New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a non-political, statistic-based, phased reopening is the smart way to move forward.
“Now the proof is in the pudding because we’re seeing it all across the board. What New York is doing is counter to what you see across the nation. They are going up and we are going down,” Cuomo said, citing state statistics including a 1.1% positive rate.
There were 17 deaths Tuesday – 12 in hospitals and five in nursing homes in New York. That’s down from 27 the day before. There are 1,071 patients hospitalized, the lowest level New York has had since March 19, according to Cuomo.
More on the positivity rate: The state tested 51,444 people Tuesday, and had 581 positive cases, which is roughly 1.1%.
New York City is at 1.2%. Within the city itself, the Bronx is at 2.1 percent, the highest of all five boroughs. That’s an increase from 1.3 percent on Friday.
The Central New York region and Mohawk Valley Region at 2.3 percent.
Five regions across the state are expected to enter phase four by Friday. Indoor religious gatherings will be permitted in those regions with a capacity of 33% occupancy, a slight uptick from 25% currently.
Museums, higher education, professional sports can resume — all with limitations.
New York City, which began phase two earlier this week, is not among these regions nor is Long Island.