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Reopenings: N.Y. To Start With Upstate; Conn. Schools Present Challenges

Kathy Willens
A sign in a closed fish restaurant in Brooklyn tells the public it will reopen soon. Gov. Cuomo gave the green light to several regions of the state to gradually restart their economies on Friday. But New York City is not ready to reopen yet.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the region:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that three regions of the state, the Finger Lakes, the Southern Tier, and the Mohawk Valley, have met the criteria to begin the first phase of reopening this Friday. New York City and Long Island have not met the criteria.

The Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group met Monday and discussed the challenges of opening schools in the fall. One of the big concerns: making school buses safe. Connecticut also announced that summer camps will be allowed to open this summer, with strict guidelines.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut wants the federal government to send another round of direct payments to people to suffering from the COVID-19 economic downturn.

“This week I am going to be fighting for another round of payments. Two thousand dollars per person because this crisis has created a chasm of real need. You can see it in the faces of people who are in this line.”

Blumenthal spoke at the Person-to-Person food pantry distribution site in Stamford. The agency says it’s distributed 280,000 meals to families in need in lower Fairfield County in the last two months.

The death toll in Connecticut has surpassed 3,000. The state is reporting 211 new cases, and 41 new deaths as of Sunday night. The number of hospitalizations has decreased by 30.

New York is reporting 1,660 new cases of the virus. 329 were on Long Island, and 90 were in Westchester. There were 161 deaths in the state Monday. That’s the first time the death toll was below 200 since late March.

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