The governor announced Tuesday that the Capital Region will be able to enter phase four of the state’s reopening plan on Wednesday, June 1, and that eight states have been added to the list of those from which travelers are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine after arriving in New York. Additionally, there is free COVID-19 testing for members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ticonderoga in Essex County tonight, after a member tested positive for the virus.
Claiming the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could run out of money as soon as next month, public transportation advocates are asking Washington for more money to prevent the collapse of a transit system that serves more than 2 million people daily even during the ongoing pandemic.
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.
On Wednesday, the governor delivered his daily coronavirus update, announced that the state has brought action against a global opioid manufacturer and unveiled the new arrivals and departures hall at LaGuardia Airport.
The state Department of Health is investigating evidence that COVID-19 can cause severe illness in children and has issued an advisory to inform health care providers, along with a list of symptoms for which parents should seek immediate medical care.
The governor announced this week that New York's moratorium on COVID-related residential or commercial evictions will be extended for an additional 60 days until August 20th. He also said the state is banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the eviction moratorium, and allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.
Late last month, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released proposed regulations governing the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, prompting responses from local environmental advocacy groups.
New York Congressmen Thomas Suozzi and Peter King have published a piece in The Hill making the case for federal support for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York’s struggling public transit system.
Thirteen more cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed in New York state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 89 — almost eight times the number of cases that had been confirmed just three days ago.
During the latest briefing on the novel coronavirus today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed 32 additional cases — bringing the statewide total to 76 — and declared a state of emergency to help New York more quickly and effectively contain the spread of the virus.