Cuomo heads to White House to lobby for COVID-19 help

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WCAX) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo headed to the White House Tuesday to seek billions in federal aid and help with coronavirus testing.

It comes as the daily number of one-day deaths in New York increased slightly on Tuesday to 481. The state has lost 14,828 people to the virus.

Cuomo and President Trump have clashed repeatedly over federal response efforts, with the governor recently attacking the president for "sitting home watching TV" and claiming that Trump told him 11 times that helping New York with coronavirus testing was "too complicated and too hard."

The governor was expected to ask for the president's help in boosting New York's ability to test for the coronavirus. Cuomo has said the federal government should play a leading role in acquiring antibody tests, considered a key tool in helping to reopen the economy. Trump has said it should be left to the states.

Cuomo announced Tuesday that New York would allow elective out-patient treatments and surgeries to resume in parts of the state that have not been hit hard by the virus.

"In those parts of the state and in those hospitals where the hospitals are laying off people because they're so quiet and they have that capacity and capacity for the virus is not an issue, we're going to allow elective outpatient treatment," Cuomo said.

The North Country is among the areas yet to be hard hit by the virus. Both Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake say they are aware of the Cuomo's decision but have yet to determine how and when they might restart surgical procedures.