May 22, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Launches $100 Million New York Forward Loan Fund to Help Small Businesses

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State is Making Contact Tracing Training Program Curriculum Available at No Cost to All States Through the National Governors Association

 

Reminds New Yorkers to Vote in the Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest by Monday, May 25th; 92,000 People Have Already Voted

 

Confirms 1,696 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 358,154; New Cases in 48 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund to provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses, focusing on minority and women owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance. The state will take a smart, targeted approach for distributing these loans, focusing on businesses with 20 or fewer employees and less than $3 million in gross revenues. Businesses interested in receiving a loan should visit esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans.

 

Governor Cuomo also announced the Long Island and Mid-Hudson Valley Regions will be permitted to begin construction staging in anticipation of phase one of reopening. If the number of deaths continues to decrease and the tracing is online, both regions could reopen next week.

 

The Governor also announced the launch of a new pilot program with 52 independent pharmacies to conduct 7,000 tests per week. New York State now has more than 750 testing sites across the state. The Governor also encouraged eligible New Yorkers to visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov to find a nearby testing site and get tested.

 

The Governor also announced that the state is making its contact tracing training curriculum available at no cost to all states through the National Governors Association to speed the process of creating contact tracing programs. The state partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University to develop this comprehensive online curriculum to train potential contact tracers. Contact tracing is currently underway in seven regions of the state - the Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York.

 

The Governor also reminded New Yorkers to vote in the state's Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest, which was launched by the Governor on May 5th and is being overseen by his daughter Mariah Kennedy Cuomo. New Yorkers can vote for the winning ad until Monday May 25th at WearAMask.ny.gov, and 92,000 people have voted to date. The winning ad will be announced on Tuesday, May 26th, and that ad will be used as a public service announcement.

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Small businesses are the engine of the New York economy, but they are now facing some of the toughest challenges in this pandemic.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Launches $100 Million New York Forward Loan Fund to Help Small Businesses

 

"Small businesses are the engine of the New York economy, but they are now facing some of the toughest challenges in this pandemic," Governor Cuomo said. "Helping our small businesses is a top priority, and we are starting the New York Forward Loan Fund and making more than $100 million available to provide loans to small businesses, focusing particularly on minority and women owned businesses that have faced even greater risks and received less in federal relief throughout this pandemic."

 

Finally, the Governor confirmed 1,696 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 358,154 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 358,154 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

1,756

56

Allegany

44

0

Broome

468

17

Cattaraugus

74

3

Cayuga

73

1

Chautauqua

63

5

Chemung

135

1

Chenango

118

0

Clinton

94

0

Columbia

356

1

Cortland

37

1

Delaware

72

1

Dutchess

3,767

22

Erie

5,397

127

Essex

36

0

Franklin

19

0

Fulton

189

3

Genesee

189

1

Greene

215

0

Hamilton

5

0

Herkimer

95

2

Jefferson

72

1

Lewis

19

1

Livingston

114

0

Madison

297

3

Monroe

2,601

71

Montgomery

77

0

Nassau

39,608

121

Niagara

897

17

NYC

196,484

809

Oneida

828

11

Onondaga

1,828

57

Ontario

180

4

Orange

10,142

50

Orleans

175

1

Oswego

96

4

Otsego

67

0

Putnam

1,187

12

Rensselaer

460

4

Rockland

12,905

28

Saratoga

448

8

Schenectady

645

7

Schoharie

49

0

Schuyler

11

1

Seneca

54

2

St. Lawrence

195

0

Steuben

240

2

Suffolk

38,672

119

Sullivan

1,287

6

Tioga

118

1

Tompkins

147

2

Ulster

1,595

11

Warren

246

5

Washington

224

2

Wayne

104

1

Westchester

32,767

94

Wyoming

79

0

Yates

34

0

 
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