Just The Facts

By Office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo

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Audio from the daily press briefings given by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Episode Date
Governor Cuomo Calls On U.S. Senate to Pass a Coronavirus Relief Bill That Helps All Americans
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Reiterates Call for Repeal of SALT

Renews Call for 'Americans First Law' Stating a Corporation Cannot Be Eligible for Government Funding if it Does Not Rehire the Same Number of Employees it Had Before the COVID-19 Pandemic

Urges President Trump to Support a Real Public Infrastructure Program and Approve Infrastructure Projects in New York

Ninth Region Hits Benchmark to Begin Reopening Today; Long Island Joins Mid-Hudson Valley, Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, Which Have Met the Seven Metrics Required to Begin Reopening

Confirms 1,129 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 364,965; New Cases in 45 Counties

May 27, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Eighth Region Hits Benchmark to Begin Reopening Today
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Mid-Hudson Valley Joins Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, Which Have Met the Seven Metrics Required to Begin Reopening

Long Island Still on Track to Reopen Tomorrow, May 27th

Governor Will Meet with President Trump Tomorrow to Discuss Infrastructure Projects to Help Supercharge the Economy

State Will Fast-Track Construction of Empire Station at Penn and New LaGuardia Airport

State is Continuing to Direct Resources to Lower-Income and Predominately Minority Neighborhoods in NYC that are Most Impacted by COVID-19

Confirms 1,072 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 363,836; New Cases in 35 Counties

May 26, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces State and Local Governments Will Provide Death Benefits for Frontline Workers Who Died From Covid-19
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Renews Call for Federal Government to Provide Hazard Pay to Essential Public Workers

Confirms 1,249 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 362,764; New Cases in 41 Counties

May 25, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces New York Professional Sports Leagues Will Be Able to Begin Training Camps
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Announces Members of Blue-Ribbon Commission Focused on Improving Telehealth and Broadband Access Using New, Innovative Technologies

Mid-Hudson Region Still on Track to Enter Phase One of Reopening on Tuesday, May 26th; Long Island Still on Track to Reopen Wednesday, May 27th

MTA Will Be Taking Steps to Protect LIRR Customers as Long Island Moves Towards Phase One of Reopening

More Than 10,000 Households on Long Island Have Received Nourish NY Products

Campgrounds and RV Parks Will Be Allowed to Open Statewide Tomorrow

Veterinarian Practices Will Be Allowed to Open in All Regions Beginning Tuesday, May 26th

Confirms 1,589 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 361,515; New Cases in 44 Counties

May 24, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Eighth Region on Track to Hit Benchmark to Begin Reopening Tuesday, May 26th
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After Meeting Contact Tracing Metric, Mid-Hudson Valley Will Join Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, Which Have Met the Seven Metrics Required to Begin Reopening

If Number of Deaths Continues to Decrease and Tracing is Online, Long Island Could Reopen Wednesday, May 27th

State is Partnering with Advantage Care Physicians to Establish 15 New Testing Sites at Medical Centers Downstate

New York State Now Has More Than 760 Testing Sites

Reminds New Yorkers to Vote in the Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest by Monday, May 25th

Confirms 1,772 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 359,926; New Cases in 50 Counties

May 23, 2020
Gov. Cuomo Launches $100 Million New York Forward Loan Fund to Help Small Businesses
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Long Island and Mid-Hudson Valley Regions Will Be Permitted to Begin Construction Staging in Anticipation of Phase One of Reopening

Launches New Pilot Program with 52 Independent Pharmacies to Conduct 7,000 Tests per Week

New York State Now Has More Than 750 Testing Sites

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

May 22, 2020
Gov. Cuomo Announces Summer School Will Be Conducted Through Distance Learning This Year
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Extends Sales Tax Filing Deadline to June 22, 2020

State is Investigating 157 Reported Cases & 3 Deaths Related to COVID Illness in Children with Symptoms Similar to an Atypical Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock-Like Syndrome

Rockland County is Now Eligible to Resume Elective Surgeries and Ambulatory Care

New Yorkers Should Call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 if They Believe Their Employer is Not Following PPE, Hygiene or Social Distancing Guidelines

Reminds New Yorkers to Look Out for Calls from “NYS Contact Tracing”

Confirms 2,088 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 356,458; New Cases in 44 Counties

May 21, 2020
Gov. Cuomo Announces Results of Antibody Testing in Lower-Income Communities
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Continues Partnership with Ready Responders to Expand Testing from 8 to 40 Public Housing Sites Across NYC

State is Partnering with SOMOS to Establish 28 Additional Testing Sites at Churches and Community-Based Providers in Predominately Minority Neighborhoods; Total of 72 Faith-Based Testing Sites in Partnership with Northwell Health & SOMOS

Directs All Local Governments to Expand Testing in Low-Income Communities and Develop Outreach Programs

Religious Gatherings of No More Than 10 People and Drive-In and Parking Lot Services Will Be Allowed Statewide Beginning Thursday, May 21st

State is Convening Interfaith Advisory Council to Discuss Proposals to Safely Bring Back Religious Services

Announces Finalists for Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest; New Yorkers Can Vote Through Memorial Day at WearAMask.ny.gov

Confirms 1,525 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 354,370; New Cases in 42 Counties

May 20, 2020
Gov. Cuomo Announces Seventh Region Hits Benchmark to Begin Reopening Tomorrow
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Capital Region Joins Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, Which Have Met the Seven Metrics Required to Begin Reopening

Nassau County is Now Eligible to Resume Elective Surgeries and Ambulatory Care

Announces Collaboration with GNYHA & HANYS to Implement a Two-Week Hospital Visitation Pilot Program in 16 Hospitals Across the State to Allow Increased Visitations for Family Members

State Will Allow Memorial Day Ceremonies with 10 People or Less

Calls on FDA to Make Sure That Pharmaceutical Corporations That Produce a COVID-19 Vaccine Release the Rights to Provide for Immediate Widespread Distribution

Confirms 1,474 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 352,845; New Cases in 42 Counties

May 19, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Sixth Region Hits Benchmark to Begin Reopening Tomorrow
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Western New York Joins Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, Which Have Met the Seven Metrics Required to Begin Reopening

State Department of Health has Granted Erie County Medical Center a Waiver to Restart Elective Procedures

Announces New Efforts to Bring More Tests to Nursing Home Facilities to Help Meet New Guidelines Requiring All Nursing Home Employees Be Tested Twice Per Week

Encourages Major Sports Teams to Plan Reopening Without Fans

Confirms 1,250 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 351,371; New Cases in 44 Counties

May 18, 2020
Gov. Cuomo Announces New York State Has Doubled Testing Capacity to Reach 40,000 Tests Per Day, Encourages Eligible New Yorkers to Get Tested for Covid-19
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New York State Now Has More Than 700 Testing Sites

Launches New Website for New Yorkers to Find Nearest COVID-19 Testing Sites

New Partnership with CVS to Bring Testing to More Than 60 Pharmacies Across the State

Reminds New Yorkers in Need of Emotional Support to Call 1-844-863-9314 to Schedule a Free Appointment with a Mental Health Professional

State Has Distributed More Than Three Million Free Bottles of NYS Clean Hand Sanitizer to Date

Confirms 1,889 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 350,121; New Cases in 46 Counties

May 17, 2020
Gov. Cuomo Announces Horse Racing Tracks Statewide and Watkins Glen International Racetrack Will be Allowed to Open Without Fans as of June 1st
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Westchester and Suffolk Counties are Now Eligible to Resume Elective Surgeries and Ambulatory Care

Calls on U.S. Senate to Pass Coronavirus Relief Bill

Confirms 2,419 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 348,232; New Cases in 52 Counties

May 16, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Five Regions Will Begin Reopening Today
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NYS on PAUSE Extended Until May 28 for Regions That Do Not Open Today; Region Can Enter Phase One of Reopening as Soon as it Hits Benchmark

Outlines Additional Guidelines for Phase One Businesses as They Begin to Reopen

Announces Multi-State Agreement on Beaches and Outlines Specific Conditions for New York Beaches to Reopen

Confirms 2,762 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 345,813; New Cases in 44 Counties

May 15, 2020
Gov. Cuomo Announces Fifth Region Hits Benchmark to Begin Reopening May 15
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New York Has Issued First-in-the-Nation Criteria Defining COVID-Related Inflammatory Illness in Children

Central New York Joins North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, Which Have Met the Seven Metrics Required to Begin Reopening After NYS on Pause Orders Expire on May 15th

Business Guidance for Phase One of the State’s Reopening Plan is Available

Initial $3 Million in Grants Available to Businesses to Manufacture Emergency Medical Supplies and Equipment

Announces President Trump has Expedited $3.9 Billion in Funding for the MTA at the Request of the Governor

Confirms 2,390 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 343,051; New Cases in 45 Counties

May 14, 2020
Gov. Cuomo Announces Fourth Region Hits Benchmark to Begin Reopening May 15th
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North Country Joins Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, Which Have Met the Seven Metrics Required to Begin Reopening After NYS on Pause Orders Expire on May 15th

Regional Monitoring Dashboard Showing How Many Metrics Each Region Has Met to Reopen is Available

Results of Antibody Testing Survey of 2,750 Members of the NYS Police Show 3.1 Percent Have COVID-19 Antibodies

Results of Antibody Testing Survey of Approximately 3,000 Members of the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Show 7.5 Percent Have COVID-19 Antibodies

Confirms 2,176 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 340,661; New Cases in 47 Counties

May 13, 2020
Gov. Cuomo Announces Members of NY Congressional Delegation Will Introduce 'Americans First Law' to Stop Corporate Bailouts
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First Proposed by the Governor, the Legislation States that a Corporation Cannot Be Eligible for Government Funding if it Does Not Rehire the Same Number of Employees it Had Before the COVID-19 Pandemic

Renews Bipartisan Call from National Governors Association for Unrestricted Fiscal Support for States in Next Federal COVID-19 Relief Bill

Regional Monitoring Dashboard Showing How Many Metrics Each Region Has Met to Reopen is Available

Confirms 1,430 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 338,485; New Cases in 37 Counties

May 12, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Three Regions of NYS Ready to Begin Reopening May 15
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Finger Lakes, Southern Tier & Mohawk Valley Regions Have Met the 7 Metrics Required to Begin Phase 1 of Reopening Plan, Which Includes Construction, Manufacturing, Retail for Curbside Pickup, & Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

The North Country and Central NY Close to Meeting All Metrics

Governor Cuomo Releases the "NY Forward Reopening" Plan

Certain Low-Risk Business and Recreational Activities --including Landscaping, Gardening, Tennis & Drive-In-Movie Theaters -- Will Reopen Statewide on May 15th

Launches Regional Monitoring Dashboard 

Announces Members of Regional Control Rooms to Monitor Regional Metrics During Reopening Process

May 11, 2020
Governor Cuomo announces NY is notifying 49 other states of COVID-related illness in children
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State is Investigating 85 Reported Cases in New York

Governor Proposes "Americans First Law" Stating a Corporation Cannot Receive Government Funding if it Does Not Rehire the Same Number of Employees Pre-Pandemic

Issues Executive Order Mandating All Nursing Home Staff Be Tested for COVID-19 Twice Per Week

Executive Order States Hospitals Cannot Discharge a Patient to a Nursing Home Unless That Patient Tests Negative for COVID-19

Department of Health and Human Services Has Distributed New Treatment Remdesivir to New York to Help Patients Infected with COVID-19 Recover More Quickly

Confirms 2,273 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 335,395; New Cases in 47 Counties

May 10, 2020
Gov. Cuomo Announces Expanding Access to Testing in Low-Income Communities
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State is Partnering with Northwell Health to Establish 24 Temporary Testing Sites at Churches in Predominately Minority Communities

Results of State's Diagnostic and Antibody Surveys and Comprehensive Survey of Newly Admitted Patients Hospitalized for COVID-19 Found Communities of Color are Most Impacted by COVID-19

Preliminary Results of Antibody Testing Survey of More Than 1,300 Transit Workers in the NYC Region Show 14.2 Percent Have COVID-19 Antibodies

Confirms 2,715 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 333,122; New Cases in 48 Counties

May 09, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces State Will Extend Window for Victims to File Cases under the Child Victims Act until January 14th
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Drive-Through Events Scheduled in Communities Across the State as Part of Nourish New York Initiative Will Help to Put Food on the Table for 20,000 Households Impacted by COVID-19 Over the Next Week

Confirms 2,938 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 330,407; New Cases in 49 Counties

May 08, 2020
Gov. Cuomo Announces COVID-related Eviction Moratorium Extension
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES MORATORIUM ON COVID-RELATED EVICTIONS WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL AUGUST 20TH

State is Banning Late Payments or Fees for missed Rent Payments During Eviction Moratorium and Allowing Renters Facing Financial Hardship to Use Security Deposit as Payment

$25 Million Nourish New York Initiative Has Helped Nearly 50 Food Banks, More Than 2,100 New York Farms and More Than 20,000 Households Across the State

Results of State's Antibody Testing Survey of Health Care Workers Show Infection Rate Among Health Care Workers is About the Same or Lower Than General Population

Confirms 3,491 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 327,469; New Cases in 47 Counties

May 07, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Schmidt Futures Will Help NYS Build Back Better
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Eric Schmidt Will Lead 15-Member Commission and Use What the State Has Learned During COVID-19 Pandemic, Combined with New Technologies, to Improve Telehealth and Broadband Systems Across the State

Outlines Results of New Hospitalization Data to Further Reduce Number of New Hospitalizations per Day

JetBlue is Donating 100,000 Pairs of Round-Trip Flights for Medical Personnel and Nurses

Confirms 2,786 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 323,978; New Cases in 45 Counties

May 06, 2020
Reimagining Education in the New Normal
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New York State is collaborating with the Gates Foundation and bringing in national and international experts as needed to develop a blueprint to reopen K-12 schools and colleges.

Announces New Contest Asking New Yorkers to Create and Share a Video Explaining Why People Should Wear a Mask in Public; Interested New Yorkers Can Learn More at WearAMask.NY.Gov

Confirms 2,239 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 321,192; New Cases in 41 Counties

May 05, 2020
Governor Cuomo Outlines Additional Guidelines for When Regions Can Re-Open
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State Will Monitor Four Core Factors to Determine if a Region Can Re-Open: Number of New Infections, Health Care Capacity, Diagnostic Testing Capacity and Contact Tracing Capacity

Outlines New Safety Precautions Each Business Must Put in Place Upon Re-Opening

More Than One Million New Yorkers Have Been Tested for COVID-19 to Date

New York's National Guard Has Made Nearly 300,000 Testing Kits to Collect Samples

Announces Special Enrollment through the Marketplace will Remain Open Through June 15, 2020

Confirms 2,538 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 318,953; New Cases in 45 Counties

May 05, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Joint Multi-State Agreement
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GOVERNOR CUOMO, GOVERNOR MURPHY, GOVERNOR LAMONT, GOVERNOR WOLF, GOVERNOR CARNEY, GOVERNOR RAIMONDO & GOVERNOR BAKER ANNOUNCE JOINT MULTI-STATE AGREEMENT TO DEVELOP REGIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN FOR PPE AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

  • States Will Aggregate Demand for PPE, Medical Equipment and Testing on a Regional Basis
  • Regional Supply Chains Will Help Realize Better Pricing, Delivery and Reliability of PPE and Medical Equipment for States
May 03, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Results of Completed Antibody Testing
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF COMPLETED ANTIBODY TESTING STUDY OF 15,000 PEOPLE SHOW 12.3 PERCENT OF POPULATION HAS COVID-19 ANTIBODIES

Additional announcements:

  • State Will Distribute Over 7 Million More Cloth Masks to Vulnerable New Yorkers and Frontline Workers Across the State
  • State is Distributing $25 Million to Food Banks Across the State Through the Nourish New York Initiative
  • Confirms 4,663 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 312,977; New Cases in 44 Counties
May 02, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Schools and College Facilities Statewide Will Remain Closed for the Rest of the Academic Year
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May 1, 2020: Daily Corona Virus Press Briefing

AMID ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES SCHOOLS AND COLLEGE FACILITIES STATEWIDE WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR

  • Directs Schools and Colleges to Create Re-Opening Plans that Re-Imagine Facilities to Be Approved by the State
  • State is Partnering with Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line to Provide 24/7 Emotional Support Service for Frontline Workers; Workers Can Text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741
  • Department of Financial Services to Require New York State-Regulated Health Insurers to Waive Out-of-Pocket Costs for Mental Health Services for Frontline Essential Workers
  • Announces New Targeted Efforts to Further Reduce Number of New Hospitalizations per Day
  • Five New Drive-Through Testing Facilities Now Open in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida Counties
  • Confirms 3,942 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 308,314; New Cases in 48 Counties
May 01, 2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Contact Tracing Pilot Program Supported by Mayor Mike Bloomberg to Begin in Coming Weeks
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New York's Nation-Leading Program Expected to Have 6,400 to 17,000 Tracers Statewide Depending on Projected Number of Cases

State Health Department Working with Mayor Bloomberg, Johns Hopkins University and Vital Strategies to Build Army of Contact Tracers for Program

Apr 30, 2020
April 29, 2020
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Daily Press Briefing, April 29, 2020: 11:30 AM

AMID ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES 35 COUNTIES APPROVED TO RESUME ELECTIVE OUTPATIENT TREATMENTS

  • New York State is Now Conducting Average of 30,000 Diagnostic Tests Per Day;
  • Results of FDNY and NYPD Antibody Testing Study Show 17.1 Percent of FDNY and 10.5 Percent of NYPD Have Antibodies;
  • State is Expanding Antibody Testing Today for 1,000 Transit Workers;
  • Directs MTA to Issue Full Plan by Tomorrow on How to Clean and Disinfect Every Train, Every Night;
  • Confirms 4,585 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 299,691; New Cases in 46 Counties;
Apr 29, 2020