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Cuomo Raises Restrictions In Parts Of New York, Issues Warning

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Mike Groll
Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo intensified restrictions in several parts of New York due to the climbing rate of the coronavirus. And he delivered a stern warning to New Yorkers who are tempted to break the rules this Thanksgiving.

Cuomo declared parts of upper Manhattan, and portions of Long Island, as yellow zones. On Staten Island, which is now in an Orange zone, hospital space is running out, and the state will reactivate an emergency health facility there which was created last spring.

Cuomo said all across the state, the numbers are already going up with a 122% increase in the rate of hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the last three weeks. He said that’s happening even without the added social temptations of the holidays, and it’s very worrisome.

“These numbers have kept me awake for many, many, many nights,” said Cuomo. “People get infected, they go into the hospital, they go into the ICU, they’re intubated, they die.”

Cuomo said it’s not a normal Thanksgiving, and no one should expect it to be. He said his own family is limiting their gathering. One of his daughters, Mariah, who lives in Chicago, tearfully decided it’s too risky to come for the holiday.

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990. She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers.