The governor said that while the state lab will soon be able to process about 2,000 tests a day, New York has 9 million people needing to get back to work.
“It’s not enough if you want to reopen on a meaningful scale and reopen quickly,” Cuomo told a state Capitol news briefing. “We need an unprecedented mobilization where government can produce these tests in the millions.”
Cuomo said the federal government should use its leverage to scale up testing and that New York could work in a coalition with neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut.
The governor did not provide a timeline, but described the economic restart as a “gradual, phased process and it’s going to be reliant on testing, testing of antibodies, testing for diagnostic results and testing on the scale that we have not done before.”