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11:40 a.m. ET, April 21, 2020

New York has 1,000 workers fielding unemployment calls, Cuomo says 

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

A man reads a sign on the door of the New York State Department of Labor offices in the New York City borough of Queens, on Thursday, April 2.
A man reads a sign on the door of the New York State Department of Labor offices in the New York City borough of Queens, on Thursday, April 2. Anthony Behar/Sipa/AP

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledged that the wave of unemployment claims has overwhelmed the state’s system.

Cuomo said the agency has hired 1,000 workers just to field unemployment calls. 

"They still can't keep up with the volume," Cuomo said. "And there's nothing worse than being unemployed and nervous about a paycheck, and then you call for unemployment benefits and you can't get through on the phone. I get it. I get it."

Cuomo said people are working seven days a week on the unemployment office problems, but they are trying to update a system that is used to a much lower capacity. 

"The good news is this: You're going to get the same benefit, anyway. It's not like it's costing you money, right? I know it's frustrating, but once you qualify, the qualification is retroactive, so you're going to get the same benefit. … You will get the benefit, it's just an annoying delay," he said.

12:25 p.m. ET, April 21, 2020

Cuomo will meet with Trump today: I'll "tell the truth"

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet with President Trump at the White House today. The two have sometimes disagreed on their approaches to the coronavirus pandemic, and other times they've praised each other.

Cuomo said his approach today is simple: He'll tell the truth.

During his daily briefing, a reporter asked Cuomo about his upcoming trip:

"When you head down to the White House today — I think it's been fair to say that you've had to walk a fine line in your dealings with him," the reporter asked. "How's this going to continue when you meet with him today."

Cuomo responded:

"Life is a fine line. Being in government is a fine line. Everything is a fine line ... I'll tell you how you negotiate the fine line: You tell the truth"

Cuomo said the President has "no problem" telling him when he agrees and disagrees with the governor and vice versa.

"Heck with it, just tell the truth," Cuomo said.

What they'll discuss: Cuomo said the focus of his meeting with Trump will be on testing. He said said he believes the federal government needs to tackle manufacturing supply chain issues.

“It’s a situation where you need everyone to work together," the governor said

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11:31 a.m. ET, April 21, 2020

Gov. Cuomo says states should be responsible for testing, but feds needs to coordinate supply

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he agrees with the federal government that individual states should be in charge of administering testing, but the US government needs to take the helm with supply issues. 

"It's only appropriate that the state should be in charge of actual testing in the state. I agree with the federal government's position on that," Cuomo said. 

Cuomo said that the state-regulated labs tell him that manufacturers are responsible for the testing holdup, and in turn, the manufacturers say the international supply chain is the problem. 

Cuomo said his daughters asked him why he didn’t think of buying test kits from South Korea, as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan did.

"That piece is where the federal government can help us. Take that national manufacturer and that supply chain for the national manufacturers and let the federal government figure out South Korea and China and international supply issues, rather than have 50 states now figure out how to go be like Governor Hogan and figure out how to buy tests in South Korea," Cuomo said.

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11:23 a.m. ET, April 21, 2020

New York governor says state regions will coordinate reopenings

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that when the state's economies are ready to reopen, the process will be coordinated regionally.

Across the nation, some clusters of states have banded together to develop plans to reopen.

"The same logic that applies to the country applies to some states, this state," Cuomo said.

"There are regional economies within this state" that need to work together, he said.

"Let's talk about reopening economies in that regional context and coordinating regionally," Cuomo added.
11:44 a.m. ET, April 21, 2020

NYC will throw a ticker tape parade for health care workers

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

Healthcare workers react to people applauding in front of the Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens to show gratitude to medical staff and essential workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday, April 15.
Healthcare workers react to people applauding in front of the Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens to show gratitude to medical staff and essential workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday, April 15. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

New York City will throw a ticker tape parade to honor health care workers and first responders once the city reopens, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

"When the day comes that we can restart the vibrant beautiful life of this city again, the first thing we will do is we will have a ticker tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes for our health care workers and our first responders. We will honor those who saved us."

The Canyon of Heroes is the name given to the parade route that follows Broadway between the Battery and City Hall in New York City.

"The first thing we will, before we think about anything else, is we will take the time only as New York City can do to throw the biggest, best parade to honor these heroes. Many, many great heroes have gone down that canyon to be appreciated and loved by millions of New Yorkers, but I think this will be the greatest of all the parades because this one will speak to the rebirth of New York City," de Blasio said.

11:12 a.m. ET, April 21, 2020

Elective medical treatments can resume in some parts of New York, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said some elective medical treatments will be allowed to resume in some parts of the state.

"We're going to allow elective outpatient treatment, which means the number of beds will remain available," Cuomo said at a news briefing.

These procedures will only be allowed to resume in areas "without a Covid issue," Cuomo said, adding that New York City, Westchester County and other hard-hit areas will continue to cancel elective procedures.

Last month, Cuomo said canceling all non-elective surgeries across the state would free up 25-35% of hospital beds.

11:10 a.m. ET, April 21, 2020

481 died from coronavirus in New York on Monday, Gov. Cuomo says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 481 people died from coronavirus on Monday in the state. 

The number of deaths in hospitals was 452, while 29 passed away in nursing rooms.

The number remained flat from Sunday, which saw 478 deaths.

11:07 a.m. ET, April 21, 2020

New York governor: The definition of "good" is now "not terrible"

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said total hospitalizations of coronavirus patients in the state are "basically flat."

However, about 1,300 new people were hospitalized yesterday, Cuomo said.

"Our definition of 'good' has changed here. 'Good' is now 'not terrible,'" he said.

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10:52 a.m. ET, April 21, 2020

Florida governor asks reopening task force to focus on minimizing risk

From CNN's Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives updates about the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic during a press conference on Friday, April 17, in Fort Lauderdale.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives updates about the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic during a press conference on Friday, April 17, in Fort Lauderdale. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Florida governor’s task force team focused on reopening the state is discussing how to reopen the tourism industry this morning. Gov. Ron DeSantis called into the conference call to tell task force members to focus on minimizing risk. 

“Think in practical terms,” DeSantis said. He asked them to think of ways to minimize the risk of virus transmission.

It’s less about what businesses are essential or non-essential, DeSantis said, it’s about how businesses can operate safely.

DeSantis claimed the state has flattened the curve of cases and last night only 713 people were in ICU.