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Breaking: Letter from Senator James Skoufis To Governor Andrew Cuomo Requests Enforcement and Opening of Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall campus To Treat COVID19

April  6,  2020

Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo   The  Executive  Chamber   Capitol  Building   Albany,  NY  12224           Dear  Governor  Cuomo:       As  you  continue  to  lead  New  York  State  through  the  ongoing  pandemic,  I  write  to  you  regarding  two   matters  in  need  of  your  urgent  attention.         Orange  and  Rockland  counties  are  seeing  an  alarming  increase  in  the  number  of  positive  Coronavirus   tests  in  recent  days;;  Rockland  has  the  highest  number  of  per  capita  positive  tests  in  the  state.  While   New  York’s  PAUSE  restrictions  are  essential  to  bending  the  curve  and  minimizing  deaths,  it  has   become  abundantly  clear  that  additional,  significant  enforcement  measures  are  needed  in  our  two   counties’  hotspots.  I  urge  you  to  take  any  and  all  steps  possible  in  coordination  with  local  law   enforcement  to  ensure  residents  in  Orange  and  Rockland  are  adhering  to  the  PAUSE  directives.  As   you  well  know,  this  is  a  matter  of  life  and  death.       Second,  as  the  virus  continues  to  move  north  from  New  York  City,  Orange  and  Rockland  counties  need   to  be  prepared  with  overflow  beds.  In  Orange  County,  the  Cornwall  campus  of  Montefiore  St.  Luke’s   Cornwall,  which  many  years  ago  used  to  operate  as  a  fully-­functioning  hospital,  is  an  ideal  location  for   non-­Coronavirus  beds.  This  will  provide  relief  to  the  bed  capacity  at  the  hospital’s  Newburgh  campus   which  continues  to  treat  Coronavirus  patients.  Similarly,  I  support  County  Executive  Ed  Day’s  call  for  a   field  hospital  in  Rockland  County.  Rockland  Community  College  is  one  of  many  possible  suitable   locations  to  expand  much-­needed  capacity.       Thank  you  in  advance  for  your  urgent  attention  to  these  matters.  I  stand  ready  to  fully  support  the   implementation  of  these  two  undertakings  within  whatever  means  my  office  can  offer.

Sincerely,
James  Skoufis,    Senator,  39th  District

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