For more coverage of the coronavirus, click here. Cuomo said the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and China’s New York Consul General Huang Ping have teamed up to give one million surgical masks to essential workers across New York. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that he will issue an executive order allowing medical students who are scheduled to graduate to begin practicing immediately. Check the New York State website for updates. In a press conference on Saturday, Governor Cuomo announced that he will issue an executive order which will allow medical students who are scheduled to graduate to begin practicing. Cuomo decided to create this executive order to help healthcare providers and give more resources. Additionally, Cuomo talked about another source of ventilators for the state. Oregon Governor, Kate Brown has offered some of their resources, giving New York 140 of their ventilators. Governor Cuomo said that as of Saturday, there are 85,000 healthcare professionals including 22,000 individuals from out-of-state who have volunteered to help during the pandemic. Governor Cuomo also announced that New York is receiving ventilators and PPE from China. The Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation has donated 1,000 ventilators that have arrived at JFK Airport. The Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation have also donated PPE for healthcare providers in New York.
DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds spoke this morning with the task force she’s assembled to come up with a series of criminal justice reforms.The group’s first meeting comes in the same week as more than 400 inmates in Oklahoma were released after that state’s governor commuted their sentences. “I saw that and was just amazed at what was going on there,” Reynolds said Tuesday. “…We’re going to take a look at all of that.”In 2016, Oklahoma voters approved a referendum that reduced the sentences for simple drug possession and low-level property crimes. Oklahoma’s governor signed a bill earlier this year that retroactively reduced the sentences for those already in prison for those offenses.“There are a lot of states that are working on criminal justice reform, so let’s see what they’re doing. Let’s see what makes sense for Iowa, how we can take what they’ve done and adapt it to what we’re trying to do here for the State of Iowa,” Reynolds told reporters Tuesday, “and I’ve got a great group that have agreed to serve on this task force and I’m really looking forward to the recommendations that they make.”Reynolds expects the group to work for a while in developing proposals to deal with racial biases in the prison system. She’s asked the group to give her a set of recommendations in December that would help inmates who are paroled transition to life and get a job outside prison.“We just need to make sure that it’s balanced, that we never lose sight of the victims,” Reynolds said. “That’s always an important piece in this.”As hundreds of Oklahoma inmates this past Monday, officials said one of their goals was to ensure each had a state-issued ID or driver’s license — as identification is critical for job searches and finding a place to live.