Gov. Cuomo: NY PAUSE restrictions could be lifted in some areas of state by May 15

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 337 New Yorkers died from COVID-19 Sunday-19 as the virus has claimed the lives of more than 16,000 in New York state.

The governor said new hospitalizations, virus deaths, and new cases we’re all relatively flat. As the spread of the virus begins to wane, officials are monitoring the best course of action as far as reopening society.

“Different situations, different strategies going forward,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Were coordinating as a state we’re coordinating with our neighboring states, but you still have to take into considerations the variations across the state and that’s what we’re trying to navigate.”

NY PAUSE, which closed schools and all non-essential businesses, is set to expire May 15, but the governor says some areas of the state may be OK to reopen while others see NY PAUSE extended.

“We want to un-PAUSE,” Gov. Cuomo said. “May 15 is when the PAUSE regulations expire statewide. I will extend them in many parts of the state, but in some parts, some regions you could make the case that we should un-PAUSE on May 15, but you have to be smart about it. If you are not smart you will see that infection rate go right back to where it was, we’ll go right back to where we were 58 days ago, and nobody wants to do that.”

The governor announced funding for food banks throughout the state.

“We’re seeing a tremendous demand in food banks, which is predictable, 40-60% increase across upstate New York,” said Gov. Cuomo. “So we’re going to commit $25 million for emergency funding for those food banks.”

On Sunday, the governor said parts of upstate New York could reopen as soon as May 15 under a phased reopening plan. He cautioned that the Centers for Disease Control has said that coronavirus hospitalizations must decline for 14 days before reopening.

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In his Sunday briefing, Cuomo said there were 367 new deaths from the virus in New York State since Saturday.

Sunday marked the first time this month that the statewide daily death toll has been below 400. The number of new people who have been hospitalized fell to just above 1,000.

As the state prepares to have the conversation of reopening, many local businesses are planning on implementing social distance changes when they can reopen.

However, some don’t want to wait like The Pizza Stop, whose owner announced it would reopen on Monday in violation of the state and county mandate, but backed down when the Town of Pittsford Code enforcement told him if he did, he would be “out of business entirely.”

In Monroe County, the Department of Health confirmed on Sunday that 106 people have died from the virus. As of Sunday, 1,277 people have tested positive. According to the DOH, 108 people are in the hospital and 23 are in the intensive care unit.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we update this developing story.

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