July 15, 2020: On July 13, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced the metrics for reopening schools. He said, "Schools can reopen if the region is in Phase 4 and if the region's daily infection rate remains at or below 5 percent using a 14-day average.
He also said that schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average, after August 1. Read more about New York State's school reopening guidance here.
Governor Cuomo also said that on July 14, the state would start a travel enforcement program "at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following quarantine protocols."
He said that enforcement teams would be stationed at airports "to ensure compliance with the mandatory State Department of Health traveler form, which is being distributed by airlines to passengers flying to New York State. Travelers who fail to provide their contact information will receive a summons with a $2,000 fine."
Finally, on July 14, the Governor said at least one COVID-positive person attended a Fourth of July party in Suffolk County and since then over 20% of the people who attended the party have tested positive for the virus.
Below is other local COVID-19 news this week.
You can view the COVID stats for Westchester County and the state on the NY State COVID-19 Tracker.
On July 9, 2020, Governor Cuomo said that New York had made incredible progress as a state, but "that progress is fragile." He urged people to "continue to stay disciplined, smart and cautious. This is a marathon, not a sprint." He also said that NASCAR weekend at Watkins Glen had been rescheduled to August 14 - 16 at the Daytona International Speedway.
On July 10, 2020, at 3:43 PM, the Bronxville Police sent an email alert that said that COVID-19 cases in Bronxville "continue to climb." The email indicated that there are "ten new cases in July, already more than May and June combined." It also said that the cases were "mostly teenagers" and urged people to "wear a mask!" and "stay home!"
On July 10, 2020, Governor Cuomo said that New York would deliver a shipment of the medication Remdesivir "to Florida tomorrow as the state struggles with a surge of cases. Remdesivir is a drug that has shown promise in treating COVID patients."
He also said that malls in Phase 4 regions could open if they have advanced HVAC systems. "HVAC systems will be required to include advanced filters that help filter out the COVID-19 virus. Other ventilation protocols include increased outdoor air, reduced circulation, longer system run times, and frequent filter checks."
Starting July 20, New York will allow visits to nursing homes and long-term care facilities "on a limited basis." "Visits will be allowed at facilities that have been free of new COVID cases for at least 28 days. Only two people are allowed to visit each resident and must undergo a temperature check, wear a mask, and social distance while visiting."
Finally, he said that the Bronx Zoo is reopening to the general public on July 24 through advance tickets.
On July 14, 2020, Governor Cuomo said that four additional states had been added to New York's travel advisory list. Below is a full list of states on this list. Individuals traveling to New York from these states must quarantine for 14 days: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
He further said that travelers from hotspot states can be fined for non-compliance of quarantine rules.
Photo courtesy Bronxville Police Department