ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said New York could start to "un-PAUSE," reopening sectors shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic, on a regional basis starting on May 15, but hard-hit areas including New York City will likely see the restrictions extended.
Speaking in Albany, the governor said regions need to "be smart" about the reopening process and risks.
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The governor said regions need to consider the CDC's guidelines that include a 14-day drop in key indicators including hospitalization rates.
The governor wants to coordinate the reopening with other nearby states like New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Cuomo is calling for agencies and industries to work together to create new working conditions with more space and safety protocols for employees.
Events that draw large crowds from out of state will not be allowed.
Cuomo said phase one will allow construction and some manufacturing operations to resume. Phase two would be more of a "business by business analysis" looking at how essential their services provide and the risk to customers and employees.
According to New York City officials, citywide as of 6 p.m. Sunday there were:
- 156,100 confirmed cases of COVID-19
- An estimated 40,050 hospitalizations
- 16,936 deaths (11,708 confirmed and 5,228 probable).
From 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday in the city:
- Confirmed cases increased by 2,896
- Estimated hospitalizations increased by 415
- Deaths increased by 263 (248 confirmed and 15 probable)
The borough-by-borough breakdown of confirmed cases, with some fluctuation in the numbers:
- Queens: 48,382 confirmed cases
- Brooklyn: 41,327
- The Bronx: 35,398
- Manhattan: 19,499
- Staten Island: 11,424
New York state reported, as of midnight Sunday:
- 291,996 confirmed coronavirus cases
- A total of 17,303 deaths (the state is not currently including probable coronavirus fatalities in its count).
From 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday in New York state:
- Confirmed cases increased by 3,951
- Deaths increased by 337
It's the second day in a row the state's confirmed coronavirus death count was below 400.
The governor says the hospitalization rate remains flat.
Of the 7,500 people administered antibody tests to date in New York State, 14.9 percent tested positive.
In New York City, the governor said nearly 25 percent tested positive.
He noted people of different backgrounds and locations across the state were tested to help illustrate how many could potentially have contracted the illness in New York.
When asked when the state will run out of money in terms of unemployment, Cuomo said the financial strain is massive and again pointed to the federal government for help.
"We are out of money now we are now running a $10 to $15 billion deficit," Cuomo said.
As of Friday, the state has already paid out $3.1 billion in unemployment.
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