ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was tested for COVID-19 live on national television Sunday, which he said was meant to show how quick and easy it is to receive the nasal swab for a test.
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Cuomo had previously expressed resistance to being tested for COVID, which has hit New York harder than any state. He argued that he had not been displaying symptoms, nor had he been directly exposed to anyone who has tested positive.
Cuomo also said Sunday that he had been previously tested, though he didn’t say when.
“Even a governor can do it,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo said New York has 700 testing centers, enough to cover all corners of the state.
The state has excess testing capacity now, with the ability to test more than 80,000 in in-state and out-of-state labs, according to Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.
Cuomo urged anyone showing COVID symptoms or may have come into contact with a COVID-positive person to get tested.
The governor additionally expanded the state’s guidelines on who should get tested to include New Yorkers who have been or would be cleared to return to work under the first phase of the state’s reopening plan.
Industries covered in that phase include construction, landscaping, manufacturing and retail locations which offer curbside pick-up.
Cuomo closed the presser by saying that he would await the results of his latest test for the contagion.
“If I’m not here tomorrow, it means I tested positive,” he said. “Otherwise, we’ll see you here tomorrow.”