NY Gov. outlines plan to reopen state in phases

NY Gov. outlines plan to reopen state in phases

NY Gov. outlines plan to reopen state in phases

Long Island and New York City had the highest rates of infection detected across the state. About three-quarters of those polled said NY can not restart its economy without widespread testing.

Upstate regions that have had a lower number of COVID-19 cases will likely be the first to begin reopening, Cuomo said.

The New York Farm Bureau has asked the state, in recent days, to ramp up testing for COVID-19 in rural areas of the state, particularly at farms.

Downstate, which includes the New York City area, presents the most challenges with coordination for transportation, state parks, schools and beaches, Cuomo said.

Andrew Cuomo said some 5,000 pharmacies would be able to carry out testing, with the aim to provide 40,000 per day, reports BBC.

"The human toll is nearly unfathomable as 46 percent of New York City voters personally know someone who has died from coronavirus, as do 36 percent of downstate suburbanites and 13 percent of upstaters".

Each person with the coronavirus in NY is infecting fewer than one other person on average right now, but cases could spike again if social distancing measures are lifted too soon.

Earlier this week Mr Cuomo said almost 14% of 3,000 people in a study had tested positive for the presence of antibodies, suggesting the virus had spread widely throughout the population. Cuomo stated that businesses must consider "how they're going to reopen with that 'new normal", as they will be required to consider implementing new measures to protect employees and customers with social distancing in place.

"One of the things is New York City schools bought a lot of the product from upstate New York because we worked very hard to develop that relationship", Cuomo said.

The state will begin to discuss a phased reopening after May 15, Cuomo said.

With certain precautions, after May 15 construction projects and manufacturing jobs may be able to resume in certain regions, said Cuomo during an Albany press briefing, referring to the date through which his statewide shutdown order is now in effect.

In the past 24-hours, though, 437 people died of the coronavirus in his state.

But any plan to reopen businesses will hinge on the number of hospitalizations from COVID-19, which continued to decline statewide Sunday.

When it comes to phase two and beyond, the pace of reopening businesses will increase as the infection rate declines.

"We don't want to get too far ahead, " he said.

It was the first time Cuomo, a Democrat, spoke in detail about reopening - a massive, complicated undertaking after the governor on March 20 shut down most business, schools and locked down a state of 18 million people.

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