CORONAVIRUS IN NY STATE: Long Island, Mid-Hudson regions on track to reopen next week; death toll rises by 109 to 23,192

Adam Warner
May 22, 2020 - 11:16 am
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    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that two more regions could begin the gradual process of reopening starting next week.

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    Cuomo said Long Island and the Mid-Hudson regions could begin Phase 1 as long as their number of new deaths continue decreasing and their tracing programs comes online.

    “If the number of deaths continue to decline, they get their tracing up and online, both regions could reopen,” Cuomo said.

    Phase 1 allows construction and manufacturing, as well as retail for in-store or curbside pickup.

    Cuomo said the state will allow construction staging to begin in the Mid-Hudson region and Long Island in anticipation of Phase 1 beginning.

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    If the two regions begin reopening, that would leave New York City as the only region in the state that hasn't begun Phase 1.

    The Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Western New York have all begun the first phase.

    The governor also announced that there were another 109 deaths from Thursday to Friday, bringing the statewide death toll to 23,192.

    There were 225 new hospitalizations in the state as of Friday, Cuomo said.

     There have been 356,458 total cases statewide since the outbreak began.

    The governor said the state is continuing to ramp up its testing. It is launching a new pilot program with 52 independent pharmacies to conduct 7,000 more tests per week. He said that will bring the total number of test sites in the state to 750.

    "Our message is very simple: get a test," Cuomo said.

    Find out more about getting a test by going to coronavirus.health.ny.gov.

    The governor also said the state is working with private banks to launch a $100 million loan fund for small businesses.

    "Small businesses are taking a real beating in this situation," Cuomo said. "They are 90 percent of New York's businesses and they're facing the toughest challenges."

    The governor said the state will focus on small businesses with 20 or fewer employees and less than $3 million in gross revenue.

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