Cuomo: State to 'un-PAUSE' by region starting May 15

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Updated: April 27, 2020 12:37 PM
Created: April 27, 2020 12:24 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York will start to "un-PAUSE" on a regional basis starting on May 15, but hard-hit areas will likely see the restrictions extended.

Another 337 New Yorkers died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to more than 17,000 deaths. Cuomo says the state is still seeing about 1,000 new coronavirus cases each day while new hospitalizations remain flat. 

The governor announced Monday that antibody testing of 7,500 people shows an infection rate of 14.9% in New York state. Among upstate regions, Western New York has the highest rate of infection at 7.1%.

Cuomo said he would allow his "PAUSE" directive to expire May 15 in some parts of the state while extending it in "many" others.

He laid out his plan for how New York could reopen for business in two phases on Sunday.

Phase 1 would involve construction and manufacturing businesses considered low risk. Phase 2 would require a business by business approach to determine risks. This would give state leaders two weeks within the phases to look at the effects. 

"The regions that would be more likely to open sooner would be the upstate regions," Cuomo said. "Central New York, the North Country, those regions have seen lower numbers from day one."

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