Earlier today Governor Cuomo reiterated that for regions to plan and execute reopening, they must meet a critical seven criteria.

During his daily coronavirus press briefing, Cuomo stressed once again that regions must meet seven key metrics in order to reopen:

  • Regions must have at least a 14-day decline in hospitalizations or under 15 new hospitalizations (3-day average)
  • Regions must have at least at least a 14-day decline in hospitalized deaths or under 5 new deaths (3-day average)
  • Regions must have under 2 new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents (3-day rolling average)
  • Regions must have a certain share of total beds available (have at least 30 percent of available beds in case of potential resurgence)
  • Regions must have a share of ICU beds available (have at least 30 percent of available ICU beds in case of potential resurgence)
  • Each region must have the capacity to test 30 per 1,000 residents monthly (7-day average of new tests per day)
  • Regions must have a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents, and additional tracers based on the projected number of cases in the region

He also stated that some regions have already hit these guidelines and may begin reopening after Friday.

Chart NY

In the chart above you will see that 3 regions have all seven metrics met (Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, and the Finger Lakes).

Central New York and the North Country check off six of the seven boxes and are likely to check off all seven relatively soon. New York City, Mid-Hudson, and Long Island have made progress since Cuomo first specified the regional reopening criteria, but remain the laggards.

Regions that meet the criteria can, after May 15, enter the first of four reopening phases, which includes construction and manufacturing business. These are deemed the "most essential" with the "lowest risk" of infection spread.

The second phase involves retail, finance and professional services, while the third addresses food and hospitality. Education and entertainment will be the last sectors to resume, Cuomo has said.

A two-week monitoring period is required between phases; should regions see setbacks, they must pull a "circuit breaker," effectively pausing the reopening process until they manage the issues.

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