Winter is going to be the season of the vaccine,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo at Wednesday’s press conference. “That may very well be the most challenging operation government has had to perform all through COVID.”

Forty-three states are now on the travel advisory list. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut also meet the criteria but are not on the list — “It would have a disastrous effect on the economy,” says the governor. However, non-essential travel to those states is discouraged.

As New York State tests heavily in COVID-19 hotspots, it reached a record of test results in a single day on Saturday, nearly 160,000.

Albany County continues to have an uptick in COVID-19 cases as Governor Andrew Cuomo looks ahead to distributing vaccines, requesting a meeting with the president.

Albany County residents

On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that state aid would be withheld from schools that remain open in so-called “red zones,” where the coronavirus is prevalent, and, further, that municipalities in those red zones that are not enforcing closures will also have state aid withheld.

While Governor Andrew Cuomo is still being criticized for large numbers of nursing-home deaths during the height of the pandemic in New York, an association of long-term care facilities is pushing for less restrictive regulations for testing and for visitors.

“There are some states that have followed the politics of denial and have turned it into science fiction,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday. “The theory was: If you test less, you will find fewer cases, and if you find fewer cases, you have less of a problem. That’s almost a laughable concept.”

“A rifle is more targeted than a shotgun, right?” said Governor Andrew Cuomo on the value of thorough testing for COVID-19. “Other states see the statewide number increase, and then they have to do statewide closings because they can’t target the clusters.”

Governor Andrew announced a Cluster Action Initiative today to deal with COVID-19 hotspots in Brooklyn and Queens in New York City and in Rockland, Orange, and Broome counties.

“There could be a number of explanations for this,”Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy said of a spike in COVID-19 for 10- to 19-year-olds, “but with many college campuses still operating and many children going back to school for in-person lessons, we need to continue to monitor this troubling trend and ensure parents are able to get their children tested.”


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