Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife Chirlaine McCray will lead a special coronavirus task force to study racial inequality as part of its plan to reopen the city.
He added that he estimates that it will take more than 20 months to fully rebuild New York City.
As part of this reconstruction, de Blasio has announced various advices which will focus on the reopening. His wife, McCray, will chair the task force on racial inequality.
The First Lady, 65, will work with Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson in the role which will focus on inclusion and equity to ensure that the city “bounces back as a better and fairer society than the one we left, “said de Blasio.
The mayor defended the decision to entrust his wife to this council, saying that his work at the besieged ThriveNYC qualified her because of the ideas she had generated, including a $ 250 million a year mental health plan.
“In terms of tackling inequality, Thrive has gone so far and in many ways even further,” said de Blasio.
“I think that’s exactly the kind of mindset needed for this task force. “
However, critics have said that ThriveNYC is ineffective.
It is not known how much McCray will be paid to lead the new initiative.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife Chirlaine McCray will lead a special coronavirus task force to examine racial inequality as part of its plan to reopen the city
McCray will work with Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson in the role that will focus on inclusion and equity to ensure the city “bounces back as a better and fairer society than the one we left behind,” a Blasio said.
De Blasio also said at today’s press conference that reconstruction will take the next 20 months of his administration and “well beyond.”
“We have a lot of work to do. And it will be a tireless effort for me and my team, a race to the finish line over the next 20 months to do everything in our power to put this city on the strongest possible foundation for the ‘future’, he added.
As part of the reopening plan, a series of task forces will be established – one of which is the one McCray will lead to address “transformation” as the crisis has exposed “many things that are broken in our city and in our country. “
De Blasio said he hopes to have a roadmap by June 1 on how to rebuild the city after the coronavirus threat subsides.
The mayor said city leaders whom he invited to plan for the city’s revival should provide him with the roadmap by then.
He also said that the latest statistics on people being treated for COVID-19 were still stable or down.
The number of people in the city hospital’s intensive care units increased from 785 to 768.
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According to the mayor, there will be several advisory councils divided by industry and sector to help get the city back on track
De Blasio said the city could not reopen until the declines continued for 10 to 14 days. He said such a fall would mean it was time for the opening stages of the opening.
“Health indicators should help us,” said de Blasio. “We start over when we have evidence. There is no on / off switch here. It is a series of cautious and intelligent movements.
According to the mayor, there will be several advisory councils divided by industry and sector to help get the city back on track.
The councils, which include groups focused on small business, public health and health care, the arts, culture and tourism, and work, will begin meeting in May.
In an interview with Fox News, De Blasio also said that New York City needs $ 7.4 billion in federal aid to offset the economic losses from the coronavirus.
He urged President Donald Trump to urge his Republican colleagues in the Senate to support more relief funds for states and cities.
“The federal government must reassure us so that we can be able to restart,” De Blasio told the network.
“If New York City is not whole, it will drag the whole region down and delay the national economic recovery. “
New York has also started testing health workers for coronavirus antibodies and will do the same next week with transit workers and law enforcement as the state moves away from the worst days of the pandemic.
Doctors, nurses and other staff at four New York hospitals who have treated large volumes of coronavirus patients will be the first to be tested under the new program.
De Blasio said the city could not reopen until the declines continued for 10 to 14 days. He said such a fall would mean it was time for the opening stages of the opening
“Health indicators should help us,” said de Blasio. “We start over when we have evidence. There is no on / off switch here. It’s a series of cautious and intelligent moves. ”
There are more than 960,000 confirmed cases in the United States with 54,109 deaths
Antibody testing is one way to determine if a person has been infected with the coronavirus even if they have had no symptoms.
After reserving weeks of conventional coronavirus tests for people with symptoms to keep supplies, the state is expanding eligibility to include first responders, health workers, and a long list of essential employees, such as than bus drivers, dry cleaners, funeral directors and grocery store employees.
‘Why? Because these people carried the load and were subjected to the public throughout this crisis, and because they face the public, “said Gov Andrew Cuomo. “These are the people you interact with. “
Cuomo said he is signing an executive order to allow pharmacies to serve as collection points for testing samples.
Recent New York study found more than 20% of New York residents positive for anti-coronavirus antibodies
If correct, it means that up to 1.7 million people have been infected in the city – and that the death rate is between 0.6 and 0.8%, far higher than the death rate from 0.1% flu.
The study took samples from 3,000 people randomly selected from across the state who were chosen from grocery stores and were taken through a finger prick test performed by the state health department.
It is not yet known how precise it is. While private companies have given exact percentages on the accuracy of their own tests, the New York Department of Health, when asked about their test, only said that theirs were “very accurate”.
Statewide, the prevalence was 13.9%, but much higher in New York, where 21.2% was positive.