In May 18, 2020

Western New York Joins Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, Which Have Met the Seven Metrics Required to Begin Reopening

State Department of Health has Granted Erie County Medical Center a Waiver to Restart Elective Procedures

Announces New Efforts to Bring More Tests to Nursing Home Facilities to Help Meet New Guidelines Requiring All Nursing Home Employees Be Tested Twice Per Week

Encourages Major Sports Teams to Plan Reopening Without Fans

Confirms 1,250 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 351,371; New Cases in 44 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo announced that Western New York has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan starting tomorrow, joining the Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions. Western New York has now identified enough contact tracers to meet the state’s guidelines, and the tracers are being trained today in preparation for Western New York entering phase one, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing. Business guidance for phase one of the state’s reopening plan is available here. A guide to the state’s “NY Forward Reopening” Plan is available here. The state’s regional monitoring dashboard is available here.

Governor Cuomo also announced the State Department of Health has granted Erie County Medical Center a waiver to restart elective procedures.

The Governor also announced new efforts to bring more tests to nursing home facilities to help these facilities meet new guidelines mandating that all nursing homes and adult care facilities test all personnel for COVID-19 two times per week. The state is connecting nursing home facilities with labs to get more tests to these facilities, and so far the labs have reserved at least 35,000 tests per day just for this purpose. The state is also sending 320,000 test kits to nursing homes statewide this week.

The Governor also encouraged major sports teams to plan reopening without fans and offered the state’s help on this effort.

“Even with the highest number of cases in the country, New Yorkers responded with great unity and discipline and have done a phenomenal job in reducing the spread of the virus and flattening the curve,” Governor Cuomo said. “Reopening is now our big topic of discussion, and we are making these decisions based on the facts, science and data, but we still need New Yorkers to continue to do their part to ensure those numbers don’t go back up as regions and businesses reopen.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 1,250 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 351,371 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 351,371 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:


County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 1,610 31
Allegany 44 0
Broome 423 9
Cattaraugus 67 2
Cayuga 65 2
Chautauqua 49 1
Chemung 134 0
Chenango 118 1
Clinton 94 2
Columbia 346 6
Cortland 35 1
Delaware 69 0
Dutchess 3,552 9
Erie 4,993 39
Essex 33 0
Franklin 18 0
Fulton 182 11
Genesee 180 0
Greene 213 1
Hamilton 5 0
Herkimer 92 1
Jefferson 71 0
Lewis 17 1
Livingston 110 0
Madison 258 0
Monroe 2,303 45
Montgomery 75 0
Nassau 39,225 89
Niagara 818 26
NYC 193,230 637
Oneida 772 12
Onondaga 1,520 19
Ontario 148 2
Orange 9,965 22
Orleans 167 0
Oswego 84 0
Otsego 67 0
Putnam 1,141 5
Rensselaer 444 5
Rockland 12,777 19
Saratoga 434 6
Schenectady 629 9
Schoharie 48 1
Schuyler 10 1
Seneca 51 0
St. Lawrence 192 0
Steuben 235 1
Suffolk 38,224 107
Sullivan 1,246 15
Tioga 113 0
Tompkins 141 2
Ulster 1,557 5
Warren 234 2
Washington 219 0
Wayne 97 1
Westchester 32,323 99
Wyoming 79 1
Yates 25 2