Governor Cuomo Announces Gatherings of Up to 25 People Will be Allowed In Phase Three of Reopening


Announces Lowest Number of Hospitalizations and Deaths On Three-Day Average Since Pandemic Began

Only 1.10 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID Tests were Positive

 Confirms 620 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 383,944; New Cases in 33 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in Phase Three of reopening, up from the limit of 10. Five regions have already entered Phase Three – Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier. The Governor also announced global public health experts have cleared Western New York to enter Phase Three tomorrow, and the Capital Region is still on track to enter Phase Three on Wednesday, June 17th. Business guidance for Phase Three of the state’s reopening plan is available here.

The Governor also announced the state has reached the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths on the three-day average since the pandemic began. The number of total hospitalizations was down yesterday to 1,608 to lowest level since the pandemic began. Twenty-five people in New York passed away yesterday due to COVID-19, which is the lowest level on a three-day average since the pandemic began.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

“As more regions look to enter Phase Three across the state and our numbers continue to go down, we’re going to modify the guidelines to allow gatherings up to 25 people, which is up from 10 people,” Governor Cuomo said. “The people of New York should be very proud of the work we’ve accomplished together to bring these numbers down, but we must remain vigilant. The rules and regulations of Phase Three are very clear and they have been working. Everyone has a role to play as we’re reopening: Employers have a role, store owners have a role, employees have a role, individuals have a role, and local government has a real responsibility to enforce these guidelines and protect New Yorkers.”

Out of the 56,611 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, only 620, or 1.10 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows:

REGION
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
New York City
1.70%
1.40%
1.30%
Capital Region
0.70%
0.60%
0.70%
Central New York
1.20%
0.60%
1.30%
Finger Lakes
0.60%
0.90%
0.40%
Long Island
1.00%
0.90%
0.90%
Hudson Valley
1.30%
1.00%
1.00%
Mohawk Valley
1.00%
1.40%
0.70%
North Country
0.20%
0.20%
0.00%
Southern Tier
0.20%
0.40%
0.50%
Western New York
1.10%
1.10%
1.40%

The Governor also confirmed 620 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 383,944 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 383,944 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
2,022
2
Allegany
55
1
Broome
655
4
Cattaraugus
106
2
Cayuga
106
0
Chautauqua
107
0
Chemung
138
0
Chenango
138
0
Clinton
98
0
Columbia
439
3
Cortland
42
0
Delaware
88
0
Dutchess
4,068
12
Erie
6,817
32
Essex
40
0
Franklin
25
0
Fulton
235
1
Genesee
213
1
Greene
251
0
Hamilton
6
0
Herkimer
128
0
Jefferson
81
0
Lewis
20
0
Livingston
123
0
Madison
335
1
Monroe
3,380
10
Montgomery
104
0
Nassau
41,240
36
Niagara
1,169
3
NYC
210,259
381
Oneida
1,280
7
Onondaga
2,531
12
Ontario
233
0
Orange
10,573
2
Orleans
268
1
Oswego
126
4
Otsego
80
0
Putnam
1,291
3
Rensselaer
514
1
Rockland
13,441
18
Saratoga
517
2
Schenectady
732
7
Schoharie
54
0
Schuyler
12
0
Seneca
64
1
St. Lawrence
215
0
Steuben
256
1
Suffolk
40,692
33
Sullivan
1,432
2
Tioga
139
0
Tompkins
173
0
Ulster
1,741
0
Warren
257
0
Washington
243
0
Wayne
133
0
Westchester
34,327
37
Wyoming
92
0
Yates
40
0