NEW YORK (77 WABC) – Governor Cuomo announced another region can begin Phase One of their reopening tomorrow. Western New York, including Buffalo, has met the seven guidelines in place. 525 tracers have been identified and they are being prepared for the reopening.
New York responded to the COVID crisis with great unity and great discipline.
We need that same discipline as regions begin to reopen.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 18, 2020
Numbers continue to trend in the right direction throughout the state. Hospitalizations have decreased while the state reported 106 deaths, the lowest number in weeks. However there have still been a total of 22,725 deaths in New York State since the pandemic began.
Governor Cuomo began Monday’s press conference with the news that his COVID-19 test results came back negative after he did his public test on Sunday.
One area of interest that Governor Cuomo addressed was the potential return of professional sports. He says he has been encouraging teams to plan reopening without fans and that New York State will help franchises in the process.
NY Gov. Cuomo says he has encouraged major sports teams in the state to plan on playing without fans; says the state will assist in planning. pic.twitter.com/zqhQDWjuxG
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 18, 2020
“Personal disclosure, I want to watch the Buffalo Bills,” said Cuomo. “But that is not subverting my role as Governor. I think this is in the best interest of all people.”