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Long Island, Mid-Hudson regions could begin to reopen as early as next week, Cuomo says

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Posted at 12:21 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 14:15:03-04

NEW YORK — As most regions in New York begin their reopening phases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday Long Island and the Mid-Hudson have the possibility to reopen next week.

During his daily coronavirus briefing, Cuomo said the two regions could begin phase one of reopening if the number of deaths continue to decrease and if they get their contact tracing measures in place.

In anticipation of phase one, both regions are permitted to begin construction staging, Cuomo said.

In order to begin reopening phases in New York, regions must meet seven metrics state officials laid out.

Long Island and Mid-Hudson currently meet five out of the seven metrics.

New York City meets four.

On Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio shifted the way the city measures progress toward reopening by using indicator thresholds rather than looking at a downward trend.

De Blasio said the change was done because NYC proved progress can be made and decided to reevaluate the way our progression was looked at.

Though the state makes the official call, de Blasio believes New York City can reopen in early June.