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Daily Briefing – 193

COVID and Cluster Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday afternoon providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Sunday, November 15th.  A total 124,565 COVID-19 tests were reported to the State Sunday.

Tracking data for the Clusters and the rest of the State are below.  

  • Clusters: 4.19%
  • Rockland Red zone: 2.93%
  • Westchester yellow-zone: 3.95
  • Orange Orange zone: 0.00%
  • Statewide: 2.80%
  • Statewide excluding clusters: 2.50%
  • Statewide hospitalizations: 1,968 (391 in ICU) 

Here are some useful websites:

New York State Transmission Rate  

The average number of people who become infected by an infectious person with COVID-19  

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Daily Briefing – 192

COVID and Cluster Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday afternoon providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Saturday, November 14th.  A total 133,202 COVID-19 tests were reported to the State Saturday.

Tracking data for the Clusters and the rest of the State are below.  

  • Clusters: 4.05%
  • Rockland Red zone: 3.21%
  • Westchester yellow-zone: 4.05
  • Orange Orange zone: 2.34%
  • Statewide: 2.74%
  • Statewide excluding clusters: 2.45%
  • Statewide hospitalizations: 1,845 (378 in ICU) 

Here are some useful websites:

New York State Transmission Rate Bumps Up – Now 3rd Highest in the Nation 

The average number of people who become infected by an infectious person with  

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Daily Briefing – 191

COVID and Cluster Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday afternoon providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Wednesday, November 11th. A total 162,627 COVID-19 tests were reported to the State Wednesday. Tracking data for the Clusters and the rest of the State are below.  

  • Clusters: 4.86%
  • Rockland Red zone: 2.84%
  • Westchester yellow-zone: 11.43
  • Orange Orange zone: 0.00%
  • Statewide: 2.95%
  • Statewide excluding clusters: 2.53%
  • Statewide hospitalizations: 1,677 (308 in ICU) 

Here are some useful websites:

The Economist: What the Biden Administration Would do Differently on COVID-19

Forecasting the course of the disease over the long term has proved supremely  

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Daily Briefing – 190

New York State Rate of  Transmission is One of Highest in the Nation – Deaths Pass 26,000

The average number of people who become infected by an infectious person with COVID-19 is 1.24 in New York State tying it for 5th highest in the U.S. (as of November 9, 2020).  a number below 1 indicates the spread of the virus is slowing, above 1 means it is accelerating.

Meanwhile the 32 COVID deaths Tuesday pushed the state past the grim milestone of 26,000 to 26,005. 

See  

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Daily Briefing – 189

COVID and Cluster Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release detailing New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Monday November 9th. Tracking data for the Clusters and the rest of the State are below.  

  • Clusters: 5.9%
  • Rockland Red zone: 2.86%
  • Westchester yellow-zone: 14.66
  • Orange Orange zone: 2.62%
  • Statewide: 3.09%
  • Statewide excluding clusters: 2.56%
  • Statewide hospitalizations: 1,548 (296 in ICU) 

We urge all our members to remain diligent in their efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. With the holidays coming up, colder weather in  

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Daily Briefing – 188

COVID and Cluster Update 

Governor Cuomo press briefing via phone call detailing New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Sunday November 8th. The COVID-19 infection rate continues to increase across the state, country and world. The Governor said he expects the rate to continue to increase through the fall and winter until a vaccine is widely distributed to the public. New York has successfully kept positivity rates low  

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Daily Briefing – 187

Joe Biden Is the 46th President of the United States – Trump to Challenge Results

A day after clinching the U.S. presidency, Democrat Joe Biden and his advisers were working on Sunday on how to address the nation’s coronavirus crisis while reinforcing his intention to bridge America’s gaping political divisions.  Biden on Saturday made clear that tackling the pandemic was a top priority. Biden plans to launch a coronavirus task force on Monday to plot the way forward, led  

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Letter to Members on Election

Members:

The vote counts are clear enough that news organizations have confidently projected a winner in the Presidential election. Though many races remain to be called it looks as though both parties have some reason to celebrate as Joe Biden will be President, and Republicans will have a good chance to maintain control of the Senate and have made gains in the House in in State elections.

We acknowledge  

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Daily Briefing – 186

COVID and Cluster Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release today detailing New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Wednesday November 4th. Tracking data for the hotspots and the rest of the State are below.

  • Hotspot Zones: 3.04e: 0.88%
  • Rockland Hot Zone: 3.81%
  • Orange Orange Zone: 0.75%
  • Statewide: 1.86%
  • Statewide excluding hotspots: 1.70%
  • Statewide hospitalizations: 1,277 (268 in ICU) 

Here are some useful websites:

U.S. Daily Coronavirus Cases Top 100,000 for the First Time

The number of new daily coronavirus cases recorded in the U.S. surpassed 100,000 for the time, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The data showed 102,831 new Covid-19  

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Daily Briefing – 185

COVID and Cluster Update 

Governor Cuomo issued a press release today.  The release detailed New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Tuesday November 3rd. Meanwhile the New York Times reported Monday that concerns have arisen that communities may be manipulating coronavirus positivity rates by discouraging sick people from being tested.

Tracking data for the hotspots and the rest of the State are below.

  • Hotspot Zones: 2.69%
  • Orange Orange Zone: 0.88%
  • Rockland Hot Zone: 3.43%
  • Statewide: 1.59%
  • Statewide excluding hotspots: 1.42%
  • Statewide hospitalizations: 1,253 (284 in ICU) 

Here are some useful  

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Daily Briefing – 184

Election Results

It is expected to be a long night and results may still be coming in. Use the links below to see the results in the presidential contest as well as to learn which party will control the U.S. Senate and the extent of the Democrat majority in New York State. 

COVID and Cluster Update 

Governor Cuomo issues a press release today stating that New York continues its effective micro-cluster approach with focused testing and targeted  

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Daily Briefing – 183

Vote

More than 90 million Americans have already voted.  If you are not one of them today is election day and the last chance to have to exercise that right.  We encourage you to do so. 

COVID and Cluster Update 

Governor Cuomo held a briefing by phone call Sunday detailing New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Saturday October 31st.  Tracking data for the hotspots and the rest of the State are below.

The Governor also stated  

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Daily Briefing -182

Cuomo Executive Order Amends Traveler Quarantine Restriction Policy – Allows Travelers to “Test Out” 

The Executive Order directs the Commissioner of the Department of Health to modify the travel advisory. The modified Travel Advisory is effective at 12:01 a.m. on November 4, 2020, until rescinded by the Commissioner.  Any violation of a quarantine or isolation order issued to an individual pursuant may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000. 

The Travel Advisory now states that all travelers  

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Daily Briefing – 181

COVID and Cluster Update – New Record High Number of COVID-19 Tests Reported

Governor Cuomo issued a press release yesterday detailing New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Wednesday, October 28th.  A total of 168,353 COVID-19 diagnostic tests were reported to the State; a new record for a single day.

Tracking data for the hotspots and the rest of the State are below.  

  • 20 hotspot zip codes: 3.24%
  • Orange Orange Zone: 2.65%
  • Rockland Hot Zone: 2.72%
  • Statewide: 1.48%
  • Statewide excluding hotspots: 1.25%
  • Statewide hospitalizations: 1,085 (237 in ICU) 

Here are some useful websites:

US Economic Activity Rose at a Record 33.1% Annualized Pace After Pandemic Slump

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its advance print on third-quarter  

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Daily Briefing – 180

Orange to Orange – NYS COVID and Micro Cluster Update

Governor Cuomo held a phone call briefing detailing New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Monday, October 26th.  The “red zone” in Orange County will be changed to an “orange zone” as a result of the progress made reducing the COVID-19 infection rate from 12 to 2 percent. The “yellow zone” in Orange County will continue. While other “micro-clusters” have experienced decreased  

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Daily Briefing – 179

California Added to NY’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory; No Areas Are Removed

Governor  Cuomo announced yesterday that California has 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 than 10 per 100,000 residents  

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Daily Briefing -178

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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