ALBANY (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to show how easy it is to take a coronavirus test, so he had a doctor swab him on live TV during his briefing Sunday.
“I’m going to show you how fast and easy it is to take a test, and demonstrate why there should be no reluctance,” Cuomo said as he brought out Dr. Elizabeth Dufort, medical director of the state Health Department’s division of epidemiology.
Dufort appeared in full personal protective equipment, including a gown, mask and gloves.
“Even a governor can do it” the screen read as Cuomo tilted his head back and closed his eyes for the test.
“Why do I need to close my eyes?” Cuomo asked Dufort.
“For comfort,” she said. “It might make you tear a little bit.”
“And if I fall asleep?” the governor quipped.
“We’ll have you sit down,” Dufort laughed.
The test was over in a few seconds.
“That’s it? That’s it. Nothing else,” Cuomo said. “Told you.”
"That is the whole test," Cuomo said. "I'm not in pain. I'm not in discomfort. Closing my eyes was a moment of relaxation. There is no reason why you should not get the test. And you don’t even have to be New York tough to take the test."
Cuomo encouraged people across the state to get tested for COVID-19, saying testing was key to beating back the virus and is now key to monitoring it as the state reopens.
“It’s an incredibly large universe of people that can get tested,” Cuomo said, noting that there are now over 700 testing sites available to people across the state.
The governor said people who can get tested include: anyone with COVID-19 symptoms; anyone who had contact with a person who was positive; anyone who is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine; anyone who is employed as a health care worker, nursing home worker or first responder; any essential worker who interacts with the public; and anyone who will return to a workplace under phase one.