Long Island economic reopening possible to begin Wednesday: Cuomo

HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the first phase of Long Island's economic reopening could begin this Wednesday, May 27.

'The number of deaths are dropping. That continues. We also have to get the tracing online," Cuomo said during his daily briefing. "But, at this rate, we could open by Wednesday if the number of deaths continues to decline and we can get that tracing up."

On May 15, Cuomo announced "New York on Pause" had been extended to Thursday, May 28, for Long Island and other regions of the state that did not reopen as of that day. Once a region meets seven benchmarks, the area can begin phase one of the economic reopening. Cuomo said today that the time period between each phase could be approximately two weeks depending on how the region is performing within its metrics. 

The Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North County, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan. Phase one includes construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup, and agriculture, forestry and fishing.

The seven metrics that must be met are:

  1. 14-day decline in hospitalizations OR under 15 new hospitalizations (3-day average)
  2. 14-day decline in hospitalized deaths OR under 5 new (3-day average)
  3. New hospitalizations: Under 2 per 100,000 residents (3-day rolling average)
  4. Share of total hospital beds available (threshold of 30%)
  5. Share of ICU beds available (threshold of 30%)
  6. 30 per 1,000 residents tested monthly (7-day average of new tests per day)
  7. 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents or to meet current infection rate
Where Regions in NYS Currently Stand - May 22, 2020

This chart shows where the 10 regions across New York State currently stand to begin phase one of the reopening.

Where Long Island Currently Stands - May 23, 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo presented the metric status for Long Island.

Long Island presently meets five of the seven metrics. The metrics Long Island presently misses are:

  • 14-day decline in hospitalized deaths OR under 5 new (3-day average)
  • 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents or to meet current infection rate (this metric is expected to be met, state officials noted)

New York City is falling short of three metrics, which are:

  • Share of total hospital beds available (threshold of 30%)
  • Share of ICU beds available (threshold of 30%)
  • 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents or to meet current infection rate (this metric is expected to be met, state officials noted)

Here is a breakdown of industries in each phase:

Phase One: Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Western New York are allowed to reopen 
  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
Phase Two: Not Open
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Administrative Support
  • Real Estate / Rental & Leasing
Phase Three: Not Open
  • Restaurants / Food Services
Phase Four: Not Open
  • Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
  • Education

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