COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19 Latest

The Latest from Gov. Cuomo’s Daily Briefings on COVID-19*



  • Hospitalizations and intubations are down
  • New COVID Cases 420 as of yesterday
  • 157 deaths (121 in hospitals, 36 in nursing homes)
  • Central NY, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier meet the metrics to begin reopening tomorrow

Federal Assistance:

  • We still need federal help to fund schools, hospitals, local governments, police officers, and firefighters
  • President Trump expedited $3.9B to the MTA
  • The House proposed a bill containing state and local aid, testing funding, repeals to SALT to help states affected by COVID
  • Washington must not delay, exclude special interests and not provide corporate bailouts
    • If corporation accepts federal funds, they should rehire same amount of workers

COVID-Related Illness in Children

  • DOH is investigating 110 cases of what may be rare COVID- related illness in children with symptoms similar to atypical Kawasaki disease or toxic shock like syndrome
  • Illness has taken lives of 5 year old boy, 7 year old boy, and 18 year old girl
  • NYS and DOH are leading national effort to understand and combat new syndrome
  • So far, 16 other states, Washington D.C., and six European countries have reported cases
  • While this illness is rare, seek care if child has prolonged fever (more than five days), abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, bloodshot eyes, skin rash
  • NYS issued first-in-the-nation criteria to healthcare professionals defining this syndrome
  • NYS DOH also directed hospitals to prioritize testing for children with symptoms


  • Business will reopen while abiding by reopening guidelines for particular regions which will be enforced by local government.
  • According to Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor, there will be regional control meetings to ensure regions are adhering to guidelines
  • Social acceptability continues to be left up to individuals
  • Religious institutions should adhere to guidelines for large gatherings and remember the situation in New Rochelle
  • There is federal legislation pending regarding liability for businesses that tests positive for COVID
  • Regions will be able to open at 12:01 a.m., so Friday can be a day of business
  • Will have daily calls with the regional control council
  • Governor stated that he was unsure of which phase hair stylists would fall under
  • COVID Cases in Madison County is due to proximity of workers.
    • In response to workers being displaced due to COVID and living in hotels, Dr. Zucker stated that work is being done with the county to address housing
  • For in-person transactions at the DMV all expirations have been suspended (i.e. expired drivers license) and will not be enforced
  • Governor said, "I am not going to guess." in response to questions about being ready to plan for the State Fair and Syracuse Nationals


*Courtesy of Statewatch


The Pause Act is scheduled to go to May 15, which mandates non-essential workers to work from home and a six-foot social distancing space be observed in public places. Click here for more.


For the latest number of infection cases, including a breakdown by county, click here.


Guidelines on Phase 1 Reopening Plan for Agriculture Including Equine and Horticulture

There are guidelines now available on the businesses included in the Phase 1 of the New York Forward reopening plan. Eligibility for reopening each region will be determined by certain health metrics. Click here to view the Regional Monitoring Dashboard to see where each region stands. Once a region meets the criteria to reopen, phase 1 businesses are eligible to reopen while following the Interim Guidance for Non-Food Related Agriculture Activities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency which is applicable to the following activities, including but not limited to: greenhouses, nurseries, sod farms, equine operations, forestry and tree farms, companion animal services and local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions. These guidelines apply to all non-food related agriculture activities in regions of New York that have been permitted to re-open, as well as to non-food related agriculture activities statewide that were previously permitted to operate as essential. Click here for the document that must be signed to affirm that you have read the guidance document.


Each re-opening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement or may develop its own Safety Plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. Click here for a sample safety plan. There are frequently asked questions (FAQ) posted on this website along with the contact information for each region committee.


NYFB Launches Farm Relief Workers Database

During this time of uncertainty, we understand that our farms may temporarily lose some employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic as they may have to quarantine and convalesce. If you are in need of relief workers on your farm, NYFB launched a database today of willing potential employees. We strongly encourage that the individual farm vet and screen these applicants for needed qualifications. We hope that this database could serve as a resource to allow your farm to have the appropriate needed staff on hand throughout this pandemic. Click here to view the database. Please note that this resource was activated yesterday, so it may take time for potential relief workers to be added to the database. Also, if you are in need of work, are retired from agriculture and are willing to assist, or know of other people who may be interested and willing to work on a farm, please apply or forward the link on to interested parties.


In addition, we have transitioned our COVID-19 resource page on our website to make it easier for you to find guidance and information. Click here to find separate pages for general resources and info, farm labor, financial assistance and insurance, and educational programming. You can continue to find our daily alerts on our news page.


NYFB Testifies at Senate and Assembly Joint Virtual Public Hearing

NYFB Associate Director of National Affairs, Lauren Williams spoke yesterday at the Senate and Assembly Joint Virtual Public Hearing on the Federal Response to the Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Small Businesses in New York State. Click here to see the recording of her testimony which starts at 3:31:34 on the video. Click here to see the document for the testimony submitted by NYFB.




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,