COVID-19 Updates

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The Latest from Gov. Cuomo’s Daily Briefings*

  • The state conducted 68,541 COVID-19 tests yesterday.
    • 618 tests were positive (0.9%).
  • Central NY has seen a significant uptick in positive cases:
    • 0.6% on Saturday to 3% on Wednesday.
  • 1,358 total hospitalizations.
  • 29 lives lost yesterday: 22 in hospitals, 7 in nursing homes.


  • Governor reiterated that NYC will enter Phase II on Monday.
  • Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in parts of New York that have entered the third phase of the state's reopening plan. The second phase limit had been 10 people.
  • Governor announced he will increase the penalty for violating reopening rules, and he will sign an executive order dictating that businesses that violate the rules can be shut down, liquor licenses may be revoked.
  • Governor will also sign an executive order allowing the State Liquor Authority to expand enforcement areas for businesses.
  • NYS will issue guidance to colleges to allow some in-person programming for the fall semester.
  • Governor is considering imposing quarantines on travelers from other states where COVID-19 is growing.
  • Governor said that statistically, we will likely see an increase in the infection rate.

Governor Cuomo will end his daily briefings tomorrow.


* Courtesy of Statewatch


  • Click here to see all four phases of projected industry reopening including the guidelines for non-food related agriculture. This website also has information on how to file a complaint to assist local authorities with enforcement of Executive Orders and restrictions on business operations and activities, as well as gatherings.
  • Click here to view a Regional Monitoring Dashboard to see where each region stands.
  • Click here to see the frequently asked questions (FAQ) on New York Forward and the contact information for your regional control center.
  • Click here to see the list of members in each regional control room.
  • Click here for a tool that will help you determine whether or not your business is eligible to reopen.


Apply/Re-apply Now for the National Grid Residential Agricultural Discount Program

National Grid is reminding farmers that the deadline to apply for the Residential Agricultural Discount (RAD) Program is quickly approaching. You have until July 1 to either apply or reapply for the cost saving program. Farmers are likely very busy right now, but you are encouraged to take the time to make sure you receive the discounts on your electric bill. Keep in mind that you must re-apply every year, and only SC-1 (Residential) accounts with a residence on the same meter qualify.


Click here for the application

Click here for a FAQ from National Grid on the RAD Program


Dicamba Update: Farm Bureau Asks Ninth Circuit to Uphold EPA’s Dicamba Existing Stocks Order

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and a coalition of national grower trade associations asked the Ninth Circuit to reject an NGO call to invalidate EPA’s existing stocks order for three dicamba products whose registrations were vacated by the court earlier this month. On June 3, the Ninth Circuit vacated the registrations for three dicamba herbicides--Bayer’s Xtendimax, BASF’s Engenia, and Corteva’s FeXapan-- on the basis that EPA violated FIFRA in its conditional approvals by, among other things, not adequately estimating dicamba damage. On June 5, AFBF called on EPA to allow farmers who have already purchased dicamba products to use existing stocks this season. On June 8, EPA issued a Cancellation Order that allows stocks of dicamba purchased before June 3 to be used until July 31. On June 11, the Center for Food Safety and Center for Biological Diversity filed an emergency motion with the Ninth Circuit asking the court to find the Cancellation Order unlawful and hold EPA in contempt of court.


A decision from the Ninth Circuit could come as soon as Friday. NYFB has reached out to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for further clarification on dicamba registration and use in New York.


New PPP EZ Forgiveness Application Available

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, user-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, the SBA also published a new “EZ” version of the forgiveness application applying to borrowers who:

  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19 and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

Borrowers will need to complete and submit these forms to their lender to determine the amount of the loan that is forgiven. The obligation to complete and submit the forgiveness application form rests with the PPP borrower, not the lending institution. If an application for loan forgiveness is not received, the entire PPP amount received by the participant will continue to be treated as a loan. Farmers should review these documents with their lender, accountant, tax preparer, and/or financial advisor to ensure the participants qualify for loan forgiveness.


Click here to view the EZ Forgiveness Application.

Click here to view the Full Forgiveness Application.









NY FarmNet is Open

Please keep these numbers and websites available to call or share should you, a family member or friends need someone to speak with in these uncertain times. Support is available at 1-800-547-3276 and


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255 (TALK),


Crisis Text Line Text

“GOT 5” to 741-741,



  • For previous NYFB COVID-19 alerts and the latest info, click here.
  • Click here for the latest information from New York State on COVID-19.
  • The CDC has created a website for the latest news on the virus.
  • COVID-19 Guidance from NYSDAM is available on its website. The department has also published a general resource guide for the agricultural community.