Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Last Updated: May 28, 2020 at 4:05 PM
What You Need to Know
  • Long Island, Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North County, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson Valley, and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan.

  • New York City remains on PAUSE until they meet the metrics required to begin reopening. 

  • New York State and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency.

  • The state is continuing to direct resources and focus efforts on reducing the spread of COVID-19 in lower-income and predominately minority neighborhoods.

  • Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings.

  • Governor Cuomo announced a partnership with Rosie Perez and Chris Rock to foster communication and education on the importance of wearing a mask, testing, and social distancing.

  • The MTA will pilot the use of UV light technology to kill COVID-19 in subway cars and crew facilities.

  • Governor Cuomo renewed his call for Congress to pass the 'Americans First Law' to help prevent corporate bailouts following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Governor Cuomo called on the U.S. Senate to pass a coronavirus relief bill that helps all Americans and provides unrestricted fiscal support for states. 

  • The winners of the Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest are: "We Heart New York" created by Bunny Lake Films and "You Can Still Smile" by Natalia Bougadellis and Emory Parker.

  • Governor Cuomo released a guide to the state's "NY Forward Reopening" Plan, along with the state's regional monitoring dashboard.

  • The $100M New York Forward Loan Fund will provide loans to small businesses, focusing on minority and women owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance.

  • The New York State sales tax filing deadline has been extended to June 22, 2020.

  • Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.

  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through June 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

  • Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services.

  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.

  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.  

Our plan focuses on getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system.

The New York State Contact Tracing Program is a nation-leading initiative to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and make it safer to begin to return to normal again.

Help Stop the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus
Protect Yourself and Others
Practice Social Distancing

Even if you feel well, stay at home as much as possible. In public, keep at least 6 feet distance from others. Avoid unnecessary appointments.

Wash Your Hands. Cover Your Cough

Cover your cough and sneezes. Use your elbow or a tissue. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Take Caution with New Yorkers At-Risk

Take special caution to avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. Avoid visiting those most at risk, call instead.  Offer help with groceries and other goods.

COVID-19 TRACKER
View a county-by-county breakdown of testing and positive cases around New York State.