“Correctly” is a strong word in context here, my man.
There are a lot of things we can say (and have said) about how the dynamic duo of Cuomo and de Blasio responded to New York’s crisis but the word “correctly” doesn’t figure in many of them. Surely we’re not at a point of such despair in America on how to combat COVID-19 that feeding nursing-home residents into a viral woodchipper is now part of a “correct” course of action.
The headlines from this unfortunate quote have been terrible but after watching the clip I don’t think he means to say that the entire New York response has been handled “correctly.” What he means is that they’ve done what should be done to keep downward pressure on cases after the state passed its peak. For instance, despite having only 40 percent of the combined population of Texas and Florida, New York has done about as many tests as those two states combined have. Even now, weeks past the peak, they’re conducting about as many tests per day as Texas and Florida are even though TX and FL are at the height of their epidemics. New York has also implemented contact tracing to try to identify hot spots as they emerge and Cuomo’s been careful about reopening in stages only after certain health-related benchmarks have been met.