The state of New York, in coordination with its surrounding areas, will create a team of officials tasked with designing a reopening plan after the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday.
New York, as well as the states of New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island, will each name a public health official and an economic development official who will study data and the experience of other countries in creating a reopening plan. Cuomo did not give a target reopening date for the state, but said the team will begin meeting Tuesday and would consider both public health concerns and economic needs.
The announcement comes after Cuomo said Monday that he believes New York has reached a plateau in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
“We should start looking forward to reopening, but reopening with a plan,” Cuomo said in a press conference Monday.
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Each state plans to share data and information as they look toward reopening, with the governors noting that the areas are connected through their economies and their commuting residents.