Mid-Hudson regions struggles to meet all 7 criteria for phase 1 of reopening

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that six of the 10 New York regions are ready to reopen, but the Mid-Hudson area is still not getting the green light.

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2020, 12:05 AM

Updated 1,467 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that six of the 10 New York regions are ready to reopen, but the Mid-Hudson area is still not getting the green light.
As of Monday, the region met four out of the seven criteria to move forward with phase one of reopening.
The Mid-Hudson region includes seven counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester.
The region still has not met this criteria: a three-day average of fewer than two new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents; 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents; and 14-day decline in hospital deaths or a three-day average of fewer than five deaths.
The last point Westchester County Executive George Latimer says is too stringent. He says at the height of infection, 45 people died in a single night in Westchester. Now, there might be nine to 12 deaths a night.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says all seven counties have voiced similar concerns.
"We're not big enough to get that big sort of New York City steady decline, but we're not small enough to meet the minimum metric," said Molinaro.
He says the state is considering that factor.
News 12 reached out to every county and according to Sullivan, Dutchess and Rockland officials, they have met or are close to reaching their required number of contact tracers.
Until Sunday, the Mid-Hudson region had five of the seven metrics checked off because the state's dashboard had previously counted a region as meeting the contact tracer requirement if it was expected to meet it. That is no longer the case.
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