Cuomo says New York's "phase one" reopening could begin May 15


NY governor, Andrew Cuomo, said he wants reimagine rather just reopen NY once coronavirus restrictions are eased. "Then we're going to leave two weeks between phases so that we can monitor the effect of what we just did".

On schools reopening: Schools reopening would be necessary for any "large-scale business reopening, " Cuomo said today.

Gov. Cuomo says the reopening will be done in "phases" following the PAUSE executive order, which is now in place until May 15. "You couldn't really get to maximum phase two without opening schools".

A phased plan to re-open the state and "re-imagine a new normal for the state" was outlined by Cuomo at his daily news briefing on Sunday, April 26.

"Hopefully we'll get to the point where anyone who wants a test they can get a test", Cuomo said.

To reopen, businesses will need to present NY authorities with plans that show they are ensuring sanitation to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Under a plan for reopening, the first sectors would be construction and manufacturing.

Sunday's press briefing came as NY recorded its 13th consecutive day of declining hospitalization counts.

Gov Andrew Cuomo shared an outline on Sunday that details how businesses could possibly reopen in NY as the state sees 367 deaths in a day, the lowest single-day toll since March 31.

The state's total number of hospitalizations also fell, according to the governor.

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Cuomo became governor of NY on January 1, 2011, according to his biography, and when he was re-elected in November 2018, he won with "the most votes of any governor in the primary and general elections".

"Only in this insane reality would 1,100 new cases be relatively good news", the governor commented. 'It's only not awful news compared to where we were'.

The state on Sunday reported 367 fatalities in the previous 24 hours, the lowest number since March 30 when 332 people died.

Remote learning: Remote instruction - teachers holding classes online - is "great in concept, " Cuomo said, but school districts had to jump in with both feet and didn't have time to scale up for this. The state's goal is to reach 40,000 tests a day with a federal partnership, he said.

The letter was signed by Dennis and Sharon, and Cuomo said he was genuinely touched. He added that more people will become eligible as the state's test supply increases.

"Serologic (antibody) tests should not be used to diagnose acute or prior SARS-CoV-2 infection, nor should they be used to determine immune status to SARS-CoV-2". A controlled study of 3,000 randomly selected state residents was conducted last week and ultimately confirmed the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in close to 14 percent of those sampled.

NY has begun to increase the amount of testing, conducting 34,736 on Thursday, compared to around 20,000 usually. The governor has emphasized that NY can not proceed to reopen its economy without broadened testing capabilities and recently met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House to make a case for additional resources.

Across New York, social distancing measures remain in place through at least May 15.

NY state public schools traditionally close in late June.