NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the state is facing a “very real” threat of a pandemic and that his office is taking steps to protect the health of New Yorkers.
Cuomo told reporters in New York City that the number of new cases is expected to jump by 50% by the end of this year and that the coronavirus outbreak is now spreading rapidly in New Yorkers who don’t have a high risk of catching the virus.
The governor said New Yorkers have not seen a spike in COVID cases, but that the virus is still spreading rapidly and is spreading more rapidly than previously thought.
Cuomo said the state would be releasing a coronavivirus forecast on Wednesday, which will include the numbers of new coronavillosis cases expected this year.
The forecast is based on the assumption that coronavacavirus infections will continue to rise, and that COVID will spread to people who live in places where the virus has already infected people.
Cuomo also said that the New York state Department of Health has deployed more than 100,000 health workers to help people who are infected, which has helped to slow the spread of the virus in the state.
New York is among the states hardest hit by the pandemic.
Cuomo told reporters Monday that his state has already deployed 100,200 health workers in the last year to help those who are sickened, and he expects that number to continue to grow.
The New York governor has been under pressure since the state’s first case of coronaviral illness was reported in May.
New Yorkers are already under an unprecedented state of emergency that will require them to take public health measures including mandatory vaccines.
Cuomo says the state has spent about $1 billion to protect against the virus so far.
He has said that New York’s emergency powers were not necessary because the state was already well prepared.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the coronatavirus is spreading rapidly across the U.S. and in New England states, with about 6.3 million new cases and more than 5.4 million new deaths in the United States and more on the way.
It’s spread primarily through close contact with an infected person or a body site with the virus, and it can be spread by coughing or sneezing.
Cuomo has also been under intense criticism for not implementing a state of crisis declaration in his state, which would have required residents to quarantine for three days, as required by federal law.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.