Figures posted Friday on the State of New York's New York Forward website show that the Western New York Region is moving closer to meeting the state standards required to reopen.

The state requires that a region have a 14-day decline in hospital deaths before reopening. New York Forward on Thursday posted a chart showing that the region had a one-day decline in deaths. That number increased to a two-day decline in a chart posted Friday.

A region also can fulfill the requirement if it has a three-day average of less than five deaths. Western New York's three-day average on Friday is nine deaths, the same number reported Wednesday and Thursday.

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Since the state is taking a regional approach to reopening, NY ON PAUSE restrictions will remain in place for all five counties in the region — Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara.

The state is using seven metrics to determine if a region can reopen. On Thursday, the Western New York Region had met four of the criteria. On Friday, the number increased to five. What changed is the rate of new hospitalizations, which must be under two per 100,000 residents on a three-day rolling average. Thursday's report showed a WNY rate of 2.17. It was down to 1.81 on Friday, and the state chart showed Western New York in compliance with the metric.

Five of the 10 regions have met all seven standards and are scheduled to reopen Friday; three of the regions have met five standards; two have met four, according to the Friday's report from the state.

In addition to hospital death rate metric, Western New York has not met a requirement that a region have a 14-day decline in hospitalizations or less than 15 new hospitalizations (on a three-day average) to reopen. Friday's report showed the region had a one-day decline in hospitalizations. The figure had been zero. The report showed the region with a three-day average of 28 hospitalizations. The number is identical to those issued on Wednesday's and Thursday's reports.

The other standards that the WNY Region still meets are:

  • Share of total hospital beds available (threshold of 30%). The WNY percentage is 43%.
  • Share of total intensive care unit beds (threshold of 30%). The WNY percentage is 56%.
  • 30 tests per 1,000 residents monthly (based on a seven-day average of new tests per day). WNY has 1,709 tests per 100,000 residents.
  • At least 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents or based on infection rate. WNY is expected to meet this standard.

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