Long Island begins Phase 3 reopening on Wednesday

LONG ISLAND, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Long Island will begin Phase Three of its economic reopening on Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.

Cuomo previously said Long Island was "on track" to begin Phase Three on Wednesday, and now Cuomo said Long Island will meet that date.

Phase Three reopenings include gatherings of up to 25 people, restaurants / food services can open indoors at 50% occupancy, personal care, and, as of July 6, low-risk youth sports.

"New York went from one of the highest infection rates in the country to one of the lowest because we made decisions based on science - not politics," Cuomo said. "We're seeing in other states what happens when you just reopen with no regard for metrics or data - it's bad for public health and for the economy, and states that reopened in a rush are now seeing a boomerang. We do about 60,000 tests per day - more than any state or country on a per capita basis and approximately 1 percent of tests are coming back positive. We do this testing religiously, and we watch the rate and calibrate our reopening by that rate. The Hudson Valley moves to phase 3 today and Long Island will go to phase 3 tomorrow."

Here is a breakdown of what can reopen in each phase:

Phase One: Open for Long Island
  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
Phase Two: Open for Long Island
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Administrative Support
  • Real Estate / Rental & Leasing
  • Dining (Outside only)
  • Houses of worship (Limited to 25 percent occupancy)
Phase Three: Long Island Begins on June 24
  • Gatherings up to 25 people
  • Restaurants / Food Services (Inside at 50% occupancy)
  • Personal Care
  • Low-risk Youth Sports (as of July 6)
Phase Four: Not Open for Long Island
  • Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
  • Education

The governor's office provided the following daily updates for the entire state: 

  • Patient Hospitalization - 1,104 (down 18 from the day before)
  • Number ICU - 302 (down 28 from the day before)
  • Number ICU that are intubated - 204 (down 24 from the day before)
  • Total Discharges - 69,769 (up 59 from the day before)
  • Deaths - 27
  • Total Deaths - 24,766 

Of the 48,709 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 597, or 1.2 percent, were positive. Each region's percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows: 

REGION

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

MONDAY

New York City

1.20%

1.10%

1.40%

Capital Region

0.40%

0.70%

1.30%

Central New York

0.90%

0.70%

1.80%

Finger Lakes

0.40%

0.70%

1.10%

Long Island

1.00%

0.90%

1.10%

Hudson Valley

1.00%

1.00%

1.00%

Mohawk Valley

1.00%

1.40%

0.50%

North Country

0.20%

0.10%

0.40%

Southern Tier

0.30%

0.30%

0.20%

Western New York

0.80%

1.00%

1.30%

Cuomo also confirmed 597 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 389,085 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 389,085 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows: 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

2,062

2

Allegany

58

0

Broome

671

1

Cattaraugus

118

3

Cayuga

108

0

Chautauqua

116

0

Chemung

139

0

Chenango

141

1

Clinton

100

0

Columbia

454

2

Cortland

44

0

Delaware

91

1

Dutchess

4,150

5

Erie

7,073

38

Essex

41

0

Franklin

28

1

Fulton

244

0

Genesee

229

4

Greene

256

0

Hamilton

6

0

Herkimer

137

0

Jefferson

84

0

Lewis

24

1

Livingston

125

1

Madison

347

0

Monroe

3,540

28

Montgomery

109

1

Nassau

41,544

31

Niagara

1195

2

NYC

21,3056

315

Oneida

1,421

5

Onondaga

2,702

27

Ontario

242

0

Orange

10,666

12

Orleans

277

1

Oswego

179

6

Otsego

83

0

Putnam

1,305

0

Rensselaer

533

5

Rockland

13,529

15

Saratoga

538

3

Schenectady

770

9

Schoharie

57

0

Schuyler

12

0

Seneca

64

0

St. Lawrence

217

0

Steuben

263

0

Suffolk

41,056

46

Sullivan

1,440

2

Tioga

141

1

Tompkins

175

0

Ulster

1,757

1

Warren

262

0

Washington

244

0

Wayne

145

2

Westchester

34,581

24

Wyoming

93

0

Yates

43

1


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