After nearly two months, many parts of Upstate New York will begin their phased reopening tomorrow.
Central New York is still one metric shy of the state’s approval, but Cortland County Legislative Chairman Paul Heider told WXHC this morning he remains confident that will change in the coming hours.
The one requirement the region officially lacks: Testing.
Specifically, a requirement that 30 tests be conducted monthly per every 100k residents in any region given region, based on a seven-day rolling average.
Heider said that quota will need to be sustained for the duration of the arduous process.
Sharing his ambition to reopen tomorrow is Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, who’s been the leading force in a regional partnership that also includes Cayuga, Madison, and Oswego Counties.
McMahon reaffirmed yesterday that testing requirements would be met by tomorrow, despite the state’s official data showing the region to still be short of the benchmark.
“I believe the date on those numbers was something like May 11,” said McMahon. “We did 2,186 tests in the region yesterday [May 13] alone. On a seven-day average, we’re now 70 tests over what the minimum is. The state has these new numbers and I think the data will tell the story.”
See McMahon’s response during yesterday’s press conference below:
Once the region’s given the official go-ahead, essential businesses that qualify under Phase One of the governor’s NY Forward plan can resume operations under a strict set of guidelines outlined by the state DOH and the CDC.
Those guidelines are now available on the Cortland County website, along with a general framework to help local business owners draw up an approved Reopening Plan.
County resources feature input from the County’s Chamber of Commerce and Business Development Corporation.
Mayor Brian Tobin has planned a video conference for 1:30 this afternoon to provide further updates for businesses in the city of Cortland.
Cortland legislators will also meet for a special session at 4:30 pm today, where Chairman Heider is expected to lead off with another statement on the situation in real-time.
Stay tuned with WXHC News for all the updates along the way.