1. New York State employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states will be ineligible for COVID-19 paid sick leave. I signed a new executive order that makes New York employees who voluntarily travel to specified states after June 25 ineligible for this benefit.
2. The State Department of Health continues to investigate a COVID cluster in Westchester, NY. The potential exposure is associated with a Horace Greeley High School drive-in graduation ceremony that was held on June 20th in Chappaqua, NY. Individuals who attended that graduation ceremony or events associated with the graduation should self-quarantine until July 5th. Remember, if you get a call from NYS Contact Tracing—answer the phone.
4. The Capital Region will enter Phase 4 of reopening tomorrow July 1. Global public health experts advising the state on reopening have cleared the region to move to the next phase that includes Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes,Mohawk Valley, North County, Southern Tier and Western NY .
5. As part of Nourish NY, New Yorkers in Western and Central NY can participate in a voucher program. New Yorkers can obtain vouchers from Foodlink, the Food Bank of Central NY and FeedMore Western NY food banks to purchase milk in the grocery story. To date, there have been 504 distributions that have helped more than 140,000 households across the state access Nourish NY products.
6. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to remain low. Total hospitalizations are at 891. Sadly, 13 people in New York passed away due to COVID-19.
7. Yesterday, the State tested 52,025 people. Only 594, or 1%, were positive.
*updated provided by Gov. Cuomo Office (Photo by Jonathan Blanc/NYPL)