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Mohawk Valley meets all criteria to begin regional reopening phases May 15

The Mohawk Valley has met all of the criteria to begin reopening on May 15, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Posted: May 11, 2020 12:22 PM
Updated: May 11, 2020 2:12 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley has met all of the criteria to begin reopening on May 15, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

During his press conference Monday, Cuomo showed a graphic of all regions in the state and where they stand on meeting the requirements to reopen. The Mohawk Valley has met all seven criteria, including:

  • Steady 14-day decline in positive cases
  • Steady 14-day decline in deaths
  • Decline in new hospitalizations on a rolling average
  • Hospital bed capacity must meet 30% threshold
  • ICU bed capacity must meet 30% threshold
  • Testing rates of 30 per 1,000 residents
  • At least 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents

The Mohawk Valley includes Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties.

The Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes regions have also met all of the criteria to begin reopening phases.

Cuomo also announced a Regional Control Room of leaders for each area that will make sure testing and tracing capabilities are maintained, monitor infection rates, ensure businesses comply with guidelines and communicate with other local governments.

The team for the Mohawk Valley includes:

  • RoAnn Destito, OGS commissioner
  • Steve DiMeo, former REDC co-chair
  • Sam DeRiso, UFCW Local 1 and president of the CNY Labor Council
  • Anthony Picente, Oneida county executive
  • Matt Ossenfort, Montgomery County executive
  • John Stead, Fulton County administrator
  • Jim Bono, Herkimer County chairman
  • Dave Bliss, Otsego County chairman
  • William Federice, Schoharie County chairman
  • Robert Palmieri, Utica mayor
  • Jackie Izzo, Rome mayor

The governor added that the businesses should assess the risk and implement proper protocols before reopening. This includes social distancing in workspaces, making personal protective equipment available and having the capacity to test and trace contacts of any infected employees.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 416843

Reported Deaths: 32719
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