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Cuomo: State bringing in international experts to help advise state's reopening plan

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Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am

Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, Dr. Samir Bhatt, will help analyze data and metrics throughout New York's reopening process

On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state is bringing in international experts to help advise the state's reopening plan. Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Samir Bhatt, senior lecturer at Imperial College London, will work with the state to provide technical advice and analyze data/metrics throughout the state's reopening process and help track the state's progress.

"As we begin to reopen businesses and regions across the state, we have to make sure we are paying attention to the numbers and the data to make sure that infection rate doesn't go back up again," Cuomo said. "This virus is not just an issue in New York state – it is a global issue – and we need to make sure we have the best informed approach to reopening. We are bringing in international experts in this field to help advise our reopening strategy and analyze the numbers and the data as we move forward."

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