Some refreshing news coming from the office of New York State Governor today. In his daily Coronavirus update e-mails, Governor Andrew Cuomo highlights some positive headlines in the current Coronvirus pandemic crisis:
Total hospitalizations fell to 16,076, the eighth straight day of declines. But he further cautions that Notwithstanding this encouraging trend, infections remain high and the virus is still spreading.
Beginning April 28, 2020, hospitals will be able to resume performing elective outpatient treatments if they meet certain conditions. However restrictions on elective surgeries will remain in place in Albany, Bronx, Clinton, Dutchess, Erie, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Schuyler, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester and Yates counties as the state continues to monitor the rate of new COVID-19 infections in these areas.
The State Department of Labor has launched a new, streamlined unemployment benefits application. The agency is laser focused on getting New Yorkers the aid they deserve. This new application will make sure that eligible New Yorkers get their benefits faster. Since the COVID-19 crisis began, the Department of Labor has paid $2.2 billion in unemployment benefits to 1.1 million New Yorkers.
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