April 15, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Requiring All People in New York to Wear Masks or Face Coverings in Public

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State Will Begin Conducting Antibody Tests Prioritizing Frontline Workers Beginning This Week -2,000 Tests Per Day Using a Finger Prick Test

 

Announces State Will Give 100 Ventilators to Michigan and 50 Ventilators to Maryland

 

Issues Executive Order Requiring Nursing Homes to Inform Family Members of Residents of COVID-19 Cases

 

Issues Executive Order Allowing Individuals Assisting with COVID-19 Response to Stay in a Hotel in New York City for More Than 28 Days without Becoming a Tenant

 

SUNY and CUNY Colleges Using 3D Printers to Produce Personal Protective Equipment for Frontline Medical Workers

 

Confirms 11,571 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 213,779; New Cases in 43 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will issue an Executive Order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transportation. The Executive Order will go into effect on Friday, April 17th.

 

Governor Cuomo also announced the state will begin conducting antibody tests, prioritizing frontline health care workers, first responders and other essential workers, beginning this week. Using a new finger prick method the state will test up to 2,000 New Yorkers per day. The state is also asking the FDA for expedited approval of a finger prick antibody test that could test up to 100,000 New Yorkers a day. Additionally, the state is continuing to engage with other partners including hospital labs and private companies to bring mass antibody testing to scale statewide.

 

The Governor also announced the state will give 100 ventilators to Michigan and 50 ventilators to Maryland.

 

 

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The Governor will also issue an Executive Order requiring nursing homes to report positive COVID-19 cases and deaths to the families of those who are living in the nursing home facility within 24 hours. The order will include adult home and other assisted living facilities. Previously, State Department of Health issued guidance asking these facilities to communicate this information to families; this new order makes that guidance mandatory.

 

The Governor will also issue an Executive Order allowing individuals assisting with the COVID-19 response or individuals who have been displaced due to COVID-19 to stay in a hotel in New York City for more than 28 days without becoming a tenant.

  

 

Another part of getting to the new normal is continuing to stop the spread of the virus, and to do that I am issuing an Executive Order that says all people in public must wear a mask or face covering.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Governor also announced that the State University of New York and The City University of New York are using 3D printers to produce critical personal protective equipment for New York's frontline health workers. SUNY campuses are producing about 2,100 face shields a day amongst 13 SUNY campuses, its four Cornell colleges, and its four university centers. Teams at six CUNY colleges have adapted their 3D printers and associated materials to make elements that are used in protective face shields for local hospitals. The face shields are being donated to medical teams across the state, as resources are needed by hospitals, nursing homes and testing sites.

  

"As we continue to flatten the curve and slow the infection rate of the virus we have to build a bridge from where we are now to the reopening of the economy, and the single best tool to do that is large scale testing," Governor Cuomo said. "We have done more tests than any other state in the nation - more than 500,000 in over a one-month period - but we need to do more and we need the help of the federal government to get people back to work and begin our return to a new normal. We are going to begin conducting antibody testing for our frontline workers and we are currently able to test 2,000 people per day, and we are asking the FDA for approval of a finger prick test that would allow us to test 100,000 people per day. Another part of getting to the new normal is continuing to stop the spread of the virus, and to do that I am issuing an Executive Order that says all people in public must wear a mask or face covering."

 

 

Governor Cuomo Holds Briefing on COVID-19 Response- 4/15

Finally, the Governor confirmed 11,571 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 213,779 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 213,779 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

548

13

Allegany

28

0

Broome

153

7

Cattaraugus

32

0

Cayuga

36

3

Chautauqua

24

1

Chemung

69

5

Chenango

71

3

Clinton

45

0

Columbia

96

12

Cortland

23

1

Delaware

46

1

Dutchess

2,048

114

Erie

1,751

83

Essex

12

0

Franklin

13

0

Fulton

24

2

Genesee

76

0

Greene

73

7

Hamilton

3

0

Herkimer

40

1

Jefferson

47

0

Lewis

7

0

Livingston

31

0

Madison

105

1

Monroe

884

34

Montgomery

32

0

Nassau

26,715

1,465

Niagara

204

7

NYC

118,302

7,837

Oneida

246

17

Onondaga

449

18

Ontario

62

1

Orange

5,716

138

Orleans

33

2

Oswego

42

1

Otsego

44

0

Putnam

571

13

Rensselaer

124

4

Rockland

8,474

139

Saratoga

227

3

Schenectady

237

2

Schoharie

20

0

Schuyler

6

0

Seneca

18

0

St. Lawrence

92

0

Steuben

151

4

Suffolk

23,278

816

Sullivan

424

9

Tioga

25

1

Tompkins

115

3

Ulster

733

43

Warren

77

0

Washington

42

2

Wayne

48

0

Westchester

20,947

756

Wyoming

34

2

Yates

6

0

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