CORONAVIRUS IN NY STATE: 161 new deaths statewide, NY on 'other side of mountain,' Gov. says

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May 10, 2020 - 12:13 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday reported another 161 coronavirus deaths, bringing the state total to 21,640 as indicators continue to decrease.

    He also indicated that "the state is "on the other side of the mountain," adding that if they meet the seven metrics, some regions of the state may be able to begin the gradual process of reopening after May 15.

    "Today we enter a new phase in the battle against COVID-19. We have established criteria for reopening based on 7 metrics," Cuomo said.

    The seven metrics include:

    • 14-day decline in hospitalizations OR under 15 new hospitalizations (3-day average).
    • 14-day decline in hospitalized deaths OR under 5 new (3-day average).
    • New hospitalizations - under 2 per 100k residents (3-day rolling average).
    • Share of total beds available (threshold of 30 percent)
    • Share of ICU beds available (threshold of 30 percent)
    • 30 contact tracers per 1,000 residents tested monthly (seven-day average of new tests per day)

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    The Finger Lakes region including Rochester, Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier will be the first to meet all seven benchmarks to begin phase one of reopening on May 15, according to Cuomo.

    "Some regions are ready to go today," Cuomo added. He also urged those areas to have logistics finalized by Friday.

    Low-risk businesses and recreational activities that will reopen include landscaping and gardening, the governor said. Outdoor, low-risk recreational activities like tennis and drive-in movie theaters. will be available to residents as well.

    Central New York will be the next region to reopen.

    New York City has only metfour of the seven metrics.

    Phased reopenings of businesses are:

    Phase 1:

    • Construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, retail (curbside pickup), agriculture, forestry and fishing.

    Phase 2:

    • Professional services, finance and insurance, retail, administrative support, real estate/rental leasing

    Phase 3:

    • Restaurants and food service, hotels and accommodations

    Phase 4:

    • Arts and entertainment/recreation, education and school systems

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