Governor Cuomo believes coronavirus could be in NYS for six months or more

Andrew Cuomo
Posted at 12:23 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 12:23:06-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo opened the state's first drive through COVID-19 testing Center in New Rochelle Friday.

The drive through testing center will test up to 200 people Friday and up to 500 people in the coming days for COVID-19.

Cuomo says in addition to the drive through testing center the state is partnering with BioReference Laboratories to run 5,000 COVID-19 tests per day.

The 5,000 tests per day are on top of the testing that will be conducted by the 28 public and private labs the state is working in partnership with.

During his press conference Cuomo stated he believes the coronavirus could be in New York State for six months or more based on the trajectory of the virus.

"The single most important thing we can do to combat and contain the novel coronavirus is test for it, and while the federal government was caught flatfooted in the midst of this crisis, New York has stepped up to fill in the gaps and ramp up testing capacity," said Cuomo.

Cuomo also announced any plan to close schools comes down to the superintendent level, it is a local decision not a state decision.