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Cuomo details criteria for regional reopening starting May 15

Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed the criteria for re-opening during his press conference Monday, including monitoring new infections, and meeting capacity requirements for health care, diagnostic testing and contact tracing.

Posted: May 4, 2020 2:51 PM
Updated: May 4, 2020 7:13 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed the criteria for reopening during his press conference Monday, including monitoring new infections, as well as meeting capacity requirements for health care, diagnostic testing and contact tracing. He says after the May 15 New York State on PAUSE expiration, regions that meet the criteria can start working toward reopening.

He said regions must have had steady declines in hospitalizations and deaths for at least two weeks on a rolling average.

This means areas cannot exceed 15 new total cases or five new deaths on a three-day rolling average.

According to the Oneida County COVID-19 Dashboard, the three-day rolling average of new positive cases doubled to 32 on Monday, May 4, after an outbreak at a Madison County facility was reported.

Cuomo said the regions must also have fewer than two new COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital per 100,000 residents, per day.

Hospitals must also have at least 30% of the total hospital and ICU beds available, as well as a 90-day supply of personal protective equipment.

Areas must also have the ability to perform 30 tests for every 1,000 residents, per month.

Regions must also be able to trace the contacts of infected people. Cuomo says there should be a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents.

When contact tracing is implemented, the Mohawk Valley will need at least 146 tracers.

If the criteria are met, businesses can then start initial phases of opening on May 15, in the following phase groups:

Phase 1

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing and wholesale supply
  • Select retail with curbside pick-up

Phase 2

  • Professional services
  • Finance and insurance
  • Retail
  • Administrative support
  • Real Estate and rental leasing

Phase 3

  • Restaurants/food services
  • Hotels/accomodations

Phase 4

  • Arts/entertaiment/recreation
  • Education

Upon re-opening, workers will have adjusted shifts, have to maintain social distancing and non-essential travel will still be restricted.

Cuomo says employees will be required to wear masks if they are in frequent contact with others, and may also be screened prior to entering a work facility.

More stringent cleaning and sanitizing practices will also have to be implemented at workplaces.

According to the state, the Mohawk Valley currently meets all requirements outside of the testing rate requiring 30 per 1,000 residents.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1650303

Reported Deaths: 47719
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens2118128784
Kings2109509118
Suffolk1628183086
Nassau1486692918
Bronx1445195881
Westchester1078572101
New York1039223906
Erie654191603
Richmond572011579
Monroe52679991
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Orange37059720
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Albany20890332
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Niagara15324312
Broome14870336
Saratoga11970145
Schenectady10842178
Ulster10069228
Rensselaer9039132
Putnam836986
Chautauqua7336123
Chemung6440130
Oswego600289
Ontario580188
St. Lawrence553285
Steuben5509137
Cayuga537988
Jefferson480663
Sullivan475559
Herkimer4561107
Wayne447364
Cattaraugus442076
Genesee4411118
Madison384885
Clinton361026
Livingston355056
Tompkins345742
Columbia340096
Fulton333784
Montgomery3190107
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Allegany290481
Warren284155
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Tioga280656
Greene264871
Orleans245181
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Otsego235543
Washington234352
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Lewis206730
Seneca162053
Delaware151933
Essex134226
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Yates101426
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Hamilton2842
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