CORONAVIRUS IN NY STATE: Focus is on 10 NYC hotspots as city prepares to reopen June 8: Cuomo

Adam Warner
May 30, 2020 - 12:01 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that New York City will begin reopening on June 8 and that two Upstate regions may enter Phase 2 soon.

    Cuomo said Friday that New York City was on pace to reopen June 8. He emphasized Saturday that it would reopen on that day, a week from Monday.

    “We have work to do still, but we’ll get it done by June 8,” Cuomo said.

    He said the state will focus on the city’s hospital system to make sure it’s prepared going forward after “we learned painful lessons.”

    Cuomo said there are 10 hotspot ZIP codes in the city that are being focused on; six of them are in the Bronx, three are in Brooklyn and one is in Queens.

    "We want to focus on the 10 hotspots," Cuomo said. "Those areas that we have identified through testing, where we are still generating new cases."

    NYC coronavirus hotspots
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office

    Cuomo said some of the hotspots have an infection rate of over 50 percent, while the city has an overall infection rate of 19 or 20 percent.

    The three ZIP codes with the highest infection rates are: 10457 (51 percent positive); 10460 (50 percent positive); and 10468 (50 percent positive).

    Cuomo said ten more testing sites are being added to the areas and that "better health care connections" are being developed in the communities.

    The governor also said two regions—the Capital region and Western New York—end their 14 days in Phase 1 this upcoming week and that the state will make a decision on whether the regions can now enter Phase 2.

    Cuomo also announced that he was signing a bill granting death benefits to the families of police officers, public health workers and other front-line workers who have died of the coronavirus.

    "You gave your lives for us, we will be there for your families going forward,'' Cuomo said as he signed the legislation.

    The bill passed by state lawmakers this past week provides an accidental death benefit that is more substantial than the regular death benefit that public workers' families receive.

    Dozens of police officers, public health workers, transit workers and paramedics have died of COVID-19 in the months since New York became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

    Cuomo said new hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the state Saturday were “way down” at 178. He said intubations and total hospitalizations were also continuing their downward trend.

    There were 67 new deaths since Friday, he said, the same number of deaths that were reported Friday.

    He said the number of deaths was “an all-time low” and that the state has made “tremendous progress” since the peak of the outbreak, when over 700 were dying a day.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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