UPDATED 1:43 PM PT — Friday, May 29, 2020
The Big Apple is preparing to enter phase one of reopening after nearly three months of lockdown. On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo rolled out plans for New York City’s reopening and confirmed it has met nearly all metrics necessary to enter phase one on June 8th.
The city became the hot spot of the coronavirus outbreak at its onset. It has seen at least 200,000 confirmed cases and 16,000 deaths.
Cities that are currently in phase one may soon be able to enter phase two, which will include reopening barber shops, retail stores and office based jobs.
Citing official data, the governor announced a significant decline in hospitalizations and called the shift “dramatic.”
“Number of hospitalizations are down, net change in total hospitalizations is down, intubations are down. The new cases are down to 152, which is dramatic drop for us. At one point, you know, we’ll never get to zero. What is the bottom of the curve? I don’t know. But we’re close and the number of deaths, thank the good lord, continues to decline. It’s at its lowest level ever of 67 deaths.” – Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
He also urged caution against anyone who may view reopening as returning to normal life.