State: Mid-Hudson region not ready to reopen

The Mid-Hudson Region, which for the purposes of re-opening includes Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Orange, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland counties, is lagging on two of the state’s seven indicators required to enter phase one of re-opening.

They are:

  • 14-Day Decline in Hospital Deaths OR Fewer Than Five Deaths Per Day (3-day rolling average)
  • New Hospitalizations Per Day (2 per 100k residents, 3-day rolling average)

Our region has 2 days of declining deaths and an average of 69 per day and 2.38 new daily hospitalizations.

The hospitalization rate is falling, but we’re unlikely to see new deaths below 5 per day in the near future. If hospital deaths continue to decline unabated, the earliest the region can begin phase one would be in 12 days, or May 24.

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Phase one:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail – Curbside Pickup
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

Phase Two

  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Administrative Support
  • Real Estate / Rental & Leasing

Phase Three

  • Restaurants / Food Services

Phase Four

  • Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
  • Education

Each phase would last at least two weeks. If hospitalizations or deaths spike, regions will fall back into previous phases.

Only two regions – the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier, qualify for May 15 re-opening. See the dashboard here.