A significant percentage of residents in long-term care facilities in New York lack regular access to ombudsman services due to a decline in the number of volunteers and a severe shortage of paid staff, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
The state has already lost billions in revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the three month extension of the state income tax filing deadline, according to the monthly cash report released last week by the state comptroller's office.
On Thursday, the governor attempted to differentiate the travel advisory just implemented in New York, which requires travelers from states with high rates of coronavirus infections to quarantine for 14 day, from earlier actions by the governors of Rhode Island and Florida — as well as threats from the federal government — to limit visitors from New York.
He also announced that the number of state COVID-19 hospitalizations has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since March 18.
Citizens Union is urging the New York State Legislature and Board of Elections to take measures to ensure the 2020 elections in New York State run smoothly, while also protecting public health and reducing community transmission of COVID-19.
The governor has announced that all NYS on Pause functions will be extended for an additional two weeks; schools and nonessential businesses must stay closed for an additional two weeks; establishment of a first responder fund; additional free mental health services; and deployment of more than 800 ventilators in NYC.
All New York K-12 schools and colleges will remain closed for the rest of the academic year, while continuing to provide certain services and creating plans to reopen that must be approved by the state. The state has also launched a new effort to reduce hospitalizations and is making emotional support services available to frontline health care workers.
New York's contact tracing program, the largest ever attempted in the nation, will be done in coordination with Downstate NY, New Jersey and Connecticut, and in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and Vital Strategies. Contact tracing is considered an essential component of controlling the spread of COVID-19 and safely reopening the economy.