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Governor Cuomo Announces Hospitals and Group  
Homes Now Allowed To Accept Visitors at Their Discretion


June 16, 2020   11:00 p.m.
    Press Release from Governor Cuomo's Office:

    Governor Cuomo Announces U.S. Open to Be Held Without Fans from
    August 31st to September 13th

    Announces Hospitals and Group Homes Now Allowed To Accept Visitors

    Global Public Health Experts Have Cleared Capital Region to Enter Phase
    Three Tomorrow

    Results of Statewide Antibody Testing Study Show 13.4 Percent of the
    Population Have COVID-19 Antibodies

    State Has Conducted More Than Three Million COVID-19 Tests to Date

    Only 1.05 Percent of Yesterday's COVID-19 Tests were Positive

    Confirms 631 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing
    Statewide Total to 384,575; New Cases in 38 Counties

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the U.S. Open will be held in
    Queens without fans from August 31st to September 13th. The USTA will take
    extraordinary precautions to protect players and staff, including robust testing,
    additional cleaning, extra locker room space and dedicated housing and
    transportation.

    Governor Cuomo also announced that hospitals and group homes will be allowed
    to accept visitors at their discretion. Any facility that chooses to allow visitors
    must follow state guidelines, including time-limited visits and requiring visitors to
    wear PPE and be subject to symptom and temperature checks. The hospital
    visitation program expands on a pilot program that was launched in May, which
    demonstrated that hospitals could provide safe visitation for patients and families.
    Hospitals statewide will now be able to provide visitation. Group homes certified
    by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities will be allowed to
    accept visitors beginning Friday provided they adhere to state guidance and
    certify compliance to OPWDD prior to commencing visitation. The prohibition on
    nursing home visitors remains in place as the state Department of Health
    continues to review.

    The Governor announced global public health experts have cleared the Capital
    Region to enter Phase Three tomorrow, June 17th. Business guidance for phase
    three of the state's reopening plan is available here.

    "I am so proud what the people of this state have done to defeat this virus. The
    numbers are looking very good, and today we are excited to announce that the U.
    S. Open will be held in Queens without fans this August," Governor Cuomo said.
    "We must remain vigilant and the USTA is taking all necessary precautions with
    players and staff, but this is an exciting day for the state."

    Mike Dowse, USTA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, said, "We are
    incredibly excited that Governor Cuomo and New York State has approved our
    plan to host the 2020 US Open and 2020 Western & Southern Open at the
    USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  We recognize the tremendous
    responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these
    challenging times, and we will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all
    potential risks. We now can give fans around the world the chance to watch
    tennis' top athletes compete for a US Open title, and we can showcase tennis as
    the ideal social distancing sport. Being able to hold these events in 2020 is a
    boost for the the City of New York and the entire tennis landscape."

    The Governor said the state has conducted more than three million COVID-19
    tests to date.

    Out of the 60,568 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, only 631, or
    1.05 percent, were positive.

    The Governor also announced the results of the state's antibody testing survey
    of 12,000 individuals across the state over a six-week period. The results show
    13.4 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies, compared to 12.3
    percent that tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies during a statewide antibody
    testing study from May 1st.

    The Governor also confirmed 631 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing
    the statewide total to 384,575 confirmed cases in New York State.