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Cuomo Says Mid-Hudson Region Set To Re-Open On Tuesday

After Meeting Contact Tracing Metric, Mid-Hudson Valley Will Join Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, Which Have Met the Seven Metrics Required to Begin Reopening

If Number of Deaths Continues to Decrease and Tracing is Online, Long Island Could Reopen Wednesday, May 27th

State is Partnering with Advantage Care Physicians to Establish 15 New Testing Sites at Medical Centers Downstate

New York State Now Has More Than 760 Testing Sites

Reminds New Yorkers to Vote in the Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest by Monday, May 25th

Confirms 1,772 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 359,926; New Cases in 50 Counties


Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Mid-Hudson Valley is on track to meet all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan starting Tuesday, May 26th, joining the Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions. The Mid-Hudson Valley has now identified enough contact tracers to meet the state's guidelines, and the tracers are being trained in preparation for the Mid-Hudson Valley entering phase one, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing. On Long Island, the number of deaths is continuing to drop and contract tracing is coming online, and if this trend continues Long Island could be ready to open by Wednesday, May 27th. Business guidance for phase one of the state's reopening plan is available here. A guide to the state's "NY Forward Reopening" Plan is available here. The state's regional monitoring dashboard is available here.

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Governor Cuomo also announced the state is partnering with Advantage Care Physicians to establish 15 new testing sites at medical centers downstate, including testing centers in low-income and minority communities. New York State now has more than 760 testing sites across the state. The Governor also encouraged eligible New Yorkers to visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov to find a nearby testing site and get tested.

The Governor also reminded New Yorkers to vote in the state's Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest, which was launched by the Governor on May 5th and is being overseen by his daughter Mariah Kennedy Cuomo. New Yorkers can vote for the winning ad until Monday May 25th at WearAMask.ny.gov. The winning ad will be announced on Tuesday, May 26th, and that ad will be used as a public service announcement.


"The numbers are going down every day and we're making real progress to stop the spread of this virus, and now we're focusing on reopening" Governor Andrew M. Cuomo


"Reopening has been different in different regions all across the state, but each region has to meet the same criteria to reopen and we are keeping New Yorkers informed with where each region stands. We don't want a region to reopen before its ready, and the Mid-Hudson Valley Region has now met all the criteria necessary to begin reopening on Tuesday. This has been a tough situation, but New Yorkers are tough and we've shown how tough we really are here."

Finally, the Governor confirmed 1,772 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 359,926 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 359,926 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:
 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

1,770

14

Allegany

44

0

Broome

485

17

Cattaraugus

78

4

Cayuga

76

3

Chautauqua

72

9

Chemung

136

1

Chenango

118

0

Clinton

95

1

Columbia

359

3

Cortland

38

1

Delaware

74

2

Dutchess

3,793

26

Erie

5,552

155

Essex

36

0

Franklin

20

1

Fulton

193

4

Genesee

191

2

Greene

217

2

Hamilton

5

0

Herkimer

100

5

Jefferson

72

0

Lewis

19

0

Livingston

114

0

Madison

301

4

Monroe

2,661

60

Montgomery

77

0

Nassau

39,726

118

Niagara

927

30

NYC

197,266

782

Oneida

864

36

Onondaga

1,904

76

Ontario

182

2

Orange

10,197

55

Orleans

196

21

Oswego

99

3

Otsego

68

1

Putnam

1,200

13

Rensselaer

463

3

Rockland

12,934

29

Saratoga

452

4

Schenectady

648

3

Schoharie

49

0

Schuyler

11

0

Seneca

54

0

St. Lawrence

196

1

Steuben

240

0

Suffolk

38,802

130

Sullivan

1,297

10

Tioga

121

3

Tompkins

149

2

Ulster

1,606

11

Warren

249

3

Washington

225

1

Wayne

107

3

Westchester

32,881

114

Wyoming

80

1

Yates

37

3

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