NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is delivering his daily briefing on the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday afternoon from Long Island.
The governor says hospitalizations across the state continue to decrease, as do the net change in hospitalizations, intubations and overall new cases.
Cuomo said 105 people died from the virus in the past 24 hours.
The governor said the Capital Region is set to reopen Wednesday as contact tracers in that area are being trained Tuesday. He also announced Nassau County has been given the green light to resume elective and ambulatory surgeries. He added that a pilot program would begin in the near future, mainly in downstate hospitals, to try to reintroduce visitors to hospitals. Roswell Park in Buffalo is the only hospital in western New York to take part in the program.
Visitors will be issued PPE, such as masks. They'll be required to undergo temperature checks.
Meanwhile, the governor noted progress in the Long Island Region. While not ready to reopen, he said that the average amount of deaths daily has dropped to 13, down from close to 100 just a few weeks ago.
As Memorial Day draws closer, Governor Cuomo said the state is allowing local ceremonies to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our nation. Those ceremonies will be capped at 10 people. The governor noted that local governments will be allowed to bar such events, but the governor encouraged these events to be televised if possible. He also encouraged vehicle parades to honor those who gave their lives for America.
Watch the briefing below:
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