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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.

Read The Press Release

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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COVID 19 Update 47

Cuomo Provides More Information On Reopening Strategy

  • The State will be using two main data points for reopening, based on facts – if a hospital system in an area exceeds 70% capacity or the rate of transmission of the virus hits 1.1, those are danger signs. Reopening will not happen unless you have rates below these factors.
  • Un-PAUSE New York will be based upon a regional analysis with everyone working off the same data points and opening template. We have to take into account many factors including if that region has met the CDC 14-day guidelines, healthcare capacity, how to handle isolation (home vs. hotels), not opening “attractive nuisances” that bring in people from outside that region, and ensuring the regional plan fits in with the overall State and multi-state plan.
  • Phase 1 will include construction and manufacturing jobs. These sectors not only employ a lot of people, but also are able to put into place proper precautions.
  • Phase two will involve identifying how businesses can incorporate what we have learned. In order to reopen, businesses must plan on how to institute social distancing and testing while operating. 

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New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board

The Governor announced the creation of the New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board of 100 business, community and civic leaders who will work with state officials in developing a reopening plan for the State’s economy.

The members of the Advisory Board are below:

The Governor announced the creation of the New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board of 100 business

Trump Takes Executive Action to Keep Meat-Processing Plants Open


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COVID 19 – Update 46

Cuomo: Phase II Results of Antibody Testing Study Show 14.9% of Population Has COVID-19 Antibodies

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the results of phase two of the state’s antibody testing survey. The preliminary results show 14.9 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies. The preliminary results of phase one of the state’s antibody testing survey released on April 23rd showed 13.9 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies.


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COVID 19 Update 45

Cuomo Eyes Construction, Manufacturing for Regional Reopen in New York

Governor Cuomo plans to reopen regions of the state in coordinated phases, starting with the construction and manufacturing industries.

During his daily briefing on Sunday, Cuomo teased an outline for the state’s economic restart plan as New York’s death and hospitalization rates continue to inch downward.

  • 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.

The New York State Division of Budget (DOB) has released the FY 2021 Enacted State Budget Financial Plan

The State is proposing more than $10 billion in budget cuts. The cuts will be  

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COVID 19 Update 44

Joint Statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the Resumption of the Paycheck Protection Program 

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today on the resumption of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP):

“…The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower.  This will ensure that SBA has properly coded  

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COVID 19 Update 43

House of Representatives Passes a New COVID-19 Relief Package –  SBA Issues Updated FAQs

The legislation, which passed the Senate Tuesday, includes $310 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program. The Small Business Administration issued an updated FAQ document today for PPP lenders and borrowers to provide guidance on application submissions, secondary sales of PPP loans and eligibility for businesses with large company ownership.

You can read the FAQ here

4.4 Million More People Filed for Weekly Unemployment Claims

More than 4.4 million  

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COVID 19 Update 42

Bloomberg to Spearhead Virus Tracing in New York – Pledges $10 Million to the Cause

Mr. Bloomberg will help the state design and build a contact tracing program, intended to enable authorities to understand where and how the virus is spreading and take necessary countermeasures to contain it. Contact tracers locate people who have been infected and then track all others with whom they have had recent contact.

Robust contact tracing systems have helped Germany, Singapore and South  

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COVID 19 Update 41

Senate passes $484 Billion Coronavirus Deal 

The agreement centers around providing $380 billion for small businesses and also includes $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for disease testing. It comes after a brutal conflict between party leaders over how to pass a massive bill with the Senate in recess.

The deal includes an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including $60 billion specifically for  

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COVID 19 Update 40

Congress, Trump Administration Near Deal on Coronavirus Aid to Small Businesses

The Senate convened briefly on Monday afternoon without a deal, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) scheduled another session for Tuesday afternoon. While broad strokes of the agreement are largely set, negotiations continued over several details, including how to structure ramped-up testing for the virus in the U.S.

The emerging agreement would send about $310 billion more to the  

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COVID 19 Update 39

Congress, Trump Administration Close to Deal on New SBA Aid Package

A deal could be announced as early as Sunday or Monday, according to congressional aides. On a conference call with President Donald Trump and Republican senators on Sunday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Republicans that the only portion of the package not agreed to focused on coronavirus testing, according to a person briefed on the call. McConnell and Treasury  

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Siena Poll: Majority of Upstate CEOs Say Return to Pre-Virus Economy Will Take Longer than 6 Months

Only 31 percent of CEOs expect the New York State economy to return to pre-virus levels of revenue and employment within the next six months according to a special Upstate New York Business Leader COVID-19 Survey from Siena College Research Institute (SCRI), sponsored by the Business Council of New York State, Inc. Similarly, while only five percent have not suffered due to the virus and 35 percent  

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COVID 19 Update 37

Trump Announces Guidelines to ‘Open Up’ U.S. Economy, Ease Coronavirus Restrictions – Leaves Much to States

The White House proposed a list of six metrics states should “satisfy before preceding to a phased opening.” They include:

  • A decline in influenza-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period and a downward trajectory of covid-like cases reported within a 14-day period;
  • A decline in documented cases of COVID-19 within a two-week period or a decline in the share of coronavirus tests that come back positive, if test volume increases or remains flat; and
  • Hospitals within a jurisdiction should have the capacity to treat all patients without “crisis care” and there should be a “robust testing program in place for at-risk health care workers” including tests for COVID-19 immunity.

If states meet these criteria, the guidelines suggest a three-phased approach to reopening the economy. 

Read More at Marketwatch

Governor Cuomo Extends PAUSE to May 15th and Offers More Insight on the Phased Reopening of the Economy

The Governor announced that his New York on PAUSE efforts would be extended until May 15. He also expanded on his proposal to do a phased-in reopening  

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COVID 19 Update 36

Fed: Manufacturing Output Declined 6.3% for March

US manufacturing output declined 6.3% in March as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted supply chains, according to the Federal Reserve. February’s data was revised downward to a 0.1% decline from an initially reported gain of 0.1%.

Read the Full Story is at Reuters

Empire State Manufacturing Survey: April 2020

Business activity plunged in New York State, according to firms responding to the April 2020 Empire State Manufacturing Survey.  

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COVID 19 Update 35

Aides Expect Schumer, Mnuchin to Reach Deal on Coronavirus Relief

The deal could lead to legislation being passed quickly through the Senate on Thursday, and through the House no later than early next week.

Democrats say that Mnuchin, who is spearheading negotiations for Republicans, is open to a deal even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn’t show much interest in negotiating with Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Mnuchin, speaking  

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COVID 19 Update 34

COVID 19 NOT Recordable Incident for Recordkeeping

The Department of Labor announced Friday that businesses will not have to consider confirmed cases of COVID-19 as recordable incidents for Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordkeeping purposes unless there is objective evidence available to them that the cases are work related. OSHA noted that determining whether a worker contracted COVID-19 while performing  

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COVID 19 Update 33

Cuomo Orders Employers to Provide Essential Workers with Masks – When They Are Interacting With the Public

 Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that he will order employers who are still open and interacting with the public to provide workers with some sort of face covering.

A forthcoming executive order will direct “employers to provide essential workers with a cloth or surgical facemask to their employees when they are interacting with the public. And they should provide those masks cost-free,” he  

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