Cuomo’s office says ‘NY PAUSE’ not extended to June 6, reports are wrong

Adam Warner
May 09, 2020 - 5:41 pm
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    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said Saturday that reports New York’s “PAUSE” order had been extended by three weeks were wrong.

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    “NY ON PAUSE was NOT extended to June 6,” secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa tweeted Saturday.

    “Yesterday's Executive Order extended the underlying legal authority for the executive order BUT did not change the text of any of the directives in NY ON PAUSE & so the expiration date on May 15 still stands until further notice,” she wrote.

    The clarification came amid erroneous reports that Cuomo had quietly extended the order three weeks from May 15 to June 6. Those reports appeared to come from an executive order posted to the New York state site.

    The “PAUSE” order went into effect on March 22, closing non-essential businesses across the state.

    Cuomo said some parts of the state could start to reopen as early as May 15 if local governments provide plans for coronavirus testing and tracing the contacts of those who’ve been infected, and if data provided by hospitals and health officials shows the regions are not at high risk of a new surge of cases.

    The five regions of the state that are getting closer to becoming eligible to open under the criteria are central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country and the Southern Tier.

    Those regions, which have had far fewer COVID-19 cases than New York City and its suburbs, meet some of the criteria for reopening that Cuomo laid out Monday, including an ample supply of empty hospital beds that would be available in case there is an unanticipated surge in new infections. 

    But no region of New York appears to meet Cuomo’s reopening requirement of 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents. It’s unclear when New York will fully roll out Cuomo’s plan to hire an “army” of workers who can track people infected with COVID-19 and their contacts through a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies‎.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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