ALBANY – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo joined other regional leaders Monday afternoon to discuss a plan to re-open the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Cuomo was joined by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.
“We should start looking forward to ‘reopening’, but reopening with a plan and a smart plan because if you do it wrong, it can backfire,” Gov. Cuomo said. “What the art form is going to be here is doing that smartly and doing that productively and doing that in a coordinated way—in coordination with other states in the area and doing it as a cooperative effort where we learn from each other where we share information, share resources, where we share intelligence.”
“No one has done this before—it’s one step forward after research and consultation with experts,” added Gov. Cuomo. “I’m not a public health expert but this has to be informed by experts.”
Cuomo said that each state will name an economic developer and a health official that will be led by each governor’s chief of staff to “form a working group that will start work immediately on designing a reopening plan,” while taking into consideration “the public health concerns and issues and the economic reactivation issues and concerns.”
As of Monday, New York reported more than 190,288 positive cases of COVID-19 and more than 10,000 deaths; New Jersey reported more than 61,800 positive cases and more than 2,350 deaths; and Connecticut reported more than 12,000 positive cases and more than 550 deaths.