GOVERNOR CUOMO ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER DIRECTING ALL NYS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LABS TO COORDINATE WITH STATE DOH TO PRIORITIZE DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

In April 17, 2020

Part of State’s Efforts to Ramp Up Testing, A Key Component of the Governor’s Blueprint to Un-Pause New York

Reiterates Call for Federal Government to Provide Unrestricted Funding to States

Launches Awareness Campaign Encouraging Low-Income New Yorkers to Claim Their Economic Impact Payments Under the CARES Act

Confirms 7,358 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 229,642; New Cases in 50 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will issue an Executive Order directing all public and private labs in New York to coordinate with the State Department of Health to prioritize coronavirus diagnostic testing. This action is part of the State’s efforts to ramp up testing, a key component of the Governor’s blueprint to un-Pause New York. The Executive Order will help ensure the 301 laboratories and hospitals in the state that are licensed to perform virology operate in a coordinated fashion to overcome the testing challenges that every state in the nation is now facing.

The Governor also reiterated his call for the federal government to provide unrestricted funding to the states to help stabilize the economy and allow the states to perform reopening functions. The federal government has passed three bills to address this crisis, including the federal CARES Act, all of which contained zero funding to offset drastic state revenue shortfalls.

The Governor also launched an awareness campaign encouraging low-income New Yorkers to claim their Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act. The Act provides $1,200 payments to individuals making below $75,000 and $2,400 payments to married couples making below $150,000. However, taxpayers will only receive their payments automatically if they filed 2018 or 2019 federal tax returns. Because the federal filing threshold is roughly $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples, hundreds of thousands of the lowest income New Yorkers who are not required to file returns will not receive their payments unless they provide their information to the IRS.

To support the Governor’s awareness campaign, the Department of Taxation and Finance launched an Economic Impact Payment information: what you need to know web page and will do direct outreach to taxpayers who may not automatically receive the payments they’re owed. The Tax Department will also partner with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, NYS Division of Veterans’ Services, the Department of Labor and local community organizations to raise awareness and ensure action is taken by those who need this benefit most.

“As we work over the next several months to un-pause New York, the testing and tracing is going to be our guidepost,” Governor Cuomo said. “No state is currently capable of doing the large-scale COVID testing that is needed. We have 300 laboratories and hospitals across the state that do virology testing and we must coordinate them to become one system — like we did with the hospitals — to get our testing capacity where it needs to be. I am going to issue an Executive Order that says the Department of Health will coordinate all of these labs so we can ramp up testing and get more people back to work.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 7,358 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 229,642 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 229,642 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 619 38
Allegany 29 1
Broome 178 11
Cattaraugus 34 2
Cayuga 36 0
Chautauqua 25 1
Chemung 71 1
Chenango 76 3
Clinton 47 1
Columbia 101 2
Cortland 25 1
Delaware 48 1
Dutchess 2,142 57
Erie 1,929 79
Essex 15 3
Franklin 13 0
Fulton 27 2
Genesee 83 5
Greene 77 3
Hamilton 3 0
Herkimer 46 3
Jefferson 50 2
Lewis 8 0
Livingston 34 2
Madison 105 0
Monroe 975 43
Montgomery 33 1
Nassau 28,539 767
Niagara 227 11
NYC 127,352 4,206
Oneida 261 12
Onondaga 483 21
Ontario 67 2
Orange 6,084 196
Orleans 34 0
Oswego 45 1
Otsego 44 0
Putnam 578 5
Rensselaer 150 13
Rockland 8,987 235
Saratoga 236 5
Schenectady 250 5
Schoharie 20 0
Schuyler 6 0
Seneca 18 0
St. Lawrence 96 3
Steuben 154 0
Suffolk 25,035 853
Sullivan 505 68
Tioga 30 3
Tompkins 117 1
Ulster 788 27
Warren 91 10
Washington 48 2
Wayne 49 0
Westchester 22,476 648
Wyoming 35 1
Yates 8 1

 

 

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