Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Directing Employers to Provide Masks to Employees Who Interact With The Public


Issues Executive Order Expanding Eligibility for More Individuals to Conduct Antibody Tests

Governor Joins NGA Chair Maryland Governor Hogan in a Bipartisan Effort Calling for $500 Billion in Aid to States; Reiterates Call for the Federal Government to Repeal SALT

Governor Returned Ventilators to Pathways Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna; Thanks Facility for Generous Contribution in Fight Against COVID-19

Confirms 8,236 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 188,694; New Cases in 44 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced he will issue an Executive Order directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public.

Governor Cuomo also announced he will issue an Executive Order to expand eligibility of individuals to conduct antibody tests to help ensure as many New Yorkers as possible have access to antibody testing as the state continues to bring this critical testing to scale. The State previously provided labs with the flexibility to allow more workers to do testing for COVID-19; this executive order expands that authority so the same workers can perform antibody tests.

Cloth Mask and Surgical Mask

The Governor also joined National Governors Association Chair, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in a bipartisan effort calling for $500 billion in aid to states. The federal CARES Act contained zero funding to offset drastic state revenue shortfalls. The Governor also reiterated his call for the Federal government to repeal SALT.

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo returned ventilators to the Pathways Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna. Pathways Nursing home made an unsolicited contribution of these lifesaving machines to New York State as part of the ongoing efforts against COVID-19. The Governor also delivered cookies for staff and nursing home residents baked by his daughters.

“The big question for everyone right now is when do we reopen the economy, but first we need to make sure we have a smart, safe and coordinated plan in place to do it without risking public health,” Governor Cuomo said. “The keys to reopening the economy are continuing to limit the spread of the virus and ramping up antibody testing. I am going to issue two executive orders – one directing employers to provide essential workers with a mask to wear when they are interacting with the public, and one to expand the number of people who are eligible to conduct the antibody test. These measures will be key to getting people back to work and making sure they are protected when they do go back.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 8,236 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 188,694 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 188,694 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

 

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
478
32
Allegany
26
0
Broome
126
9
Cattaraugus
28
9
Cayuga
29
1
Chautauqua
22
1
Chemung
60
0
Chenango
63
2
Clinton
43
0
Columbia
79
2
Cortland
18
1
Delaware
39
0
Dutchess
1,838
94
Erie
1,571
99
Essex
12
0
Franklin
12
1
Fulton
21
0
Genesee
69
2
Greene
44
7
Hamilton
3
0
Herkimer
37
0
Jefferson
46
2
Lewis
6
0
Livingston
30
0
Madison
101
2
Monroe
798
31
Montgomery
29
0
Nassau
23,553
969
Niagara
183
16
NYC
103,208
4,900
Oneida
195
14
Onondaga
397
17
Ontario
57
1
Orange
5,027
180
Orleans
25
1
Oswego
38
1
Otsego
43
0
Putnam
497
3
Rensselaer
105
9
Rockland
7,721
244
Saratoga
196
9
Schenectady
199
5
Schoharie
12
0
Schuyler
5
0
Seneca
16
0
St. Lawrence
85
5
Steuben
121
2
Suffolk
20,816
933
Sullivan
358
18
Tioga
19
0
Tompkins
109
1
Ulster
612
23
Warren
46
2
Washington
34
3
Wayne
42
0
Westchester
19,313
584
Wyoming
31
0
Yates
3
1