April 21, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Elective Outpatient Treatment Can Resume in Counties and Hospitals Without Significant Risk of COVID-19 Surge Starting Next Week

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Announces State Will Take a Regional Approach to Reopening            

 

Governor Will Meet With President Trump at the White House Today to Discuss Testing

  

Confirms 4,178 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 251,690; New Cases in 41 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced elective outpatient treatments can resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term. Hospitals will be able to resume performing elective outpatient treatments on April 28, 2020 if the hospital capacity is over 25 percent for the county and if there have been fewer than 10 new hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in the county over the past 10 days. If a hospital is located in a county eligible to resume elective outpatient treatments, but that hospital has a capacity under 25 percent or has had more than 10 new hospitalizations in the past 10 days, that hospital is not eligible to resume elective surgeries. If a county or hospital that has resumed elective surgery experiences a decrease in hospital capacity below the 25 percent threshold or an increase of 10 or more new hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients, elective surgeries must cease. Further, patients must test negative for COVID-19 prior to any elective outpatient treatment. The State Department of Health will issue guidance on resuming elective surgeries.

Restrictions on elective surgery will remain in place in Bronx, Queens, Rockland, Nassau, Clinton, Yates, Westchester, Albany, Richmond, Schuyler, Kings, Suffolk, New York, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster, Erie, Orange and Rensselaer Counties as the state continues to monitor the rate of new COVID-19 infections in the region.  

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Governor Cuomo also announced the state will take a regional approach to reopening and will make decisions on which counties and regions to open and when to open them based on the facts and data specific to that area. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will coordinate Western New York's public health and reopening strategy, and former Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy will volunteer as a special advisor to coordinate the Finger Lakes' public health and reopening strategy.

It is essential that we continue to support hospitals and health care workers in all regions to ensure they have both capacity and supplies to treat COVID patients because this virus is by no means defeated.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Governor also announced he will be meeting with President Trump at the White House today to discuss testing. 

"As New York continues to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 infections, we are now ready to lift the restrictions on elective surgeries in regions where hospital capacity and the rate of new infections do not present a significant risk of a surge in new positive cases," Governor Cuomo said. "It is essential that we continue to support hospitals and health care workers in all regions to ensure they have both capacity and supplies to treat COVID patients because this virus is by no means defeated."

 

 

Governor Cuomo Holds Briefing on COVID-19 Response - 4/21

Finally, the Governor confirmed 4,178 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 251,690 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 251,690 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows: 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

704

17

Allegany

30

0

Broome

205

6

Cattaraugus

35

1

Cayuga

36

0

Chautauqua

25

0

Chemung

75

2

Chenango

79

1

Clinton

51

0

Columbia

113

2

Cortland

25

0

Delaware

49

0

Dutchess

2,331

47

Erie

2,147

38

Essex

21

1

Franklin

13

0

Fulton

27

0

Genesee

121

2

Greene

87

1

Hamilton

3

0

Herkimer

50

1

Jefferson

54

0

Lewis

9

0

Livingston

39

0

Madison

106

0

Monroe

1,070

16

Montgomery

37

2

Nassau

31,079

402

Niagara

260

5

NYC

139,325

2,519

Oneida

284

5

Onondaga

514

5

Ontario

72

1

Orange

6,561

79

Orleans

53

7

Oswego

49

1

Otsego

49

0

Putnam

605

6

Rensselaer

183

6

Rockland

9,568

111

Saratoga

257

3

Schenectady

273

4

Schoharie

20

0

Schuyler

7

0

Seneca

18

0

St. Lawrence

120

10

Steuben

170

3

Suffolk

28,154

492

Sullivan

555

11

Tioga

37

0

Tompkins

119

0

Ulster

893

16

Warren

102

1

Washington

68

3

Wayne

51

1

Westchester

24,656

350

Wyoming

36

0

Yates

10

0

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