A decision on whether the state’s Western New York region can begin Phase 2 of the reopening process will be made next week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday. The region includes Allegany and Cattaraugus counties.

“Five regions in Upstate New York entered Phase 2 of the reopening yesterday,” Cuomo said at the New Settlement Community Center in the Bronx, where he delivered his daily coronavirus briefing. “Next week coming up the Capitol Region and Western New York will end their 14 days, and then we will have to make a decision whether or not they enter Phase 2.”

The two regions will reach the 14-day mark for Phase 1 on Tuesday.

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According to the governor, the state will use data and consultations with government officials and global experts to make its decision.

“When we get to these phases of reopening, we have the best global experts, people that have worked with countries that have gone through this before that have closed, that have reopened and closed again because they reopened too fast,” he said.

“I understand you have local officials who have opinions. I have opinions, but you know what? I'm not acting on my opinion. I'm not a public health official. I'm not a doctor. Know what you don't know? I go to global experts, and this is a matter of life and death, and I want to make sure I get the best advice for the people of this state. I'm not going to put anybody's life at risk unless I feel confident that we have had the best advice. That's what we do in all of these determinations,” he said.

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