Nicole Epstein, with Gotham Public Relations, sends in a quick recap of Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 briefings. Here are her notes from Governor Cuomo’s press briefing:

  • Gov. briefly discussed the verdict in the trial of George Floyd's death, said he hopes the justice served brings some peace, and further called for the federal government to act on public safety reform
  • Gov. highlighted New York's regional public safety reform changes

COVID:

  • 2.14% statewide positivity rate, lowest since November 5
  • 53 fatalities
  • 817 ICU patients
  • 505 intubations

Positivity by Region:

  • Capital Region: 2.0%
  • Central NY: 1.4%
  • Finger Lakes: 3.0%
  • Long Island: 2.9%
  • Mid Hudson: 3.0%
  • Mohawk Valley: 1.6%
  • North Country: 1.4%
  • NYC: 2.8%
  • Southern Tier: 0.8%
  • Western NY: 4.4%
  • Statewide 7-day average: 2.6%

Announcement:

  • Effective this Friday, those over 60 years of age do not need an appointment at mass vaccination sites, will be accepted on a walk-in basis

Comments from Andrea Stewart-Cousins, also in attendance:

  • Stewart-Cousins discussed the budget and the focus on COVID recovery
  • She urged residents to get vaccinated to speed up recovery from COVID
  • The mass vaccination site in Yonkers will reach 50,000 total vaccinations administered today
  • Stewart-Cousins praised the verdict in the George Floyd case

Q&A:

On what the state will do to encourage compliance with vaccinations:
  • Gov. said the discrepancies in COVID numbers are due to varying compliance with safety protocols
  • Gov. said allowing walk-in vaccinations should help vaccine compliance
  • Gov. added providing the facts and increasing access should also help

On Corning Tower lights being changed to "NY TOUCH" and whether the Gov.'s office has investigated this:
  • Gov. said he doesn't have information on this currently, will have to provide later today

On whether there is updated guidance on outdoor festivals:
  • Mujica said guidance is periodically updated, and guidance for outdoor events should be updated again within the next week, but is dependent on numbers in specific regions
  • Mujica added that at this pace with vaccinations, guidance should continue to be updated

On reports of withholding of vaccinations from prisons, and the current status of vaccinations in those facilities:
  • Gov. said inmates were being vaccinated in accordance with same guidance as the general public

Follow-up on court ruling this practice was unconstitutional:
  • Cummings responded vaccinations in prisons began with those 65 and over and those with comorbidities
  • She added the second doses for those populations will be finished this week
  • The 3,700 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines for this population have been paused, but other vaccines continue

On whether Gov. will resign if the AG determines Gov. did violate sexual harassment law:
  • Gov. repeated he will not comment on the investigation until the report is completed

On whether Gov. has changed his behavior in light of sexual harassment allegations:
  • Gov. said his behavior is public, New Yorkers can see how he acts toward others
  • Gov. added that social distancing has changed the way everyone greets others