE GOING TO BUILD OUR OWN NEW HEALTH CARE CAPACITY. WE ARE GOING TO RECRUIT OUR OWN PROFESSIONALS, FIND OUR OWN SUPPLIES, WHATEVER IT TAKES. IT WOULD BE A LOT NICER IF WE DIDN’T SPEND WEEKS AND WEEKS, EVEN NOW ALMOST MONTHS, PLEADING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON TESTING ONLY TO GET VERY MIXED RESULTS. BUT HERE WE ARE. SO, FROM THIS POINT ON WE ARE GOING TO BE ABSOLUTELY SELF-RELIANT. GOD BLESS THE CHILD THAT’S GOT THEIR OWN, AND MAYBE ONE DAY WE WILL BE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOWS UP. DR. KATZ, IT WOULD HELP EVERYONE, ALL OF US LAY PEOPLE, TO HEAR YOU SAY THE DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THE WORK YOU ARE DOING, ESPECIALLY IN A CRISIS, YOU HAVE A PATIENT. YOU GET THAT TEST BACK. THE DIFFERENCE FOR THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IF IT’S POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE, WHAT IT HELPS YOU DO AND ADJUST. HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT. >>SURE. SO I THINK THAT THE EASIEST WAY TO THINK ABOUT IT IS THAT JUST BECAUSE WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF A COVID-19 PANDEMIC DOESN’T MEAN THAT ANYONE HAS CURED BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA, TUBERCULOSIS, CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE. WE ARE DOING OUR VERY BEST TO KEEP PEOPLE WHO ARE MINIMALLY SYMPTOMATIC AWAY FROM THE HOSPITALS. BUT WE HAVE PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS RESPIRATORY DISEASES THAT ARE NOT COVID-19. AND I NEED FOR ANY OF THOSE PATIENTS TO BE ABLE TO KNOW WHETHER I’M DEALING WITH COVID-19 AND I SHOULD TREAT IT AS COVID-19, OR WHETHER I’M DEALING WITH A BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA OR TUBERCULOSIS OR SOMEONE WITH CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE BECAUSE THE TREATMENTS DIFFER. IT ALSO AFFECTS OUR ABILITY, RIGHT, THE PERSON WITH CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE NEEDS TO BE KEPT AS FAR AWAY FROM POSSIBLE AS PATIENTS WHO HAVE COVID-19. INCREASINGLY IN OUR HOSPITALS WE ARE NOW, BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY CASES, WE ARE DEDICATING WARDS TO PEOPLE WHO DO HAVE COVID-19. BY HAVING ACCURATE TESTING, I CAN PUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SERIOUS RESPIRATORY DISEASES THAT ARE NOT COVID-19 AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE AND WITH DIFFERENT HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS THAN THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COVID-19.>>DEPUTY MAYOR.>>I THINK THAT WAS THE FIRST PART OF MY RESPONSE. YOU ASKED, I WAS GOING TO TRY TO ANSWER YOUR FIRST QUESTION IN TWO PARTS. ONE IS THE TEST IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL PATIENT’S MANAGEMENT. DR. KATZ JUST EXPLAINED ALL OF THE DETAILS ON WHY IT’S BETTER IF YOU KNOW FOR SURE. ALSO, IT PROTECTS THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS. IF YOU KNOW FOR A FACT THAT YOU HAVE A COVID-19 POSITIVE PATIENT, YOU PROTECT YOURSELF IN A DIFFERENT WAY. THE SECOND UTILITY, WHICH IS ALSO AS IMPORTANT, IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE EPIDEMIC IS EVOLVING, YOU WANT POPULATION-BASED NUMBERS. YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO COLLECT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN OF INFORMATION AND BEGIN TO PLOT IT IN A MAP ACROSS THE CITY TO BE ABLE TO DETECT WHERE THE ACTIVITY IS SURFACING ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. >>SO TESTING, ANYTHING ELSE ON TESTING. WE’LL GO TO OTHER COVID-19 TOPICS. ON TESTING, RICH.>>Reporter: DID THE DOCTOR APPROACH THE CITY? HOW DID IT WORK?>>AS SOON AS WE HEARD — AGAIN, DR. COHEN AND I HAVE A LONG WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP. THE SECOND I HEARD THAT HIS COMPANY HAD CAPACITY, I HAD HIS CELLPHONE FOR MANY YEARS AND I CALLED HIM ON HIS CELLPHONE, TO HIS GREAT CREDIT, HE SAID WE WANT TO HELP THE CITY OF NEW YORK. WE NEED TO COME TO A DEAL AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO GET THIS UP ONLINE AND IMMEDIATELY PUT OUR DIRECTOR OF OFFICE AND MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET ON THE LINE WITH THEM. THEY STRUCK A DEAL AND HERE WE GO. IT WAS VERY, VERY FAST. BUT IT WAS GREAT THAT WE HAD THE PRE-EXISTING FRIENDSHIP AND IT WAS GREAT THAT HE WAS SO READY, WILLING, AND ABLE TO HELP. ERIN. >>Reporter: TWO THINGS. NUMBER ONE, WHEN WILL IT BE UP?>>I’LL START AND SAY THURSDAY WILL BE THE FIRST DAY TO RECEIVE. IT WILL TAKE TIME TO RAMP UP.>>WE’LL RAMP UP TO THE 5,000 AT THE END OF — WE’RE PREDICTING IT WON’T BE 5,000 ON THURSDAY. IT WILL BE A COUPLE HUNDRED. WE’LL SEE HOW IT GOES. WE ARE PREPARED TO DO THE 5,000 ON THURSDAY, BUT I DOUBT THAT’S GOING TO BE THE NEED FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS BASED ON WHAT WE’VE SEEN TODAY FROM THE OTHER HOSPITALS. >>ERIN, I WILL JUMP IN. THE NUMBERS, THE QUESTION ANDREW RAISED, YOU KNOW, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS. IF WE’RE GOING TO BE NEXT WEEK, THOUSANDS OF CASES, WE’RE ON A PATH TO 10,000, THE SHEER DEMAND IS GOING TO KEEP GROWING. OBVIOUSLY, YOU HAVE TO TEST A LOT OF PEOPLE. YOU DON’T ONLY KNOW IN ADVANCE WHO IS POSITIVE. SO I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY OVER THE NEXT WEEK, TWO WEEKS THAT DEMAND IS GOING TO GROW INTENSELY. WE CAN’T GIVE YOU THE DATE YET. WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON THAT.>>SO, YES. THE PROMISES THAT THEY HAVE CAPACITY TO DO IT HAPPILY AS OF TODAY, TODAY I DON’T HAVE 5,000 PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE COVID-19 AT MY HOSPITAL PER DAY. BY NEXT WEEK I MIGHT. AND SO IT’S NOT A RAMP UP IN THE SENSE OF DR. COHEN’S LAB HAVING TO RAMP UP. I DON’T YET HAVE 5,000 PEOPLE A DAY IN THE HOSPITAL WHO I THINK MIGHT HAVE COVID-19.>>Reporter: RELATED TO THAT, BECAUSE YOU ARE SAYING THAT ANYONE WHO HAS SYMPTOMS SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE TESTED. NOW YOU ARE SAYING YOU ARE PRIORITIZING, STRICTLY EVEN IF — YOU ARE SAYING THAT YOU HAVE 5,000 [ INAUDIBLE ]. WHY NOT JUST DO ALL 5,000?>>BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS CHANGING VERY, VERY RAPIDLY. WE ARE, YOU KNOW, EVEN COMPARED TO LAST FRIDAY, IT’S A WHOLE ‘NOTHER WORLD. WE ARE PREPARING FOR AN ONSLAUGHT. IT’S COMING VERY, VERY FAST. AND WE HAVE TO PRIORITIZE. AND THE TESTING CAPACITY IS GOING TO BE TAKEN UP VERY QUICKLY AS OUR PREDICTION. AND, LOOK, IF WE CAN CONTINUE TO ADD MORE AND MORE TESTING, WE CAN THEN DEVELOP NEW RULES. BUT RIGHT NOW, JUST LIKE THE POINT ABOUT WHY WE HAVE CANCELED ELECTIVE SURGERIES, WHY WE ARE BUILDING AS WE SPEAK NEW MEDICAL CAPACITY, INCLUDING THE TENTS THAT ARE GOING TO GO UP, NEW BUILDINGS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED, WE ARE IN A PERIOD WHERE WE HAVE A VERY FEW DAYS AND WEEKS TO PREPARE FOR A MASSIVE NUMBER OF CASES. SO THAT’S THE ENTIRE FOCUS RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE TO REALIZE THE EXTENT OF THIS CRISIS AND BE PREPARED TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE IN GREATEST NEED CONSISTENTLY. THAT’S WHY THAT THREE TO FOUR DAYS, THAT WAS ALSO DIFFERENT, ERIN. A COUPLE OF DAYS BACK OUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WERE SAYING ONE TO TWO DAYS. THAT HAD TO BE CHANGED. YOU ARE GOING TO SEE CHANGE ALL THE TIME. SO, EVERY QUESTION IS VALID AND I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION. I AM ONLY GOING TO REMIND EVERYONE IN THE MEDIA AND I WOULD SAY IT TO ALL MY FELLOW NEW YORKERS, IF YOU SAY, UH-HUH, YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT ANSWER TODAY THAN A FEW DAYS AGO, THAT’S OFTEN GOING TO BE THE CASE BECAUSE WE ARE IN A RAPIDLY EXPANDING CRISIS. IF YOU SAY WE SAID SOMETHING A FEW DAYS AGO AND WE HAVE CHANGED IT TODAY AND ACTUALLY IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE AND WE HAVEN’T EXPLAINED IT, THEN WE HAVE EXPLAIN IT BETTER. THERE WILL BE MANY TIMES LIKE YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE MESSAGE CHANGED OVER THE COURSE OF THE FEW DAYS BECAUSE THE REALITY HAS CHANGED. >>MR. MAYOR?>>AS WE’VE BEEN SAYING, THE CHARACTER OF THIS OUTBREAK IS CHANGING, AND WITH WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION, NEW YORKERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET COVID-19 FROM THEIR NEIGHBOR THAN THEY ARE FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS TRAVELED. I THINK WE ARE AT A POINT IN TIME WHERE WE NEED NEW YORKERS TO PAY ATTENTION TO THEIR SYMPTOMS, NOT SO MUCH WHETHER THEY ARE BEING TESTED BECAUSE WE ARE AT A POINT WHERE WE WANT PEOPLE WHO HAVE MILD SYMPTOMS TO STAY HOME. RIGHT? WE HAVE BEEN TELLING FOLKS, IF YOU HAVE FEVER, COUGH, FEVER AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH, STAY HOME. STAY HOME FOR THREE OR FOUR DAYS. IF YOU ARE NOT GETTING BETTER, THEN REACH OUT TO YOUR DOCTOR. WE ARE PAST THE POINT — AND THIS BUILDS ON WHAT DR. KATZ IS SAYING. WE NEED NOW THE TESTING CAPACITY TO MAKE TREATMENT DECISIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE HOSPITALIZED AND NOT GETTING BETTER. WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE WHO IS AT HOME, NOT FEELING WELL, HONESTLY IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THEY GET A TEST BECAUSE I WANT THEM TO STAY HOME. I WANT THEM TO STAY HOME UNTIL THEY ARE BETTER. IF THEY ARE NOT BETTER, THEN I WANT THEM TO CALL THEIR DOCTORS, WHICH IS A CHANGE IN MESSAGING, RIGHT? BEFORE WE WERE SAYING STAY HOME THREE OR FOUR DAYS. NOW I’M TELLING YOU DON’T CALL YOUR DOCTOR AT LEAST FOR THREE OR FOUR DAYS AND HAVING A TEST DOESN’T REALLY MATTER BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE, 80% OF PEOPLE, WILL HAVE A MILD COURSE. WHERE THIS MAKES A DIFFERENCE, AND A CRITICAL DIFFERENCE, IS FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO END UP IN THE HOSPITAL AND FOR THOSE PEOPL ESPECIALLY WHO ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR DOCTORS HAVE ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT WILL GIVE THEM THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION AND HELP US MINIMIZE THE POTENTIAL RISK FOR NEW YORKERS.>>ON TESTING, ONE MORE TIME, SEE IF ANYONE — GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: IS THERE A COST FIGURE ON THIS? IS THIS A MAXIMUM?>>ON THE COST, FIRST OF ALL, WE WENT OVER THIS EARLIER AS WE WERE PREPARING. WHEN SOMEONE GOES TO H AND H, IF THEY HAVE INSURANCE, YOU WANT TO TAKE IT? –>>WE WILL BILL THE INSURANCE. IF THEY DON’T HAVE INSURANCE, THEY WILL NOT BE CHARGED. >>THAT’S THE PERSONAL REALITY. ON THE CITY BUDGET REALITY, IF IT GOES TO INSURANCE, OBVIOUSLY WE ARE NOT PAYING FOR IT. IF WE HAVE TO PAY FOR IT AS A CITY, IT WOULD BE EVENTUALLY, IN HEAVY UNDERLINE EVENTUALLY, FEDERALLY REIMBURSABLE. SO THIS IS SOMETHING WHERE WE WILL FRONT THE MONEY AS MUCH AS IT TAKES. THIS IS — THERE IS NO OUTER LIMIT HERE. AS MUCH AS IT TAKES. BUT IN TERMS OF WHERE CAPACITY CAN GO, WE’RE GOING TO WORK WITH DR. COHEN TO SEE IF THAT 5,000 NUMBER CAN BE INTENSIFIED. WHAT WE’RE ALSO DOING SIMULTANEOUSLY IS LOOKING FOR OTHER TESTING SOURCES BECAUSE WE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE OVERALL TRAJECTORY HERE.>>Reporter: YOU TALKED ABOUT A SCENARIO, YOU ARE DOING 5,000 MORE TESTS PER DAY. DOES THAT MEAN THERE WILL BE THOUSANDS MORE PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL OR, YOU KNOW, WHAT DOES THAT SCENARIO LOOK LIKE TO BE DOING THAT MANY TESTS PER DAY?>>WE ARE CERTAINLY PLANNING FOR A SCENARIO WHERE THERE COULD BE THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS IN OUR HOSPITAL WHO ARE SERIOUSLY ILL. AND AS THE MAYOR HAS SAID, WE ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO EXPAND CAPACITY BOTH AT OUR PHYSICAL HOSPITALS AND AT OTHER SITES.>>RICH?>>Reporter: ON THE 814 THAT HAS COME UP SO FAR, HOW MANY HAVE LANDED IN THE HOSPITAL?>>I HAVE LEFT MY CHART BEHIND. DO YOU HAVE IT? YOU CAN HAND IT TO ME. >>124.>>LET’S SEE.>>I AM CONFIRMING. OBVIOUSLY, THE DOCTOR IS AHEAD OF ME. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE WORKING ON THE SAME TIMELINE. BASED ON THE 814, 124 IN THE HOSPITAL. OKAY, ON TESTING, ONE MORE ROUND. IF THERE IS ANYTHING SPECIFIC TO TESTING, WE WILL OPEN IT UP TO OTHER CORONAVIRUS QUESTIONS. DR. COHEN — >>ON THE SHELTER IN PLACE, YOU, JUST TO CLARIFY, SAID SOMETIME IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS YOU WILL DECIDE WHETHER YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ISSUE –>>THIS IS A DECISION THAT, OBVIOUSLY, I WANT TO WORK WITH THE STATE VERY CAREFULLY ON. I BELIEVE BASED ON THE CONSTANT UPDATES THAT I AM GETTING THAT — AND THE NUMBERS YOU ARE SEEING BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES, THAT THE CITY AND STATE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS. AND THAT ALL NEW YORKERS NEED TO UNDERSTAND IT IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THIS WILL HAVE TO BE IMPLEMENTED. WE HAVE NOT MADE THAT DECISION. I DON’T WANT TO SPEAK FOR THE GOVERNOR. I WANT TO SIMPLY SAY I THINK IT’S GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE A DECISION HAS TO BE SOON. AND WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO DETERMINE A COMMON STRATEGY AND OUR TEAMS ARE TALKING, WILL BE TALKING TO GET TO THAT RESOLUTION.>>Reporter: HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU THAT EVEN SUGGESTING THE POSSIBILITY WILL MAKE THE NEXT 48 HOURS A FRENZY AT GROCERY STORES AND OTHER PLACES?>>WE HAVE SEEN A HUGE AMOUNT OF STOCKING UP AT THIS POINT. THAT’S MY POLITE PHRASE FOR IT. I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY, PEOPLE HAVE GONE OUT AND CONSTANTLY ARE CLEARING THE SHELVES. I, OF COURSE, AM CONCERNED. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, RECOGNIZE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO SHARE WITH OTHER PEOPLE. I KNOW THAT’S HARD TO GET ACROSS, BUT ESPECIALLY THINKING ABOUT THE FOLKS IN YOUR LIFE, OLDER FOLKS, FOLKS WITH DISABILITIES, FOLKS WITH SERIOUS MEDICAL NEEDS, MAKING SURE THEY HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED AND SHARING WHAT YOU HAVE WITH THEM. BUT I JUST THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO BE TRANSPARENT AND HONEST ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON. I THINK THE TIME HAS COME TO MAKE THAT DECISION. I DON’T THINK IT’S AN EASY DECISION. AND I WILL SAY, YOU KNOW, AND I FEEL THE STATE IS GRAPPLING WITH THE SAME THINGS WE ARE, ONCE YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, YOU HAVE CUT OFF A LOT OF PEOPLE’S JOBS, WHICH I HATE. I HATE THE NOTION A LOT OF PEOPLE LOSE THEIR LIVELIHOOD. AND THEN I’M VERY WORRIED ABOUT NOT ONLY THEIR LIVELIHOOD, BUT THEN HOW DO THEY AFFORD FOOD AND MEDICINE AND ALL THE BASICS. WE CAN DO A LOT TO STOP EVICTIONS. GOD FORBID SOMEONE CAN’T PAY THEIR RENT, IF WE CAN MAKE SURE THERE IS NO EVICTIONS THEY CAN HANG ON AND MAKE IT UP LATER. BUT FOOD, YOU’VE GOT TO PAY FOR FOOD. YOU NEED FOOD, RIGHT? YOU NEED MEDICINE. WE HAVE TO CREATE BACKUP SYSTEMS ON THE PUBLIC SIDE TO HELP THOSE WHO MIGHT END UP IN THAT SITUATION. I WILL AFFIRM TO YOU, ANDREW, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD HAVE DONE ALL OF THIS WEEKS AGO WHERE THEY CREATED INCOME REPLACEMENT OR, YOU KNOW, A MAJOR FOOD RELIEF PROGRAM OR ANY NUMBER OF THINGS. THE SUPPLY PROGRAM TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE HAVE THEIR MEDICINES. NONE OF THAT HAS HAPPENED. WE DON’T KNOW IF IT EVER WILL. NOW WE ARE PUT IN A DIFFICULT SITUATION OF TRYING TO CREATE SOMETHING WE HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE. BUT ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING PARTS OF THAT DECISION, AND IT GETS A LOT HARDER WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT 8.6 MILLION PEOPLE CONCENTRATED IN ONE PLACE, IS HOW DO YOU ENSURE NOT ONLY A CONSISTENT FOOD SUPPLY, BUT IT GETS TO EVERYONE WHO NEEDS IT REGARDLESS OF AN ABILITY TO PAY. HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT MEDICINES GET TO THOSE WHO NEED THEM REGARDLESS OF ABILITY TO PAY. WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT THAT PART OF THE EQUATION. WE ARE NOT THERE YET. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: WOULD A SHELTER IN PLACE JUST THEN BE UNPRECEDENTED FOR NEW YORK CITY? COULD YOU TALK ABOUT HOW IT WOULD BE ENFORCED? WOULD THE MILITARY BE INVOLVED? AND HOW WOULD YOU ASCERTAIN THAT PEOPLE ARE INDEED GOING OUT FOR GROCERIES OR OTHER ESSENTIALS?>>YOUR FIRST QUESTION ANSWERS A BIT OF YOUR SECOND QUESTION. WE HAVE NEVER BEEN HERE BEFORE. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN THE HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY. WE CAN ALL CHECK OUR HISTORY, IF ANYONE KNOWS SOMETHING, JUMP ON IN. A LOT OF US HAVE BEEN DOING THIS WORK A WHILE, NEVER HEARD ANYTHING CLOSE TO THIS. WE WILL HAVE TO CREATE IT FROM SCRATCH, IF WE DO IT. TO YOUR SECOND QUESTION, I WOULD SAY I DO NOT ASSUME THE MILITARY. ONE, THEY ARE NOT HERE. AGAIN, THEY ARE EXTRAORDINARY. THINK WE WOULD ALL TAKE HEART TO SEE THE MILITARY INVOLVED MORE DEEPLY. BUT THEY ARE NOT INVOLVED IN THAT WAY AT THIS POINT. AND YOU CAN’T ASSUME NOR CAN YOU EVEN ASSUME WHERE THE NEED MIGHT BE GREATEST IN THIS CRISIS. THAT SO SHIFT RADICALLY. IF WE GOT INTO THAT SITUATION, WE WOULD WORK WITH THE STATE AND WE WOULD USE THE NYPD, OBVIOUSLY. I THINK WE HAVE A LOT OF OTHER AGENCIES THAT COULD PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE, LIKE THE FDNY, AND WE WOULD, I THINK, HAVE TO CREATE SOME KIND OF MONITORING SYSTEM THAT MADE SENSE, THAT RESPECTED THE FACT THAT PEOPLE STILL DO NEED, EVEN UNDER THE MODEL IN CALIFORNIA RIGHT NOW, AND I HAVE READ THE SPECIFIC GROUND RULES OF THAT MODEL. IT LEAVES LEEWAY FOR GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, GOING TO THE PHARMACY AND OTHER THINGS. THE MODEL IN ITALY IS STRICTER, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, BUT STILL LEAVES LEEWAY FROM GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE AND THE PHARMACY. SOME KIND OF METHOD FOR KNOWING IF PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY DOING ONE OF THE THINGS AUTHORIZED OR NOT AND A LOT OF PRESENCE ON THE STREETS TO ENFORCE, BUT WE WOULD HAVE TO CREATE THAT FROM SCRATCH. YEAH?>>Reporter: THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT IN ORDER TO DO A SHELTER IN PLACE THEY HAVE TO SIGN OFF ON IT. HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO THEM? YOU MENTIONED –>>THIS IS A DECISION WE WOULD HAVE TO MAKE WITH THE STATE. >>Reporter: HAVE YOU TALKED –>>THERE HAS BEEN A VARIETY OF CONVERSATIONS AT THE STAFF LEVEL. I LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO THE GOVERNOR DIRECTLY ABOUT IT. BUT IT’S A VERY SERIOUS, COMPLEX DECISION.>>Reporter: HAVE YOU, YOURSELF, DECIDED WHETHER IT’S NECESSARY OR NOT? HAVE YOU MADE THAT DECISION?>>NOT FULLY. I SEE THE NUMBERS ESCALATING AND I’M VERY CONCERNED. BUT I ALSO COULD NOT BE MORE CLEAR THAT WHAT WE WOULD NEED TO MAKE IT WORK, AND TO COMPENSATE FOR THE PROBLEMS IT WOULD CREATE, WE DO NOT HOLD THAT ALL IN OUR HAND RIGHT NOW. TO THE PROCESS OF DECISION-MAKING, WHICH IS NOWHERE NEAR AS SIMPLE AS I FEARSOME PEOPLE THINK IT IS, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT TAKING AN ACTION LIKE THIS, UPENDING PEOPLE’S LIVES, YOU HAVE TO FEEL YOU CAN SOMEHOW COMPENSATE FOR ALL OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT OCCUR AND ENSURE THAT PEOPLE ARE SAFE, ARE HEALTHY, YOU KNOW, HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT. THAT’S A LOT OF MOVING PARTS THAT AT THAT HOUR WE DON’T HAVE ALL OF THE ANSWERS FOR. WE’D HAVE TO FEEL WE EITHER HAD THE ANSWERS OR BELIEVED WE COULD GET TO THEM QUICKLY ENOUGH. SO I AM VERY SOBER ABOUT THE EXTENT OF THE CRISIS. I AM VERY SOBER ABOUT WHAT IT’S GOING TO DO TO OUR HEALTH CARE CAPACITY. I THINK WE ARE IN A RACE AGAINST TIME RIGHT NOW. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN I HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS THAT WOULD MAKE ME FULLY COMFORTABLE ABOUT SHELTER IN PLACE.>>Reporter: [ INAUDIBLE ].>>I COULDN’T HEAR THE FIRST PART. SORRY. >>Reporter: [ INAUDIBLE ]. >>WELL, FIRST OF ALL, TO THE NOTION OF THE $1,000 CHECK, ALTHOUGH IT’S BETTER THAN NOTHING, IT’S NOT GOING TO LAST LONG. I DON’T THINK THE IDEA HERE SHOULD BE TO SEND EVERYONE $1,000 AND FEEL THAT YOU ARE ABSOLVED BY DOING THAT. I THINK IT’S ABOUT THE REALITY OF PEOPLE’S LIVES. FOLKS ALREADY, SO MANY WORKING PEOPLE IN THE CITY IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS HAVE LOST THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF INCOME ALREADY. ALREADY. SO, ONE-TIME CHECK OF $1,000, WHO WOULDN’T TAKE IT, BUT THAT’S NOT THE SAME REALITY AS BEING ABLE TO SUSTAIN A CRISIS THAT COULD BE MONTHS AND MONTHS. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SERIOUS EFFORT TO BAIL OUT WORKING PEOPLE AND SUPPORT THEM WITH SOMETHING THAT IS MUCH CLOSER TO INCOME REPLACEMENT. BUT FOR UNDOCUMENTED FOLKS, OBVIOUSLY, LOOK, THEY ARE GOING TO BEAR A LOT OF THE BRUNT OF ALL OF THIS. WHATEVER SHAPE THE NEXT STEPS TAKE, A LOT OF UNDOCUMENTED PEOPLE RIGHT NOW HAVE LOST THEIR WORK. OBVIOUSLY, MORE WILL. WHAT WE DO IS WHAT WE ALWAYS DO. PROVIDE HELP TO EVERYONE REGARDLESS. IF PEOPLE NEED FOOD, DOESN’T MATTER DOCUMENTATION STATUS, NEED HEALTH CARE, DOESN’T MATTER. WE WOULD TRY TO PROVIDE SUPPORT ACROSS THE BOARD AND WE ARE NEVER GOING TO ASK PEOPLE DOCUMENTATION STATUS. >>Reporter: [ INAUDIBLE ]. >>THE FOOD SHOULD NOT BE IN THE TRASH. WE ACTUALLY HAVE FOOD THAT IS FOOD STAPLES. IN OTHER WORDS, IT CAN BE REFRIGERATED, CAN BE USED. WE ARE WORKING WITH THE MAYOR’S OFFICE AND CITY AGENCIES TO GET FOOD THAT CANNOT BE REUSED INTO THE HANDS OF LOCAL COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT FEED THE POOR AND HUNGRY AS WELL. IF ANY FOOD IS BEING WASTED, I NEED TO KNOW BECAUSE THAT’S NOT WHAT SHOULD BE HAPPENING. YESTERDAY I SAID THAT THERE WERE ABOUT 14,000 YOUNGSTERS THAT AVAIL THEMSELVES A FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. TODAY THAT NUMBER IS 53,000. SO, AS I MENTIONED YESTERDAY, WE EXPECT THAT AS FAMILY SITUATIONS BECOME MORE AND MORE STABLE, MORE AND MORE OF THOSE CHILDREN ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO COME AND AVAIL THEMSELVES OF LUNCH AND BREAKFAST AS WELL. WE EXPECT THAT NUMBER TO INCREASE.>>BOBBY?>>Reporter: A COUPLE OF THINGS. ON SHELTER IN PLACE, OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVEN’T DEVELOPED THE DETAILS. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE PHARMACIES, IN GENERAL TERMS, HOW WOULD SHELTER IN PLACE BE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING TODAY?>>SURE. NO, FIRST OF ALL, I AM GOING TO — THIS IS SOMETHING WHERE A DECISION HAS NOT BEEN MADE. NEEDS TO BE MADE TOGETHER WITH THE STATE. WE’VE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE. WE HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING CLOSE TO IT BEFORE. THIS IS, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF A SITUATION AS BEST WE CAN. I THINK WE’VE GOT INITIAL INTERESTING INFORMATION FROM CALIFORNIA, THE WAY THEY SET UP THEIR MODEL, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, A STEP DEFINITELY, A STEP MORE STRICT THAN WHERE PEOPLE ARE RIGHT NOW. AND THEN I THINK ITALY, FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND IMPERFECTLY, WE ARE CONTINUING TO STUDY, IS A STEP MORE STRICT THAN THAT. RIGHT NOW PEOPLE ARE STILL GOING TO WORK WHO ARE NOT JUST ESSENTIAL SERVICE WORKERS. IN A SHELTER IN PLACE SCENARIO, BEST OF MY UNDERSTANDING, YOU HAVE TO BE A POLICE OFFICER, A FIREFIGHTER, HEALTH CARE WORKER, TRANSIT WORKER, OR ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE DETERMINED TO BE ESSENTIAL TO THE CONTINUANCE OF SOCIETY. BUT IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO WORKS IN RETAIL, IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO WORKS IN, YOU KNOW, FOOD SERVICE, ALL SORTS OF THINGS, YOUR WORK IS GOING TO BE CLOSED DOWN UNLESS IT IS BEING REROUTED TO AN ESSENTIAL NEED. SO, THE FACT IS A MUCH TIGHTER REDUCTION OF THE WORK FORCE AND OF THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A REASON TO BE OUT THAT ALLIANCE TO BEING ESSENTIAL IN TERMS OF MOVING AROUND FROM PLACE TO PLACE. WHAT I UNDERSTAND IN THE — AGAIN, THIS IS ONLY INITIAL. THE CALIFORNIA MODEL WHAT I’M SEEING IS THEY LEAVE SPACE FOR IF YOU WANT TO GET SOME EXERCISE AND YOU ARE SOCIALLY DISTANCED, YOU CAN DO THAT. THAT’S NOT THE SAME AS GOING TO WORK AT YOUR TECH COMPANY, RIGHT? THAT’S NOT THE SAME AS GOING TO YOUR LITTLE LEAGUE GAME, RIGHT? ALL THAT STUFF IS GONE. IF YOU WANT TO GET AIR AND EXERCISE, YOU DO IT IN A LIMITED WAY AND YOU SOCIALLY DISTANCE. SO IT’S TAKING SOME OF THE RULES THAT WE’RE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO FOLLOW NOW, MAKING THEM TIGHTER, AND REDUCING THE WORK FORCE GREATLY AND REDUCING TRAVEL GREATLY, AND THEN THE NEXT STEP, AGAIN I’M THE LAYMAN AND MY COLLEAGUES CAN JUMP IN, THE ITALY VERSION IS EVEN TIGHTER STILL. I UNDERSTAND BEYOND THE ESSENTIAL SERVICE WORKERS, ITALY IS BASICALLY GROCERY STORE AND PHARMACY. AND THEY WANT — AND THEY HAVE THE ABILITY FOR THE POLICE TO STOP YOU AND CONFIRM THAT YOU ARE GOING TO ONE OF THOSE PLACES AND THAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE OUT ON THE STREET TO DO JUST THAT. SO, IT’S ALL ABOUT LEVELS OF RESTRICTION AND ENFORCEMENT. IS THAT IN THE BALLPARK?>>YOU GOT IT. >>OKAY. THE JUDGES HAVE SPOKEN. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: REALLY QUICK. RICHARD TORRES, COUNCILMAN, TESTED POSITIVE. A QUICK REACTION? HAVE YOU HAD CONTACT WITH HIM RECENTLY?>>I HAVE NOT AT ALL. I AM SORRY THAT HE IS GOING THROUGH THIS. I KNOW RICHIE IS A VERY — YOU KNOW, HE’S YOUNG, HEALTHY GUY. I’M HOPING HE COMES THROUGH IT VERY SMOOTHLY. >>Reporter: THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE, SOME OF THE ORGANIZERS MARCH — MAYBE A FEW DOZEN PEOPLE. IS THAT A BAD IDEA?>>I THINK FOR A PARADE THAT HAS BEEN PART OF THE FABRIC OF OUR LIFE, AND THIS IS AN AMAZING STATEMENT TO MAKE, FOR ALMOST A QUARTER OF A MILLENNIUM, SINCE BEFORE, I BELIEVE, THE FOUNDING OF THE REPUBLIC, I UNDERSTAND — I SPOKE TO SEAN LANE, THE CHAIRMAN. PARADE. THEY WERE IN JUST PAIN AND AGONY THAT THIS PARADE WENT OFF EVERY YEAR FROM ITS FOUNDING UNTIL NOW. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN WAR AND PEACE AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT’S HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF THE PARADE WAS SHUT DOWN. THERE IS A LOT OF PAIN RIGHT NOW IN THE IRISH COMMUNITY. THAT HONORS ST. PATRICK, HONORS THAT PARADE. SO I THINK WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IS DO SOME SMALL SYMBOLIC EFFORT TO KEEP CONTINUITY WITH THE HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF TRADITION. IF THEY KEPT IT TO A FEW DOZEN PEOPLE, I THINK THAT’S HONORABLE. THEY OBVIOUSLY STAY WITHIN THE RULES. WHO HAS NOT HAD A CHANCE? GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: DR. KATZ SAID THE CITY HAS 5,000 TESTS, YOU THOUGHT THAT WAS SUFFICIENT. >>WE CONTINUE — WELL, LET’S BE CLEAR ABOUT THE WORD SUFFICIENT AND TIMELINES AND DR. KATZ WILL JUMP IN, BUT BASED ON WHAT WE KNEW THEN, WE THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD NUMBER. WE CONTINUE TO CHECK, AND WE’RE CHECKING EVERY CONCEIVABLE EXISTING SOURCE OF VENTILATORS IN THE CITY TO MAKE SURE WHERE WE’RE AT. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT NUMBER APPROACHES 5,000. I DON’T HAVE AN EXACT ONE FOR YOU. WE ARE STILL IN THE BALLPARK. WE NEED MORE FOR WHERE WE ARE NOW AND WHERE WE ARE GOING. SO, ORIGINALLY, YOU KNOW, WE OBVIOUSLY HOPED THAT IT WAS NOT GOING TO PROJECT THE WAY IT IS NOW. THE WAY IT IS NOW, THERE IS A POINT COMING WHERE WE’RE GOING TO NEED MORE. >>I AGREE. WHAT I SAID WAS THAT WE HAD — THAT HEALTH AND HOSPITALS HAS OVER 1,000 AND WE REPRESENT ABOUT 20% OF THE CITY IN GENERAL. SO, I ESTIMATED FOR YOU THAT IF YOU WANTED A BALLPARK FIGURE IT WOULD BE AROUND 5,000. >>Reporter: BALLPARK THAT THE CITY WILL NEED IF THE CRISIS CONTINUES?>>WE ARE GOING TO NEED A WHOLE LOT OF EVERYTHING. THERE IS YOUR FIRST ESTIMATE. I MEAN, LOOK, WE’RE TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT. WHAT I WOULD SAY TO YOU IS CONSTANT EXPANSION. I DON’T MEAN THAT TO BE FLIP OR EVASIVE. I MEAN, IT’S LITERALLY AN UNKNOWABLE NUMBER, FIRST OF ALL. SECOND OF ALL, IF WE CAN GET IT, WE WANT IT. IF WE CAN GET HELP FROM FEMA, HELP FROM THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, ANYTHING WE CAN GET OUR HANDS ON, WE ARE THE BIGGEST CITY IN THE COUNTRY. THE NUMBERS ARE GROWING RAPIDLY. WE ARE GOING TO GET OUR HANDS ON EVERY MEDICAL FACILITY, EVERY — IF WE CAN GET, AS WE DID THE OTHER DAY, FORMER NURSING HOME, A NURSING HOME THAT HASN’T OPENED, WE WILL BE LOOKING AT HOTELS. ANYTHING WE CAN GET OUR HANDS ON FOR BUILDINGS. EVERY FORM OF EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLY. EVERY PROFESSIONAL WHO IS WILLING TO COME IN OUR SERVICE. WE WILL NEED IT ALL, AND IT JUST HAS TO CONSTANTLY KEEP GROWING. SO WE DON’T HAVE AN ENDPOINT NUMBER YET. THERE IS JUST THE ANSWER IS YES TO EVERYTHING WE CAN GET OUR HANDS ON.>>Reporter: IS THERE A SUSPENSION ON PEOPLE IN APARTMENTS AND HOMES? WHAT ABOUT FOR PEOPLE WHOSE LEASES ARE UP AT THE END OF THE MONTH?>>I AM CONFUSED BY THE QUESTION. WHAT ARE YOU — >>Reporter: YOU KNOW, WHAT WILL HAPPEN? IF YOU DON’T HAVE — IF YOU LIVE SOMEWHERE AND THE LEASE ENDS THE END OF THE MONTH, WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AGAINST MOVING GIVEN, YOU KNOW, CONCERNS ABOUT SPREAD. >>OBVIOUSLY, IT’S A VERY INDIVIDUAL DYNAMIC. IF YOUR LEASE IS ENDING AND YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RENEW IT AND KEEP CONTINUITY, THAT WOULD BE IDEAL, OBVIOUSLY. I MEAN, PEOPLE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THEIR INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCE. BUT I DON’T KNOW REALLY WHAT GUIDANCE. HAVE YOU GOT SOME?>>THE RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SAYING. IF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DOING THE MOVING ARE ASYMPTOMATIC, AND EVERYBODY IS ASYMPTOMATIC, GO ABOUT YOUR LIFE. MINIMIZE CONTACT AND EXPOSURE AND DO IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. BUT FOLKS SHOULDN’T STOP DOING THE ESSENTIAL THINGS IN THEIR LIVES, RIGHT. WE WANT PEOPLE TO CONTINUE WITH THE ESSENTIALS. AND IF HAVING A STABLE HOUSE, STABLE HOUSING, I MEAN, THAT’S PRETTY ESSENTIAL. I WOULD CERTAINLY ENCOURAGE IT, BUT I WOULD WANT PEOPLE TO BE DILIGENT AND VIGILANT. THOSE ARE MY TWO NEW FAVORITE WORDS. DILIGENCE ABOUT HAND WASHING, COVERING YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WHEN YOU COUGH AND YOU SNEEZE AND BEING VIGILANT ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE DEVELOPING SYMPTOMS OF FEVER AND A COUGH, FEVER AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH. I THINK THAT WE ARE FAR ENOUGH IN THIS OUTBREAK WHERE NEW YORKERS SHOULD ASSUME THAT IN SOMEPLACE, SHAPE OR FORM THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19. AND THE IMPORTANT THING NOW IS TO BE VIGILANT ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY DEVELOP SYMPTOMS. IF THEY DO, TO STAY HOME. AND IF THEY HAVEN’T, THEN TO DOUBLE DOWN ON ALL OF THE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES WE HAVE BEEN SAYING IN TERMS OF HAND WASHING, COVERING HANDS COUGH, ET CETERA. >>Reporter: ABOUT THE SHELTER IN PLACE, HAVE YOUR MEDICAL PERSONNEL, ARE YOU SEEING MEDICAL PERSONNEL WEIGHING IN ON WHETHER THEY LIKE THAT IDEA OR NOT? ARE YOU PREPARED TO LET THEM KNOW –>>FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR CALLING THEM ESTEEMED. IT’S A CONVERSATION WE ARE GOING TO BE HAVING STARTING TODAY IN DETAIL. AGAIN A PARALLEL CONVERSATION WITH THE STATE. BUT I AM SAYING, AS THE PERSON WHO MANAGES THE DECISION PROCESS, I THINK WE HAVE TO COME TO THAT DECISION IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS. SO, WE’RE GOING TO GET EVERYONE TO WEIGH IN, AS WE ALWAYS DO.>>Reporter: A COUPLE. THE GOVERNOR — [ INAUDIBLE ] QUARANTINE AND SHELTER IN PLACE, OR IF NOT, ARE YOU GUYS ON THE SAME PAGE?>>I WILL LIT MY COLLEAGUES — AGAIN, WE WILL BE IN INTENSIVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE STATE TODAY AND TOMORROW. AND ALWAYS RESPECT THE ROLE OF THE STATE. LET ME AFFIRM, I THINK THE STATE HAS HANDLED THIS CRISIS VERY, VERY WELL. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER, ALL OF US, AND WE HAVE BEEN VERY ALIGNED ON THE DECISIONS. I DON’T HEAR THE WORD QUARANTINE AS THE EXACT EQUIVALENT OF THE WORDS SHELTER IN PLACE. SHELTER IN PLACE TO ME IS A KIND OF WAY OF LIFE, IF YOU WILL, AND A MORE TOTAL STRATEGY, AND QUARANTINE SUGGESTS WHEN YOU ARE DOING IT WITH A VERY SPECIFIC NARROW AREA AND WHO GOES IN AND WHO GOES OUT OF THAT AREA. I THINK THEY ARE KIND OF TWO DIFFERENT THINGS. I AM SAYING THAT AS A LAYMAN. BUT, AGAIN, WE RESPECT THE ROLE OF THE STATE ALWAYS. I JUST THINK IT’S DECISION TIME. >>Reporter: AND [ INAUDIBLE ]. >>LOUDER, PLEASE?>>Reporter: [ INAUDIBLE ]. >>I AM NOT AN EXPERT ON SOMETHING THAT WE DON’T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT YET, AND SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO DETERMINE THE GROUND RULES OF. AND AGAIN I AM GOING TO SAY IT, AND I WILL REALLY APPRECIATE IF IT’S REFLECTED IN COVERAGE BECAUSE IT’S TRUE. THE ACTIONS WE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE TO COMPENSATE WOULD BE IMMENSE. AND THAT IS A PLAN WE DON’T HAVE BECAUSE IT’S NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE. IT’S A LOT WE WOULD HAVE TO WORK OUT VERY QUICKLY. SO THIS IS NOT A SIMPLE DECISION. THIS IS A VERY, VERY TOUGH DECISION. BUT HOW IT WOULD WORK AND QUESTIONS, VERY CARE QUESTIONS LIKE THAT, I DON’T HAVE THAT ANSWER RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT EVEN GOTTENEN TO THE DECISION OF WHETHER WE THINK IT’S — [ INAUDIBLE ] . >>LIKE CALLING FOR SHELTER IN PLACE, BUT THE GOVERNOR IS VERY ADAMANT THAT WE ARE QUARANTINING. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE THINKING –>>AGAIN, I TRIED TO ANSWER THAT A MOMENT AGO. I RESPECT THE CONCERN IS REAL AND IT’S JUST REALLY, REALLY SIMPLE. THIS IS A DECISION THAT SHOULD BE MADE WITH THE STATE. THIS SHOULD BE MADE IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS GIVEN THE TRAJECTORY OF THIS CRISIS. I DON’T WANT TO BE THE GUY WHO DEFINES FOR ANYONE WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN QUARANTINE AND SHELTER IN PLACE BECAUSE WE ARE LEARNING WHAT SHELTER IN PLACE COULD MEAN. OBVIOUSLY, WHEN THE GOVERNOR SAYS THAT YOU SHOULD ASK HIM WHAT HIS INTERPRETATION IS, BUT WE — I DON’T THINK IT’S TIME TO SAY THIS PERSON LIKES THIS IDEA, THIS PERSON LIKES THAT IDEA. IT’S TIME FOR THE CITY DECISION MAKERS TO REFINE OUR THINKING ON WHETHER WE THINK IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, AND HOW ON EARTH WILL WE DO IT, AND TO ALIGN WITH OUR STATE COLLEAGUES ON WHAT THEY THINK AND SEE IF WE CAN ALL COME TO A COMMON VISION. >>Reporter: JAILS IN L.A. AND OHIO ARE BOTH TALKING TO PEOPLE ABOUT HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR US –>>I WANT TO BE CLEAR. I HAVE NOT HEARD THE STANDARDS. I DON’T THINK WE ARE SUGGESTING — I HAVE NOT HEARD OF ANY WHOLESALE RELEASE. I ASSUME IT’S BASED ON CERTAIN STANDARDS. >>Reporter: GONZALEZ SAID HE IS NO LONGER GOING TO PROSECUTE LOW-LEVEL CRIMES OR THINGS THAT WOULD HARM THE PUBLIC SAFETY. SO HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO TAKE OUR CITY TO START ASSESSING –>>THE ASSESSMENT IS STARTING ALREADY. HAS STARTED. THAT’S A DECISION ALSO I’D LIKE IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS TO KNOW WHO, PEOPLE WHO SHOULD NOT BE THERE AT THIS POINT IN THIS CRISIS, OR DON’T NEED TO BE THERE. WE HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE THAT MAKES SENSE. I WANT TO GET THAT RESOLVED QUICKLY.>>Reporter: FERRIES ARE CURRENTLY SERVING ALCOHOL AND — ARE CURRENTLY SERVING ALCOHOL AND THEY HAVE HAPPY HOUR STILL. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU –>>I DON’T THINK THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO ANYTHING INAPPROPRIATE. I THINK THEY HAVE BEEN ADVERTISING HAPPY HOUR ALL ALONG IS MY UNDERSTANDING. WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION?>>Reporter: ANY QUESTION IS BASICALLY IF WE ARE CLOSING BARS AND RESTAURANTS, WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE SERVICE AND THE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION –>>I THINK, AND I’M NOT — YOU ARE THE FIRST PERSON TO ASK ABOUT THAT. I WILL GIVE YOU MY COMMON SENSE ANSWER. IT’S ALL TAKEOUT. SO, BY DEFINITION, IT FITS THAT MODEL. THE FERRIES ARE STILL PART OF HOW PEOPLE GET AROUND AND WE ARE STILL KEEPING OUR TRANSPORTATION NETWORK UP. I DON’T HEAR A PROBLEM PER SE, BUT MAYBE I’M MISSING SOMETHING. >>Reporter: PEOPLE ON THESE FERRIES FOR A WHILE ARE CREATING A SITUATION THAT’S A LITTLE BIT CONFUSING BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TRADITIONALLY TAKING IT OUT. THEY ARE ABLE TO BE ON THE FERRY FOR SOMETIMES TEN TO 40 MINUTES. >>I APPRECIATE IT. I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT THAT THERE SHOULD BE A SOCIAL DISTANCING DYNAMIC. BUT I THINK THE CORE NOTION, I MEAN, I HAVE BEEN ON THE FERRIES. IT’S NOT A SEATED RESTAURANT. IT’S NOT A SEATED BAR. IT’S A TAKEOUT COUNTER. SO, I THINK EXCELLENT POINT WOULD BE TO SAY THE FERRIES, AND WE’LL FOLLOW UP ON OUR FOLLOW-UP LIST, NEED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE GETTING PEOPLE WHERE THEY NEED TO GO. HEARING IT ON FIRST BLUSH, IT SOUNDS LIKE TAKEOUT TO ME AND, THEREFORE, APPROPRIATE. BUT WE’LL CHECK.>>Reporter: [ INAUDIBLE ]. >>I THINK IT’S SOMETHING THAT — LOOK, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING IN LIGHT OF A CRISIS. THE STANDARD WITH THE RENT GUIDANCE BOARD HAS NOW BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR SEVEN YEARS UNLIKE EVERYTHING THAT CAME BEFORE. WE ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE FULL COST TO — THE ENTIRE EQUATION, THE COSTS THAT LANDLORDS DEAL WITH, THE ECONOMIC FACTORS WE TAKE INTO ACCOUNT. TENANTS. WE LOOK AT EVERYTHING. AND THAT HAS GOTTEN US TO THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE OVER TIME, INCLUDING TWO RENT FREEZES. SO, WE WILL START WITH A PROVEN FORMULA. WHETHER THAT FORMULA GETS VARIED BECAUSE OF A GLOBAL CRISIS IS A GREAT QUESTION. IT’S SOMETHING, OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO CONSIDER. BUT WE ARE NOT THERE YET. I THINK THAT’S MAY. I AM NOT SURE I’M RIGHT ABOUT THAT. EXCELLENT QUESTION. I’LL COME BACK. >>Reporter: HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT A CLUSTER OF 100 POSITIVE CORONAVIRUS POSITIVE TESTS IN WILLIAMSBURG. >>IF WE HAD A CLUSTER, I ASSURE YOU WE WOULD TELL YOU. WE DO NOT HAVE ANY CLUSTERS IN NEW YORK CITY. IF WE HAD A CLUSTER IN NEW YORK CITY, WE WOULD TELL YOU. I ASKED RIGHT BEFORE COMING OUT HERE — I AM NOT TRYING TO BE DIFFICULT WITH YOU. THAT’S LIKE A GIANT, GIANT IMPORTANT QUESTION. I ASKED RIGHT BEFORE COMING OUT HERE, CONFIRMK WE HAVE NO CLUSTERS IN NEW YORK CITY? ANSWER:YES. LOOK AT THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE ME THE ANSWER RIGHT HERE. >>I WOULD ADD THAT WE GET RESULTS FROM THE COMMERCIAL LABS ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS, AND WE ANALYZE THOSE RESULTS ON ON ONGOING BASIS. AS WE HAVE BEEN SAYING, THINGS CHANGE HOUR BY HOUR. AND SO AS SOON AS WE ARE, YOU KNOW, CONCERNED ABOUT ANY PARTICULAR ACTIVITY THAT IS BEYOND WHAT WE WOULD ANTICIPATE, WE LOOK MORE DEEPLY INTO WHAT’S HAPPENING.>>I’M TRYING TO INTERPRET THIS NOTE I WAS GIVEN BECAUSE IT WAS ON THE OTHER NIGHT. PRICE-GOUGING. I WANT TO GET THIS RIGHT. I’LL MENTION IT PROACTIVELY. ON PRICE-GOUGING, THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER WORKER PRODUCTION 550 FINES HAVE BEEN ISSUED SINCE YESTERDAY S THAT DOLLAR FIGURE THE TOTAL OF THE FINES? I AM INTERPRETING FREDDIE’S NOTE HERE. YES. $275,000 IN FINES SINCE YESTERDAY FOR STORES THAT WERE PRICE-GOUGING ON THOSE BASIC ITEMS. GOD BLESS THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER WORKER PROTECTION AND TO ALL THE STORES YOU HAVE TO BE OUT OF YOUR MIND TO BE PRICE-GOUGING IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC. OKAY. WE ARE WRAPPING UP. THANK YOU, EVERYONE. WE WILL HAVE MORE FOR YOU SOON. TO BE OUT OF YOUR MIND FOR YOU SOON. OUT OF YOUR MIND FOR YOU SOON.

88 thoughts on “NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Holds Press Conference On Coronavirus | NBC News (Live Stream Recording)

  1. Here's a TIP😷: DONT USE DIFFERENT CLOTHES WHEN GOING OUT. THE VIRUS CAN ALSO LIVE ON CLOTHING SURFACES. USE CLOTHES LIKE SWEAT PANTS AND SHIRTS, ETC. Mainly upper wearing clothes. Use clothes you can wash a soon as you get home. AND ANYONE RETURNING HOME TO FAMILY, MAKE SURE YOU ENTER A ROOM SEPARATED FROM THEM. TAKE OFF CLOTHES JUST USED OUTSIDE. WASH THOSE CLOTHES JUST USED. WASH YOURSELF. AND THEN HUG YOUR FAMILY. DO THIS. IT WILL REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY OF PASSING IT ON EVEN MORE.

  2. Drastic measures for drastic times. From the rapid rise in unrest, disaster, famine, and plague, to the foretold peace deals and Third Temple plans in Jerusalem, something huge is on its way, and prophecy is converging. 📖🕰

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  3. NYSOASAS has opioid addicts going to clinics 5 days a week to get medication. This will exacerbate the spread of the virus indefinitely.

  4. Lindsey Graham and his Delusional incompetent clueles President Trump/Pence/ Republicans w/ Senators do not care for the American tax paying people everything specially Trump is a
    HUNCH
    HOAX
    WITCHHUNT
    That's there excuses for everything, now tax breaks for there rich / and pardon buddies to get money in there own pockets
    Selfish narcissistic Individual's

  5. 😲😲😲😲😲whaaaat!!! IMPOSSIBLE! SEE WHAT I MEAN. IF AN INMATE IN PRISON HAS OR GETS THE CORONA VIRUS, ITS DAM OBVIOUS IT WAS PASSED TO THAT INMATE. THEIR VISITS ARE MOSTLY BEHIND GLASS AND THROUGH A PHONE. AND YOU CANNOT PASS THE VIRUS OVER THE PHONE OR THROUGH GLASS. ITS THE CORRECTIONAL WORKERS AND VISITORS WHO SHOULD BE SCREENED ENTERING A PRISON IN ORDER TO REDUCE INMATES CATCHING THIS VIRUS. I HOPE YOU LISTEN AND PUT ASIDE EGO.

  6. well i hear they giving relief Well if that the case then everyone not just American n working people u need to add the all legals immgration, refugee, legal resident well anyone live living legally in America n people not working too. Well for good hearts illegal immgration too if there any people got save EVERYOne help ALL live in America since they in America

  7. That is a true coronavirus update that I would expect the white house should be able to give. Good job NYC.

  8. Mayor DeBlasio is a fool and a liar. He suspended street cleaning parking regulations today only because Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti yesterday suspended street sweeping regulations indefinitely. DeBlasio's only concern is collecting taxes from businesses and fines from parking ticket income. His appeal for medical professionals to volunteer to treat coronavirus patients is a joke. Many of these professionals would be retired, over 70 years of age, older persons who with age have weakened immune systems and make them prime candidates for death by Covid-19. Why doesn't this dimwit mention that instead of hospital emergency rooms, people should use walk-in medical clinics? And his Spanish message at the end talks down to Hispanics. Estupido!

  9. it is worrisome that NY hasnt yet heard of the federal government…

    NY is now organizing a lot themselves (including testing), …

    … whilst the federal government is also busy with this. What a mess…

  10. Bill , you are doing a great job , take charge , control the situation, speak truthfully to the public . We will NEVER see this from the current administration.

  11. Lock it down, lock it down! 😷 People don't listen. Then when this happens, 🤧☠ they cry and act like fools. 🤦‍♂️

  12. 23:45 Please forgive me for this comment. But the number will be 20M+ before 2030 ends. Not the Spanish flu! But 1 third of it. It's the beginning of a long run. And right now, you people don't see that things will get a lot worse when the government cannot take care of it's people because of no funds to move things around. There will be many problems ahead of us. What are you going to do when everything is locked down longer then expected and everything is closed and people start to starve? Could it be a new era of a purge to survive?🤔😷🤔

  13. Democrat-run cities that should be able to financially handle things, begging for the Fed to save them. That is not the way it should be.

  14. I have a cuestion,do all the children that are going to study at home are going to have access to internet or wi fi and I mean free access and the people working from home

  15. Able to 3d print ventilator parts in Italy!
    https://www.3dprintingmedia.network/covid-19-3d-printed-valve-for-reanimation-device/

  16. So is there going to be aid for those people who work in service orientated fields. Say like STRIPPERS? Asking for a friend.😉

  17. Thanks for admitting that you will be changing all the facts as you go. Sounds like a constant DeBlasio thing to me. Oh and by the way, if you could even slightly try to compare yourself to Rudy Giuliani, instead of crying about Trump 24/7 Maybe New York wouldn't be returning right bsck into a sh*t town.

  18. call the White House: (202) 456-1111. Tell the White House that Citizens need $1000 now and $1000/ month for at least 3 months.

  19. PELOSI: "From food security to paid family leave, ABORTIONS, the bipartisan #FamiliesFirst Coronavirus Response Act, which we vote on tonight, is focused on delivering support to families across America as we confront this public health crisis…OHH, did i mention i Snuck in 1.5 Billion for ABORTIONS during this Crisis". This WOMAN is a Vile Drunk!!

  20. wake up people.
    7 million verified deaths per year from smoking….no problem.
    3 million verified deaths per year from alcohol…..no problem.
    swine flu in 09 60m cases nothing shut down and covid-19 180k cases full martial law.

    wake up people.

  21. On Staten Island there is a closed NYS Prison Arthurkill cf that's hasn't been used in years. Why not use it has room for over 1000 beds and a medical unit

  22. People please recycle your toilet paper..Just dip it in water and squeeze the sheitt out of it…
    You can Thank me later

  23. We've been HAD …. China is back to work 100% ….. The COUNTRY is shutting down for THIS??? …. DeBlasio needs to be ARRESTED!!!

  24. Trump is doing great on this. As if all his accomplishments were not enough, which previous presidents on both sides could not achieve, now he's being so pro active on this and he's going to come out of this looking like the President who gave people a financial stimulus to help them during this time and the President who saved the country from the "plague", basically. Yeah, the Democrats might as well just sit the 2020 election out and spend that time to reevaluate how they approach things, stop identity politics because they're killing themselves with it, and start caring more about America and American citizens than they do simply about getting power. Because people see all that from the democrats and the democrats are so out of touch with the American people that they don't realize that the American people see that. Democrats R.I.P. 2020.

  25. Honestly…His Gov said FED DID show up..but this guy is political with a virus..and health responses..sad..real sad..

  26. In General, even though the CoronaVirus is contagious (i.e. large R0),
    it does not mean you should give into the contagion (via unnecessary
    exposure/travel).

    Inter-Person Spread
    In general, it is (<Best>) to be (Solitary) than (Gregarious).

    case (Solitary):
    You are <less likely> to spread and get the virus to/from anyone else.
    Because of <less likely> spread, then the volume of CoronaVirus
    case(s) will be <less>, at anyone time, this can help <not overwhelm>
    our hospitals, resulting in <less> human errors/contamination/spread
    and deaths.

    So, you and anyone else is <less likely> to die from the virus.

    case (Gregarious):
    You are <more likely> to spread and get the virus to/from anyone else.

    Because of <more likely> spread, then the volume of CoronaVirus
    case(s) will be <more>, at anyone time, this can <overwhelm>
    our hospitals, resulting in <more> human errors/contamination/spread
    and deaths.

    So, you and anyone else is <more likely> to die from the virus.

    In Conclusion,
    It is (<Best>) to ameliorate the spread of the virus over time,
    (i.e. “Flatten the Curve”), through personal isolation, and
    restricted/reduced/minimized travel !!!

  27. a little too late Bill de Blasio, the same useless mayor who shuts the gyms down for regular people but then is caught on film going to the Y.

  28. This mayor is straight to the point and proactive he is doing a great job, he seems to be thinking of everything and isn't waiting for the hand outs. He is looking at all people, regardless of status.

  29. Sir I Really admire you …but do you know the meaning of social distance????? In the car the distance its not even a meter … where actually you can still infect or be infected … so at this point why you even close restaurant? (20 people inside the restaurant can have the same distance of a car). Social distance are 4 or 5 meters means 13 to 15 feet… please guys why we dont learn from others … its not history from 100 years or a thousandsssss years ago…

    We are just 30/40 days behind Italy… please please dont continue to let it spread …. we pay taxes, we should be protected and not lie…. thank you Sir we all appreciate your Being …Ciao

  30. Protect Yourself From Disease
    YOUR DEFENSE: The best defense is to protect your water supply from contamination.
    YOUR DEFENSE: Contaminated food may look fresh and nutritious. So get into the habit of thoroughly washing all fruits and vegetables. Ensure that food utensils, kitchen surfaces, and your hands are clean when preparing or serving food.
    YOUR DEFENSE: Some people choose to keep their animals outside the house to minimize contact with them. Wash your hands after touching a domestic animal, and avoid all contact with wild animals.
    YOUR DEFENSE: Do not share personal items, such as razors, toothbrushes, or towels. Avoid contact with body fluids from animals or from other people, including blood and products derived from blood. And do not underestimate the benefits of washing your hands thoroughly and frequently. It is perhaps the most effective way you can stop the spread of infection. If possible, stay home when you are sick. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, but not into your hands. So inform yourself by consulting local health services, and conceal yourself from danger by practicing good hygiene. Bolster your defenses, and reduce the risk of disease!
    https://www.jw.org/en/library/magazines/awake-no6-2016-december/protect-yourself-from-disease/
    https://www.jw.org/en/

  31. So refreshing to hear a man in charge who knows what he's talking about gives you the facts when he says something's going to happen in a couple of days you believe him etc etc when the Donald speaks it's like listening to a drunk 10 year old.✌🇺🇸🤙🌴

  32. It seems effortless to give a speech and answer questions when you're telling the truth. Something Trump has not learned. The governors of each state are taking over and they're more qualified then our leader.😥😥✌🇺🇸

  33. FISHY dems try Russia hoax,massive caravans, spying, racist,impeach didn't work & vowed not done. NOW VIRUS? Convenient-crash economy, have hate media mass attack him, China gets to sell USA massive supplies at inflated prices & TARIFF FREE! EVERYBODY WINS EXCEPT THOSE WHO LOOSE LOVED ONES! No care 4 dems OR HATE MEDIA! Their hate 4 Trump stronger than saving lives! Trump put China ban 3 weeks after first China death & was slammed by dems/media! Yet under ovomit over 1000 dead & 4500 infected with H1N1 before Ovomit took 1st step declaring Nat'l Emerg. MEDIA BARELY REPORTED ON IT!! We knew Dems were going do something against economy-sad costing lives! DEEP STATE HATE MEDIA/FEAR MONGERING/PUSHING PANIC HOARDING! THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PANIC BUYING, SHORTAGES. NEVER EVEN SAID 3 WORDS DURING H1N1 WHEN OVER 1000 DIED! REMEMBER THAT 2020-NO TO CHINA JOE!

  34. Once Prezi FDR declared war on Japan in response to Pearl Harbor attack, we had industry switch from building cars to tanks and planes and ships within days… we need that war deceleration… put all differences aside, and save the Republic… And, start being 100% dependent on China… we can no longer allow 1 nation to make 75% of the world's goods anymore…

  35. My wife is a nurse she has symptoms works at a hospital and she can't get a test they just sent her home!!!!!!!

  36. NYC residents Get ready For Coronavirus outbreak Supermarket Shelves Empty -👉🏽 https://youtu.be/gTbTKuc3Dqc

  37. The truth of the matter is the virus was designed in China to depopulate…believe it or not it was  released in late November …it was already in California during the holiday seasoned.  It wasn't a issue until China had a lot of cases.   Therefore Americans had it and thought it was just a cold because they did not have flu like symptoms…. flu like symptoms which starts with a sneeze, an unbearable sore throat, runny nose, headaches then fever…symptoms that are not the Coronavirus slight fever and a cough?? All ages get the flu unlike this design Coronavirus….Lets take it one step further….this released virus could be a payback for Trump trying to restrict Tariffs with China….And if you want to take to the "That's Wacked Level" ….We had no rain at all in the month of February and the weather was in the mids 70's…we in California had never experience this before..wearing shorts hiking biking being outside!!! Couldn't get enough of this dreamlike weather…then boom! ..on March 13th, 2020 "Friday the 13th"…Trump announces our national state emergency.  That very moment it started to rain hard and it hasn't stopped since..mind you viruses live longer in the cold; mind you China has the largest radio antenna fields that shoot out elf waves into our ionosphere…that controls the weather. These are all facts.

  38. Scary, 28 viruses were dug up from ancient glaciers! We are at their mercy! Stop mining!! Tax the big businesses. Folks really try to NOT shop at AMAZON or WALMART ( big businesses and online especially) Support local Mom and Pops! We are going to take back representation and find abundance for all! Social distance, respect ) Good plan for Children needing food! Demand the "farm to table", we can do this!

  39. most of the retired healthcare workers belong to the vulnerable group! do you really want to risk their lives and asked them to sacrifice?

  40. Bill you acting like you concern now , well you wasn't a bit concern when people was throwing water at police officers and the killing of them as well , and another thing bill were was you when a young teenager was beaten and had her shoes taken. ! Hummmmm!

  41. Did anyone else notice that the sign language guy touched his lips and face multiple times at a supposed COVID-19 press conference. What's with people.

  42. Typical politician. Never takes responsibility and blames someone else. Your true colors are showing now Billy.

  43. DEMOCRATS LIKE BILL DE DEASIO, CHUCK SCHUMER AND NANCY PELOSI DO NOT WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEY WORK FOR THEM SELVES!!! THEY DO NOT GIVE A DAM ABOUT YOU OR HOW YOUR FAMILY LIVES! WE NEED TO VOTE ALL OF THEM OUT IN NOVEMBER!,,,,,,,,,,,,,WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF A FREE AMERICA MUST VOTE OUT ALL DEMOCRATS IN OUR GOVERNMENT IN NOVEMBER THE 3RD! WE THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ABUSED BY THE DEMOCRATS FOR SO LONG THAT WE HAVE BECOME NUMB TO WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING TO US, AS IN US, I MEAN THE AMERICAN WORKER! THEY HAVE SENT OUT JOBS TO MEXICO AND CHINA FOR THEIR PROFIT!!! ADAM SCHIFF HAS LIED TO US DURING THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS! JERRY NADLER HAS SHOWN HIM SELF TO BE VERY CORRUPT! WE NEED TO REMOVE EVERYONE OF THEM. WE THE PEOPLE SHOULD DEMAND THAT THEY ALL BE INVESTIGATED FOR FRAUD AND EMBEZZLING OUT HARD EARNED TAX DOLLARS IN WHICH OBAMA SENT $980 BILLION DOLLARS IN CASH AT MIDNIGHT TO IRAN WHO HATE AMERICA AND EVERYTHING IT STANDS FOR! ,,, NOW DO YOU REALLY REALLY THINK ALL THAT MONEY ACTUALLY WENT TO IRAN? NO! IT WAS BROKEN DOWN INTO SMALLER BOXES AND SEND TO THE CRIMINAL DEMOCRATS LIKE HILLARY CLINTON ADAM SCHIFF AND MANY MORE!!!!,,,REMEMBER HILLARY CLINTON SOLD URANIUM TO RUSSIA? SHE TOOK THAT MONEY AND PLACED IT INTO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION!! A FOUNDATION IN WHICH 90 PERCENT OF THE MONEY WENT TO HILLARY HER SELF.FOR HER WEALTH!!!! MANY OF THE DEMOCRATS DO THE SAME THING, THEY SELL THEIR VOTES FOR PROFIT! ,,,, WAKE UP PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF A FREE AMERICA! YOUR TAXES KEEP RISING AND YOUR ROADS AND SCHOOLS KEEP DETERIORATING, YOUR KIDS ARE NOT GETTING A GOOD EDUCATION! THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO DUMB DOWN YOUR KIDS BY BRAIN WASHING THEM TO THINK EVERYTHING CAN BE FREE. WHEN THEY GET OUT OF COLLEGE AND THEY ARE MAKING $100,000 A YEAR, BUT THE "FICA" TAX TAKE 80% OF THEIR INCOME OUT OF THEIR PAY CHECK TO PAY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO NEVER WORKED FOR IT, THEY WILL NOT BE TOO HAPPY!,,,,,,,, please feel free to share my post! by Frank Ferrandiz!

  44. BLOWHARD BILL
    You can tell the character of a mayor , by the respect his PD, and FD give him. Like turning their backs on him , is not a good sign .

  45. Objectives of Chemtrails is outlined in Operation Red Sky: Creating a blockage in the brain that relate to the physical connecting point between the real and the unreal. In other words, Chemtrails confuse us about what is real and what is not. Some are operating at a very high level of occult skill. How many of you know what the word apathy means? The agencies are counting upon this apathy and in fact, helped create that state of consciousness. The goal is to perform aerosol gene therapy by spraying viral vectors capable of shutting down the DNA activation process in those infected.

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