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4/1 Update from the Governor

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Governor Andrew Cuomo briefed the state on COVID-19 Situation:

“New York has been very aggressive on testing from day one-so far we have tested more than 220,000 New Yorkers with more than 15,000 new test every day- and it has helped us slow the spread of the virus.”
“Rapid testing is the fastest way to return to normalcy and get the economy back up and running, and will also help end the anxiety that has become the most oppressive part of this situation. We now have new testing capacity in New York thanks to donations from Regeneron and Corning so we can continue our work to plan forward and prepare for when the apex of the curve hits our healthcare system. .”
“New Yorkers must continue to comply with all social distancing protocols and stay home as much as possible to prevent spreading this virus to others.” -Governor Andrew Cuomo

Key Points from the Governor's Brief:

  • Announces New York City playgrounds will close to address lack of adherence to social distancing protocols; open space will remain open.

  • New PSA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ4QNYyg5dc) provides information on how to apply for unemployment benefits, reassures New Yorkers that everyone will receive full benefits even if their filing is delayed.

  • Reminds New Yorkers to complete the 2020 U.S. Census online, over the phone or by mail.

  • Confirms 7,917 additional Coronavirus cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 83,712; New Cases in 42 Counties.

What You Need to Know:

Updated April 1, 2020 at 4:50 PM

  • New York City playgrounds will close to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.

  • Regeneron is creating 500,000 test kits for the State at no charge amid a nationwide shortage of test kits and swabs.

  • The State has tested 220,880 individuals, with 15,694 new people tested on March 31.

  • Governor Cuomo has directed the state nonessential workforce to continue to work from home for an additional two weeks through April 15th.

  • The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital at the Javits Center is open and accepting patients.

  • A new central coordinating team will help implement a public-private hospital plan to share information, supplies, staff and patients among hospitals across the state.

  • A new online portal will connect hospitals to volunteer healthcare workers and help to prioritize deployment to hospitals with greatest need.

  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.

  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, will still be available. License and permit expirations will be extended.

  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by health care provider.

  • You can contact your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns:

Michael D. Mendoza, MD, MPH, MS

111 Westfall Road

Room 952

Rochester, New York 14620

585-753-2991

COVID-19 Cases in New York State

83,712 total cases

COVID-19 Cases in Western, New York

  • Erie County: 464 total cases, 26 new cases

  • Genesee County: 10 total cases, 1 new case

  • Livingston County: 14 total cases, 1 new cases

  • Monroe: 349 total cases, 57 new cases

  • Onondaga County: 217 total cases, 23 new cases

  • Ontario County: 24 total cases, 2 new case

  • Orleans County: 6 total cases, 0 new cases

  • Wayne County: 24 total cases, 5 new case

  • Wyoming County: 10 total cases, 1 new cases

COVID-19 Cases Downstate

  • Westchester County: 9,967 total cases, 641 new cases

  • Suffolk County: 6,713 total cases, 922 new cases

  • NYC: 43,139 total cases, 5,686 new cases

For assistance with policies on how to effectuate the workforce rule, appeals to the Empire State Development Corporation and continuing updates on this issue, please contact one of theattorneys here at the Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow. We too are addressing this situation as a non-essential business and have already started to comply with the Executive Order. Through our practical experience, we can help assist you and your business.

This Legal Briefing is intended for general informational and educational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice or counsel. The substance of this Legal Briefing is not intended to cover all legal issues or developments regarding the matter. Please consult with an attorney to ascertain how these new developments may relate to you or your business.

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