Update Huntington cases: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that he and the state legislature have reached an agreement on a bill that would guarantee job protection and pay for people who are quarantined because of the coronavirus.
An additional 432 additional cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in New York State, bringing the total to 1,374, with 84 in Suffolk County. Huntington has 24 cases.
- The state will organize National Guard, building unions, and private developers to identify and retrofit buildings to convert them to medical facilities; 9,000 additional beds targeted.
- Businesses such as bars or restaurants that violate the governor’s order to close down in-house dining could face a misdemeanor charge.
- Suffolk police are reminding residents that non-emergency police reports can be filed online at the department’s website, SuffolkPD.org
- Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James announced that — effective immediately — the state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection, for at least a 30-day period.
Cuomo’s bill would apply to those who are subject to mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation, and would provide the following:
- Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million will provide job protection for the duration of the quarantine order and guarantee their workers access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000.
- Employers with 11-99 employees and employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income greater than $1 million will provide at least 5 days of paid sick leave, job protection for the duration of the quarantine order, and guarantee their workers access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000.
- Employers with 100 or more employees, as well as all public employers (regardless of number of employees), will provide at least 14 days of paid sick leave and guarantee job protection for the duration of the quarantine order.
Assemblyman Steve Stern, D-Dix Hills, said, “Today I am pleased to announce that I am a co-sponsor of the Governor’s proposal guaranteeing job protection and pay for New York residents who have been quarantined due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). No New Yorker should have to fear not being able to pay the mortgage, rent or feeding their families during this crisis. It is my hope that with some economic peace of mind, we can all focus on staying healthy, supporting our neighbors in need and getting through this challenge together.”