ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — On Monday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would issue an Executive Order to extend residential tenant eviction protection to January 1, 2021. This executive order will ensure that no one can be evicted due to coronavirus issues, like a job loss, until January 1. Cuomo already expanded the commercial eviction notice earlier this month.
“As New York continues to fight the pandemic, we want to make sure New Yorkers who are still struggling financially will not be forced from their homes as a result of COVID,” Cuomo said. “We are extending the protections of the Safe Harbor Act through January 1 because we want tenants to have fundamental stability in their lives as we recover from this crisis.”
During a conference call with the media, Cuomo also gave a recap of coronavirus numbers across the state. On Sunday, more than 52,000 tests were done across the state, and 834 of those were positive, for a 1.5% positivity rate across the state. Contributing to that high percentage rate are clusters in Brooklyn, as well as Orange County and Rockland County. Cuomo said there are specific zip codes they will be looking at to try to stop the spread. Cuomo also said 11 New Yorkers passed away from the virus on Sunday.
During a second conference call on Monday, Cuomo updated the media as to how large the clusters in Brooklyn and Rockland and Orange counties really are. In some zip codes in Orange County, the infection rate is 30%. Of the top 10 zip codes in the state, which represents 2.9% of the population, those zip codes have 25% of the state’s COVID-19 cases.
“That’s what the testing and data does for you,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo also said he is offering up 200 rapid test machines to those zip codes. Both private and public schools, as well as local governments, are being encouraged to request these machines so that more testing can be done, and then contact tracing and isolation, if need be.
Cuomo also said that this week, he would be releasing guidance to cities and counties on homeless shelters. He believes that during this public health crisis, the homeless should have a place to stay. And with the weather turning colder, it is becoming more urgent that the shelters reopen in a COVID-safe way.