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State urges protesters to get screened for COVID-19

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Yesterday, Governor Cuomo expanded criteria for COVID-19 screening to include anyone who recently attended any of the protests occurring across the state, including here in Cortland County.

Recent events took place in the city of Cortland on Monday (June 1) and in the village of Homer on Saturday (May 30). Another demonstration is planned for Homer beginning at Noon tomorrow.

The governor also announced he would allow schools to hold drive-in or drive-through graduation ceremonies, adding that state officials would re-examine socially-distanced outdoor commencements at a later time.

Finally, Cuomo announced the state’s medical schools can open on June 22nd with precautions in place in order to welcome in new students this summer and fall.

“Testing is the most immediate data we have on where we are in this pandemic, giving us a fast snapshot of how many people are being infected,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our numbers have been going down every day, but now we have tens of thousands of people who have been protesting statewide that could lead to new spread of the virus. We’re going to open the testing facilities for all people who were at a protest statewide and encourage any individual who attended any protest to be responsible and get tested.”

Additionally, the Central New York Association of Chiefs of Police released a statement yesterday regarding the protests and events that led up to them, which read in part:

“The death of Mr. Floyd as unconscionable as it was, has sparked a movement in this country that must not be lost with hollow lip service. We must seize this opportunity and continue to move forward with sustained and actionable measures that ensure we continue on the path of healing through understanding of one another which will be accomplished by having those uncomfortable and sometimes difficult conversations.”

Click here to read the full statement.

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