New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) speaking at a press Conference at the State Capitol reporting on the latest development of the Covid-19 Coronavirus situation.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday outlined a 12-step plan to reopen parts of the state while trying to keep the coronavirus pandemic from flaring up again.
“It’s a very fact-based, data-driven reopening plan for regions that would keep them safe and allow the economy to reopen in phases,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Syracuse. The state is following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that require local and state officials to show a continual decline in Covid-19 cases over two weeks, he said.
If new infections continue to fall, Cuomo said some parts of the state will have met the CDC guidelines by May 15, but “not New York City, not downstate, unless a miracle happens.”
The plan to reopen New York, the epicenter of the Covid-19 crisis in the U.S., would require erecting regional isolation facilities to monitor the outbreak and hiring a dedicated pool of so-called contact tracers to track the spread of the virus.
“We have to remain vigilant. This is not over,” Cuomo said.
The governor laid out his reopening strategy after announcing that some measures of the virus, including Covid-19 hospitalizations, intubations and deaths, were on the decline.
There were 335 deaths from the disease reported in New York on Monday, down slightly from Sunday which saw 337 deaths, and significantly down from roughly 800 daily deaths just two weeks ago. Cuomo lamented that the number of deaths was “basically reducing but not at a tremendous rate.”
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