New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will reopen on a regional basis, and he outlined four metrics that will help decide if a region is ready to reopen:
- Number of new infections
- The capacity of health care systems
- Diagnostic testing capacity
- Have a contact tracing system in place
Cuomo said New York regions will follow US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for when to begin reopening. They are:
- There must be a 14 days of decline in total hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average.
- A region can't have more than 15 new cases or 5 deaths on a 3-day rolling average.
- A region must have fewer than 2 new Covid-19 patients for every 100,000 residents.
- Regions must have at least 30% of hospital beds total and ICU beds open — "in case you have a surge," he said.
- Hospitals must have at least 90 days worth of personal protective equipment stockpiled.