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NYS Coronavirus Update: Guidelines to Reopen New York -- New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board

Apr 28, 2020

From Governor Cuomo @ 7:36 PM on April 28:

As we look ahead to reopening New York, we will rely on facts. We will carefully track hospital capacity — if a hospital system in a region exceeds 70% capacity, that's a danger sign that will require action. Similarly, a rise in the rate of transmission (Rt) to 1.1, is another warning that will require us to scale back reopening. We will move forward only when there are 30 contact tracers per 100,000 people. So, when we begin to reopen regions of the state we will constantly keep our eyes glued to the key data points, and health indicators, to make sure that the virus remains firmly in our control. That is the best way to avoid new outbreaks and to move forward.
Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flying in formation over New York City.
Photo of the Day: Today the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flew over New York City to salute first responders and hospital workers (Photo by Philip Kamrass)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Today, I outlined factual, data-driven principles to guide us on reopening New York safely on a regional basis. Each region of the state — Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Long Island, Southern Tier and Western New York — must follow twelve guidelines as part of the reopening plan. Read the full guidelines here.

2. We announced the formation of the new New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board. The advisory board will help guide the state's reopening strategy and will be chaired by Former Secretaries to the Governor Steve Cohen and Bill Mulrow. The board includes over 100 business, community and civic leaders from industries across the state. A list of the members of the advisory board is available here.

3. New COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped below 1,000. Yesterday, there were 953 new COVID hospitalizations in the state, down from 1,052 the day before. Although we are seeing a consistent decline of these numbers, we need to keep taking precautions so they continue to fall. Total hospitalizations fell slightly yesterday to 12,646 from 12,819 the day before. Tragically, there were 335 COVID-19 fatalities yesterday, down only slightly from 337 the previous day. We mourn the New Yorkers we've lost to this virus. Visit to see the latest data.

4. Residents of Rensselaer County can pick up a cloth mask tomorrow. In response to COVID-19, the county will be distributing masks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow (April 29) at five locations.

5. To help support our hero frontline workers, New York created the First Responders Fund. The fund will assist COVID-19 healthcare workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care. We encourage New Yorkers to donate if you can: Donations can be made electronically at or by check, mailed to "Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204." (For checks, the donor should specify the donation is for "COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response.")

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment"
: Over the weekend, singers gathered together to celebrate the 90th birthday of American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The tribute, called "Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration," includes performances of many of Sondheim's Broadway musical numbers. Watch the tribute here.

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Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo