Press Release 

May 4, 2020 

 

AMID ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GOVERNOR CUOMO OUTLINES ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR WHEN REGIONS CAN RE-OPEN

State Will Monitor Four Core Factors to Determine if a Region Can Re-Open: Number of New Infections, Health Care Capacity, Diagnostic Testing Capacity and Contact Tracing Capacity

Outlines New Safety Precautions Each Business Must Put in Place Upon Re-Opening

More Than One Million New Yorkers Have Been Tested for COVID-19 to Date

New York's National Guard Has Made Nearly 300,000 Testing Kits to Collect Samples

Announces Special Enrollment through the Marketplace will Remain Open Through June 15, 2020

Confirms 2,538 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 318,953; New Cases in 45 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today outlined additional guidelines for when regions can re-open. The state will monitor four core factors to determine if a region can re-open:

  • New Infections: Based on guidelines from the CDC, regions must have at least 14 days of decline in total net hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average. In regions with few COVID cases, the region cannot exceed 15 net new total hospitalizations or 5 new deaths on a 3-day rolling average. In order to monitor the potential spread of infection in a region, a region must have fewer than two new COVID patients admitted per 100,000 residents per day.
  • Health Care Capacity: Every region must have the health care capacity to handle a potential surge in cases. Regions must have at least 30 percent total hospital and ICU beds available. This is coupled with the new requirement that hospitals have at least 90 days of personal protective equipment stockpiled.
  • Diagnostic Testing Capacity: Each region must have the capacity to conduct 30 diagnostic tests for every 1,000 residents per month. The state is rapidly expanding capacity statewide to help all regions meet this threshold.
  • Contact Tracing Capacity: Regions must have a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents, and additional tracers based on the projected number of cases in the region. The state is currently building an army of contact tracers with Mayor Bloomberg to meet the needs of each region statewide.

Governor Cuomo also outlined which industries and businesses can open in each phase of the state's re-opening plan. Businesses considered "more essential" with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered "less essential" or those that present a higher risk of infection spread. Regions must not open attractions or businesses that would draw a large number of visitors from outside the local area.

The Governor also outlined new safety precautions that each business must put in place upon re-opening to help lower the risk of spreading the virus. Businesses will be required to:

  • Adjust workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace;
  • Enact social distancing protocols;
  • Restrict non-essential travel for employees;
  • Require all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent contact with others;
  • Implement strict cleaning and sanitation standards;
  • Enact a continuous health screening process for individuals to enter the workplace;
  • Continue tracing, tracking and reporting of cases; and
  • Develop liability processes.

The Governor also announced that more than one million New Yorkers have already been tested for COVID-19 to date.

The Governor also announced New York's National Guard has made nearly 300,000 testing kits to collect samples, 60,000 of which are being sent to labs and hospitals across New York State.

The Governor also announced the special enrollment period through the NY State of Health Health Plan Marketplace will remain open through June 15, 2020.

"While we continue to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we can begin to focus on re-opening, but we have to be careful and use the information we've learned so we don't erase the strides we've already made," Governor Cuomo said. "Re-opening is not going to happen statewide all at once - New York has diverse regions and those regions have different circumstances, so rather than wait for the whole state to be ready to re-open we are going to analyze the situation on a regional basis. We will measure whether a region can re-open based on four factors - the number of new infections, health care capacity, diagnostic testing and contact tracing - and we will continue to monitor these factors throughout the re-opening process to prevent a second wave of the virus and protect the health and safety New Yorkers."

Finally, the Governor confirmed 2,538 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 318,953 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 318,953 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

1,287

29

Allegany

35

0

Broome

334

7

Cattaraugus

53

0

Cayuga

51

0

Chautauqua

37

1

Chemung

126

1

Chenango

100

1

Clinton

68

2

Columbia

213

4

Cortland

28

0

Delaware

62

1

Dutchess

3,131

45

Erie

3,802

92

Essex

29

0

Franklin

16

1

Fulton

84

2

Genesee

159

4

Greene

154

3

Hamilton

3

0

Herkimer

63

1

Jefferson

63

1

Lewis

9

0

Livingston

85

2

Madison

217

66

Monroe

1595

29

Montgomery

56

0

Nassau

36,965

185

Niagara

493

19

NYC

175,651

1,320

Oneida

550

61

Onondaga

971

19

Ontario

96

1

Orange

9,015

48

Orleans

97

0

Oswego

67

1

Otsego

67

0

Putnam

1,026

13

Rensselaer

337

15

Rockland

12,095

70

Saratoga

367

4

Schenectady

535

8

Schoharie

45

0

Schuyler

7

0

Seneca

45

0

St. Lawrence

178

1

Steuben

219

1

Suffolk

35,077

222

Sullivan

976

25

Tioga

90

0

Tompkins

129

0

Ulster

1,354

13

Warren

192

4

Washington

188

2

Wayne

76

1

Westchester

30,097

213

Wyoming

69

0

Yates

19

0

 

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