In May 13, 2020

North Country Joins Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, Which Have Met the Seven Metrics Required to Begin Reopening After NYS on Pause Orders Expire on May 15th

Regional Monitoring Dashboard Showing How Many Metrics Each Region Has Met to Reopen is Available Here

Results of Antibody Testing Survey of 2,750 Members of the NYS Police Show 3.1 Percent Have COVID-19 Antibodies

Results of Antibody Testing Survey of Approximately 3,000 Members of the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Show 7.5 Percent Have COVID-19 Antibodies

Confirms 2,176 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 340,661; New Cases in 47 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that as of today, the North Country has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15th, joining the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions. If the trend continues, these four regions can begin opening businesses for 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. The Central New York region has met six of the seven metrics and could potentially be ready at the end of the week. A guide to the state’s “NY Forward Reopening” Plan is available here. The state’s regional monitoring dashboard is available here.

The Governor also announced the results of the state’s antibody testing survey of 2,750 members of the New York State Police Show 3.1 percent of the members have COVID-19 antibodies. Additionally, results of the state’s antibody testing survey of approximately 3,000 members of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision show 7.5 percent of members have COVID-19 antibodies. These results are compared to 12.3 percent of the general population in Upstate New York that tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

“As the numbers continue to decline and we are coming down the other side of the mountain, a lot of attention is now on reopening,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re doing something in this state that no other state is doing – we are having a transparent discussion about the reopening operations because it only works if people understand it and are part of it. New Yorkers will know exactly what is happening in their region and in their county on a daily basis, and the state will continue to monitor these metrics to determine when regions are ready to reopen and if we need to adjust the reopening plans. Four regions have now met all seven metrics required to begin reopening, and we will continue to keep New Yorkers informed as this process goes forward.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 2,176 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 340,661 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 340,661 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:


County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 1,494 15
Allegany 44 2
Broome 382 3
Cattaraugus 61 0
Cayuga 60 0
Chautauqua 43 1
Chemung 132 1
Chenango 112 0
Clinton 78 1
Columbia 318 4
Cortland 31 1
Delaware 66 1
Dutchess 3,429 30
Erie 4,606 76
Essex 32 0
Franklin 17 0
Fulton 140 5
Genesee 174 0
Greene 206 0
Hamilton 5 0
Herkimer 84 3
Jefferson 68 0
Lewis 11 0
Livingston 103 1
Madison 253 2
Monroe 1,959 69
Montgomery 68 1
Nassau 38,587 153
Niagara 690 19
NYC 187,250 1,127
Oneida 686 10
Onondaga 1,395 87
Ontario 109 2
Orange 9,693 61
Orleans 142 9
Oswego 76 0
Otsego 67 0
Putnam 1,108 10
Rensselaer 420 4
Rockland 12,543 39
Saratoga 410 3
Schenectady 587 6
Schoharie 47 1
Schuyler 8 0
Seneca 49 0
St. Lawrence 192 1
Steuben 230 1
Suffolk 37,305 243
Sullivan 1,135 16
Tioga 108 1
Tompkins 136 4
Ulster 1,481 16
Warren 223 2
Washington 214 4
Wayne 84 1
Westchester 31,611 139
Wyoming 77 0
Yates 22 1