Cuomo extends 'legal authority' for NY ON PAUSE order but not deadline

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NY state announced new protections on Sunday for residents of nursing homes, which have accounted for a large percentage of the nearly 80,000 coronavirus deaths recorded across the country.

But Cuomo's office clarified later in the day that only certain orders pertaining to the coronavirus, such as eviction protections, have been extended into June.

The economic "pause" that has been in place since March 17 is due to expire on May 15, and Cuomo's remarks over the last two weeks have focused on when and where to re-open, and how to re-open without causing a spike in new infections.

NY reported 207 new deaths due to the novel coronavirus on Sunday, the lowest since early March, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo at his daily press briefing.

"We are reducing the number of infections", Cuomo said Friday in Poughkeepsie. "We'll be talking about construction and manufacturing re-opening upstate; downstate, I don't see that happening". "You see how incredibly constant this number is".

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Each area will need to meet seven benchmarks for the state to consider its reopening in four phases. The policy, similar to one in neighboring New Jersey, was meant to help free up hospital beds for the sickest patients as cases surged.

To qualify, a region must have at least 14 days of declines in reported infections and be able to run 30 tests for every 1,000 residents.

The survey of 1,269 patients admitted to 113 hospitals over three recent days confounded expectations that new cases would be dominated by essential workers, especially those traveling on public transportation.

Within the next week, more than 20,000 households across the state will receive Nourish New York products. If a nursing home can not provide proper care, the patient must be transferred to the state, which he said has ample available hospital beds.

Cuomo has organized seven Northeastern states on a regional reopening plan, but the states all have their own schedules. Regions can still start to reopen on or around May 15 if that particular region has reached the reopening criteria, officials say. He said such patients would be accommodated elsewhere, suggesting they could be directed to sites originally set up as temporary hospitals.

Cuomo says if a nursing home can not provide the appropriate care of COVID-19 patients, they must call the Department of Health and get that resident into an appropriate facility, "If a nursing home operator does not follow these procedures, they will lose their license".

  • Sonia Alvarado