There will be two weeks between each phase "to monitor the effects of the re-opening and ensure hospitalization and infection rates are not increasing".
-Overall hospitalization rate is on the decline.
Cuomo said the larger sample added to his belief that the fatality rate from COVID-19, calculated by dividing the number of deaths by the infection rate implied by the antibody testing, may be lower than some experts had feared.
Cuomo said he was on that call, but also noted that he is facing a different situation than many governors in the country.
Compared to President Donald Trump, voters say they trust Cuomo by a 78-16 percent margin when it comes to making a decision about reopening NY, officials say.
Murphy said the state is already working to double its testing capacity by the end of May and make tests available to any residents who need them, which could be at pharmacies or even take-home kits.
But in the face of new skepticism on the testing from the World Health Organization, Cuomo on Sunday said that the point had expanded beyond returning people to work, helping the state to determine the wider infection rate and who can donate convalescent plasma.
Testing, tracing, and isolating individuals exposed to COVID-19 are important factors in gradually reopening the state, he said. A region would have to reach the 14-day criteria in order to reopen, he said.
"Be creative. Try to figure it out", the Democrat said during his briefing Sunday. In New Jersey, there were 166 fewer people requiring hospitalizations for the state's sixth straight day of declines. "Turn that valve a little bit for a region, watch those four gauges closely", he says. He said the state will "fortify" its health care system, build its own stockpile of personal protective equipment and ventilators, and create a "playbook" that subsequent administrations could use in a future pandemic.
Meanwhile, another wave of states prepared to ease coronavirus restrictions on U.S. commerce this week, despite health experts warning that there is still too little diagnostic testing, while the White House forecast a staggering jump in the nation's monthly jobless rate.
"We need human touch, human contact", 64-year-old Kim Kaseta told AFP, delighted to be at her local breakfast spot in Atlanta, where waiters and cooks wore masks.
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