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N.Y. To Pay Death Benefits To Families Of Frontline Workers Who Died From COVID-19

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A patient is wheeled out of Elmhurst Hospital Center to a waiting ambulance during the coronavirus outbreak in April.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Saturday that will provide death benefits to the families of frontline government workers who died from the coronavirus.

The new law will provide an accidental death benefit to the families of public employees who died from COVID-19. 

Cuomo says that includes emergency responders, public health care workers and police officers. 

“We honor you, and we remember you. You gave your lives for us. We will be there to support your families going forward.” 

The governor also says that 10 new test sites will be set up in virus hotspots across New York City – the last region in the state to remain shut down. The city is preparing to enter phase one of reopening next week. 

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.
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