ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was tested for COVID-19 live on national television Sunday, which he said was meant to show how quick and easy it is to receive the nasal swab for a test.
Cuomo had previously expressed resistance to being tested for COVID, which has hit New York harder than any state. He argued that he had not been displaying symptoms, nor had he been directly exposed to anyone who has tested positive.
But the Democratic governor was tested Sunday, submitting to a nasal swab from a health care professional in full protective gear in the middle of his daily coronavirus briefing, which was broadcast nationally on cable news networks.
Cuomo also said Sunday that he had been previously tested, though he didn't say when.
"Even a governor can do it," said Cuomo.
Cuomo said New York has 700 testing centers, enough to cover all corners of the state.
The state has excess testing capacity now, with the ability to test more than 80,000 in in-state and out-of-state labs, according to Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.
Cuomo urged anyone showing COVID symptoms or may have come into contact with a COVID-positive person to get tested.
Jon Campbell is a New York state government reporter for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at JCAMPBELL1@Gannett.com or on Twitter at @JonCampbellGAN.