Last night, Governor Cuomo signed an "Executive Order" to extend the PAUSE in some regions until May 28th. Yes, the Capital Region is part of the extended pause at this point. There is a catch to the extension, however. If a region does meet the "metrics" that are required to being the re-opening phases then that region will not need to wait until May 28th. So we're pretty much hoping that we can get to these required "metrics" sooner rather than later. The last report that I saw had the Capital Region only meeting 5 of the necessary 7.
So, you're wondering what the actual criteria is for us to begin getting back to our lives. Here you go -
Metric #1 - Decline in Total Hospitalizations. Region must show a sustained decline in the three-day rolling average of total net hospitalizations (the total number of people in the hospital each day) over the course of a 14-day period. Alternatively, regions can satisfy this metric if the daily net increase in total hospitalizations (measured on a 3-day rolling average) has never exceeded 15.
Metric #2 - Decline in Deaths. Region must show a sustained decline in the three-day rolling average of daily hospital deaths over the course of a 14-day period. Alternatively, regions can satisfy this metric if the three-day rolling average of daily new hospital deaths has never exceeded 5.
Metric #3 - New Hospitalizations. Region must experience fewer than 2 new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents, measured on a three-day rolling average. New hospitalizations include both new admissions and prior admissions subsequently confirmed as positive COVID cases.
Metric #4 - Hospital Bed Capacity. Regions must have at least 30% of their hospital beds available.
Metric #5 - ICU Bed Capacity. Regions must have at least 30% of their ICU beds available.
Metric #6 - Diagnostic Testing Capacity. Average daily diagnostic testing over the past 7 days must be sufficient to conduct 30 tests per 1,000 residents per month.
Metric #7 - Contact Trancing Capacity. Number of contact tracers in each region must meet thresholds set by the Department of Health, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Vital Strategies.