New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been doing an excellent job during this Coronavirus outbreak. The governor adopted a hard-line in the imposed lockdown, putting lives as a priority over the economy. In his daily briefings, Cuomo has been keeping New Yorkers and all Americans informed about the progression in his state that has been the worst-hit in the US by the outbreak.
On Monday, the governor sounded rather optimistic in his comments because all the “arrows are pointing in the right direction.” The infection and the death rates are improving and it’s time to think about how to reopen the economy.
Cuomo commented: “Where we are today is basically, with the number of new cases, is basically right where we were when we started. It has been a painful period of time between March 20 to May 9. All of this work, all of this progress of turning that tide, of reducing the rate of infection, that’s all thanks to New Yorkers and what New Yorkers did.”
The 7 metrics
The economy will reopen on a regional basis in the state of New York. This means that there will not be 1 “bulk action” for the entire state, but the restrictions will be eased or re-imposed on a local basis. Some areas outside New York City will be open from next week. “Some regions are ready to go today,” Cuomo commented in his daily briefing. “They just need to get some logistical pieces in order by the end of the week.”
Cuomo also said that the reopening will be a work in progress. Therefore, there will be some key metrics that will be followed closely. The idea is not to completely open the activities, but to do it progressively and if these metrics go in the wrong direction, measures can be re-tighten.
These are the 7 metrics:
1. 14-day decline In hospitalizations OR under 15 new hospitalizations (3-day avg)
2. 14-day decline in hospitalized deaths OR under 5 new (3-day avg)
3. New hospitalizations — under 2 per 100k residents (3-day rolling avg)
4. Share of total beds available (threshold of 30%)
5. Share of ICU beds available (threshold of 30%)
6. 30 per 1k residents tested monthly (7-day average of new tests per day)
7. 30 contact tracers per 100K residents or to meet the current infection rate.
Today we enter a new phase in the battle against COVID-19.
We have established criteria for reopening based on 7 metrics: pic.twitter.com/Ar1QzxLUyl
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 11, 2020
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sounded quite optimistic also during his Monday’s briefing to comment: “We have our daily indicators, the state has their indicators, we’re all working together, they’re all valuable measures, by both sets of measures, we’re clearly not ready yet.
I think it’s fair to say that June is when we’re potentially going to be able to make some real changes if we can continue our progress.”
The 3 Regions that are already qualified to reopen
Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Mohawk Valley are the 3 regions that meet all 7 metrics and can immediately open. According to the official website of the New York State, these 3 regions can immediately restart the following sectors: construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry, and fishing.
Low-risk activities to reopen state-wide
Tennis players can be elated for the fact that hey can get back to play their beloved sport. In fact, low-risk, outdoor businesses and activities, which also include tennis, can reopen statewide on Friday.
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