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Cuomo announces NYS hand sanitizer amid coronavirus outbreak

Emily Burkhard
Updated: March 09, 2020 07:42 PM
Created: March 09, 2020 11:42 AM

On Monday Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled hand sanitizer being produced under the New York State Division of Correctional Industries brand "Corcraft."

"Literally we're hearing from governments that they're having trouble getting it,” Cuomo said.

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You can watch his full press conference here.

Three different sizes of the sanitizer, which is made with 75 percent isopropyl alcohol, will be produced by inmates at Great Meadows Correctional Facility outside Fort Ann.

The Governor said the facility can produce up to 100,000 gallons of sanitizer each week.

Cuomo said his administration came up with the idea after seeing online retailers price gouging and supplies diminish greatly in some areas. He said producing the sanitizer in New York will save state money.

"A gallon bottle is $6.10, the 7-ounce bottle is $1.12 our cost, and then there is a very small size [1.7 ounce] which is $0.84,” Cuomo said. “So it's much cheaper for us to make it ourselves."

Several schools and places of worship in New Rochelle have already closed after people and students tested positive for the virus. The state has implemented a new policy expanding on those precautions.

"For all schools we're going to set a policy that if a student test positive in school that school is closed for an initial 24-hour period so that we can do an assessment of the situation and the facts and then make a determination going forward given the facts in that particular school district,” Cuomo said.

As many could be facing voluntary quarantine or isolation over the next several weeks, the governor has added a provision to the paid sick leave bill that would include absence due to the coronavirus.

"We're going to be sending up a bill to the legislature and we're going to speak to the legislative leaders about that today because we have a significant number of people now on quarantine and I don't want to add to the burden that we're creating,” Cuomo said.

The governor said county health officials are tasked with randomly visiting those who are in voluntary isolation or quarantine to ensure they’re following state health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.


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