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NY state of emergency extended; state to study COVID-19 child impact

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  • NY state of emergency extended; state to study COVID-19 child impact

    May 9, 2020
    NEW YORK — New York’s state of emergency was extended through next month as Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday officials will study COVID-19’s impact on children after three died from virus-related complications this week.

    Cuomo declared an executive order late Thursday extending New York’s state of emergency to June 6. Originally issued March 7, the state of emergency extends Cuomo’s legal authority during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The governor’s NY On Pause order, which closed schools and nonessential businesses and enforced social-distancing measures is set to expire May 15. Thursday’s executive order did not affect the On Pause mandate.

    “Yesterday’s executive order extended the underlying legal authority for the emergency order, but did not change the text of any of the directives in NY On Pause and so the expiration date of May 15 still stands until further notice,” Secretary to the Governor Melissa De Rosa said in a statement Saturday. “At that time, new guidance will be issued for regions based on the metrics outlined by Governor Cuomo earlier this week.”

    The governor did not address the order at his coronavirus press briefings Friday or Saturday. He is expected to make an announcement Sunday about the order’s expiration date.
    New York hospitals have 73 reported cases of virus-related illnesses in children, predominantly from toddler to elementary school ages, Cuomo said.

    The state Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are identifying national criteria to respond to this syndrome. State health officials will conduct a genome and RNA sequencing study to understand the disease and genetics of the illness in a partnership with the state health department, the NY Genome Center and Rockefeller University. Results and recommendations will be shared with other states.