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Cuomo Extends Closures, Pause Restrictions Until May 15, New Yorkers Must Wear Masks

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced all NYS on Pause restrictions and closures will be extended until May 15th. This action is taken in consultation with other regional states. The states will re-evaluate after this additional closure period.

Governor Cuomo also directed all New Yorkers to wear masks or face coverings on public transportation systems and while taking private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. Additionally, all operators of public systems, private carriers and for-hire vehicles must wear a mask or face covering at all times while working. These directives expand on the Executive Order announced by the Governor yesterday requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. The Executive Order will go into effect on Friday, April 17th, at 8 PM.

The Governor also announced the state will give 100 ventilators to New Jersey. Yesterday the Governor announced the state will give 100 ventilators to Michigan and 50 ventilators to Maryland.

"Unpausing New York and reopening our economy is going to be an ongoing process over the coming weeks that we're working through with other states, but we have to do it in a way that doesn't drive up the infection rate and create a second wave of the virus," Governor Cuomo said. "We have shown that we can control the spread of the virus, but we can't now undo all the progress we've made. As we continue to work on a regional plan to get people back to work and get businesses back up and running in a safe and responsible way, we are extending all NYS on Pause functions until May 15th in coordination with other states in our multi-state council because although we can control the beast, we need to get that infection rate down even more and we are not there yet."

Finally, the Governor confirmed 8,505 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 222,284 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 222,284 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

581

33

Allegany

28

0

Broome

167

14

Cattaraugus

32

0

Cayuga

36

0

Chautauqua

24

0

Chemung

70

1

Chenango

73

2

Clinton

46

1

Columbia

99

3

Cortland

24

1

Delaware

47

1

Dutchess

2,085

37

Erie

1,850

99

Essex

12

0

Franklin

13

0

Fulton

25

1

Genesee

78

2

Greene

74

1

Hamilton

3

0

Herkimer

43

3

Jefferson

48

1

Lewis

8

1

Livingston

32

1

Madison

105

0

Monroe

932

48

Montgomery

32

0

Nassau

27,772

1,057

Niagara

216

12

NYC

123,146

4,844

Oneida

249

3

Onondaga

462

13

Ontario

65

3

Orange

5,888

172

Orleans

34

1

Oswego

44

2

Otsego

44

0

Putnam

573

2

Rensselaer

137

13

Rockland

8,752

278

Saratoga

231

4

Schenectady

245

8

Schoharie

20

0

Schuyler

6

0

Seneca

18

0

St. Lawrence

93

1

Steuben

154

3

Suffolk

24,182

904

Sullivan

437

13

Tioga

27

2

Tompkins

116

1

Ulster

761

28

Warren

81

4

Washington

46

4

Wayne

49

1

Westchester

21,828

881

Wyoming

34

0

Yates

7

1

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