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NY to open certain low-risk businesses statewide this week

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Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that three regions can begin the first phase of his economic reopening plan Friday when a stay-at-home order expires. Cuomo pointed to these as signs of success for the state and city, which became some of the hardest impacted areas on Earth.

Local officials will also have to monitor infection rates on "a day-to-day basis, if not an hour-to-hour basis", Cuomo said.

Criteria met by New York City are a 14-day decline in new hospitalizations, a 14-day decline in hospital deaths, enough testing capacity, and an expectation that it will have enough tracers working to investigate contact with those positive for COVID-19. Now the health experts in the Empire State are urging parents to pay close attention to the following symptoms because they could be deadly for their children.

As of today, the Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley and the Southern Tier are all ready to move into the first phase of reopening.

Why it matters: It's a sign that NY has seen the worst of its coronavirus outbreak and is slowly looking to return to normalcy, though Cuomo has cautioned at every chance he gets that a rush to reopen without proper precautions in place could be devastating. Hospitalizations have been on a downtrend for almost a month, while the 161 fatalities reported for Sunday marked the lowest daily death toll since March 26.

Statewide, the governor also announced an easement on certain low-risk activities and businesses.

"Depending on how intelligently you increase activity will be the possible effect on the spread of the virus". "If you can lay off workers and you're saving money by laying off workers, you don't need the American taxpayer to subsidize you". "We are just about where we were when we started the journey".

The contact tracers considered essential to reopening NY will receive training through an online course being launched Monday.

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