As of May 8th, there are 338,485 positive COVID cases and an additional 216 deaths. In today’s press briefing, Governor Cuomo reiterated the fact that the eastern US strains of COVID originated from Europe and not China, as initially thought. The NYS Department of Health is compiling and analyzing evidence that suggests COVID can cause severe illness in children. There are 73 reported cases in NY, with 1 fatality. The reported symptoms are similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome. Governor Cuomo is asking New Yorkers to remain vigilant and adhere to fact-based guidance to reduce the infection rate.