NEW YORK (77 WABC) — The number of hospitalizations are at the lowest point since March 31. Governor Cuomo said intubations also continue to drop. Deaths are also dropping, but another 367 people died yesterday from COVID-19 complications.
Cuomo outlined plans for how the reopening will look, saying that parts of upstate could start the process after May 15.
However, he said the downstate area of the city, Long Island and Westchester is more problematic. All businesses, transportation, parks, beaches and schools would be coordinated together. But in this new normal he wants companies to think creatively.
Cuomo did say downstate will need summer activities to help with the “sanity” factor.
A phase one would allow certain low-risk construction and manufacturing, while the second phase would feature more essential businesses. There would be a two-week window between phases to monitor that the spread of coronavirus hasn’t picked up.
Cuomo said they will carefully look at the number of hospitalizations, the number of positive antibodies and the number of positive diagnostic results.
The governor said he’s been in touch with several sports owners about a restart that could mean without fans in the seats, even at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.
“We’re in a different place,” Cuomo said. “…If players could get paid more than staying home and owners would get some revenue versus total shutdown, why not?”
The COVID-19 rate of transmission (Rt) in NYS is now about 0.8.
That means 10 positive people infect about 8 others.
We must keep the Rt below 1 to keep slowing the spread.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 26, 2020