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Homes Now Allowed To Accept Visitors at Their Discretion
June 16, 2020 11:00 p.m.
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
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
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.
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."
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.