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STATE FAIR CANCELLED

COVID-19 BRIEFING/July 6, 2020

STATE FAIR

CANCELLED

Governor Looks Ahead

To Fall School Opening

Here are highlights of today’s COVID-19 briefing by Governor Cuomo:

• The New York State Fair is canceled this year out of an abundance of caution. While disappointing for many reasons, the risk is too high to hold the Fair this summer.

• The State is planning for the fall school year. The New York State Department of Health, in consultation with the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and others, is finalizing guidance on the possible reopening of schools in September. Every school district throughout the State has been directed to develop reopening plans. At the moment, no decisions have been made on whether schools are reopening in the fall. We will follow the data, and make a decision on the data.

Cuomo Permits Outdoor Seating At NY Restaurants

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING/Wednesday, June 3

Cuomo Permits

Outdoor Seating

At NY Restaurants

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo today announced outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in Otsego County and communities in the seven economic development communities that have entered Phase Two of NY Forward.

Outdoor dining can begin tomorrow in Otsego’s Mohawk Valley region, and also the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York.

Cuomo Shifts Focus To Riots: ‘Real Issue Is Racism’ In Nation

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING/Sunday, May 31

Cuomo Shifts Focus

To Riots: ‘Real Issue

Is Racism’ In Nation

In his coronavirus briefing today, Governor Cuomo announced dentists may now open their offices statewide.

ALBANY – On his 80th day of daily briefings, Governor Cuomo today shifted the topic from the receding pandemic threat to the riots that grew out of George Floyd’s death while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Saying “the real issue is racism in our country,” the governor:

Cuomo Grants Benefits For Front-Line Workers

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING/Sunday, May 25

Cuomo Grants Benefits

For Front-Line Workers

ALBANY – Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo today announced that state and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency.

Cuomo also renewed his call for the federal government to provide hazard pay for essential public workers on the front lines.

Worst Hit Regions May Reopen Soon, Cuomo Announces

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING/May 23, 2020

Worst Hit Regions

May Reopen Soon,

Cuomo Announces

 

ALBANY – On Long Island, the number of coronavirus deaths is continuing to drop and contract tracing is coming online, and if this trend continues Long Island could be ready to open by Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced today at his daily briefing.

After New York City, Long Island and Westchester County were the hardest his areas in the state.

And Then There Were 6: Capital Region To Open

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And Then There Were 6:

Capital Region To Open

With the arrival of the Capital District, xix of the state’s 10 economic development regions will have entered “Phase One” reopening this week.

ALBANY – The Capital Region’s economic development region can reopen this week, the Times Union is reporting today.

It will join five other regions, including Otsego County’s Mohawk Valley region, that opened Friday.  This would mean more than half of the state’s 10 regions have now entered “Phase One” of Governor Cuomo’s four-phase revival of the state’s economy.

Also, Cuomo announced over the weekend that hospitals in hard-hit Westchester and Suffolk counties will open for non-elective surgeries and services that were in hiatus since the March 13 emergency declaration, as Bassett Hospital did last week.

DAILY BRIEFING: Block COVID-19 Business Bailouts, Cuomo Declares

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING/Tuesday, May 12

Block COVID-19

Business Bailouts,

Cuomo Declares

ALBANY  – Governor Cuomo today announced some members of New York’s Congressional Delegation will propose the “Americans First Law” to help prevent corporate bailouts following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuomo did not list Otsego County’s congressman, Antonio Delgado, D-19, among the representatives supporting the legislation.

State Taking Lead In Fighting Illness Attacking Children

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING/Saturday, May 9

State Taking Lead

In Fighting Illness

Attacking Children

NEW YORK CITY – Governor Cuomo today announced that at the request of the CDC, the state is taking the lead in developing ways to identify and respond to a Kawasaki-disease-like syndrome that so far has killed three New York children.

The State Department of Health is also partnering with the New York Genome Center and Rockefeller University to conduct a genome and RNA sequencing study to better understand COVID-related illnesses in children and the possible genetic basis of this syndrome.

DAILY BRIEFING: Cuomo Extends Moratorium On Evictions, Fees

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING/Thursday, May 7

Cuomo Extends

Moratorium On

Evictions, Fees

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo today extended the state’s moratorium on COVID-related  evictions  for an additional 60 days, until August 20.

The state is also banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the eviction moratorium, and allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use security deposits as payment, and repay the deposit over time.

The governor also announced:

NY Will Collaborate With Google Ex-CEO On Better Tech Use

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING/Wednesday, May 6

NY Will Collaborate

With Google Ex-CEO

On Better Tech Use

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo today announced that Schmidt Futures will help integrate New York State practices and systems with the best advanced technology tools to build back better. Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and Executive Chairman and founder of Schmidt Futures, will lead the state’s 15-member Blue Ribbon Commission and use what the state has learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with new technologies, to improve telehealth and broadband access.

Trends ‘Are Good,’ Said Governor, And 6 State Collaborating

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING/Sunday, May 3

Trends ‘Are Good,’

Said Governor, And

6 State Collaborating

ALBANY  – Governor Cuomo today announced a multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chair for PPE (personal protective equipment) and other medical equipment and testing.

He joined Governors Phil Murphy, New Jersey; Ned Lamont, Connecticut; Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania; John Carney, Delaware; Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island, and Charlie Baker, Massachusetts.

CUOMO SHUTS SCHOOLS FOR REST OF YEAR

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING, Friday, May 1

CUOMO SHUTS

SCHOOLS FOR

REST OF YEAR

Distance Learning Continues

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo today announced all K-12 schools and college facilities statewide will remain closed for the rest of the academic year and will continue to provide distance learning during that time.

The schools will also be required to continue meal programs and child care services for essential workers. The state will make a decision about summer school programming by the end of May.

He also directed all schools and colleges to create re-opening plans that re-imagine school facilities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These plans should consider how schools can monitor the spread of COVID-19; how to reinforce student safety; when and how to resume extracurricular activities; protocols for special student populations; steps to ensure student mental health; alternative academic calendars; among other considerations. All plans will be reviewed and approved by the state.

The governor also announced:

DAILY BRIEFING: Cuomo: 13.9% Of New Yorkers Immune To COVID-19 Threat

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING, Thursday, 4/23

Cuomo: 13.9% Of New Yorkers

Immune To COVID-19 Threat

ALBANY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Phase One of the state’s antibody testing survey found 13.9 percent of New Yorkers have COVID-19 antibodies, and are thus immune to the virus.

The survey developed a baseline infection rate by testing 3,000 people at grocery stores and other box stores over two days in 19 counties and 40 localities across the state.

The governor also announced:

Cuomo Dashes Hopes Of Quick End To Crisis

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Cuomo Dashes Hopes

Of Quick End To Crisis

Bloomberg Appointed To Lead

Regional Ramp-Up Of Testing

Cuomo at this morning’s briefing.

ALBANY – At today’s briefing, still underway, Governor Cuomo dashed expectations he might outline an end to the State of Emergency lockdown, or that it would happen anytime soon.

He did announce Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire and former presidential candidate, will lead a task force that will guide a multi-state reopening, following a ramp-up of coronavirus testing across New York State.

“We’re not going to have people lose their life because we acted imprudently. I’m not going to do that.  And I’m not going to allow the state to do this,” the governor said.

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