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Washington.- Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, has become the United States’ elected official as a counterweight to the continuing contradictions in the President’s response. Donald trump to the pandemic of coronavirus, both for the quality of the information it communicates to citizens and for the measure it offers in its press conferences.
Cuomo has been questioned for taking the time to issue the order for everyone to stay at home, except to offer or receive essential services, but he has earned praise for maintaining a continuous chain of information with the public.
The provision of Cuomo and other governors, which has been celebrated by American public opinion, is very different from the one executed by the government of Puerto Rico, which again this morning chose to use the public channel WIPR as a means of unilateral information to avoid receiving Questions from other media, which has generated the complaint of organizations that group press professionals such as the Association of Journalists of Puerto Rico (ASPPRO) and the Overseas Press Club (OPC).
In the United States, many governors – Republican Ron De Santis, a notable exception in the state of Florida – have been the most reliable voice for citizens to know the rate of infections, deaths and the ability of the health system to respond the increase in hospitalizations and patients in intensive care units.
These are five governors who have been best projected in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States.
1. Andrew Cuomo (New York)
Key moment of its management: Six days after the first case of coronavirus in New York, Cuomo declared a state of emergency in his state on March 7.
Like other governors and mayors, the Democrat Cuomo holds daily press conferences surrounded by the government officials who are in charge of the crucial tasks of this emergency, such as its Health Director, and with an adequate opportunity for journalists to ask questions.
New York is the epicenter of coronavirus cases in the United States, with more than 190,000 cases and more than 10,000 deaths, but it is the state that has done the most tests for the virus, in total numbers and per capita.
It was not until March 22 that Cuomo issued the order for non-essential business workers to stay home. The order included orders to close businesses, which are subject to civil fines.
No fines or arrests against citizens are contemplated. “You can’t arrest 19 million people … They have to believe you” that it’s in their best interest to stay in their homes, said Cuomo, who is the Rolling Stone magazine cover This week
Under Cuomo’s two-page executive order, “evictions of residential or commercial tenants will not take place, nor will any residential or commercial property be foreclosed for a period of 90 days.”
For workers who have to go out to provide services, such as in supermarkets, pharmacies, public transportation and food delivery services, the order requires six-foot social distancing measures.
People can leave their homes to exercise or walk the dog.
Cuomo has yet to order the closure of schools for the entire semester, despite the fact that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has already made that decision in his city.
2. Gavin Newson (California)
Key moment of its management: Democrat Newson was the first of the governors in the United States to establish orders for citizens to stay home. His executive order was signed on March 19. Under the American flag the only ruler who acted faster was Wanda Vázquez Garced.
But, as in New York, Newson’s executive order contains neither the restrictions nor the emphasis on penalties established by the mandate of the government of Puerto Rico.
Newson’s order is only two pages long, and allows people to exercise in their neighborhood, as long as they keep six feet away from the people they live with.
The California Governor’s mandate does not contemplate the use of the Police to enforce citizens’ mandate.
Newson holds constant press conferences in which he answers questions from the press and in order not to have the population in suspense – with dropper orders every two weeks – he established that the mandate to close businesses and offices will be in force for the duration of the emergency.
Although diagnostic tests for the virus – proportionally – have not been enough in California, the speed with which it ordered to close businesses, schools, and public offices may have helped the coronavirus appear to be relatively controlled in the most populous state. in United States.
As of this morning, 23,323 cases and 676 deaths were known in the United States in California, which has a population of about 40 million.
3. Mike DeWine (Ohio)
Key moment of its management: Republican DeWine began taking restrictive measures before the first COVID-19 case in Ohio became known. He ordered the cancellation of a sports festival before the first person infected with the virus in his state was informed.
DeWine was the first ruler to lobby for the postponement of an electoral event, the March 17 presidential primaries.
Because he is a Republican, DeWine has been another key voice to emphasize – contrary to Trump’s expressions – the importance of placing health above economic interests during this emergency.
As in other states, the Ohio mandate for people to stay at home allows them to exercise or walk the dog in their neighborhood, provided social distancing is met.
The emergency mandated by the Ohio Department of Health allows people to also leave their homes to care for a family member, friend, or pet in another home. That includes being able to attend funerals and weddings.
When President Trump publicly pushed for governors to reopen their state’s economies by April 12, before extending the guidelines for social distancing until April 30, Governor DeWine replied that “when people are dying, when the People do not feel safe, the economy is not going to regain strength. “
4. Larry Hogan (Maryland)
Key moment of its management: As president of the United States Association of Governors, Hogan’s voice has also been key to putting into perspective Trump’s attempts to minimize the emergency.
For example, as the Politico news portal noted, Hogan timely refuted Trump’s expressions that the governors had enough tests to detect the coronavirus.
It took Hogan until March 30 to issue the mandate for citizens of his state to stay home, and ordered the closure of companies and offices that offer non-essential services.
But, like the Governor of California, Hogan has preferred not to issue dropper orders, and since the shooting reported that the mandate will be in effect for the duration of the emergency.
5. Jay Inslee (Washington)
Key moment of its management: the first case of coronavirus in the United States occurred in Washington state, specifically in Snohomish county. On February 29, the day after two other coronavirus cases were known, Democrat Inslee declared an emergency in his state.
As the White House moved slowly around this emergency, Inslee began canceling mass events in early March. Since late February, he has had exchanges with President Trump asking him to follow science and the recommendations of health experts.
Inslee issued the order for citizens to stay home on March 23.
As in California, despite having one of the first outbreaks in the United States, the actions of the Washington authorities have prevented coronavirus cases from overwhelming their health system. Washington is one of the 12 states that has done the most virus tests per capita.