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: 620199

Reported Deaths: 34443
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Queens878187349
Kings866287495
Bronx623785027
Nassau585672248
Suffolk585622045
Westchester484411510
New York437473224
Erie23071779
Richmond219511122
Rockland21111692
Orange16405517
Monroe13817313
Onondaga10024222
Dutchess6930186
Albany5426148
Broome5143138
Oneida4515147
Niagara3445105
Ulster318098
Chemung287234
Putnam261564
Schenectady228356
Sullivan213748
Saratoga208919
Steuben167887
Rensselaer162551
Chautauqua148016
Oswego14056
Ontario120237
Tioga108048
Wayne105212
Tompkins10000
Cattaraugus99726
Columbia98856
Cortland9572
Allegany93052
Genesee8909
Madison87818
Cayuga7948
St. Lawrence7439
Greene66118
Livingston6559
Herkimer63112
Chenango60510
Orleans59856
Otsego5878
Warren56935
Wyoming4995
Jefferson4873
Fulton47828
Montgomery46016
Clinton4435
Washington43914
Lewis3379
Delaware3369
Schuyler2893
Essex27514
Seneca2695
Franklin2557
Yates2477
Schoharie1832
Hamilton421
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