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Cuomo: Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in phase three of reopening

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Mon, Jun 15th 2020 02:05 pm

Global public health experts have cleared Western New York to enter phase three on Tuesday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in phase three of reopening, up from the limit of 10. Five regions have already entered phase three: Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country and the Southern Tier. The governor announced global public health experts have cleared Western New York to enter phase three on Tuesday, while the Capital Region is still on track to enter phase three on Wednesday. Business guidance for phase three of the state's reopening plan is available here.

Cuomo said the state has reached the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths on the three-day average since the pandemic began. The number of total hospitalizations was down Sunday to 1,608 – the lowest level since the pandemic began. Twenty-five people in New York passed away due to COVID-19, which is the lowest level on a three-day average since the pandemic began.

"As more regions look to enter phase three across the state and our numbers continue to go down, we're going to modify the guidelines to allow gatherings up to 25 people, which is up from 10 people," Cuomo said. "The people of New York should be very proud of the work we've accomplished together to bring these numbers down, but we must remain vigilant. The rules and regulations of phase three are very clear and they have been working. Everyone has a role to play as we're reopening: Employers have a role, store owners have a role, employees have a role, individuals have a role, and local government has a real responsibility to enforce these guidelines and protect New Yorkers."

Out of the 56,611 tests conducted in New York on Sunday, only 620 (1.10%) were positive.

Each region's percentage of positive tests over the past three days is as follows:

REGION

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

New York City

1.70%

1.40%

1.30%

Capital Region

0.70%

0.60%

0.70%

Central New York

1.20%

0.60%

1.30%

Finger Lakes

0.60%

0.90%

0.40%

Long Island

1.00%

0.90%

0.90%

Hudson Valley

1.30%

1.00%

1.00%

Mohawk Valley

1.00%

1.40%

0.70%

North Country

0.20%

0.20%

0.00%

Southern Tier

0.20%

0.40%

0.50%

Western New York

1.10%

1.10%

1.40%

 

The governor also confirmed 620 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 383,944.

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