NEW YORK — President Donald Trump and the federal government must stop the denial and tell the truth about the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, before calling on the president to mandate Americans wear masks in public as the virus spreads like wildfire across the United States.

Cuomo sharply criticized the federal government for a lacking “failure” of a coronavirus response Friday, saying Trump has made several excuses as COVID-19 outbreaks continue to spike nationwide, with rising cases in 32 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

“The denial by the federal government of the severity of this virus was followed by the federal government’s abandonment of responsibility,” Cuomo said Monday during a pandemic briefing at his Manhattan office. “They never believed it was a problem, so they didn’t believe they needed to solve it.”

The president should sign an executive order mandating all Americans to wear masks or face coverings in public, Cuomo said. The governor signed a similar mask-wearing mandate in New York in April.

“Let the president lead by example and let the president put a mask on it because we know it works — we’ve proven that it works in the state of New York,” Cuomo said. “If you want to help stop COVID-19, then start telling the people of this country the truth.”

The president has equated the rising numbers to an increase in diagnostic testing, but COVID-19 hospitalizations have climbed along with the positive U.S. cases. Available hospital and Intensive Care Unit beds are dwindling in Arizona, Texas and Florida.

The federal government has opened 41 diagnostic COVID-19 sites to date, Cuomo said, comparing it to New York’s testing priority with more than 750 testing sites statewide. The president pressured states to quickly reopen, citing the need to restart the national economy.

“Reopening fast is not good for the economy,” Cuomo said. “It just plain hasn’t worked, and it was even a failure. ... When the virus spikes, the market goes down, not up. This was not a smart policy to rush reopening.

“The volatility... the instability... the concern about the path of this nation has roiled the markets.”

The state will require malls and recommends all businesses and offices install filters in their air filtration or cooling systems that will filter out COVID-19 and not recirculate the virus, Cuomo said Monday.

NASA has studied High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, filters, which have been shown to help reduce the presence of COVID-19 in air filtration systems. HEPA filters filter out particles 0.01 micron and larger. Coronavirus COVID-19 particles measure about 0.125 micron in diameter.

Air filters with a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Valve rating, such as the NASA-studied HEPA filters, will be mandatory for large mall reopenings in the state, the governor said.

“We have been looking at this issue, and you see malls and air-conditioning systems in indoor spaces that have been problematic,” he explained. “We think this offers promise.”

Lawmakers and other state officials have clashed over the past week after the state delayed reopening gyms, malls and movie theaters in phase IV over concerns the air expelled by an air-conditioning or other cooling system would recirculate, instead of cleanse, the coronavirus in the air. Cuomo is particularly cautious in restarting gyms, malls and movie theaters, he has repeatedly said, because the industries are likely to draw large crowds.

Half the state — the North Country, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and Central New York regions — started Phase IV on Friday. Western New York is cleared to start the final reopening phase Tuesday.

The Gates Foundation-funded Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation updated model projects 179,106 Americans will die from COVID-19 by Oct. 1 — an increase of 10,000 more fatalities than the model the independent global health research center released two weeks ago. The White House Coronavirus Task Force follows the IHME projection.

The MTV Video Music Awards will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Aug. 30 with a reduced, or no, audience. Last year’s show was held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

New York has offered supplies, including masks, gloves, gowns and other PPE, health care workers, COVID-19 testing supplies, ventilators and other equipment to all states experiencing a surge. More than 30,000 health care professionals volunteered to come help New York at its virus peak earlier this spring.

“That was an amazing sign of generosity,” Cuomo said. “Any state who needs help, we stand ready. The door swings both ways in life.”

The governor expressed concern about New York’s COVID-19 rate surging from out-of-state visitors or travel to states with high virus infection rates .

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Canmandan6

Time for Cuomo to come clean and start telling the truth to the whole nation about the about Nursing Home deaths. New York State lost more nursing home residents to COVID than the total number of ALL of those lost in Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina COMBINED!

elderberry

You sound like you think the pandemic is over. Those states are seeing their totals continue to rise.

Holmes -- the real one

You know, it's interesting that troll-style attack comments such as those posted by fake "Holmes" tend to echo the NNY360 approach to Cuomo.

We all know that Cuomo is no angel but yet these trollish comments seem disturbingly like the editorial point of view.

And just as oddly, the anti-Cuomo tirades from fake "Holmes" and from the various editorial pieces would appear to be stated just to deflect attention from the real issues at hand.

So here we have, "Cuomo tells Trump to tell the truth about coronavirus" Remember that whole truth and nothing but the truth line (as part of swearing in as a witness)? Those extra words, essentially defining what will be considered 'truth,' are there foe a reason.

Trump is a liar. He is an inveterate liar. He is a pathological liar. Nothing, simply nothing that he says can be trusted. And this is not a new development – he has been this way his entire life. That’s not news. Nor is it news that Republicans, knowing just how much of a liar he is, still continue to support him.

What IS news is that courageous people are beginning to call him on it. Because they care about the health of our people, because they care about the nation and the Constitution. That is the news that should be published. That is what we should be able to expect from responsible journalism.

rockloper

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Holmes

You are the “real fake Holmes” I see you still can’t handle facts. Typical liberal, when you can’t argue facts rationally begin the name calling. Really sad. NY 21 is so deep red you can’t stand it..,,

Holmes -- the real one

LOL.

Body Language Analysis №4392: The Secret Tells behind Donald Trump’s Statement, “No Puppet. No Puppet. You’re the Puppet” — Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

https://medium.com/@DrGJackBrown/body-language-analysis-4392-the-secret-tells-behind-donald-trumps-statement-no-puppet-692b94f6c7ef

Holmes

The hypocrisy is so over the top I can’t even comment it’s so embarrassing.

“More than 30,000 health care professionals volunteered to come help New York” then Cuomo hit them with NYS income tax. Unbelievable....

You get paid by NY, you pay NY taxes............so what?

And you missed the entire drift of the article in order to spread your venom!

Nice_Commenter

"This is their new hoax" - Donald J Trump, February 20th, 2020

"I don't take responsibility for anything" - Donald J Trump, March 2020

You are a supporter of a president who retweeted a man shouting "white power" yesterday.

Eagle24

You can't even comment.....yet you still do...

rockloper

Deflect, deflect, deflect, don't look behind the curtain.

hermit thrush

how ... how is this hypocrisy?

what is embarrassing is not knowing the definition of the insult you're hurling.

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