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Cuomo Tells People Who Have Great Holiday Parties To “manage” Family Members Sick: “do Not Call An Ambulance”

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered a “deal” to people who are holding large holiday gatherings, saying if any family member gets COVID-19 as a result of their “reckless” decision, they should “handle it” themselves.

Cuomo rebuked the politicization of coronavirus restrictions during Monday’s pandemic press conference, highlighting that limits on indoor gatherings to under ten or so people is “probably the only” issue where both President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden‘s teams are in agreement with one another. Cuomo challenged people like Staten Island Republican councilman Joe Borelli that if they want to host large holiday parties, they should also volunteer themselves and extended family members to help patients in a COVID-19 field hospital.

The Democratic governor, who has been widely derided for his own handling of coronavirus patients in nursing homes, offered a “deal” to people hosting large family gatherings this holiday season: “Invite whoever you want…but you handle it” without health care workers or emergency responders.

Although the governor did not address anyone by name, he extended his holiday party restriction “deal” to “tough guys” like GOP Councilman Borelli, who has mocked Cuomo’s COVID-19 rules inside people’s private homes. The governor was responding to a person over the weekend who declared, “Nobody’s going to tell me how many people I can have in my house, it’s my house. If I want to have my family over, I can have my family over.”

“You want to be able to behave in a risky way and if you get sick then other people have to risk their lives because you were risky. Is that fair? Because that’s what they’re asking,” Cuomo said. “You want to be a tough guy – a ‘tough guy’ being gender-neutral – I’ll tell you what a tough guy does: go volunteer in a field hospital in Staten Island and help COVID patients if you’re a tough guy.”

New York’s infection rate, which is defined as the number of positive tests for a length of time divided by the total number of tests for the same time period, is not doing worse than the national average. But he said that’s no excuse to host large family gatherings for Christmas or other holidays.

According to state health records, 55 New Yorkers died on Saturday alone from complications tied to coronavirus.

Newsweek reached out to the governor’s office as well as the New York state department of health for additional remarks Monday afternoon.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is seen on May 26, 2020 in New York City.
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