April 12, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Directing Employers to Provide Masks to Employees Who Interact with the Public

TOP Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo...

Issues Executive Order Expanding Eligibility for More Individuals to Conduct Antibody Tests

Governor Joins NGA Chair Maryland Governor Hogan in a Bipartisan Effort Calling for $500 Billion in Aid to States; Reiterates Call for the Federal Government to Repeal SALT 

Governor Returned Ventilators to Pathways Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna; Thanks Facility for Generous Contribution in Fight Against COVID-19

Confirms 8,236 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 188,694; New Cases in 44 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will issue an Executive Order directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public.

 

Governor Cuomo also announced he will issue an Executive Order to expand eligibility of individuals to conduct antibody tests to help ensure as many New Yorkers as possible have access to antibody testing as the state continues to bring this critical testing to scale. The State previously provided labs with the flexibility to allow more workers to do testing for COVID-19; this executive order expands that authority so the same workers can perform antibody tests.

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The Governor also joined National Governors Association Chair, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in a bipartisan effort calling for $500 billion in aid to states. The federal CARES Act contained zero funding to offset drastic state revenue shortfalls. The Governor also reiterated his call for the Federal government to repeal SALT.

 

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo returned ventilators to the Pathways Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna. Pathways Nursing home made an unsolicited contribution of these lifesaving machines to New York State as part of the ongoing efforts against COVID-19. The Governor also delivered cookies for staff and nursing home residents baked by his daughters.

The keys to reopening the economy are continuing to limit the spread of the virus and ramping up antibody testing.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

"The big question for everyone right now is when do we reopen the economy, but first we need to make sure we have a smart, safe and coordinated plan in place to do it without risking public health," Governor Cuomo said. "The keys to reopening the economy are continuing to limit the spread of the virus and ramping up antibody testing. I am going to issue two executive orders - one directing employers to provide essential workers with a mask to wear when they are interacting with the public, and one to expand the number of people who are eligible to conduct the antibody test. These measures will be key to getting people back to work and making sure they are protected when they do go back."

Governor Cuomo Holds a Briefing on COVID-19

Finally, the Governor confirmed 8,236 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 188,694 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 188,694 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

478

32

Allegany

26

0

Broome

126

9

Cattaraugus

28

9

Cayuga

29

1

Chautauqua

22

1

Chemung

60

0

Chenango

63

2

Clinton

43

0

Columbia

79

2

Cortland

18

1

Delaware

39

0

Dutchess

1,838

94

Erie

1,571

99

Essex

12

0

Franklin

12

1

Fulton

21

0

Genesee

69

2

Greene

44

7

Hamilton

3

0

Herkimer

37

0

Jefferson

46

2

Lewis

6

0

Livingston

30

0

Madison

101

2

Monroe

798

31

Montgomery

29

0

Nassau

23,553

969

Niagara

183

16

NYC

103,208

4,900

Oneida

195

14

Onondaga

397

17

Ontario

57

1

Orange

5,027

180

Orleans

25

1

Oswego

38

1

Otsego

43

0

Putnam

497

3

Rensselaer

105

9

Rockland

7,721

244

Saratoga

196

9

Schenectady

199

5

Schoharie

12

0

Schuyler

5

0

Seneca

16

0

St. Lawrence

85

5

Steuben

121

2

Suffolk

20,816

933

Sullivan

358

18

Tioga

19

0

Tompkins

109

1

Ulster

612

23

Warren

46

2

Washington

34

3

Wayne

42

0

Westchester

19,313

584

Wyoming

31

0

Yates

3

1

 

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