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NYS COVID and Micro Cluster Update

Governor Cuomo held a press briefing from Albany yesterday providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Sunday, October 25th. Tracking data for the hotspots and the rest of the State are below.  

Here is a summary of positivity rates:

  • 20 hotspot zip codes: 3.25%
  • Orange Hot Zone: 1.54%
  • Rockland Hot Zone: 8.53%
  • Statewide: 1.45%
  • Statewide excluding hotspots: 1.18%

Here are some useful links:

“Mask Up” Campaign to Benefit COVID-19 Relief Efforts

New York is partnering in with The RealReal and dozens of New York fashion designers to launch “Mask Up” – a  

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Daily Briefing – 177

NYS COVID and Micro Cluster Update

Governor Cuomo held a press briefing via phone call yesterday providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Saturday, October 24th.  Tracking data for the hotspots and the rest of the State is below.  In addition to the COVID update the Governor also spoke about early voting and again called one the federal government to help the state with its budget challenges. 

Here is a  

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Daily Briefing – 176

NYS COVID and Micro Cluster Update

Governor Cuomo issued a press release providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Wednesday, October 21th.  Tracking data for the hotspots and the rest of the State is below.   Summary of positivity rates:
  • 20 hotspot zip codes: 3.20%
  • Orange Hot Zone: 5.32%
  • Rockland Hot Zone: 2.02%
  • Statewide: 1.20%
  • Statewide excluding hotspots: 0.96%
Here are some useful links:

New York’s Cluster Update: Frequently Asked Questions

This week has brought some major changes to New York’s cluster action initiative. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released guidance about how cluster zones are designated and how the cluster zone designation may be changed. Further, the Governor has updated the already-existing cluster zones and added new cluster zones. Bond Schoeneck and King attorneys discuss frequently asked questions about the clusters  

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Council of Industry Apprenticeship Program Celebrates Milestone Amid National Apprenticeship Week  

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Council of Industry Apprenticeship Program Celebrates Milestone Amid National Apprenticeship Week  

The Council of Industry is a founding member of the New York State Manufacturers Alliance, which created the Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP). Administered in the Hudson Valley by the Council of Industry, the employer-led public-private pilot program is open to registered apprentices in manufacturing occupations.  With National Apprenticeship Week approaching, the Council of Industry recognizes the first five individuals who successfully completed the program: the MIAP graduates of 2020.    Rob Papale became the first graduate of the program after completing an apprenticeship with Zierick Manufacturing Corporation. He began his apprenticeship after attending Westchester Community College and earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanics from Manhattan College. Upon completing the MIAP, he earned his toolmaker certificate. Today, Rob’s title is Toolmaker/Engineer.   Other recent graduates of the program include Enid Solis (CNC Machinist) and John Dillinger (Toolmaker), who completed it with Stanfordville Machine. Greg Lucy (Maintenance Mechanic) completed the program at Viking Industries and Jacob Montalbano (Industrial Manufacturing Technician) earned his hours at Elna Magnetics.   This apprenticeship consists of two stages: On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Related Instruction (RI). OJT allows an apprentice to learn firsthand from a journey-level craftsperson who will demonstrate and share their experience in the field.   In RI, apprentices will learn the theory- and knowledge-based components of the craft. They must complete 144 hours of classroom or online training each year.   MIAP Registered Trades:

  

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Daily Briefing – 175

NYS Micro Cluster and Covid Update

At a briefing for reporters yesterday Governor Cuomo provided an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Tuesday, October 20th.  The “micro-cluster” initiative seeks to detect small outbreaks and contain them within a geographic area, with buffer zones with fewer restrictions to monitor the spread from “micro-clusters”. The State has placed restrictions on social and economic activities within “micro-clusters” based on the extent of COVID-19 spread. A “red zone” is an area with the highest positivity rates, an “orange zone” is the area immediately surrounding the “red zone,” and a “yellow zone” is an area surrounding the “orange zone.”   The initiative began fourteen days ago, during which time the NYSDOH has studied the data to determine whether “micro-cluster” areas have successfully reduced viral spread to a level where restrictions can be eased. New York will begin to adjust zones based on the following metrics:
  • To exit a “red zone”: under 3% after 10 days (4% in less populated areas)
  • To exit an “orange zone”: under 2% after 10 days (3% in less populated areas)
  • To exit a “yellow zone”: under 1.5% after 10 days (2% in less populated areas)
  • Additional considerations include hospitalization trends, source of new cases, local government enforcement efforts, and community cooperation.
Tracking data for the clusters and the rest of the State is below.   Summary of positivity rates:
  • 20 Cluster zip codes: 6.61%
  • Orange Red Zone (10 Day Average): 4.20%
  • Rockland Red Zone (10 Day Average): 4.80%
  • Statewide: 1.62%
  • Statewide excluding hotspots: 1.42%
Here are some useful links:

Some Further Details on the  New York Paid Sick Leave Law Guidance from Harris Beach

On the Monday New York State released long-anticipated guidance on the state’s new Paid Sick Leave Law, or “PSL.” The new law is not limited to coronavirus-related situations. It is instead a new, permanent sick leave mandate for almost all businesses and non-profit employers in New York State. The guidance is available here.

The law functionally goes into effect on January 1, 2021.  

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Daily Briefing – 174

Two States added to Restricted States List, Non-Essential Between Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Discouraged

Governor Cuomo yesterday announced that Arizona and Maryland have been added to New York’s COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed. 43 states meet the criteria for requiring individuals who have traveled to New York to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling  

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Daily Briefing – 173

Who Will be First in Line for the Vaccine?

Healthcare workers who treat patients, nursing home staff and their most vulnerable residents would be first in line for coronavirus vaccines under a preliminary plan released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sunday.

Police officers, firefighters, teachers, grocery workers, transit employers and other public health workers come next.  Seniors are in the third group, though those with any comorbidity —  

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Daily Briefing – 172

Cuomo Outlines New Micro-Cluster Strategy to Tackle COVID-19 Hot Spots – Numbers for Covid and Clusters

The micro-cluster strategy is predicated on three principles: refined detection, specific and calibrated mitigation, and focused enforcement.  There are currently “micro-clusters” in Brooklyn and Queens, as well as Rockland and Orange Counties. 

Using New York State’s approach to track cases by address with the help of nation-leading levels of testing, the State will identify outbreaks  

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Daily Briefing – 171

NYS COVID-19 Numbers and Cluster Initiative Update

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Wednesday, October 14th.  Within the “Red Zone” focus areas, 3,473 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 168 positives or a 4.84 percent positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, not counting these “Red Zone” focus areas, 129,739 test results were reported, yielding 1,292 positives or a 0.99 percent positivity rate. The state’s overall positivity rate is 1.09 percent with focus areas included. Tracking data for the hotspots as compared to the rest of the State is below.   Summary of positivity rates:
  • 20 hotspot zip codes: 4.84%
  • Orange Red Zone: 7.95%
  • Rockland Red Zone: 8.40%
  • Statewide: 1.09%
  • Statewide excluding hotspots: 0.99%

There were 131 positive results from data collected at 111 schools yesterday. In New York City there were 38 positive results.  Here are some useful links

Jobless Claims: 898,000 Americans Filed New Unemployment Claims Last Week

U.S. states saw another 898,000 Americans file first-time unemployment insurance claims last week, representing an unexpected rise in new claims with the pandemic still under way and another round of fiscal stimulus still out of reach.  The  

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Daily Briefing – 170

Cuomo Announces State Will Withhold Funds for Localities and Schools That Fail to Enforce Public Health Law

Governor Cuomo  announced yesterday that the State will withhold funds for localities and schools in COVID-19 cluster zones that fail to enforce public health laws. The New York State Department of Health will send a letter warning local governments in cluster zones that they will lose state funding if they fail to enforce state limits on gatherings and the closure of schools. The  

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Daily Briefing – 169

Three States Added to Restricted List

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Ohio, Michigan and Virginia have been added to New York State’s COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed. The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher  

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Daily Briefing – 168

New York State COVID-19 Numbers and Cluster Initiative Update

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Sunday, October 11th. Within the “Red Zone” focus areas, 2,190 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 81 positives or a 3.70 percent positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, not counting these “Red Zone” focus areas, 89,603 test results were reported, yielding 948 positives or a 1.05 percent positivity rate. Tracking data for the hotspots as compared to the rest of the State is below.   Positivity rates:
  • 20 hotspot zip codes: 3.70%
  • Orange 10950: 3.51%
  • Statewide: 1.12%
  • Statewide excluding hotspots: 1.05%
Below are some useful links

Rapid Testing to Be Made Available for Every County in New York State

The State Department of Health will deploy an initial 400,000 rapid result test kits free of charge to local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies, and other health care providers to help increase access to free COVID-19 tests that can be done within 15 minutes and without having to send a specimen to a lab.

The rapid tests can be used to control new outbreaks, conduct surveillance testing, and  

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Wage & Benefit Survey Will Commence October 20th

The Council of Industry 2020 Compensation & Benefits Survey is Coming October 20th 

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Council of Industry Compensation and Benefits Survey will be available for completion beginning October 20th. Your participation provides great insight for the Council of Industry, your company, as well as your peers. The survey is co-sponsored by Rose & Kiernan and Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions.  

Here is some information to help you get ready.

How does it benefit me?
After you complete the survey, you will have access to the survey results to see how your responses compare to others. These results will be available in web-based, printable, and infographic formats for easy interpretation of data. 
Why should I participate?
Your responses will help you directly by providing an idea of what your position pays throughout the Hudson Valley. The survey will also give us a baseline of compensation and benefits in the Hudson Valley for roles similar to yours.
How does it work?
Access to the survey will be password protected and responses will be anonymized based on Safe Harbor methods. Once you receive your invitation email you will be able to create a username and password, then log in to take your survey. Everyone will have a few weeks to submit their responses.   New this year we are working with the team at Sensible Surveys to conduct the survey. If you have any questions as you proceed through the survey, they will be available during normal business hours to answer your questions. We will send out email address and phone numbers to contact the Sensible Survey team as we get closer to the start date.   Thank you for your time and we look forward to your participation. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact Johnnieanne Hansen.

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Daily Briefing – 167

New York State Cluster Action Initiative Update and COVID-19 Numbers

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Saturday, October 10th. Hotspots in Brooklyn, Queens, Rockland, and Orange Counties have driven higher positivity and hospitalization rates in the State. Tracking data for the hotspots as compared to the rest of the State is below.   Positivity rates:

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Daily Briefing – 166

COVID and Cluster Initiative Update – Record Number of Tests Conducted

145,811 COVID-19 test results were reported to New York State Wednesday and the state continues to track clusters with a particular focus on areas where there are hot spot, cluster situations. Within the top 20 ZIP codes in counties with recent outbreaks – Brooklyn, Queens, and Rockland and Orange Counties – the average rate of positive tests is 5.8 percent. The rate of positive tests  

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Daily Briefing – 165

New York State Cluster Action Initiative Update and COVID-19 Numbers

Governor Cuomo issued a press release this afternoon providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Tuesday, October 6th. Hotspots in Brooklyn, Queens, Rockland, and Orange Counties have driven higher positivity and hospitalization rates in the State. Tracking data for the hotspots as compared to the rest of the State is below.

Positivity rates:

  • 20 hotspot zip codes: 5.1%
  • Orange 10950: 13.3%
  • Statewide: 1.25%
  • Statewide excluding hotspots: 1.05%

Empire State Development, in consultation  

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Daily Briefing – 164

“Cluster Action Initiative” – Cuomo Imposes Tight Virus Rules on Areas Hit by Spikes Across State

Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday imposed tough new restrictions and guidelines aimed at curbing a surge of coronavirus clusters in parts of New York City and its northern suburbs. The State is declaring COVID-19 clusters in portions of Brooklyn, Queens, Orange and Rockland, as well as a “precautionary zone” in a portion of Binghamton. The “Cluster Action Initiative” will take dramatic actions  

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Daily Briefing – 163

Cuomo: Orders Clamp Down in NYC Hot Spots. 

In a briefing from his NYC Office Governor Cuomo said that hotspots could result in more widespread infections. In order to stop the spread from the hotspots the State is using testing, data analysis, and enforcement mechanisms. He added that local governments have not done enough to enforce laws and rules that prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

Beginning today in NYC: 

  • Schools in Brooklyn and Queens with clusters will be closed.
  • For religious institutions to remain open, communities must agree to enforce mask, capacity, and social distancing protocols.
  • The New York State Department of Health and State Police will oversee enforcement activities beginning at midnight in hotspot clusters with local personnel supplements.
  • Non-essential businesses, public spaces, and schools in hotspot areas should close; however, the State will first review public health data to determine which establishments in the impacted areas will close.
  • New York currently has the lowest statewide positivity rate in the nation if hotspots are excluded.

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Daily Briefing – 162

Cuomo: State Will Up Enforcement In “Hot” Zip Codes

The Governor issued a press release Sunday announcing New York State will increase enforcement in zip codes with high positivity rates (hotspots). The new enforcement effort will fine and potentially close local businesses found to be out of compliance. This effort is modelled on the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force that has been enforcing State guidance at bars and restaurants.  

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Daily Briefing – 161

This Morning!  Broadcasting Live From Stanfordville Machine, Mfg Day 2020

WKIP’s Hudson Valley Focus Live will be broadcasting live the morning of October 2nd from Stanfordville Machine, Victory Lane in Poughkeepsie.

Hosted as always by Tom Sipos, guests will include Stanfordville CEO Neal Johnsen, the Council of Industry’s Johnnieanne Hansen and Harold King, and many other manufacturers, educators and economic development professionals.

Tune  

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Daily Briefing – 160

State Continues to Track “Hot Spots” 

The Governor issued a press release yesterday providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Tuesday, September 29th. New York State continues to track clusters with a particular focus on the top 20 ZIP codes in which there have been hotspots. Within the 20 hotspot ZIP codes, the average rate of positive tests is 5.5 percent. The rate of positive tests for the remainder of New  

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Daily Briefing – 159

NYS Update: Changes to Restricted States, Cuomo to Meet with Orthodox Leaders Regarding “Hot Spot” Zip Codes

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that he will meet with Orthodox Jewish leaders to address COVID-19 clusters in communities downstate.

The governor also announced that Colorado has been added to New York State’s COVID-19 travel advisory. Arizona and Virginia have been removed. The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine  

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Daily Briefing – 158

Cuomo: State Looking Into Covid-19 Spread in Brooklyn, Mid-Hudson Region

State health officials are looking into Covid-19 clusters in Brooklyn, Rockland County and Orange County that led to a slight uptick in the state’s overall coronavirus infection rate this weekend, Gov. Cuomo said Monday.  After weeks of seeing a positivity rate of about 1 percent, Cuomo said recent outbreaks in Brooklyn, the Mid-Hudson region and the Southern Tier pushed the state’s infection  

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Daily Briefing – 157

Cuomo:  Percent Positive Just Over One Percent – Mid Hudson Region Higher

The Governor issued a press release Sunday providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Saturday, September 26th. The percentage of tests returning positive remained relatively flat at 1.02 percent.

Notably the Mid-Hudson Region has seen and increase in the percentage of people testing positive. 

REGION

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Mid-Hudson

1.7%

1.6%

1.6%

What Can Government Do to Strengthen US Manufacturing?

To explore these and other policy proposals that would impact manufacturing for  

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FDA Approves Upstate Medical and Quadrant Biosciences’ COVID-19 Saliva Swab Test

Governor Cuomo and State University of New York Chancellor  Malatras yesterday announced that the individual saliva swab diagnostic test for COVID-19 developed by SUNY Upstate Medical University and Quadrant Biosciences has been granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. While this test has been used to date to support SUNY’s widespread testing of students  

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