WNY expected to begin phase two of reopening Tuesday

Global experts to review data on Monday

Mike Baggerman
June 01, 2020 - 2:04 pm
Governor Andrew Cuomo gives his daily coronavirus update at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. April 21, 2020 WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman

Governor Andrew Cuomo gives his daily coronavirus update at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. April 21, 2020 WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Western New York region is expected to begin phase two of reopening on Tuesday, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo on Monday said global experts will review the data within the region on Monday. All signs are pointing towards an opening on Tuesday.

"We'll have a final announcement later (Monday) afternoon for Western New York," Cuomo said. "But the conversations I've had with (Experts) are all good and we expect Western New York to go into phase two tomorrow."

Hospitalizations across the region fell again on Sunday, continuing a general decline over the last ten days. As of Sunday, there were 141 hospitalizations for coronavirus in the region.

April 28 had the most hospitalizations in the region with 263.

Close to 600 people have died in Western New York from coronavirus, including 524 from Erie County. New York State is reporting nearly 30,000 deaths.

More than 100,000 in the United States have died from coronavirus.


Erie County is reporting 524 total deaths and more than 6,000 total positive cases of COVID-19. The death toll does not reflect weekend deaths.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will give an update on Monday afternoon.


Niagara County reported no coronavirus deaths over the weekend. All told, 65 people have died. There are 1,082 positive cases in the region.

There are 292 active cases of coronavirus and 14 people are in the hospital.


The rural counties in the Western region have a combined 222 positive cases.

Cuomo also said Monday he was concerned that mass protests over George Floyd’s death in New York City could imperil the long, hard fight to contain the coronavirus pandemic in a worldwide hotspot.

“You turn on the TV and you see these mass gatherings that could potentially be infecting hundreds and hundreds of people after everything that we have done,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing. “We have to take a minute and ask ourselves: ’What are we doing here?”

The Democratic governor said he agreed with demonstrators fighting racism and societal inequality. But he sounded frustrated about possibly compromising more than two months of social and economic sacrifices. New York City is set to begin phasing in economic activity June 8.

“It took us 93 days to get here. Is this smart?" he asked.

Although many demonstrators are young, they could be spreading the virus to their mothers, fathers and grandparents, Cuomo said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed similar concerns at a separate briefing, saying: “For those who have made their presence felt, made their voices heard, the safest thing from this point is to stay home, obviously.”

Statewide hospitalization rates have been ticking down for weeks and the daily death toll has gone from almost 800 in early April to 54 on Sunday.


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