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COVID 19 Update 47

Post: Apr. 29, 2020

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

The move is expected to relieve pressure on meatpackers and farmers, who have struggled with food-supply upheavals following pressure from local and state officials to close plants. It is likely to draw fire from unions and worker advocates, who have said such closures are a necessary step to stem the virus’s spread through communities.

The president invoked the Defense Production Act, a Korean War-era law, to keep the facilities open, designating the plants as critical infrastructure under the law. The administration is also planning to take steps to improve safety for employees at the facilities, administration officials said.

Read More in the WSJ

May 18 May Be the Restart Date for America’s Automakers

The ambiguity around the companies’ restart plans has left many automotive suppliers unsure of whether they can legally run their assembly lines or recall workers in preparation of filling orders for customers with plants outside of Michigan, suppliers executives, consultants and attorneys have said.

It’s not going to be as simple as flipping a switch and getting workers back to the factory. Auto manufacturing is a complex, global business, with entire parts and supply chains dependent on factories in other states and other countries. 

The car companies have said they will provide protective gear for workers when they return and will try to maintain social-distancing protocols in their plants through measures such as dividers between work stations.

Read More at The Drive

More on Automakers From The Economist: “The World’s Car Giants Need to Move Fast and Break Things”

The industry, already facing a precarious and colossally expensive shift to electric cars, will emerge from the pandemic transformed—not necessarily for the better.

Most carmakers were fitter going into this crisis than the last recession a decade ago. Back then America’s General Motors (gm) and Chrysler entered bankruptcy and needed bail-outs. This time balance-sheets looked stronger, costs had been tamed and firms had restructured to concentrate on profitable businesses. Nothing, though, prepared them for the coronavirus. First China and then the world went into lockdown. Car firms, parts suppliers, showrooms and repair shops shut.

Read More at the Economist

CI Webinar: Return-to-Work Protocols and Best Practices Presented by EmergencyOne

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020,  1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Cost: No fee to participate – limited to the first 100 registrants.

Please contact abutler@councilofindustry.org for the information.

Our knowledge of the COVID-19 outbreak is changing daily, and employers are having to respond dynamically. Join Emergency One Urgent Care and Occupational Health to review the Return-to-Work protocols and best practices for integrating employees back into the workforce following prolonged absence during the pandemic.

Alan Glickman, RN, MSN, CNS-FHN, FNP and Jim Devitt, MS, will uncover the following:

  • Preparing Your Business for Return-to-Work
  • Medical Criteria & Process for Return-to-Work
  • Emerging Technologies – COVID-19 and antibody testing
  • PPE Best Practices
  • Achieving Return-to-Work Via Technology – Telemedicine

Click here to register

“Cybersecurity during COVID-19” Webinar Today

The NAM is hosting a special webinar to discuss the looming cybersecurity threats brought on by COVID-19…and how manufacturers can stay ahead of the curve.

Speakers from PwC include:

  • Joe Nocera, Cyber & Privacy Innovation Institute Leader
  • Emily Stapf, Principal, Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Harshul Joshi, Principal, Cybersecurity & Privacy

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FuzeHub Awards COVID-19 Manufacturing Grants

FuzeHub, the statewide center for the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP), announced the winners of its COVID-19 Manufacturing Grants initiative, a competitive grant program to accelerate production of ventilators and N95 respirators in New York State. FuzeHub awarded a total of $300,000 in grant funding to four New York manufacturers.

  • Precision Valve & Automation (PVA), Cohoes, N.Y., $100,000 to support its production of its PVA PREVENT™ emergency ventilator
  • Spiro Devices, Brooklyn, N.Y., $100,000 to accelerate production of its Spiro Wave ventilation device
  • Environmental Composites, Utica, N.Y., $50,000 for N95 mask manufacturing
  • General Composites, Willsboro, N.Y., $50,000 for N95 mask manufacturing

Read the Story at FuzeHub