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COVID 19 Update 72

Cuomo Describes Productive Discussion with Trump on Infrastructure

Speaking to reporters at a news conference in Washington, D.C., Cuomo described his conversation with Trump as productive and said the president is considering his appeal to the federal government to help fast-track infrastructure projects in New York, which is among the states hardest hit by the novel coronavirus.

“It was a good discussion, he understood what we were talking about, understood  

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COVID 19 Update 71

Cuomo: Regional Monitoring Key To Keeping the Reopening On Track

In regions that have started to reopen, the State is taking a two-track approach to make sure progress continues.

  1. Monitor the Reopening: The Regional Control rooms will closely monitor any new infections and aggressively trace contacts to make sure the infection rate stays low.
  2. “Supercharge Reopening”: Make sure economic recovery affects everyone – not just those at the top of the economy. The government can stimulate the economy by investing in infrastructure and creating new public projects.

The State will fast-track the Penn Station and LaGuardia airport infrastructure projects to create jobs and improve transportation hubs. These projects have already generated thousands of jobs and will continue to benefit the economy. The Governor asked for federal assistance to also  

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COVID 19 Update 70

Mid-Hudson Opening Day Today – Phase 1

We are pleased that all our members can open for business today.  In our minds you are all essential.  We are reprinting Sunday’s post regarding what this means for all manufacturers in the region and what need to do to reopen at full capacity.

FROM SUNDAY’s POST: Mid-Hudson Region Will Begin Phase 1 Reopening Tuesday May 26th

During Saturday’s Press Conference Governor Cuomo announced that The Mid-Hudson region has met the criteria in the decline in the number of deaths.  

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COVID 19 Update 69

Mid-Hudson Region Will Begin Phase 1 Reopening Tuesday May 26th

During Saturday’s Press Conference Governor Cuomo announced that The Mid-Hudson region has met the criteria in the decline in the number of deaths. Contact tracers will be trained over this weekend and the Mid-Hudson region will open on Tuesday. The Hudson Valley region includes Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.


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COVID 19 Update 68

Mid- Hudson Region Getting Closer, Construction Can Begin “Staging”

In Friday’s press conference Governor Andrew Cuomo said if deaths continue to decline and contact tracing increases, the Long Island and Mid-Hudson regions will be eligible to begin phase one of reopening next week. Currently, Long Island has met four of the seven metrics and the Mid-Hudson region has met five of the seven metrics. The State is projecting both regions will meet the remaining  

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COVID 19 Update 67

Governor Cuomo Urges New Yorkers to Contact the State if They Observe Businesses Not Adhering to Social Distancing Guidelines

In his press conference today Governor Cuomo urged all New Yorkers to contact State officials if they observe businesses not following social distancing guidelines and procedures.  The Governor also announced a “hot line” for employees to call if thier believe their employer is not following PPE, hygiene and social distancing guidelines.

Our understanding is that all enforcement of reopening  

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COVID 19 Update 66

Mid Hudson Region Inching Closer To Meeting Reopening Metrics

The Mid Hudson is at 5 of 7 Metrics and very close to the sixth. Visit the dashboard here.

While the Mid-Hudson region has NOT yet met the criteria to begin phase 1 of reopening, all businesses, including essential businesses, must develop a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan.  This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on  

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COVID 19 Update 65

Seventh Region Ready for Phase One Reopening

The Capital Region has now met the seven public health metrics needed to begin phase one of reopening. The Capital region will able to reopen starting tomorrow, May, 19. The Long Island region has met five of the seven metrics, the Mid-Hudson region has met four of seven, and the New York City region has met three of seven. All other regions are authorized to begin phase one of reopening.


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COVID 19 Update 64

Cuomo: Western New York Phase One Industries Can Open Today

The Western New York region has now hit all seven metrics needed to begin phase one of reopening the economy. Phase one businesses in Western New York are eligible to reopen tomorrow, May 19, 2020.

The Governor has said that there will be two weeks between phases as a general rule, but if the data indicates a region can move faster or slower, they can adjust the timeline.

The Governor is advising  

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COVID 19 Update 63

Governor Cuomo Expands Testing Eligibility To Phase One Employees Returning to Work – Encourages New Yorkers to Visit a New Website to Find a Nearby Testing Site

On Sunday the Governor Announced that Western New York and the Capital Region have met 6 of 7 metrics but are still behind on testing and tracing capacity. The Governor acknowledge this is an administrative function, and that the State will be working with both regions to increase the number of tracers. He indicated that both of these regions should meet all seven of the metrics this week at which  

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COVID Update 62

NY on PAUSE Extended to May 28 for Regions Not Allowed to Reopen Yesterday.

Five regions have met the public health metrics required to reopen; North Country, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, and Southern Tier. If any of the regions that have not met the metrics are able to meet all seven, they will immediately be eligible for reopening.

We therefore encourage all manufacturers in the Mid-Hudson Region – whether currently operating as essential or not  

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COVID 19 Update 61

Cuomo: Central NY Region Meets Guidelines Will Reopen Tomorrow Along with Finger Lakes, North Country and Mohawk Valley

Governor Cuomo announced that the Central New York region has now met the seven necessary metrics to reopen phase one industries tomorrow. As announced earlier this week the Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Finger Lakes regions have also met these metrics. According to the dashboard the Mid-Hudson Region is 10 days away at earliest.

Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa added that  

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COVID 19 Update 60

Phase One Opening Guidelines Published on NY Forward Site

The Governor’s office has released guidelines and business safety templates for industries that will be allowed to begin reopening in phase one. As of tomorrow, Friday, May 15th, select industries in regions of the state that have met seven public health metrics will be allowed to start reopening. Below is a link to a list of industries that will be allowed to open in these regions during phase  

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COVID 19 Update 59

More Details Added to Reopening Plan

The State has published a somewhat detailed reopening plan, called NY Forward, that opens businesses by regions in phases starting this Friday, May 15th. The list of businesses that will be allowed to reopen in regions that have hit their metrics can be found here  

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Covid 19 Update 58

Cuomo: As of Monday (5/11) 3 Regions Are Ready to Reopen

At his press Conference Monday Governor Cuomo reported that sectors of the economy in select regions of the State will begin to open this Friday, May 15th. Regions must meet the previously announced seven metrics to reopen. The regions that meet the metrics will be allowed to reopen in phases that will continue based on the data collected at each region’s “control room,” which will be run  

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COVID 19 Update 57

Cuomo to Meet with County Executives Today to Discuss Reopening

In Sunday’s press conference the Governor announced that he will be meeting with County Executives today (Monday) to discuss reopening and says several regions should be eligible to do so after May 15. A region’s ability to re-open is based upon two main factors:

  • Data indicates the Spread of the virus is under control
  • Region has its operation in place- hospital capacity, testing tracing isolating, compliance function

The Manufacturing Alliance and New York State Business Council have submitted a reopening plan template to New York Forward for  

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COVID 19 Update 56

Cuomo: “No Deviation” From Reopening Plan

In answer to a question from a reporter at Friday’s press conference at Marist College, Governor Cuomo said he does not expect to see any deviations from his reopening plan. He indicated that he will not allow additional industries to reopen in earlier phases than already detailed, and the plan that is laid out in New York Forward was final.  the Manufacturing Alliance and New York State Busienss  

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COVID 19 Update 55

Study: Essential Workers Have Contracted the Virus at a Much Lower Rate than General Population

In his press conference today Governor Cuomo stated that a survey sample of Downstate workers who have received the antibody test showed that the percentage of healthcare workers who have the virus antibodies is either about the same or lower than the rate of the general population. The Governor said this shows the importance of masks, gloves and using sanitizer as this protocol has worked for front  

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COVID 19 Update 54

Governor Cuomo Enlists Former Google CEO to Head Commission to ‘Reimagine’ the State after COVID-19

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he has enlisted Eric Schmidt, former chief executive of Google Inc. and Novell Inc., to head a blue-ribbon commission tasked with “reimagining” New York state in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuomo has been pushing for the state to consider using the crisis to make changes and improvements to how it handles such issues as public health care, education  

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COVID 19 Update 53

No Region in the State Has Yet Met All the Governor’s Requirements to Reopen May 15

The State has released a tracking page where you can see how regions are doing in regards to meeting the reopening metrics. Ten days from the first opportunity to reopen no region has met all 7 criteria.

The page and matrix can be found here.

Fed Report: Main Street’s Perspectives on COVID-19 Community Impacts

“Perspectives from Main Street: The Impact of COVID-19 on Communities and the Entities Serving Them” summarizes a nationwide survey of nonprofit  

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COVID-19 Update 52

Governor Cuomo Outlines Additional Guidelines for When Regions Can Re-Open

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today outlined additional guidelines for when regions can re-open. The state will monitor four core factors to determine if a region can re-open:

  • New Infections: Based on guidelines from the CDC, regions must have at least 14 days of decline in total net hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average.
  • Health Care Capacity: Every region must have the health care capacity to handle a potential surge in cases. Regions must have at least 30 percent total hospital and ICU beds available.
  • Diagnostic Testing Capacity: Each region must have the capacity to conduct 30 diagnostic tests for every 1,000 residents per month. The state is rapidly expanding capacity statewide to help all regions meet this threshold.
  • Contact Tracing Capacity: Regions must have a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents, and additional tracers based on the projected number of cases in the region.

As of today the Mid-Hudson Region is not within the guidelines.

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Cuomo Lists New Safety Precautions Business Must Put in Place Upon Re-Opening

  • Enact social distancing protocols;
  • Restrict non-essential travel for employees;
  • Require all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent contact with others;
  • Implement strict cleaning and sanitation standards;
  • Enact a continuous health screening process for individuals to enter the workplace;
  • Continue tracing, tracking and reporting of cases; and
  • Develop liability processes.

The Council of Industry along with the Manufacturing Alliance and the New York State Business Council is working  

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COVID 19 Update 51

Italy Cautiously Opens Up

More than 4 million Italians head back to work this morning for the first time in eight weeks, as one of Europe’s strictest covid-19 lockdowns eases. A broader range of industries may resume production. People can visit relatives—though not, in theory, most friends. Nor can they yet travel between regions without good reason. Complicating matters, regional governors have allowed different freedoms  

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COVID 19 Update 50

School Closures Extended for Remaining Academic Year

In Friday’s press conference, Governor Cuomo announced both grade schools and colleges, would remain closed in New York for the remainder of the school year. The decision on summer schools being allowed to operate will be made at the end of May, and will be made in conjunction with the decision to reopen regions. The governor also called for schools to develop plans that take into account  

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COVID 19 Update 49

More Details on Contact Tracing Pilot Program from Cuomo and Bloomberg

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday detailed plans to develop a massive program for tracing the contacts of people in the state who test positive for coronavirus.

Cuomo said the effort will require hiring between 6,400 and 17,000 contact tracers, depending on the spread of the virus. Bloomberg, whose philanthropic organization is helping to lead  

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COVID 19 Update 48

Cuomo Adds More Metrics to Reopening Strategy

In his daily briefing the Governor reiterated that the State’s reopening will be based on facts and data adding that 30% of hospital and ICU beds must be available after elective surgeries resume and the rate of transmission must be 1.1 or less. We assume he means in a particular region, however, today the Governor announced that certain counties can begin to do elective surgeries.


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