May 12, 2020 COVID 19 UPDATE
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May 15 marks the end of the statewide closure and the shift will now be on a regional approach.
Regions must meet seven metrics:
- A fourteen day decline in hospitalizations or fifteen new hospitalizations over a three day average.
- A fourteen day decline in hospitalized deaths or under five new hospitalizations over a three day average.
- New hospitalizations must remain under two per 100k residents over a three day average.
- The share of total hospitals beds available must maintain a threshold of 30%.
- The share of total ICU beds available must maintain a threshold of 30%.
- 30 per 1K residents tested monthly (7-day average of new tests per day)
- 30 contact tracers per 100K residents or to meet current infection rate
Phased reopening of businesses:
- Phase 1: construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, retail (curbside pickup), agriculture, forestry, and fishing.
- Phase 2: professional services, finance and insurance, retail, administrative support, real estate, and rental leasing.
- Phase 3: restaurants and food services, hotels and accommodations.
- Phase 4: arts and entertainment, recreation, and education.
The regional phase is scientific and we can measure it. View the regional dashboard monitoring website here. It is very important for educators to know these metrics in order plan with their regional councils about school reopening in the context of region. Currently, the Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, and Finger Lake regions meet all seven metrics. All regional plans must be coordinated; there is no such thing as a Monroe county opening or an Albany county opening.
New York Forward provides the public with information on New York’s Un-Pause. The governor stated that there is one thing that he thought he got right and that was to get people involved to a magnitude that has never happened. People had to understand how to govern themselves. An informed public will keep us safe.