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Madison County prepares to reopen as CNY gets green light from state

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Central New York region had met all criteria to begin reopening.

Posted: May 14, 2020 6:20 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Central New York region had met all criteria to begin reopening.

This region includes Madison County, where there was recently an outbreak at Green Empire Farms in Oneida. More than 150 employees at the greenhouse have tested positive for coronavirus.

Despite the uptick in cases from the outbreak, county officials say they are ready to open.

“We know as a county and as a region we are ready to reopen. We have reached all of our metrics laid out by the state. I know there were some questions regarding testing numbers. We have shown this week with the help of our regional partners that we are able to reach those numbers,” said County Chairman John Becker.

As the county prepares to reopen, Green Empire Farms was given a deadline to complete construction of an on-site housing facility and implement other safety measures.

"After consulting with the State Health Department, the Madison County Health Department will be requiring the Green Empire Farms to complete the construction of their on-site housing facilities and have the workers currently staying at hotels transferred to those facilities within the next 60 days.

“In addition, they will have to have a plan in place to address social distancing, the number of workers per room, wearing facemasks, cleaning protocols, etc., for these facilities, and they will need to be submitted to my office for approval," said Public Health Director Eric Faisst.

Madison County has also created a COVID-19 Workplace Recovery Guide, and other resources for businesses preparing to open, which can be viewed at: www.madisoncounty.ny.gov.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 416843

Reported Deaths: 32719
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Nassau433802194
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Erie8626669
Monroe4790277
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Albany2531126
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Ulster203191
Sullivan148348
Niagara144998
Putnam143363
Broome106464
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Rensselaer74030
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Columbia52337
Madison40117
Ontario35134
Warren30033
Orleans29554
Steuben29242
Greene28918
Fulton28524
Genesee2735
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Washington25514
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Wayne2473
Herkimer2464
Chautauqua2349
Tompkins2300
Chenango2116
Tioga19025
Livingston1678
Chemung1633
Cattaraugus1626
Montgomery1604
Cayuga1482
Jefferson1340
Clinton1274
Otsego1145
Wyoming1135
Delaware1044
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