When should NYC reopen? Governor says it is his call

Laverne Higgins
May 23, 2020

Those metrics include a 14-day decline in net hospitalizations; 14-day decline in hospital deaths or fewer than five deaths; under two new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents; and regional hospitals keeping 30% of their general hospital and ICU beds available; a testing program that reaches 30 per 1,000 residents in the region; and having 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents or based on infection rate.

The highest rate was recorded in Morrisania, The Bronx, where 43 percent of residents tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

Moreover, the spread is continuing in those communities, and "that's where the new cases are coming from", said Cuomo.

The Wall Street Journal's James Freeman sums up the Minnesota approach, writing, "The essence of the plan is to forcefully reduce the income of people at low risk, while simultaneously increasing the chances of virus exposure for those at high risk".

As New York City continues to see progression in its COVID-19 battle, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he can see the city begin to reopen in the first half of June.

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Accordingly, the gauge of food prices, food index, rose from 14.98 percent year-on-year in March to 15.03 percent in April. It said that the figure showed 0.08 per cent points higher than the rate recorded in March 2020 which was 12.26 percent.

Even as the numbers improved, Cuomo urged New Yorkers to wear masks in public, citing previously disclosed data showing NY healthcare and transit workers and first responders tested positive for COVID-19 at lower-than-average rates.

New York City now has four out of the state's seven metrics needed to reopen.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (L) demonstrates how to get a COVID-19 test during a daily COVID-19 press briefing in Albany of New York State, the United States, on May 17, 2020.

It came one day after the governor announced that Memorial Day ceremonies with the same scale will be permitted next week in the state. "Because the last thing we want is to go back to where we were on the other side of the mountain", Cuomo said. "But we need to find out how to do it and do it safely and do it smartly".

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