SYRACUSE – Central New York has joined the list of regions that can begin to reopen following an ordered shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking in Syracuse at SUNY Upstate Medical University, touted vigilance once regions begin their reopening.
“This virus has been ahead of us every step of the way,” explained Cuomo. “I’ve done my best to give people the information that I know, but I want you to have the same caution flag that I have. Don’t underestimate this virus. Don’t take it lightly.”
So far, most of the state has met all criteria for reopening, however according to the regional monitoring dashboard, Western New York still falls short on three of the seven metrics.
According to the dashboard, WNY is not meeting the 14-day decline in net hospitalizations, the 14-day decline in hospital deaths or the mandate that new hospitalizations must be under two per 100k residents on a rolling 3-day average.
“I would urge local governments to be diligent about local compliance and business compliance and if you see a change in those numbers, react immediately,” furthered Cuomo.
New York on PAUSE expires Friday, although the executive powers part of the order was previously extended to June.
Central New York joins the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country and Southern Tier with the regions that can now begin the process to reopen.