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NYS Coronavirus Update: Death Benefits for Families of Frontline Workers -- New Testing Sites in NYC Hotspots

May 30, 2020

From Governor Cuomo @ 7:07 PM on May 30:

Today, I signed into law a new measure providing death benefits to the families of frontline workers who lost their lives fighting Coronavirus in New York. The bill establishes a COVID-19 death benefit for the families of state and local government employees who have been on the front lines of this public health emergency. They were there for us when we most needed them.

This is the least we can do to thank those who sacrificed their lives and to honor their memory.

Photo of the Day: Yesterday, the Department of Transportation and NY National Guard packed and loaded up 2,300 boxes of PPE in Guilderland for distribution.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York State will open 10 additional testing sites — one for each zip code — in New York City COVID hotspots. Controlling the virus' spread in the areas where new cases continue to be diagnosed, which are located in predominantly low income and minority communities, is a top priority as we move toward Phase 1 of reopening NYC on June 8. Six new testing site will be in the Bronx, three in Brooklyn and one in Queens.

2. We continue to monitor our progress fighting the virus in the Capital Region and Western New York. The regions will reach two weeks of Phase 1 reopening next week.

3. The numbers of total COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 3,619, from 3,781 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations rose slightly to 178. Tragically, we lost 67 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

4. Following last night's protests in NYC, Attorney General Letitia James will review all actions and procedures. Last night we saw disturbing violent clashes in Brooklyn and elsewhere. The events of last night call for an independent review, which will be taken by the Attorney General, an independently elected public official. A report will be issued within 30 days.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment"
: Sully, a terrier mix from Hanover, NY, who had been missing for two years, was recently found and reunited with his family. Sully ran away in 2018 but was rescued this month. His rescuers were able to connect with Sully's owners and bring him back home.

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Ever Upward,
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo