March 28, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Moving New York Presidential Primary Election to June 23rd

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Issues Executive Order to Enable Moving Tax Filing Deadline for Personal and Corporate Taxes to July 15th

 

New York State's Wadsworth Lab Has Started Evaluating New Antibody Test 

 

Governor Announces Three New Sites to Add 695 Hospital Beds to the State's Capacity; State Will Begin Using Some Facilities Only for Patients with COVID-19

 

Following Governor's Request, Federal Government Has Approved Four Additional Sites for Temporary Hospitals

 

First 1,000-Bed Temporary Hospital at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Expected to Open Monday

 

70 Non-Profit Organizations Statewide Will Receive $7.5 Million in Operating Support Funds to Provide Technical Assistance to Small Business Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Confirms 7,681 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 52,318; New Cases in 44 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is issuing an executive order to move the presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York.

 

Governor Cuomo also issued an executive order to enable the tax filing deadline for personal and corporate taxes to be pushed back to July 15. The federal government took similar action earlier this month.

 

The Governor also announced that the State Department of Health Wadsworth Lab is working in partnership with others labs to evaluate antibody testing that is designed to help very sick COVID-19 patients. 

 

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The Governor also announced three new sites - South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and Health Alliance in Ulster County - to serve as a place for emergency beds. The three new sites will add 695 more beds to the state's capacity. Additionally, in a new approach, the State will begin designating some facilities only for COVID-19 patients. The state has identified three sites - South Beach Psychiatric Facility in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn - that will provide more than 600 beds specifically for COVID-19 patients.

 

Following a conversation with President Trump this morning, Governor Cuomo also announced the federal government has approved four new sites for temporary hospitals for construction by the Army Corps of Engineers - the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens, CUNY Staten Island and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx - adding an additional 4,000 beds to the state's capacity. The Governor toured the four sites yesterday. These temporary hospital sites are part of the Governor's goal of having a 1,000-plus patient overflow facility in each New York City borough as well as in Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties.

 

Every emergency situation is unique, but the number one rule is always plan ahead and be proactive — and that's exactly what we have been trying to do

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

"Every emergency situation is unique, but the number one rule is always plan ahead and be proactive — and that's exactly what we have been trying to do," Governor Cuomo said. "Our mission is to be prepared and have the proper equipment, supplies, facilities and personnel when the apex hits. We are continuing to advance emergency measures that reduce density as much as possible, and to that end we are going to delay the presidential primary election until June because it's not wise to be bringing large numbers of people to one place to vote."

 

The Governor also announced that the first 1,000-bed temporary hospital at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is expected to open on Monday. The temporary hospital site was constructed in one week.

 

The Governor also announced that the Empire State Development Board of Directors approved $7.5 million in COVID-19 Business Counseling support to 70 non-profit partners across New York State. The funding will enable these organizations to provide small businesses with necessary guidance to secure disaster assistance, such as Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to 24 Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers and up to 23 Small Business Development Centers will receive $5 million, with an additional $2.5 million awarded to up to 23 Community Development Financial Institutions.

Governor Cuomo holds a briefing on COVID-19 response in Albany

Finally, the Governor confirmed 7,681 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 52,318 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 52,318 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

195

8

Allegany

2

0

Broome

23

5

Cattaraugus

1

1

Cayuga

2

0

Chautauqua

5

4

Chemung

12

1

Chenango

8

4

Clinton

12

1

Columbia

22

2

Cortland

5

1

Delaware

8

0

Dutchess

262

37

Erie

318

99

Essex

4

0

Franklin

4

2

Fulton

1

0

Genesee

7

1

Greene

7

1

Hamilton

2

0

Herkimer

9

0

Jefferson

6

3

Livingston

5

2

Madison

19

2

Monroe

192

32

Montgomery

5

0

Nassau

5537

880

Niagara

33

10

NYC

29766

4368

Oneida

23

10

Onondaga

129

14

Ontario

16

2

Orange

1101

190

Orleans

3

0

Oswego

7

3

Otsego

7

2

Putnam

131

20

Rensselaer

38

3

Rockland

1896

439

Saratoga

96

14

Schenectady

72

6

Schoharie

5

2

Schuyler

1

1

St. Lawrence

8

5

Steuben

13

1

Suffolk

4138

753

Sullivan

72

8

Tioga

4

2

Tompkins

45

19

Ulster

128

29

Warren

13

5

Washington

6

0

Wayne

12

1

Westchester

7875

688

Wyoming

7

0

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