Governor Cuomo Outlines Phased Plan to Re-Open New York Starting with Construction and Manufacturing


Plan Will Be Implemented in Phases and Based on Regional Analysis and Determinations

State Will Closely Monitor Hospitalization Rate and Public Health Impact During Each Phase of Re-Opening and Will Adjust Plan and Make Other Decisions Based on Those Indicators

Confirms 5,902 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 288,045; New Cases in 48 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today outlined a phased plan to re-open New York and re-imagine a new normal for the state starting with construction and manufacturing. The plan will be implemented in phases and will be based on regional analysis and determinations. Based on CDC recommendations, once a region experiences a 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate they may begin a phased re-opening. The State is closely monitoring the hospitalization rate, the infection rate and the number of positive antibody tests, as well as the overall public health impact, and will make adjustments to the plan and other decisions based on these indicators.

  • Phase one will include opening construction and manufacturing functions with low risk.
  • Phase two will open certain industries based on priority and risk level. Businesses considered “more essential” with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered “less essential” or those that present a higher risk of infection spread. As the infection rate declines, the pace of reopening businesses will be increased.
  • The region must not open attractions or businesses that would draw a large number of visitors from outside the local area.
  • There will be two weeks in between each phase to monitor the effects of the re-opening and ensure hospitalization and infection rates are not increasing.
  • This plan will be implemented with multi-state coordination, especially in downstate New York. The plan will also coordinate the opening of transportation systems, parks, schools, beaches and businesses with special attention on summer activities for downstate, public housing and low-income communities, food banks and child care.
  • The phased re-opening will also be based on individual business and industry plans that include new measures to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. The state is consulting with local leaders in each region and industry to formulate these plans.

“We’ve been talking about re-opening the state and re-imagining a new New York, and to do that we’re going to have to make governmental decisions in partnership with business decisions,” Governor Cuomo said. “Every business leader understands that we can’t just re-open and go back to where we were and what we were doing before – we have to move forward in light of the circumstances that have developed. So we are going to re-open the economy in phases, based on regional and specific industry determinations and CDC guidelines, and in the midst of all this continuing to monitor the public health impact because all that progress we made by flattening that curve we could lose in a matter of days if we’re not careful.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 5,902 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 288,045 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 288,045 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
948
49
Allegany
35
0
Broome
257
6
Cattaraugus
45
0
Cayuga
47
0
Chautauqua
29
2
Chemung
106
3
Chenango
93
2
Clinton
57
3
Columbia
143
3
Cortland
28
0
Delaware
58
0
Dutchess
2,729
69
Erie
2,954
181
Essex
24
0
Franklin
14
0
Fulton
62
1
Genesee
144
3
Greene
110
3
Hamilton
3
0
Herkimer
57
1
Jefferson
60
1
Lewis
9
0
Livingston
60
2
Madison
123
2
Monroe
1,316
31
Montgomery
47
1
Nassau
34,522
724
Niagara
368
24
NYC
158,258
3,145
Oneida
384
20
Onondaga
692
28
Ontario
84
2
Orange
8,106
133
Orleans
80
5
Oswego
61
4
Otsego
60
0
Putnam
904
19
Rensselaer
242
21
Rockland
11,256
165
Saratoga
330
10
Schenectady
449
18
Schoharie
35
2
Schuyler
7
0
Seneca
38
2
St. Lawrence
167
11
Steuben
207
3
Suffolk
32,059
691
Sullivan
724
35
Tioga
71
0
Tompkins
126
0
Ulster
1,190
24
Warren
135
3
Washington
127
14
Wayne
65
0
Westchester
27,664
433
Wyoming
59
2
Yates
17
1