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July 14th 2020 Update

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July 14, 2020

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that 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. 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.


Guidance for Pre-K to Grade 12 schools can be found in the phase 4 section of the New York Forward website.

a.       Schools must submit an affirmation that they have read and understand the guidance.

b.       Schools must also prepare and submit plan(s) for reopening and operating during the ongoing emergency by July 31, 2020.


New York State’s Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has issued the guidance documents below. You can access all of these documents on the OPWDD COVID-19 resource page.

c.    Day Programming

d.   Home Visits

e.   Community Outings

f.     Return from Extended Home Visits


A travel enforcement program has commenced today July 14th, at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following quarantine protocols. Enforcement teams will 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. An electronic version of the traveler form is also available. Travelers who fail to provide their contact information will receive a summons with a $2,000 fine.


New York State will deploy testing and contact tracing teams to Atlanta as the city continues to experience an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. New York remembers how people across the country came to NY in our time of need and we vowed to pay it forward any way we could.


The number of total hospitalizations declined. Yesterday there were 792 total hospitalizations. The state conducted 51,687 tests, of which 557, or 1.08%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 10 New Yorkers to the virus.

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