The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, whose members include media and entertainment figures from more than 60 countries and 500 companies, announced yesterday that it plans to present the award to the Democratic governor in a program broadcast live Monday.
International Academy President and CEO Bruce L. Paisner said Cuomo is being honored with the Academy’s Founders Award for using his briefings to inform and calm the public. Past recipients include former Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and director Steven Spielberg.
“The governor’s 111 daily briefings worked very well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plots, and success and failure stories,” he said. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York became a symbol of the determination to fight.”
Cuomo used his 100+ Powerpoint slideshows and sometimes emotional, sometimes scathing style to provide daily updates and detail his administration’s efforts to shut down the economy and avoid predictions of up to 100,000 people hospitalized at once.
The pandemic peaked in early and mid-April, when more than 18,000 people were hospitalized at one time and hospitals and nursing homes reported up to 800 deaths in one day.
New York has reported at least 34,187 people deaths due to COVID-19, according to data from John Hopkins University and Medicine. And at least 6,600 residents have died in nursing homes, according to state data, which does not indicate how many nursing home residents died in hospitals.
The number of daily infections, hospitalizations and deaths plummeted as Cuomo slowly reopened the state’s economy this summer, when about 1 percent of tests came back positive.
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New York now has far fewer deaths and hospitalizations than this spring. Still, the statewide daily average of COVID-19 cases over the past seven days has more than doubled in two weeks as cases surge across the country.