Governor Cuomo Announces Central New York Hits Benchmark to Begin Reopening May 15th


Central New York Joins North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, Which Have Met the Seven Metrics Required to Begin Reopening After NYS on Pause Orders Expire on May 15th

Business Guidance for Phase One of the State’s Reopening Plan is Available Here  

Initial $3 Million in Grants Available to Businesses to Manufacture Emergency Medical Supplies and Equipment

Announces President Trump has Expedited $3.9 Billion in Funding for the MTA at the Request of the Governor 

Confirms 2,390 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 343,051; New Cases in 45 Counties

Guide to reopening New York

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that as of today, Central New York has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15th, joining the North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions. If the trend continues, these five regions can begin opening businesses for phase one, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing. Business guidance for phase one of the state’s reopening plan is available here. A guide to the state’s “NY Forward Reopening” Plan is available here. The state’s regional monitoring dashboard is available here.

The Governor also announced an initial $3 million in grants are available to businesses to manufacture emergency medical supplies and equipment. Companies interested in growing or starting a medical supply business should go to www.esd.ny.gov.

Governor Cuomo also announced that President Trump has expedited $3.9 billion in funding for the MTA at the request of the Governor.

The state’s regional monitoring dashboard

“All the arrows are pointed in the right direction and now the question becomes focused on reopening – people have to get back to work and the state needs an economy – but we have to make sure we don’t reopen too soon,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are doing this in a calibrated way and monitoring the data, facts and metrics every single day and using the lessons we’ve learned from others who have already gone through this. And right now, based on our criteria we have five regions that are poised to reopen beginning tomorrow, and as they start to reopen certain businesses we will continue to monitor the level of activity and make sure it doesn’t create a second wave of this virus.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 2,390 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 343,051 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 343,051 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
1,509
15
Allegany
44
0
Broome
383
1
Cattaraugus
64
3
Cayuga
60
0
Chautauqua
44
1
Chemung
132
0
Chenango
112
0
Clinton
81
3
Columbia
327
9
Cortland
33
2
Delaware
67
1
Dutchess
3,474
45
Erie
4,671
65
Essex
32
0
Franklin
17
0
Fulton
144
4
Genesee
175
1
Greene
207
1
Hamilton
5
0
Herkimer
86
2
Jefferson
69
1
Lewis
12
1
Livingston
106
3
Madison
255
2
Monroe
2,019
60
Montgomery
69
1
Nassau
38,743
156
Niagara
710
20
NYC
188,545
1,295
Oneida
698
12
Onondaga
1,423
28
Ontario
129
20
Orange
9,771
78
Orleans
145
3
Oswego
78
2
Otsego
67
0
Putnam
1,115
7
Rensselaer
423
3
Rockland
12,596
53
Saratoga
415
5
Schenectady
597
10
Schoharie
47
0
Schuyler
8
0
Seneca
49
0
St. Lawrence
192
0
Steuben
230
0
Suffolk
37,544
239
Sullivan
1,168
33
Tioga
108
0
Tompkins
136
0
Ulster
1,495
14
Warren
227
4
Washington
215
1
Wayne
89
5
Westchester
31,792
181
Wyoming
77
0
Yates
22
0