The Wrap Up – May 23, 2020

Eased Restrictions on Gatherings

Pursuant to Executive Order 202.33, issued by Governor Cuomo last night, New York State now is permitting any non-essential gathering of ten or less individuals, for any lawful purpose or reason, provided that people adhere to the social distancing protocols and cleaning and disinfection protocols required by the NYS Department of Health.  This directive is in effect through June 21.

Update on Mid-Hudson and Long Island Regional Reopenings

The Mid-Hudson region has met the criteria for the decline in number of COVID-19 deaths.  If this region hits its benchmark for contact tracing capacity, it could begin Phase 1 of the State’s reopening process on Tuesday, May 26. 

The Governor today stated that Long Island could begin its Phase 1 reopening on Wednesday, May 27, if its number of COVID-19 deaths continues to decrease and its contact tracing requirement is met.

Expanding Testing Capacity

To continue expanding its diagnostic testing capacity, the State is partnering with Advantage Care Physicians to establish 15 new testing sites at downstate medical centers, including testing centers in low-income and minority communities.  Testing locations can be found at the following site:

New York State COVID-19 Numbers

Thankfully, we continue to remain on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 84 since yesterday.