Cuomo: No reason to suspend mass transit at this time

Cuomo: No reason to suspend mass transit at this time
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New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo enlists celebrities Chris Rock, Rosie Perez to encourage New Yorkers to get tested, wear masks Cuomo on George Floyd's death: 'How many times do we have to learn the same lesson?' Cuomo to sign executive order allowing businesses to deny entry to customers without masks MORE (D) said Sunday there’s no reason to suspend mass transit amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

“Look, what we do here is, we calibrate to the facts as we know them at the time. So, as the facts change, you change your strategy,” Cuomo said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” 

“But, at this time, there's no reason to close down mass transit,” he added. 


Cuomo added that the vast majority of cases in New York are in the Westchester suburbs, and said New York City has had a “relatively minor number” of cases so far. 

Fox News host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoTrump lashes out at Fox News after poll shows him trailing Biden Trump complains Fox News is 'doing nothing to help' him get reelected Overnight Defense: Pentagon removes official from key role amid pandemic | Trump hints at bringing more F-35 production to US | Military being prepped to distribute possible vaccine MORE asked Cuomo about the cases in Westchester, noting that as many as 70 cases have been linked to one man who she said commuted on the Metro North transit system. 

“It's an obvious question. If he got it on Metro North, if there's community transmission, how vulnerable is public transit?” she asked. 

“Well, you would have known by now, right, because the manifestation period is about a couple -- a couple of weeks. So, if people had gotten it next to him, in that situation, you would see -- be seeing the cases now,” Cuomo responded. 

“Westchester is interesting, and we're keeping an eye on it, because it was one individual, who then attended a number of large gatherings. And that's where you're seeing the spread. And that's what we have to keep in mind,” he added. 

As the outbreak spreads in New York, the Metropolitan Transit Authority announced Tuesday it would start conducting deep cleans of New York City’s subways and buses every three days to prevent the virus from spreading. 


The additional sanitation measures also encompass 21 Staten Island Railway stations, 124 Long Island Railroad stations and more than 100 Metro North trains citations. 

Amtrak announced Friday it would be suspending its Acela nonstop trains between Washington and New York starting March 10 through May 26 amid concerns about the coronavirus. 

There are 89 total confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York State, including 11 in New York City, according to the New York State health Department.