A year after the first COVID-19 case in New York, Cuomo stays off camera

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Today is Monday, Day 365 of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York state — and Governor Andrew Cuomo didn’t have a televised press briefing about the milestone.

During the height of the pandemic last spring, the governor’s daily briefings garnered nationwide attention and acclaim. But amid several scandals facing him and his administration in recent weeks, Cuomo has seemingly stepped away from the spotlight. His last official press briefing was a week ago, on Feb. 22. 

Instead of holding his customary press conference from the Red Room in Albany’s State Capitol building or his Midtown office on Monday, Cuomo issued several press releases announcing the daily test results as well as an update on the vaccination effort — while also recognizing the anniversary of the first official COVID-19 case diagnosed in New York.

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