Updated: March 21, 2020 11:22 PM
Created: March 21, 2020 04:02 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced another set of actions to attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Saturday.
Gov. Cuomo announced the state is taking new measures to increase the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) available for medical personnel. The state is planning on purchasing 2 million N95 masks, the majority of which will be distributed downstate. Apparel manufacturers will also start shifting their production to masks and other medical equipment. The state is also gathering ventilators.
A new executive order is temporarily closing all DMVs. Online transactions will still be available.
To accommodate drivers, the DMV is extending the deadline of driver licenses, non-driver IDs or registration set to expire on or after March 1, 2020 until further notice. 45-day temporary vehicle registrations issued by auto dealerships will also be extended.
The governor is directing New York's Congressional delegation to modify federal coronavirus legislation to ensure New York is eligible for $6 million in aid.
State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has recommended trials for treating COVID-19 with Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax in New York. The treatment would be used on a trial basis.
On Friday, the federal government approved New York’s request for Major Disaster Declaration.
Gov. Cuomo is also recommending four initial sites to the Army Corps of Engineers to use as temporary hospitals. Those sites are the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the Westchester Convention Center and locations at SUNY Stony Brook and SUNY Old Westbury.
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More information about the new COVID-19 paid sick leave law is available here.
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