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 by local officials. The control rooms will be in charge of gauging public health threat levels as people begin to go back to work. Further reopening or re-closing will be determined by these public health metrics.

The Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Mohawk Valley regions have met the seven metrics needed to begin reopening. These three regions will begin phase 1 of the reopening schedule this Friday, May 15th. The construction, manufacturing, wholesale supply chain, retail (curbside pickup), agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries will be allowed to reopen.

The Central New York and North Country regions have met six of the seven metrics. If these regions are able to meet the seventh metric by the 15th they will also be authorized to start phase 1. New York City has only met four of the seven metrics. All of the other regions (including the Mid-Hudson) of the State have met five out of the seven metrics.

Read the Press Release

Online Interactive Dashboard Tracks Each Region’s Status

The State has published an online interactive dashboard to track each region’s progress in achieving the metrics needed to start phase 1 of the reopening. The dashboard can be viewed at the region or County level to show an area’s progress. It also has descriptions of the metrics the State is following.

It can be found here

SBA Updates PPP FAQ Related to Employees Who Decline to Return to Work

In an interview today for the Council of Industry Podcast SBA Regional Director Steve Bulger pointed out the the FAQs for PPP have been updated to address the issue of otherwise able bodied individuals declining to return to work upon being offered reinstatement. 

Read the FAQs Below (Question 40)

Automotive Industry Slow Roll Reopening

US automakers, like those in the rest of the world, are restarting production after covid-19 forced all assembly lines across the country to close in March. Non-unionized car factories run by South Korea’s Hyundai-Kia and Germany’s BMW and Daimler reopened a week ago. Today Toyota and Honda resume work at their plants. Detroit’s Big Three—Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler—are eyeing a mid-May return. But cranking up production will be difficult.

Parts need to start flowing through the supply chain but non-essential businesses in Mexico, the source of two-fifths of imported components, will be closed until May 30th. Full production is weeks or months away.

Monday Economic Report: The U.S. Economy Lost a Record-Breaking
20.5 Million Workers in April

Manufacturers shed 1,330,000 employees for the month, with employment dropping to the lowest level since January 2010 and with declines in every manufacturing sector. The current outlook is for manufacturing employment to bounce back to roughly 12,250,000 million workers by year’s end.

Of course, the key to the data will be the extent to which these jobs return once 
economic activity starts to resume and stay-at-home orders are lifted. Of the
20,626,000 workers who lost their job in April, 78.6% of them, or 18,063,000,
said they were on “temporary layoff.” That suggests that the vast majority of
nonfarm payroll workers plan to return to work once they are able to do so.

Read Chad Moutray’s full report

Survey: Managers are Struggling to Adjust Amid Pandemic

A recent survey by KPMG finds that 64% of employees say their quality of work is up and 70% say collaboration has improved amid the current pandemic. Managers, though, are having a tougher time adjusting — compared with their staff — with 67% reporting that their work is more demanding now and 63% saying work is overwhelming.

Read more at Forbes

Chicago Factory Replaces Time Clock With App

Vehicle accessory maker Gold Eagle has employees log hours by using an app, part of measures to ensure safety at a facility where several workers have contracted the coronavirus. The company has put aside its main business to make hand sanitizer for sale to hospitals.

Read the full story at WBBM-TV