NY reports lowest new virus deaths since March-end

NY reports lowest new virus deaths since March-end

The closure of businesses, regardless of the time frame set statewide, will remain unless regions of the state can meet seven criteria related to the new coronavirus to reopen.

Some regions in NY are ready to start adding back jobs in mid-May, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, adding that he plans to confer with county executives and other local officials on Monday.

"During these incredibly hard and stressful times we must protect New Yorkers who are facing financial hardships due to COVID-19", Governor Cuomo said.

NY state announced new protections on Sunday for residents of nursing homes, which have accounted for a large percentage of the nearly 80,000 coronavirus deaths recorded across the country.

More than 25,600 nursing home residents or workers have died from coronavirus in the USA, accounting for one-third of all coronavirus deaths in the country.

All nursing home staff must be tested twice a week for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and hospitals may not discharge any COVID-19 patient to a nursing home until the patient tests negative, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Officials, in collaboration with churches and religious leaders, will help organize and manage the temporary facilities and encourage residents of these communities to get tested, Cuomo said. "You see how that number is infuriatingly constant". The policy, similar to one in neighboring New Jersey, was meant to help free up hospital beds for the sickest patients as cases surged.

It has sent dozens of children to the hospital and resulted in at least one death, a 5-year-old boy who passed away on Thursday.

Cases continued to increase in the Capital Region, with two more deaths reported.

But the Buffalo area, the Capital Region, the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island were all meeting fewer of the goals.

On Saturday, the nation's death toll from the pandemic stood at more than 77,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

"It reinforces what we've been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself", Cuomo said May 6. "Rather than wait for the whole state to be ready, we will reopen on a regional basis".

Cuomo has been criticized in recent weeks for a directive on March 25 that said long-term care facilities were not allowed to deny people readmission on the basis of their diagnosis, which may have introduced more outbreaks.

New York's governor said he's in regular communication with the neighboring states, particularly New Jersey and CT, and said he's comfortable with their plans.

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