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COVID-19: Healthcare Briefing by Governor Andrew Cuomo

On Wednesday, March 26, 2020 Governor Andrew Cuomo briefed the state on the current situation concerning COVID-19. During his briefing the Governor stated, with respect to the current hospital/medical capacity in the State, the following:

“We know at this point that any scenario will overwhelm the capacity of our healthcare system and we are continuing to work aggressively to increase our state’s hospital capacity and flatten the curve… Our top priority is finding more beds for patients and getting the ventilators we need to ensure our most vulnerable patients are being treated properly, and we are actively scouting new locations for temporary hospital sites. This situation is not easy, but easy times don’t forge character—hard times do – and we will get through this together and be better and stronger people for it.” -Governor Andrew Cuomo

Key Takeaways from Today’s Briefing:

  • Goal of having a 1,000-plus patient overflow facility in each NYC Borough and Downstate Counties

  • An additional 12,000 Health Professionals have signed up to Volunteer as part of the State’s Surge Healthcare Force yesterday- Bringing total number of volunteers to more than 52,000

  • More than 8,600 Mental Health Professionals have now signed up to provide free online Mental Health Services.

  • There were an additional 6,448 additional Coronavirus cases confirmed in New York State – bringing statewide total to 37,258 with new cases reported in 39 Counties.

What You Need to Know: Updated March 26, 2020 at 2:02 PM

  • New York State on PAUSE: 100% of the workforce must stay home, excluding essential services.

  • All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.

  • The state is scouting additional new sites for temporary hospitals, with goal of having a 1,000-plus patient overflow facility in each New York City borough as well as Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

  • New York City is considering closing streets to vehicles and opening them to pedestrians as part of the city’s plan to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.

  • 52,000 healthcare workers, including retirees and students, have signed up to volunteer to work as part of the state’s surge healthcare force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 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.

  • All non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions until further notice as part of New York State on PAUSE. Bars and restaurants remain closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.

  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by their 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


COVID-19 Cases in New York State

37,258 total cases, 6,448 new cases, new cases in 36 Counties

COVID-19 Cases in Western, New York

  • Erie County: 134 total cases, 12 new cases

  • Genesee County: 4 total cases, 2 new case

  • Livingston County: 3 total cases, 0 new cases

  • Monroe: 139 total cases, 21 new cases

  • Onondaga County: 83 total cases, 18 new cases

  • Ontario County: 11 total cases, 2 new case

  • Orleans County: 2 total cases, 0 new cases

  • Wayne County: 8 total cases, 1 new case

  • Wyoming County: 7 total cases, 3 new cases

COVID-19 Cases Downstate

  • NYC: 21,393 total cases, 3,537 new cases

  • Westchester County: 5,944 total cases, 1,253 new cases

  • Suffolk County: 2,735 total cases, 475 new cases

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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. © 2020 Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow PLLC

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