3 New York regions to loosen restrictions this weekend

Published: May. 11, 2020 at 9:47 AM EDT
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that three regions would be allowed to partially reopen this weekend, with limited construction, manufacturing and curbside retail.

The governor said the Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley and the Finger Lakes have met all criteria for opening some business activity after May 15. The North Country meets all but one of the criteria and could be in the next group.

Cuomo last week laid out a detailed plan for reopening that requires each regions to meet key requirements including testing, contact tracing, ensuring hospital capacity, and showing sustained declines in new cases of the virus.

The state's nonessential businesses have been closed and large gatherings have been banned since March 22, under a stay-at-home order set to expire on Friday.

The contact tracers considered essential to reopening New York will receive training through an online course being launched Monday. The free training will instruct tracers on how to contact people infected with COVID-19 and those they may have exposed with the goal of interupting the spread. The course was developed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with Bloomberg Philanthropies.

A new report says New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus may be thousands of fatalities worse than official tally kept by the city and state. The analysis released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that between mid-March and early May, about 24,000 more people died in the city than researchers would ordinarily expect, based on the season. That’s about 5,300 more deaths that had been previously attributed to the coronavirus during that time period.

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