COVID-19: NYC Quote of the Day 2020-07-24

Friday, July 24, 2020, NYC Mayor de Blasio - Is There Nothing in the Data Beyond the Three Indicators?

Question: We’re, of course, heartened by these three daily COVID indicators that show good progress and stabilization in the city, but I wondered if there's any data, however minor, that points to a potential resurgence? If you think resurgence is inevitable?

Mayor: I think inevitable is too big a word in this case. I think it is something we have to be prepared for. I'm really concerned about people coming here and I want us to keep working with the State and the Port Authority to tighten up that quarantine program constantly. I want us to make that stronger all the time. I'm really happy about the size and the capacity of the test and trace program because that's one of the big X factors here in making sure that we can contain any problem we have.

I do think the difference here compared to other parts of the country is partly because New Yorkers walked through hell and partly because New Yorkers actually have a sense of looking out for each other and thinking as a community that's real deep. We've seen it in crisis after crisis, and I think this is one of the reasons why you're not seeing a resurgence so far.

Question: There's nothing in the data beyond those three indicators that's concerning to you and to your advisors in the least? The numbers are still good all around?

Mayor: We are watching the data all the time, every day. We're looking at different measures, not only our own. The state uses some other ones, but they're all consistent. The concern we should all have is people coming in, in larger numbers from outside. So far, we haven't seen huge numbers for obvious reasons: because people aren't traveling as much, but we got to be really tight about that. And we got to be tight about the fall, with the flu season. But no, if the question is, are there any indicators causing a particular alarm right now? No, they've been actually strikingly consistent and favorable and it is because New Yorkers are really out there doing things the right way.
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