New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) confessed on Monday that coronavirus impact projections were “all wrong,” and he’s done speculating about what the future holds for the state in regard to reopening because of the failed models.
“Now, people can speculate. People can guess. I think next week, I think two weeks, I think a month,” Cuomo explained to reporters of the speculation about how soon New York will be able to reopen.
“I’m out of that business because we all failed at that business. Right? All the early national experts. Here’s my projection model. Here’s my projection model. They were all wrong. They were all wrong.”
Cuomo’s criteria for reopening certain parts of the state includes a “14-day downswing in deaths and hospitalizations.” However, he’s now refusing to predict a timeline for when those areas, especially New York City, will meet the requirements.
Cuomo, who was lauded as the hero of the coronavirus response early on in the pandemic, has now come under fire for proactively sending COVID-19 patients into nursing homes. Now, Cuomo is taking even more heat for slow-walking the state’s reopening process.
Dave Marcus of The Federalist wrote in a New York Post op-ed that the city’s lockdown “needs to end,” arguing that “by prolonging the coronavirus shutdown long after its core mission was accomplished, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have plunged tens of thousands of New Yorkers into poverty.”
New York’s coronavirus death tolls have fallen to the lowest levels seen since March, with Cuomo himself admitting that the state’s one-day death toll fell below 100 over the weekend. Still, he won’t relinquish his iron grip on the people of New York.