Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday a draft outlining how businesses could possibly reopen in New York since the state recorded 367 deaths in one day, the lowest daily fee since March 31.
“The descent continues,” said Cuomo during his press conference. “We’re back where we were on March 31st.”
Cuomo said 1,087 more people had been hospitalized the day before for the virus. The state has more than 288,045 cases, of which 5,902 are new cases. New York has recorded 16,966 deaths.
“That would normally be terrible news,” he said of the hospital stays. “It’s just not terrible news compared to us.”
Cuomo agreed to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that hospitalization rates must drop for 14 days before re-opening is considered.
The governor announced that the reopening process would then consist of two phases. The first phase will focus on getting construction and manufacturing companies back to work with low risk.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo released a draft on Sunday that outlines how companies could possibly reopen in New York since the state recorded 367 deaths in one day. This is the lowest daily fee since March 31. Cuomo said 1,087 additional people were hospitalized for the virus on Saturday
This graph shows the number of cases in New York per day. On April 25, there was a significant decrease in cases from April 24
On April 25, there were 367 deaths, the governor said. The death toll in New York has reached 16,966
Phase two will focus on more important companies that are also considered low-risk. These companies must give the governor’s office ideas about what precautions they will take in the workplace.
“You have to give us a plan before you can open it again,” said Cuomo. “We need them to be creative and think outside the box.”
Officials will monitor the number of hospital stays, antibody tests, and positive diagnostic tests between the two phases.
Cuomo warned that there must be two weeks between phases so that we can monitor what we have just done. Otherwise we could lose all the work done if we are not careful.
Transfer rate in New York for COVID-19
The COVID-19 transmission rate (Rt) in New York State is now around 0.8.
That means 10 positive people infect about 8 others.
The state of New York must keep the Rt below 1 to further slow the spread.
If this number rises above 1, the state is back where it started and it is likely that cases and deaths will increase.
‘There is no return to yesterday in life. It’s about getting ahead, ”said Cuomo.
During the press conference, the governor admitted that the situation in New York State would be different and that New York State is more likely to be the first to reopen.
In New York City alone, there are more than 11,000 deaths and 155,000 confirmed cases.
Cuomo said Downstate needed “multi-state and regional coordination” because New York City was so close to New Jersey.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday that he hoped to have a road map to rebuild the city by June 1 after the corona virus threat subsided.
The mayor said at a press conference that the city guides he had invited to help plan the city’s recreation should give him the roadmap by then. He said it would take about 20 months to completely rebuild.
He also said that the latest statistics on people being treated for COVID-19 remain stable or are declining.
The number of people in intensive care units in city hospitals had dropped from 785 to 768.
Cuomo announced that the reopening process will consist of two phases: Phase one will focus on getting construction and manufacturing companies back to work with low risk. The second phase will focus on more important companies that are also low risk
Officials will monitor the number of hospital stays, antibody tests, and positive diagnostic tests between the two phases
De Blasio said the city could only be reopened if the declines continued for 10 to 14 days. He said such a fall would signal that it was time for the first steps to be opened.
“The health indicators must give us the all-clear,” said de Blasio. ‘We start again when we have evidence. There is no on-off switch here. It’s a series of careful, wise moves. ‘
Cuomo said on Saturday that New York City has started testing healthcare workers for coronavirus antibodies, and that next week, transit and law enforcement workers will do the same as the state recovers from the worst days of the pandemic.
Doctors, nurses, and other staff in four New York City hospitals who treated large numbers of coronavirus patients are the first to be tested under the new program, according to Cuomo.
Antibody tests can be used to determine whether a person has been infected with the coronavirus even if they have shown no symptoms.
After weeks of reserving conventional coronavirus testing for people with symptoms to get care, the state is expanding its eligibility to include first responders, healthcare workers, and a long list of key employees such as bus drivers, chemical cleaners, undertakers, and grocery workers.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday that there will be several advisory councils, broken down by industry and sector, to get the city going again. He hopes to have a roadmap for rebuilding the city by June 1 after the corona virus threat has subsided
‘Why? Because these people have borne the burden and been exposed to the public during this crisis and because they are facing the public, ”said Cuomo. “You interact with these people.”
Cuomo said he was signing an implementing regulation to allow pharmacies to act as collection points for testing samples.
A recent study in New York City found that more than 20 percent of New York City residents tested positive for coronavirus antibodies
If so, it means that up to 1.7 million people have been infected in the city – and that the mortality rate is between 0.6 and 0.8 percent, well above the 0.1 percent flu death rate.
The study took samples from 3,000 randomly selected people across the state selected from grocery stores and had their blood drawn using a fingerprint test done by the state health agency.
It remains unknown how accurate it is. While private companies have given accurate percentages for the accuracy of their own tests, the New York City Health Department when asked about their test only said that their tests were “very accurate.”
Nationwide, virus prevalence was 13.9 percent, but far higher in New York City, where 21.2 percent tested positive.