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New York statewide coronavirus antibody testing survey will begin

Christian Fernsby |
Amid the ongoing coronaviruspandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the State Department of Health will begin to conduct a statewide antibody testing survey tomorrow.

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The testing survey will sample 3,000 people for a population of 19.5 million people - for context Germany performed a 3,000-person sample with a population of 83 million.

Large-scale antibody testing will help determine the percentage of the population that is now immune to the virus, allowing more individuals to safely return to work.

Governor Cuomo also announced the state will continue working with the federal government to assist with the supply chain and coordinate private labs to ramp up diagnostic testing, another key component of getting people back to work and restarting the economy.

The Governor also announced the state is ready to transport 400 ventilators to Massachusetts within 24 hours if they are needed.

The Governor also will sign an Executive Order allowing any authorized officiant to perform marriage ceremonies using online video technology.

Yesterday, the Governor issued an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference, a practice that is banned under current law.

Many marriage bureaus have temporarily closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing New Yorkers from getting a marriage license during the current health emergency; yesterday's Executive Order temporarily suspends a provision of law that requires in-person visits.

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