This is our daily update of breaking COVID-19 news for Sunday, April 12th, 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up-to-date statistics are here.

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1 p.m.: Governor Andrew Cuomo reiterated his insistence on a coordinated plan between New York, its localities, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut on closing schools and keeping non-essential workers at home during a Sunday morning press briefing in Albany.

"It all has to be coordinated," Cuomo said. "We will do it in a coordinated regional approach."

One-third of NYC's workforce either commutes from outside the city or lives in the city, but commutes elsewhere in the region for work, according to the governor.

"That's the trick to come up with one [plan]. How do you get three states to agree on one plan," he said. He added, "If you say schools aren't going to open, you're saying businesses aren't going to open."

But the other tri-state governors are already moving ahead with their own closure plans.

Connecticut's Governor Ned Lamont has closed schools through May 20th, adding he "wouldn't be surprised" if that date is pushed out further and businesses would also remain closed until at least May 20th. In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy said on April 7th public schools were closed "indefinitely," though on Saturday, indicated a final decision had not yet been made.

When asked if he would consider reopening schools in NYC following his remarks on Saturday calling Mayor Bill de Blasio's school closures announcement an "opinion," Cuomo said all schools would remain closed until it is safe.

He said Sunday that the mayor's "position" is not unreasonable, but he's not prepared to say what the state would do in June.

"I do not know what we'll be doing in June. Nobody knows what we'll be doing in June," Cuomo said.

De Blasio has said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, believed closing schools for the remainder of the school year was the right move.

During the governor's Sunday briefing, Cuomo also demanded the federal government provide more funding to the state government in its next stimulus bill. Last month, the governor criticized the $2 trillion CARES Act as "terrible" for New York.

Montana and Nebraska governments have received $300,000 per reported COVID-19 case, according to Cuomo. The government of New York, "the hardest-hit state," has received $12,000 per case.

The stimulus bill "became a game of political pork, and 'I want my share,' as opposed to where is the need," Cuomo said.

Cuomo estimates the state budget deficit would swell to $10 to $15 billion, up from $6 billion before the pandemic. He also said the federal government should repeal the SALT tax—a Trump administration policy that eliminated certain tax deductions and disproportionately impacted New York and California residents.

On Easter morning, Cuomo said there were 758 new confirmed deaths from coronavirus in the state in the past 24 hours. 9,385 total people have died.

Hospitalizations appear to be plateauing or flattening; the change in the number of hospitalizations (which reflects intake and discharges) dipped to 53, the lowest since this specific statistic has been tracked, according to Cuomo.

About 18,700 people are currently hospitalized with the virus. The change in the number of intensive care unit patients and intubations rose from the day prior, though were lower than about a week ago.

De Blasio Says Keeping Schools Closed Is Moral Decision

11:15 a.m.: After clashing on Saturday with Governor Andrew Cuomo over who has ultimate control to keep schools closed in NYC, Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his communication with the governor regarding the announcement during a Sunday morning press briefing, saying they agree on the "vast majority of things."

"We agree and we've looked at the main strategic things we had to do throughout. It's been a high level agreement. Our teams are working constantly together," de Blasio said Sunday morning. He added, "I respect the governor. I think the governor has done a very good job."

After de Blasio announced Saturday that NYC schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year, Cuomo described the mayor's decision as an "opinion," saying he had ultimate authority through statewide executive orders and such a decision required "coordinating with the region."

On Sunday, the de Blasio defended the timing of his announcement, saying closing schools and announcing it as soon as the decision was made was critical for the health and safety of New Yorkers.

"The right thing to do is to keep the schools closed. The right thing to do to beat this pandemic is to keep the schools closed," de Blasio said. "This is not about legal or jurisdictional questions. It is a moral question."

"It's about getting us out of this horrible phase we're in with widespread transmission and getting us safely to the next phase," he said.

The mayor said a decision to close schools was made late Friday evening.

Mayoral aides reportedly called Cuomo staffers about 9:25 a.m. Saturday—five minutes before de Blasio made the announcement.

"The decision was made on Friday evening. It was imperative to announce it as soon as it was made," de Blasio said on Sunday.

The fallout from the disconnect between the mayor and the governor during the COVID-19 pandemic was reminiscent of the sparring over the characterization of a stay-at-home policy as a "shelter-in-place." Cuomo abhorred that language and came up with his own acronym—PAUSE—after the two leaders publicly contradicted each other.

About 175,000 tablet devices have been distributed to families and students as a school system of 1.1 million students continues to transition to remote learning, a "massive, massive undertaking," de Blasio said. Another 70,000 of about 200,000 more requested devices have been shipped.

Apple has committed to providing 300,000 iPads to the NYC school system. De Blasio said he spoke with Apple's CEO Tim Cook Saturday—a "critical" factor in rolling out devices for students who need them. "Yesterday's conversation with Tim Cook is critical because it's been really a supply chain issue," Chancellor Richard Carranza said Sunday.

During the Easter morning briefing, the mayor also announced targeted, community-level testing would be rolled out at five new sites. Those include: East New York, Brooklyn; Morrisania, the Bronx; Harlem, Manhattan; Jamaica, Queens; and Clifton, Staten Island.

He called it "phase 2" of more widespread testing, which would focus on communities with the greatest needs.

To successfully expand testing, de Blasio is asking the Trump administration for 110,000 individualized testing kits.

"We need to get these test kits in this week," he said.

De Blasio said the city is running on a week-by-week basis to secure personal protective equipment and ventilators. But the mayor highlighted a positive statistic: the number of people who need to be intubated is decreasing, a sign the mayor took as NYC moving in the right direction.

A week ago, 200 to 300 people who needed to be intubated were coming into hospitals everyday. Now, that number has dropped to 70 a day on average, the mayor said.

"It's still 70 more people each day but it's a lot fewer than we feared," he said. "For the week ahead based on everything we know now, we will have enough ventilators to get through this coming week."

De Blasio said there is enough N95 and surgical masks, as well as gloves, under a "crisis standard" for the coming week.

But there are barely enough face shields and gowns.

"It's going to be a struggle this week," he said. "This week's going to be one where we have to be very dynamic and precise."

The socially distanced line to enter the Union Square Greenmarket on April 11, 2020

De Blasio Says "I Run The School System Under Mayoral Control"

The public—and stressful, confusing, and, to be honest, embarrassing—public battle between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, over the mayor's decision to close NYC schools for the rest of the school year continues this morning with dueling press conferences.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday night, de Blasio's press team announced that he would hold a 9:30 a.m. Sunday press conference. Cuomo's office, which had sent a press blast at 9 p.m. simply stating that the governor would be in Albany, followed up with an email at 10:30 p.m., announcing that Cuomo would hold a press appearance at 9 a.m. on Sunday, at the Pathways Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna. A half hour before de Blasio, and presumably overlapping with the mayor's press conference.

After the mayor and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza described how the city would work to educate its students (nearly a fifth of whom have yet to receive devices) in a remote learning environment, Cuomo insisted that only he, the governor, had the authority to make the decision to close schools.

"That's his opinion," Cuomo told reporters on Saturday. Referring to how he forced the mayor's hand in announcing a school closure plan in March, he said, "But he didn't close them, and he can't open them."

The governor explained that closing schools for the school year requires coordination from neighboring counties and states, because workers may live one place and work in another. "I don't understand how you would open businesses in May, but keep schools closed in June... Schools do day care effectively," he explained. "How can you say to people, I think you're going back to work in May, but schools are going to be continued to be closed."

De Blasio noted that he consulted with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who believed that not returning to schools this term was the right move. NYC's various school unions also voiced support for the mayor's decision.

The governor cited an executive order that he said makes him the final authority on all schools in the state, but public law expert and NYU Professor Rick Hills believes that the law is actually on de Blasio's side. While Cuomo’s executive order gives him broad authority over local laws, that does not outweigh de Blasio’s power to shut down schools in an emergency, according to Hills.

That statutory authority, Hills said, still rests with the New York City Schools Chancellor, who is picked by the mayor. And that rule was never specifically suspended by Cuomo.

“There's no power to the governor to require every local official to kiss the governor's ring before they take an emergency measure,” Hills said. He also thinks, at the end of the day, it would be petty for the governor to overrule de Blasio for being too cautious. "It seems preposterous that Cuomo will demand that New York City schools stay open if the mayor of New York City says they're unsafe. As a practical matter. It's unimaginable that Cuomo would say, I'm overriding your decision to pursue public safety, because you're being too safe."

"I'll always work with the Governor," de Blasio said during a Saturday evening interview with the Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC. "But the bottom line is my responsibility – and my responsibility is not to the federal government, the State government, my responsibility is not to another elected official. My responsibility is to those kids, those parents, those educators who need to be safe. And my responsibility is to protect my people and I have to do what I think is right to stop the coronavirus from holding this city in its grip, to fight it back. And to make sure that we get out of this horrible moment in our history and move forward. And the only way we're going to do that is by being vigilant and smart"—maintaining social distance and shelter in place measures for the time being—"and not taking our foot off the gas."

He also pointedly added, "I run the school system under mayoral control education with the Chancellor. We are the people charged with protecting our kids, our families. And we're saying this is the right direction to go and this is what we're going to do.