By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo continue to make moves in the state to limit COVID-19 exposure and attempt to bring economic relief to residents as the outbreak in New York increases at a rapid pace.


Cuomo today signed an executive order mandating businesses that rely on in-office personnel to decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent. This follows a directive yesterday that all businesses implement work-from-home policies. Exemptions will be made for essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain.

He also announced 90-day mortgage relief for New Yorkers, including waived mortgage payments based on financial hardship and no negative reporting to credit bureaus – waived fees for overdrafts, ATMs and credit cards.

The Governor also announced an executive order allowing the State Department of Health to identify space within existing hospitals to increase bed capacity. This builds on the Governor’s efforts to increase the state’s hospital surge capacity and help ensure our healthcare system can handle an influx of patients due to COVID-19.

An additional 1,769 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus were reported, bringing the state total to 4,152, including 22 deaths.

More than half the cases in the state are reported from New York City (2,469).

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