New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Thursday, where he discussed the recent move by many governors to start reopening their states. He is concerned because the data suggests it is a significant mistake to reopen while new cases of COVID-19 are on the rise.
“Many of the other states, the numbers are still going up and they're reopening,” said Cuomo. “That not only violates C.D.C. guidelines, that violates common sense.” The C.D.C. has provided a set of guidelines to help states prepare for reopening.
Cuomo said that New York will only rely on data to determine when and how it reopens. However, he did admit that he can relate to the other governors. “The pressure to open is tremendous, said Cuomo. “People need a paycheck, they want to get back to work, they want to make sure they have a job. I get it.”
He warned governors of reopened states that the short-term gains will not outweigh the long-term losses. Cuomo said, “To open and then close two weeks later or three weeks later because that infection rate goes through the roof again makes no sense.”
Cuomo suggested that governors, “Calibrate the opening and don't open until you have those numbers under control.” He added, “I think it is a mistake to respond to the emotion when you know the facts are saying something different.”