Cuomo Gets Tested for Coronavirus on Live Broadcast

NEW YORK (AP) -
Governor Andrew Cuomo holds daily COVID-19 press briefing on May 17, 2020, announcing statewide testing at 700 plus locations. (Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo got tested for coronavirus on live broadcast Sunday as he announced that all people in the state experiencing flu-like symptoms are now eligible for tests.

Any New Yorkers experiencing flu-like symptoms or those who will be returning to work as part of phased re-openings across the state can now get tested, Gov. Cuomo said.

The state is expanding eligibility as it deals with a surplus of testing capacity. Cuomo said drive-thru and walk-in testing sites are performing about one-third of the 15,000 tests they’re capable of each day.

In all, the state is testing about 40,000 people per day.

An agreement with CVS will allow samples to be collected at more than 60 pharmacies across the state, Cuomo said. Testing in New York City is being expanded to 123 CityMD walk-in clinics.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also made an urgent appeal Sunday for blood donations, saying coronavirus-related blood drive cancellations have led supplies to dwindle to about two days’ worth, which could mean postponing some surgeries.