Governor Cuomo announces expanded coronavirus testing amid protests; emergency insurance relief for vandalized businesses

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NEW YORK STATE (NEWS10) — Governor Cuomo announced Thursday the state is expanding COVID-19 testing criteria to include any person who attended any of the recent protests across the state.

The Governor said he is encouraging anyone who attended a protest to get a test. Additional information on where and how to get tested can be found here.

The Governor also said the State Department of Financial Services will issue an emergency regulation to help businesses and consumers who suffered damage from looting and vandalism by requiring New York State-regulated insurance companies to expedite the resolution and payment of related insurance claims based on similar emergency relief applied in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.

The Governor says additional relief provided by the emergency regulation will include allowing policyholders to make immediate repairs to damaged property if necessary to protect health or safety, and to submit claims with reasonable proof of loss, including photos, so businesses do not have to wait for police reports to file a claim.

The emergency regulation will also reportedly offer small businesses and consumers the option to resolve disputes through an impartial mediation process paid for by the applicable insurer.

Additionally, Governor Cuomo announced that schools will be allowed to hold drive-in and drive-through graduation ceremonies this year. The State will reportedly look at reexamine socially-distanced outdoor commencements at a later time.

Medical schools statewide will also reportedly be allowed to reopen on June 22, following proper precautions, in order to safely get ready for and welcome new medical students this summer and fall.

In addition to medical schools reopening, the Governor announced the Mid-Hudson Valley is on track to enter phase two of reopening on Tuesday, June 9 along with Long Island slated to enter phase two of reopening on Wednesday, June 10 after a review of regional date by global public health experts.

“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.”

Lastly, the Governor confirmed 1,048 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 375,133 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 375,133 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany1,93010
Allegany490
Broome5934
Cattaraugus911
Cayuga960
Chautauqua956
Chemung1370
Chenango1330
Clinton970
Columbia4001
Cortland410
Delaware820
Dutchess3,96211
Erie6,30874
Essex380
Franklin230
Fulton2152
Genesee2053
Greene2410
Hamilton50
Herkimer1130
Jefferson740
Lewis200
Livingston1200
Madison3190
Monroe3,08133
Montgomery962
Nassau40,71369
Niagara1,08518
NYC205,406534
Oneida1,06911
Onondaga2,29539
Ontario2183
Orange10,47111
Orleans2471
Oswego1120
Otsego730
Putnam1,2684
Rensselaer4950
Rockland13,28021
Saratoga4934
Schenectady7010
Schoharie510
Schuyler120
Seneca600
St. Lawrence2071
Steuben2452
Suffolk40,15391
Sullivan1,40512
Tioga1330
Tompkins1650
Ulster1,7043
Warren2560
Washington2380
Wayne1211
Westchester33,76776
Wyoming870
Yates390

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