June 13, 2020
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Western New York Expected to Enter Phase 3 of Reopening June 16 and Capital Region Expected to Enter Phase 3 of Reopening on June 17

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Announces Lowest Number of Hospitalizations and Deaths Since Pandemic Began

 

Governor Signs Legislation Suspending the Forfeiture of Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 State of Emergency

 

Governor Signs Legislation Repealing Criminalization of Wearing a Mask in Public

 

Only 1.29 Percent of Yesterday's COVID Tests Were Positive

 

Confirms 916 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 382,630; New Cases in 37 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Western New York is expected to enter Phase 3 of reopening June 16 and the Capital Region is expected to enter Phase 3 of reopening on June 17 following a review of regional data by global public health experts. Business guidance for phase three of the state's reopening plan is available here.

The Governor also announced the state has reached the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began. The number of total hospitalizations was down yesterday to lowest level since March 20 to 1,734. Thirty-two people in New York passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high of 800 just nine weeks ago.

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The Governor also signed legislation (S.8275-A/A.10348) suspending the forfeiture of unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 state of emergency, aligning with the Executive Order issued by the Governor on May 14, 2020. Over 44 million Americans across the United States have applied for unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this number is expected to grow as the pandemic continues. Individuals who have had forfeit penalties levied against them from past claims are currently unable to collect their unemployment benefits. This new law will allow those individuals to collect these critical benefits in their time of greatest need even if forfeit penalties have been enacted against them.

The Governor also signed legislation (S.8415/A.10446-A) repealing criminalization ofwearing a mask in public. The Governor previously issued an Executive Order requiring that New Yorkers wear face coverings while in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and this new law will remove any legal conflicts with the outdated provision banning the wearing of masks in public and the Governor's Executive Order.

New York is the anomaly - we reopened and our rates continue to come down, but only because we continue to remain smart and vigilant in this fight against the COVID virus.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

"As we look ahead, Western New York is expected to move to Phase 3 this Tuesday and the Capital Region should move to Phase 3 on Wednesday. But as usual, we have to stay smart and continue proceeding with caution. Look around the nation and look at the spikes other states are experiencing - we're not in a vacuum," Governor Cuomo said. "In just about half the states, infection rates are climbing up. New York is the anomaly - we reopened and our rates continue to come down, but only because we continue to remain smart and vigilant in this fight against the COVID virus." 

Senator Monica R. Martinez said, "I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his support in signing this crucial piece of legislation which I am proud to have sponsored to assist many New Yorkers. Bill S.8275, will officially put the minds of so many New Yorkers at ease who have been struggling throughout this pandemic. As we begin to turn the corner, it will take time for so many to recover, and the relief this bill allows will help to get them there. For the many residents which have been bound by forfeit day limitations, the anxiety and uncertainty of how they will make ends meet and secure the basic necessities has come to an end. We are NY Strong!"

Senator Jamaal Bailey said, "Governor Cuomo issued an executive order requiring that New Yorkers wear face masks while in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but this mandate conflicted with an outdated penal law provision banning the use of such masks. The signing of this bill would lift a nearly 200 year old ban on wearing masks in public. As we all know, wearing a mask is crucial to stopping the spread of the virus, and no one should face increased scrutiny, harassment and potential criminal liability solely due to a conflict in an archaic law. I thank Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblyman Dan Quart and Governor Cuomo for ensuring this becomes law."

Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal said, "A global pandemic is no time to deny a person lifesaving unemployment benefits. This new law will allow New Yorkers who have lost their jobs to access unemployment benefits without having to forfeit payments due to past mistakes. People have been clamoring for this relief, and with the Governor's signature on the bill, we are set to provide it to them."

Assembly Member Dan Quart said, "This pandemic is far from over. That's why it is imperative we remove any barriers to people wearing face masks. Repealing this outdated law will remove any confusion over the legality of face coverings and protect New Yorkers against arrest and prosecution. I thank the Governor for signing this bill into law and ensuring everyone feels safe wearing a face mask in public." 

Out of the 70,840 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, only 916, or 1.29 percent, were positive. Each region's percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows:

REGION

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

New York City

1.70%

1.50%

1.70%

Capital Region

0.60%

0.50%

0.70%

Central New York

1.30%

0.60%

1.20%

Finger Lakes

1.10%

0.60%

0.60%

Long Island

0.90%

1.00%

1.00%

Hudson Valley

0.80%

1.10%

1.30%

Mohawk Valley

0.90%

0.80%

1.00%

North Country

0.30%

0.20%

0.20%

Southern Tier

0.50%

0.30%

0.20%

Western New York

1.30%

1.40%

1.10%

 

The Governor also confirmed 916 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 382,630 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 382,630 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

2,016

9

Allegany

54

1

Broome

647

3

Cattaraugus

101

0

Cayuga

103

0

Chautauqua

106

0

Chemung

138

0

Chenango

138

0

Clinton

98

0

Columbia

431

3

Cortland

42

0

Delaware

88

0

Dutchess

4,049

14

Erie

6,753

36

Essex

40

0

Franklin

25

1

Fulton

232

1

Genesee

212

0

Greene

250

1

Hamilton

5

0

Herkimer

128

1

Jefferson

81

1

Lewis

20

0

Livingston

122

1

Madison

333

0

Monroe

3,340

20

Montgomery

103

0

Nassau

41,172

58

Niagara

1154

11

NYC

209,493

539

Oneida

1253

16

Onondaga

2,498

24

Ontario

230

0

Orange

10,563

5

Orleans

261

1

Oswego

122

2

Otsego

80

2

Putnam

1,285

3

Rensselaer

511

1

Rockland

13,411

15

Saratoga

514

0

Schenectady

723

2

Schoharie

54

0

Schuyler

12

0

Seneca

63

0

St. Lawrence

214

0

Steuben

255

1

Suffolk

40,615

56

Sullivan

1,430

2

Tioga

137

0

Tompkins

173

1

Ulster

1,739

5

Warren

257

0

Washington

242

0

Wayne

131

2

Westchester

34,253

78

Wyoming

91

0

Yates

39

0

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