June 4, 2020
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces State is Expanding COVID-19 Testing Criteria to Include Anyone Who Attended a Protest Across the State

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Confirms 1,048 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 375,133; New Cases in 33 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state is expanding COVID-19 testing criteria to include any individual who attended any of the recent protests across the state. The Governor encouraged any individual who attended a protest to get a test. More information on where and how to get tested for COVID-19 is available at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov.

 

The Governor also announced the State Department of Financial Services will issue an emergency regulation to help businesses and consumers who suffered damage from looting and vandalism by requiring New York State-regulated insurance companies to expedite the resolution and payment of related insurance claims based on similar emergency relief applied in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. Additional relief provided by the emergency regulation will include allowing policyholders to make immediate repairs to damaged property if necessary to protect health or safety, and to submit claims with reasonable proof of loss, including photos, so businesses don't have to wait for police reports to file a claim. The emergency regulation will also offer small businesses and consumers the option to resolve disputes through an impartial mediation process paid for by the applicable insurer.

 

 

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Governor Cuomo also announced that schools will be permitted to hold drive-in and drive-through graduation ceremonies this year. The State will reexamine socially-distanced outdoor commencements at a later time.

 

The Governor also announced that medical schools statewide will be allowed to reopen on June 22nd, following appropriate precautions, in order to safely prepare for and welcome new cohorts of medical students this summer and fall. 

  

 

We're going to open the testing facilities for all people who were at a protest statewide and encourage any individual who attended any protest to be responsible and get tested.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Governor also announced the Mid-Hudson Valley is on track to enter phase two of reopening Tuesday, June 9th and Long Island is on track to enter phase two of reopening on Wednesday, June 10th following a review of regional data by global public health experts. 

 

"Testing is the most immediate data we have on where we are in this pandemic, giving us a fast snapshot of how many people are being infected," Governor Cuomo said. "Our numbers have been going down every day, but now we have tens of thousands of people who have been protesting statewide that could lead to new spread of the virus. We're going to open the testing facilities for all people who were at a protest statewide and encourage any individual who attended any protest to be responsible and get tested."

 

 

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Finally, the Governor also confirmed 1,048 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 375,133 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 375,133 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

1,930

10

Allegany

49

0

Broome

593

4

Cattaraugus

91

1

Cayuga

96

0

Chautauqua

95

6

Chemung

137

0

Chenango

133

0

Clinton

97

0

Columbia

400

1

Cortland

41

0

Delaware

82

0

Dutchess

3,962

11

Erie

6,308

74

Essex

38

0

Franklin

23

0

Fulton

215

2

Genesee

205

3

Greene

241

0

Hamilton

5

0

Herkimer

113

0

Jefferson

74

0

Lewis

20

0

Livingston

120

0

Madison

319

0

Monroe

3,081

33

Montgomery

96

2

Nassau

40,713

69

Niagara

1,085

18

NYC

205,406

534

Oneida

1,069

11

Onondaga

2,295

39

Ontario

218

3

Orange

10,471

11

Orleans

247

1

Oswego

112

0

Otsego

73

0

Putnam

1,268

4

Rensselaer

495

0

Rockland

13,280

21

Saratoga

493

4

Schenectady

701

0

Schoharie

51

0

Schuyler

12

0

Seneca

60

0

St. Lawrence

207

1

Steuben

245

2

Suffolk

40,153

91

Sullivan

1,405

12

Tioga

133

0

Tompkins

165

0

Ulster

1,704

3

Warren

256

0

Washington

238

0

Wayne

121

1

Westchester

33,767

76

Wyoming

87

0

Yates

39

0

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