Gov. Cuomo: Businesses must be smart as possibility of reopening draws closer

Coronavirus

ALBANY, N.Y (WIVB) — 335 more people died as a result of COVID-19 on Monday. 29 of the victims were in nursing homes.

Even though hundreds of people are dying every day, the daily number appears to be slowly getting lower.

As of Tuesday morning, roughly 12,000 people are hospitalized. For the first time in more than a month, less than 1,000 people were admitted to hospitals for coronavirus treatment on Monday.

7,500 state residents have been tested for antibodies. These kinds of tests, which are given to people who may have previously been infected, help scientists know more about how the virus is spreading, and who is getting it.

In addition to that, those who get positive results in an antibody test may be able to donate convalescent plasma, which will aid in finding a vaccine.

Schools and non-essential businesses are closed through May 15, due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE order. But, some parts of the state may begin reopening after that, entering Phase 1 of the federal government’s reopening procedures for states.

Gov. Cuomo says manufacturing and construction jobs would likely be the first to return. Additional businesses could reopen in Phase 2.

When New York begins to reopen, Gov. Cuomo says residents need to look out for indicators of danger.

A dangerous time would be when hospitals exceed 70 percent capacity or if the transmission rate reaches an outbreak level of 1.1. When the level rises above 1.0, it means that on average, those who are infected will infect more than one other person.

Currently, the rate is 0.8 percent.

When businesses reopen, things aren’t just going to instantly go back to normal. Gov. Cuomo says social distancing and the use of protective equipment will continue, and general CDC guidelines must be followed.

In addition to that, testing for the virus must continue.

When it comes to certain attractions reopening, like the New York State Fair, Cuomo doesn’t believe it will be possible unless the rest of the state is open.

If you wish to utilize the state’s emotional support hotline at this time, call 1-844-863-9314.


Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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