New York State is looking forward to reopening certain parts of the state as early as this Friday. To help the public better understand what and when things will re-open, they have created a website that breaks down the re-opening process be regions.

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The state has set 7 benchmarks that each region must meet in order to re-open. Currently, Western New York meets 5 of the 7 criteria.

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Here are the 7 benchmarks each region must meet according to NY State.

Metric #1—Decline in Total Hospitalizations. Region must show a sustained decline in the three-day rolling average of total net hospitalizations (the total number of people in the hospital each day) over the course of a 14-day period. Alternatively, regions can satisfy this metric if the daily net increase in total hospitalizations (measured on a 3-day rolling average) has never exceeded 15.

 

Metric #2—Decline in Deaths. Region must show a sustained decline in the three-day rolling average of daily hospital deaths over the course of a 14-day period. Alternatively, regions can satisfy this metric if the three-day rolling average of daily new hospital deaths has never exceeded 5.

 

Metric #3—New Hospitalizations. Region must experience fewer than 2 new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents, measured on a three-day rolling average. New hospitalizations include both new admissions and prior admissions subsequently confirmed as positive COVID cases.

 

Metric #4—Hospital Bed Capacity. Regions must have at least 30% of their hospital beds available.

 

Metric #5—ICU Bed Capacity. Regions must have at least 30% of their ICU beds available.

 

Metric #6—Diagnostic Testing Capacity. Average daily diagnostic testing over the past 7 days must be sufficient to conduct 30 tests per 1,000 residents per month.

 

Metric #7—Contact Tracing Capacity. Number of contact tracers in each region must meet thresholds set by the Department of Health, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Vital Strategies.

 

The state will update the website on a daily basis allowing people to see how close their region is to re-opening.

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