July 14, 2020 --New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he’d be willing to send experts to Atlanta to help in coronavirus testing and contact tracing.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, appeared by video feed in Cuomo’s daily briefing when the offer was made.
"Anything we can do for you, for the city, we stand ready,” Cuomo said. “We remember how good the people across this country were to us. When we were in the midst of it, I asked for volunteers from across the United States: nurses, doctors to come help in our hospitals. …
“So I'll send a team down to Atlanta and they can work with your people and whatever we know and whatever we can share we will do."
Both politicians are Democrats, and Bottoms has been mentioned as a possible running mate for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.
New York has tamped down the spread of the virus while Georgia has experienced spiking case counts and deaths over the last month.
Bottoms didn’t directly say she accepted the offer. She told Cuomo that she had expected more leadership on the state level in the battle against COVID-19.
“I had no idea that we would have to go it alone in so many ways,” Bottoms said. “I thought that it was more geared toward the lack of leadership we have at the federal level, but it has been equally challenging at the statewide level.”
Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, moved to open the state economy early and was criticized by many people, including Bottoms. He also refuses to issue a statewide face mask mandate while Bottoms issued one for the city. And Bottoms recently paused the city’s economic reopening.