New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference Monday on Jones Beach not to address his many scandals, but to announce the state will be giving vaccinated families free two-day passes to state parks. This comes after 14 people in the state passed away of COVID-19 complications Sunday.
Cuomo made no mention of the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Instead, he talked about New York’s positivity rate, which recently dropped to 1.09%. Previously, the state had the highest infection rate globally. Now, it’s at a 10-month low. The national average positivity rate is currently 2.6%. Infection rates were particularly high across nursing homes, another controversy that has plagued Cuomo’s term. Cuomo’s previous order forcing nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients is allegedly responsible for over 1,000 elderly deaths in the state.
Already, there have been 10 million vaccinations statewide, 8 million of those from New York City alone.
“Its not over,” Cuomo said. “It’s managed but it’s not over.”
Instead of showing concern for the ongoing investigation into his failure to protect the elderly or his sexual harassment, he expressed concern for the decreasing rate of vaccinations. “The number of vaccination is dropping off dramatically,” he said, “less than 100,000 per day.” Compared to previous vaccination rates, that’s a 55% decline.
The New York Governor’s avoidance of the topic of his allegations could be construed as confidence. He has said in the past that he welcomes an investigation. However, Cuomo’s office stands accused of interfering with the investigation.
This latest incentive is one of many, including lottery tickets, free metro passes and extra seating at baseball games. Now, families that get vaccinated this week can visit any one of New York’s 16 parks for free. Not only can they receive a two-day pass, but some of these parks will also become vaccination sites themselves.
Cuomo did not take any questions following the event. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are posturing to impeach him over his scandals.
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Breaking Friday, Florida’s Board of Medicine and state Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted to ban puberty blockers and sex-reassignment surgery for minors in the state.
“The chief point of agreement among all of the experts — and I must emphasize this — is that there is a pressing need for additional, high-quality clinical research,” said the board of medicine’s chair, Dr. David A. Diamond, a radiation oncologist.
More than 70 percent of children with gender dysphoria “typically outgrow” it, City Journal reported earlier this year.
National Review reports:
The board of medicine voted 6-3, with five others not present, on Friday to forbid doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and hormones or performing surgeries until a patient is 18. Exceptions will be made for children who are already receiving the treatment.
The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine also voted to ban the use of puberty blockers and sex-reassignment surgery in new patients who are minors but allowed an exception for children enrolled in clinical studies.
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