SEVERE WX : Frost Advisory View Alerts

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: 2075539

Reported Deaths: 52770
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings27622810275
Queens2732379808
Suffolk1989063374
Nassau1818043159
Bronx1806976514
New York1363994432
Westchester1285842264
Erie878771773
Richmond737331800
Monroe659361063
Orange47706810
Rockland46564955
Onondaga37769670
Dutchess29064442
Albany24349350
Oneida22143505
Niagara19556356
Broome18258356
Saratoga15014166
Ulster13705251
Schenectady12924197
Rensselaer11049140
Putnam1052191
Chautauqua8749140
Chemung7486135
Oswego738190
Ontario726792
Steuben6710143
Sullivan651772
St. Lawrence645396
Cayuga615592
Jefferson584766
Wayne560267
Cattaraugus552687
Genesee5319123
Herkimer5077107
Clinton476933
Madison444088
Fulton431191
Livingston430758
Tompkins421451
Montgomery4178122
Columbia3974101
Cortland371060
Tioga365161
Warren356357
Wyoming347052
Allegany338684
Chenango337676
Otsego337647
Greene333475
Washington305555
Orleans303183
Lewis265534
Franklin251012
Delaware230137
Seneca197156
Schoharie164816
Essex157026
Yates116426
Schuyler102614
Hamilton3052
Unassigned13258
Out of NY0234
Utica
Partly Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 53°
Oneonta
Partly Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 50°
Herkimer
Partly Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 53°
Old Forge
Partly Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 53°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve