An email update from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo:
After more than 100 straight days of giving daily press briefings, this Friday, June 19th, will be the final one. Going forward, I will give press briefings as needed but rest assured I will continue to provide New Yorkers with the facts, data and my opinion as we continue to chart the way forward. We will send this newsletter on weeknights to share the latest information on reopening along with all other important COVID-19 updates.
Over the long course of this crisis, I counted on New Yorkers like you to listen to the facts and act accordingly. Together we have protected one another and ourselves. Through our collective action we not only bent the curve, we crushed it. I am so proud to be a New Yorker.
Slide of the Day: Throughout the COVID pandemic, New York has climbed the mountain and together, we have made it to the other side.
Here’s what else you need to know tonight:
1. New York City is on track to enter Phase 2 of reopening on June 22.
The Mid-Hudson Valley is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on June 23 and Long Island is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on June 24, based on current data. Business guidance for Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan is available here
and guidance for Phase 3 is available here
2. Today, I issued an Executive Order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees. Juneteenth marks the day that enslaved African Americans in Texas finally learned they had been freed, over two years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. In addition to this Executive Order, I will advance legislation to make this important day celebrating freedom an official state holiday next year.
3. The State Department of Health will allow midwife-led birthing centers in New York for the first time.
This directive to diversify birthing site options and support patient choice was one of the six key recommendations
of the COVID-19 Maternity Task Force launched in April.
4. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to hit record lows. Total hospitalizations fell to 1,479, from 1,538. Sadly, 17 people in New York passed away yesterday due to COVID-19, down from a heartbreaking day when we lost 800 New Yorkers nine weeks ago. Our thoughts are with all the families who have lost loved ones to this awful virus.
5. Yesterday, New York reached the lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began. Out of the 59,341 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, only 567, or less than one percent, were positive.
6. I signed new laws that will that will help promote accountability and improve transparency in law enforcement. Yesterday, I signed legislation requiring all New York State Police officers to wear body cameras while on patrol; and creating the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office.
Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: Yesterday, the LEAF Festival of Flowers and Lewis Miller Design teamed up to celebrate New York City’s reopening through a collection of flower installations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The centerpiece installation was an “I Heart NY” made of flowers in the Meatpacking District.
(Photo by Iri Greco, BrakeThrough Media)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
An email update from the Governor:
Every county in New York State now has confirmed cases of Coronavirus. Our “New York on PAUSE
” policy remains in place. Non-essential workers must stay home except for essential activities like going to the grocery store. When you’re not at home, you must practice social distancing, and we also encourage you to wear a face covering in public (but do not purchase surgical masks — we must reserve those for healthcare workers and first responders). These are extraordinary times, and it will take all of us working together to beat this vicious virus.
Tragically, we continue to lose New Yorkers to this invisible enemy. More than four thousand of our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and neighbors have died after contracting COVID-19. Each and every one of them is in our hearts. We must continue to socially distance to prevent the virus from spreading and taking more lives.
Here are some other important updates:
- New York launched a new COVID-19 tracker, with detailed county-by-county information on confirmed cases. The website is updated daily with the latest data.
- Thousands of therapists have signed up to offer free emotional support to New Yorkers who are struggling with the mental health impact of this pandemic. Call the state’s hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider.
- More than 85,000 volunteers from New York and across the country have answered our call to join New York’s surge healthcare force. We are awed by the heroism and selflessness of these volunteers. If you are interested in joining, enlist here.
- NYS has a message for victims of domestic violence during this stressful time: You Are Not Alone. If you are in a dangerous domestic situation, NYS will help you find safe shelter. You are not trapped just because of Coronavirus. Call 1-800-942-6906.
I wish I could promise you that this period will be over soon. I can’t. What I can promise you is that I will continue to share the facts with New Yorkers and I will make decisions based on all the available science and data with one goal in mind: save lives. I know that this is a painful, disorienting experience. It’s important to remember that we will get through this. Now we must do what’s necessary to win this battle.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
An email update from the Governor:
I write to update you on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is gripping our state and our nation.
As you may know, in order to slow this pandemic, I put New York on PAUSE. That means non-essential businesses are closed and gatherings of any size for any reason are canceled. All New Yorkers are directed to practice social distancing — by staying home and keeping six feet of space from others when in public.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, liquor stores and other essential businesses will remain open. For a full list of essential businesses that will remain open, click here
. For more information on New York’s COVID-19 protocols, visit the Department of Health’s Coronavirus website
I did not make these decisions lightly. They are necessary to reduce the spread of this virus and save lives.
We know that many New Yorkers are suffering financially as a result of this pandemic — which is why I issued a 90-day moratorium on evictions and on mortgage payments. The deadline to file taxes has been postponed. We will continue to take action to help New Yorkers who are facing economic hardship.
Today I went to the Javits Center in New York — where we are gathering medical supplies and beginning construction with FEMA on a 1,000-bed temporary hospital. We are working closely with the federal government to expand hospital capacity by thousands of beds.
Right now we are facing a generation-defining challenge. But America is America because of our ability to overcome adversity and challenges. I believe that to the bottom of my soul. We will overcome this and we will get through this and we will come out even stronger.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor Cuomo is signing an executive order “mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services.”
The order, which Cuomo announced on Friday, March 20, excludes businesses such as pharmacies and grocery stores, along with essential services such as utilities and Internet providers.
In addition to the workforce order, all non-essential gatherings of individuals in New York state are now canceled — “of ANY size for ANY reason,” Cuomo said via Twitter. The ban applies to any party, celebration or social event.
If you are looking for the latest updates from the Governor, check out his twitter page at twitter.com/NYGovCuomo
For COVID-19 updates, visit www.columbiacountynyhealth.com
For more local happenings, news, and events, follow ColumbiaCountyCurrent on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
New York state has a plan to control the tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. Governor Cuomo announced that the state will apply “eco-friendly” tick control treatments on public lands in the Southern Tier, the capital region and the Hudson Valley.
The state will also expand the use of deer feeding stations that automatically apply tick treatment to deer as they eat. The stations have already been used on Long Island and in other areas.
A new public awareness campaign aimed at hunters, fishermen and hikers will provide tips on how to avoid ticks. Additionally, the state’s Department of Health will seek out private researchers to collaborate on new medical tests to detect Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
For more local happenings, news, and events, follow ColumbiaCountyCurrent on Facebook, and twitter @CoCoCurrent.
Jeff McKinney is a Realtor in Columbia County, NY. Connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.