New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will ask the state’s business leaders to reduce workplace density during the coronavirus outbreak.
Possible tactics include running two shifts of workers and letting workers who can work from home to do so.
He said in a city like New York City, “there’s no such thing as social distancing, you’re always within six feet of a person.”
“We really need to take more aggressive actions. This is not going away on its own,” he added. “Like it or not, we’re going to have to make some tough decisions, and we’re going to have to start to act united to reduce the density, more testing more testing more testing that’s the only way to reduce the spread.”
“We don’t want to overreact but we understand we have to take aggressive actions and we’re looking at all those large gatherings today and I will have an announcement either later today or tomorrow.”
Cuomo said the state cases as of this morning are at 193 — but added, “we’re going to get another tranche of numbers in the next couple of hours.”
“We test around-the-clock now so the number constantly adjusts, but it is constantly going up and that shouldn’t give people alarm,” he said.
Cuomo said he anticipates the number of cases will keep going up for weeks, and warned that the virus is “much more advanced than we are seeing in any of these numbers.”