The state is expanding its testing guidelines to include anyone who has attended any of the protests that have been occurring in recent days over racial justice issues.
“COVID-19 is still a real threat. We’re still battling that,” he said. “I know it’s not on the front pages today but it is still in people and in society. We’re still battling that. That is going better than it has ever gone in New York. We have the lowest number of hospitalizations ever and we have the lowest death toll ever. God bless the people of New York for what they did. God bless the nurses and the doctors and the essential workers and the frontline workers because they saved hundreds of thousands of lives in the State of New York.”
He also said the State Department of Financial Services will issue an emergency regulation to help businesses and consumers who suffered damage from looting and vandalism by requiring New York State-regulated insurance companies to expedite the resolution and payment of related insurance claims based on similar emergency relief applied in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. Additional relief will include allowing policyholders to make immediate repairs to damaged property if necessary to protect health or safety, and to submit claims with reasonable proof of loss, including photos, so businesses don’t have to wait for police reports to file a claim. The emergency regulation will also offer small businesses and consumers the option to resolve disputes through an impartial mediation process.