Updated: May 04, 2020 10:19 PM
Created: May 04, 2020 12:45 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York state is now “on the other side of the mountain” as the daily number of hospitalizations, rate of new infections and deaths related to COVID-19 continue to decline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
New York's PAUSE order expires May 15, which is the earliest regions can reopen. Regions must consider several factors before reopening, including the number of new infections, healthcare capacity, diagnostic testing capacity, and contact tracing capacity. Once all benchmarks are met, a region can reopen.
The Finger Lakes region currently meets five out of the seven metrics, according to the governor's office.
Cuomo noted that the state would follow the phased reopening, recommended by the White House, outlining what each would look like.
Cuomo said Phase 1 would be reserved for manufacturing, construction, and businesses that are “the most essential and the lowest risk;” Phase 2 would be focused on real estate and administrative functions; Phase 3 would include restaurants reopening; and Phase 4 would include arts, entertainment, sports, and education.
The total number of hospitalizations in New York are down, as are new COVID-19 cases coming into hospitals. However, the overall death toll keeps climbing, with another 226 New Yorkers dying in the last 24 hours.
As of Sunday, 19,415 people have died statewide from COVID-19.
The governor said one million New Yorkers have been tested for the novel coronavirus.
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