NEW YORK, NY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his daily press conference today sketched preliminary plans to end the PAUSE program of shelter-in-place orders, at least in certain regions, the Associated Press reports. Cuomo’s decision comes as hospitalizations and fatalities across the state continue to decline from their high point earlier in the month.
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The governor noted that in heavily impacted areas like New York City the stay-at-home restrictions would likely have to continue after their preliminary end point of May 15. “But in some parts of the state, some regions, you could make the case that we should un-pause on May 15,” Cuomo said. His tentative phrasing though reflects the potential a hasty reopening has to create a second wave of infections that experts worry would be far more deadly than the first, as the Washington Post detailed in an April 21 article.
The 337 deaths that were reported across the state on Sunday represented the lowest daily total so far this month, down from a high of 799 on April 8. The novel coronavirus has claimed 17,000 lives across the state.
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