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Wuhan Virus Watch: Now Gov. Cuomo is Complaining There are Too Many Unused Tests

Wuhan Virus Watch: Now Gov. Cuomo is Complaining There are Too Many Unused Tests

Cuomo also says no one should be prosecuted for NY nursing home deaths. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee retracts contact tracing requirements for restaurants. Virginia sees massive crowds at “closed” beaches. Atwater, CA, declares itself “sanctuary city” from lockdown.

Today’s update starts with the news that New York is facing a new coronavirus crisis: There are too many tests available that are not being used.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a coronavirus test during his daily briefing Sunday, saying that all New Yorkers who think they have symptoms should get one.

The governor said New York is now conducting 40,000 COVID-19 tests per day at 700 testing sites.

“Which means there is a testing site near you,” Cuomo said. “The new problem is we have more sites and more testing capacity than we’re using.”

Cuomo said any individual who thinks they have a COVID-19 symptom can get a test.

“If you think you have symptoms, get a test. It’s up to you,” he said. “We just don’t have enough New Yorkers coming to be tested.”

Cuomo says no one should be prosecuted for coronavirus deaths in New York, including those in nursing homes

Cuomo has been slammed for his coronavirus rules, which had infected patients returned to nursing homes…resulting in further spread of the contagious virus that has proved deadly to the elderly.

His excuse now appears to be: They were going to die anyway.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday addressed the state’s early response to the coronavirus outbreak and said “nobody” should be prosecuted for those who died, noting that “older people” were most vulnerable. The governor has been criticized for a decision in March, which has since been reversed, to send patients back to nursing homes after they tested positive for COVID-19.

More than 4,800 people died from COVID-19 in nursing homes in the state between March 1 and May 1, according to a tally released by the Cuomo administration on May 1. Cuomo has called nursing homes a “feeding frenzy” for the coronavirus.

“Despite whatever you do, because with all our progress as a society, we can’t keep everyone alive,” Cuomo said.

The number of deaths in New York state dropped again Saturday to 139 people. When asked about the nursing home deaths, Cuomo noted the 139 people who died on Saturday and asked who is accountable for everyone who died.

“How do we get justice for those families of those 139 deaths?” Cuomo said. “Who can we prosecute for those 139 deaths? Nobody. Mother Nature, God, where did this virus come from? People are going to die by this virus, that is the truth.”

When pressed further about how some people thought their loved ones would be safe because of Matilda’s Law, Cuomo continued to stress the point that older and more vulnerable people were “always going to die from this virus.” He said when talking who is accountable for deaths, the most important thing was to make sure “you can have a situation where everyone did the right thing and everyone tried their best.”

Gov. Jay Inslee retracts requirement that diners provide contact info when restaurants reopen

We had previously reported Washington state was mandating that restaurants keep a log of patrons to aid in contact tracing.

Outrage over these plans due to privacy concerns has swayed the governor to change his mind.

When dining rooms in Washington start to reopen in the coming months, restaurants will not be required to record customers’ contact information after all.

In a walk-back of a controversial component of the restaurant reopening guidance issued earlier this week, Gov. Jay Inslee’s office issued a statement on Friday evening “clarifying” that the state will not require customers to provide their contact information when they go out to eat.

Instead, businesses are asked to maintain a list of customers who voluntarily do so.

“We are asking visitors to voluntarily provide contact information in case of COVID-19 exposure. We only need information for one person per household. If we learn you may have been exposed to COVID-19 during your visit, the information will only be shared with public health officials,” Inslee’s news release said. “They will contact you to explain the risk, answer questions and provide resources. This information will not be used for any other purpose, including sales or marketing. If this list is not used within 30 days, it will be destroyed.”

Virginia Beach was closed, but the crowds came anyway

More proof that for all intents and purposes, American citizens are ending the lockdown themselves.

The Virginia Beach Oceanfront felt like summer in more ways than one Saturday as children ordered “blue and lellow” snow cones and bought hermit crabs, shoppers sampled fudge inside cramped gift shops and bikers pedaled on the boardwalk — with the usual complaints of people walking in the bike lane.

And that’s as the beach is considered closed.

While Virginia began to slowly relax some restrictions Friday for businesses and places of worship in the first of a three-phase approach — limiting indoor capacity to 50%, allowing outdoor dining but only if people sat at least 6 feet apart, requiring staff in some cases to wear masks — the state’s beaches remained restricted to fishing and exercise.

…While the sprawling beach nearby was not at all packed, and groups were keeping their distance, there was no lack of beach blankets, towels, tents and umbrellas set up near the water.

Maria Parke, 45, of Virginia Beach sat near a blue tent, just steps from the ocean, and said she felt safer on the beach than the busy boardwalk. Nobody wants to be on top of each other, so all beachgoers were doing their part to keep their distance, she said.

Atwater, CA declares itself “sanctuary city” from lockdown, allows businesses to open

The hot, new take on the “Sanctuary City” concept.

The City of Atwater has declared itself a “sanctuary city” for all businesses, allowing owners to open despite the state of California’s stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Atwater City Council voted on the resolution on Friday afternoon, saying it, “Affirms the city’s commitment to fundamental constitutional rights.”

“This is America. You have the choice. It’s time for the government to stop dictating another month, another three months, six months,” said Atwater Mayor Paul Creighton. “When is it going to end? When everyone is bankrupt?”

Non-profit organizations, such as churches, are also allowed to reopen under the new resolution.


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Such a weak excuse from Cuomo. He has shown his lack of concern before when he casually replied that non essential workers should just apply to essential jobs if they needed the money. He definitely doesn’t deserve the accolades he has been getting.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Yippy. | May 18, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    I would love to see him taken to task when asked directly whether he thinks the investigation by Congress into the National Coronavirus response is appropriate.

    BobM in reply to Yippy. | May 18, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    I too am puzzled by the accolades I’ve seen posted on the Web for gov. Andy’s Corona Virus response. And all his other actions in general. If there’s one Trump failing you can honestly call Trump on, it’s his tendency to upsell himself to ridiculous lengths, every thing is the biggest or the best ever or the most fantastic job eveh…. you’ve all seen it I hope. Well, I’ve seen remarkably similar plaudits posted describing Cuomo Jr.

    I’m a NY (upstate) resident, so I’m familiar with his record. It’s not good. Seriously, not good. But he’s a Dem politician in a majority Dem state so he’ll likely get another term. And, like his dad before him, he’s often named as a possible future president. As someone who’s been accused more than once of being some sort of paid internet shill (I WISH, it would beat my day job all to heck) based on nothing more than being willing to post nonLeft opinions, I kinda hesitate to do the same to anyone else, Buttttt…. based on how ridiculously unrealistic some of that praise is, based on Cuomo status as an uncrowned prince of the party, and based on the very true meme that what wrongdoing Dems accuse Reps of undertaking is an accurate guide to what wrongdoing Dems are themselves already doing…. at least one poster I encountered struck me as a paid shill. The capper was when, instead of responding to a (imho) factual laundry list of Cuomo’s missteps I posted in a thread with a counter post, he deleted my post by misreporting it as commercial spam. Lying liars gotta lie, I guess,

ScottTheEngineer | May 18, 2020 at 11:45 am

Leave a contact number in case you’ve been exposed? You were exposed when you got your mail, filled your tank with gas or went outside. There is no such thing as contact tracing. Its virtue signalling.
Wish these morons would grow up. Cuomo’s a tool but he’s right. People are going to die. Why aren’t people screaming for antibody tests? It’s the only one that matters.

    My doctor refuses to order an antibody test for me (or his other patients, or himself, or his wife) because he says that none of the currently FDA “approved” (Emergency Use Authorization) tests have been validated by the FDA. He says that the worst case is a false positive. I think he’s right.

    So the questions become: What is the validation process? What stage is it in? Is there a “journalist” who could take a short break from lying about Trump to find the answer to these questions?

    Why do we not have answers to the questions which matter?

    Since leaving your name and contact information is now voluntary, the Dems can match the names against their donor lists to better target their outreach efforts.

    Self-identifying robots, basically.

UnCivilServant | May 18, 2020 at 11:46 am

Cuomo says no one should be prosecuted for coronavirus deaths in New York, including those in nursing homes

Oh, there should be prosecutions, starting with Andy – at least depraved indifference murder, if not more serious.

Cuomo is not smart. I hope people in the state of NY have been over exposed to Cuomo and his snobbish ways, along with seeing that he is not a smart man.

I can accept that in the midst of a pandemic like this there will be errors made in how to handle things, but far to many of the leftists in particular, saw this as a political tool, and wielded it as such. Cuomo did a horrendous job at this, but it’s not any different than how he has handled just about everything since his coronation as governor.

Cuomo didn’t just make a poor judgement with how he pushed nursing homes to take the Chinese virus victims in, he defended it and kept it going for way too long despite it having devastating effects on those who lived in them.

People are finally reaching the point where they have had enough in large enough numbers that we are protected from state repercussions from disobeying their unconstitutional lock ins. Legal suites are mounting now against these states who acted like dictators. I hope they all face fiscal problems as well as lose their jobs for the horrendous job they did.

    Another Voice in reply to oldgoat36. | May 18, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    “Cuomo did a horrendous job at this, but it’s not any different than how he has handled just about everything since his coronation as governor.”

    At this time next year Cuomo will be working the system to get another already declared term in office. So the rhetoric we’re hearing now coming from him will be magnified by 10. It will be in the courts which will keep it on point of what he already denies as happening. We can only hope that the sentiments on his truly first crisis in office points out how much a self-serving user he is.

If a Democrat is not caterwauling or in a state of aggrieved high dudgeon then he is not a Democrat. Democrats complain. That’s what they do.

Another Voice | May 18, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Cuomo possesses a very similar bravado as PDJT, the true difference is Cuomo derives his from self-entitlement and deference to his father, Mario’s 3 Term Governorship, where he heeded the lifetime internship of self-enrichment at the taxpayers expense. It fed not only is purse but his ego. As an administrator he keeps many lackeys on payroll or appointments to take the fall for his too numerous to name failed projects which has led NYS being upside down in income and expenses. How bad is it? Like having him for Governor is like having Obama never have left the White House. If it wasn’t for the de-regulations of the last 3 years by the Trump administration, NYS would be a deeper hole of a negative budget of $6 Billion( pre-Virus). If any business was ran like our state in would have filed for Chapter 11 years ago. Whereas PDJT made and staked his entire career on money and investments made on what he created, not what he took. The “Art of the Deal” as a business tool is not the manipulation, deceit and self-enrichment practiced by Cuomo. It’ll never be on Cuomo to take any hit for anything..he’s a Democrat.

    There is a cycle in wealth inheritance:
    – The first generation earns it;
    – The second generation consolidates it;
    – The third generation micturates it away.

    There is probably an analogous cycle to political dynasties; that the ensuing generations are never as smart or as capable as the old man was.

What this boils down to is this: the governors and their minions do not have the constitutional authority to shut down the state economies. This started as a call to voluntarily stay home but wear masks and maintain social distancing if you have to go out. Then it morphed into shutting down “non-essential” employment based on vague and inconsistent (if offered at all) reasoning. Then they moved the goal posts and started clamping down with the threat of penalties for not complying. They need to be kicked in the teeth very, very hard.

Companies need to simply re-open and call back their employees without fear of getting sued. They should then file class-action lawsuits against the politicians and their “scientific experts”. Then let’s have an election.

My son tested negative twice. Doctors are well aware the test in use has many false negatives. He was discharged from the hospital and told by the doctors he had covid, but they weren’t allowed to test him a third time. Cuomo’s orders- only two tests, even if the doctors think someone has it.

No wonder there are unused tests.

Antifundamentalist | May 18, 2020 at 1:51 pm

Only one person needs to be prosecuted for Coronavirus deaths in nursing homes: the one that signed the order forcing nursing homes to take covid-positive patients.

stevewhitemd | May 18, 2020 at 2:44 pm

The Virginia Pilot photographer, Ms. McKeon, used a telephoto lens — at least a 200mm full-frame and likely longer. How do I know? Look at the compression of the images at the cited news report. It makes it appear that the beach is crowded, when in fact by looking carefully you can see the most everyone is distancing just fine.

Look at photo #1 in the series: if you were to check Google Maps you’d see that from the closest visible building on the left side of the photo, to the large dark Marriott in the center (still under construction on the Google Map view), is about 3/4 of a mile. So you’re looking at one mile of beach AT LEAST, and likely double that.

Look at photo #1 again: see how close the life guard chairs are? These are usually 50-100 yards apart. They are lined up in a row as you look at the left portion of the photo and count the umbrellas.

Just another trick the MSM uses to advance the agenda…

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 18, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Who was looking for something like this last week?

The Wigan Flu appears to be much less deadly than normal flu according to this comparison.

Cuomo, plain and simple, is an asshat. He loves to hear himself talk even when making a total fool of himself.

I’ve been to New York and I know they have top soil and some out of the way places. Do they not have pitchforks and ropes?

harleycowboy | May 18, 2020 at 5:26 pm

“Cuomo also says no one should be prosecuted for NY nursing home deaths.”

Because you ordered it?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to harleycowboy. | May 18, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Of course.

    Just like Stalin he will not admit to being a mass murderer, if he can avoid it.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 18, 2020 at 8:03 pm


Horowitz: Lockdowns missed the boat: More likely coronavirus cases in US as early as December

The negative consequences of large-scale quarantine are so extreme (forced confinement of sick people with the well; complete restriction of movement of large populations; difficulty in getting critical supplies, medicines, and food to people inside the quarantine zone) that this mitigation measure should be eliminated from serious consideration.” ~Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Nov. 4, 2006

CUOMO: We can’t afford the luxury of grandma; let’s gun her down.
AIDE: That would be horrible optics.
CUOMO: OK, let’s infect her with a deadly disease.
AIDE: Cool. Nobody can see that.

Steve – good observations re beach photography. They did that same thing here in California – Orange County – and the governor used that telephoto pix to close those beaches. However a few days later they were all open for business As usual in Orange County. Locals told us they had never
been bothered on the beaches there anyway- except that one surfer who was chased down by the coast guards!! We the People will be free.

Well, I got my test results back. Negative for the virus, and positive for antibodies. So I must have had it and never noticed.

Public Citizen | May 20, 2020 at 1:15 am

Somebody in New York, please get this child a pacifier and change its diaper.
It seems no matter what, Cuomo has a bitch with it.