ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is extending the state's shutdown to May 15, in coordination with other states like Vermont.
In a media briefing Thursday, Cuomo said the state continues to see improvement but that he wants to see the infection rate slow more before he lifts restrictions that were set to expire at the end of April.
It comes as the New York's one-day death count Wednesday dropped to 606, the lowest it's been in 10 days. The estimated number of total deaths statewide stands at 12,192. Cuomo says about 577 of Wednesday's deaths took place at hospitals and 29 at nursing homes. He says the number of hospitalizations and intubations continues to drop.
That has the governor planning a phased return to normal. He says what businesses open and when will be a matter of how essential they are and the risk they pose.
"This is going to be a moment of transformation for society. And we paid a very high price for it. But how do we learn lessons so that this new normal is a better New York?" Cuomo said.
He says businesses will need to re-imagine the workplace to reduce risk of spreading infection among employees and to their customers. To that end, Cuomo on Wednesday ordered all New Yorkers to wear masks when they are in public spaces starting on Friday.