Cuomo and staff keep contradicting their Thanksgiving COVID warnings
Nov 25, 2020 6:33 am
Governor Andrew Cuomo has been warning state residents for weeks that large gatherings for Thanksgiving feasts would be dangerous and not allowed in New York. “This year, if you love someone, it is smarter and better to stay away,” Cuomo said. Then on Nov. 23 he said that his Thanksgiving plan was to have his 89-year-old mother and two of his three daughters join him in Albany. Two hours later, Cuomo changed his plan. “[G]iven the current circumstances with COVID, he will have to work through Thanksgiving and will not be seeing them,” Cuomo senior adviser Rich Azzopardi said. Then on Nov. 24, Cuomo said he would hold a press conference on Thanksgiving day, and Azzopardi suggested on Twitter that journalists bring food for a Thanksgiving feast that would also be in violation of Cuomo's order on large gatherings for holiday meals. With all that confusion about how to act on Thanksgiving from the governor himself, it is no wonder that many sheriffs around the state have been saying they will not enforce a ban on large gatherings. Which is too bad, since the numbers keep saying COVID-19 is on the rampage throughout New York. On Nov. 24, Greene County announced 13 new cases and another death. Columbia County announced 12 new cases on Nov. 24. Albany County announced 101 new COVID-19 cases on Nov. 24. Rensselaer County officials announced 43 more cases. And Dutchess County reported one more death from coronavirus on Nov. 24. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan warned residents that the coronavirus spread is "shaping up to be worse than the first wave."