Governor Andrew Cuomo is extending the stay-at-home directive for non-essential employees in the state to stay home for another two weeks, until April 15.
Cuomo announced the extension during his daily briefing about the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday.
“We’re doing it in 2-week intervals, because every day is a new day, and we’ll see what happens day-to-day, but I think it’s not even questionable today but that we’re going to need 2 more weeks of non-essential workers," Cuomo said.
Cuomo also said that the number of deaths due to the virus is now 965. That number was up by 237 from the day before.
More than 59,000 statewide have tested positive for the virus.
Meantime, Cuomo says he continues to work on getting more equipment and personnel in place for whenever the peak of the virus, which he refers to as the apex, happens.
“I have to prepare for the apex, for the curve, that’s where I need the beds, that’s where I need the supplies, etc. That’s why when I say, ‘get ahead of this thing,’ the virus has been ahead of us, I want to get ahead of the virus,” Cuomo told reporters in Albany.
Cuomo says there are some positive notes, including the fact that the rate of increase for new cases of COVID-19 is slowing, even as the actual number continues to rise.