The Western New York Region is continuing to make progress toward meeting state standards required for reopening, according to figures posted Saturday on the State of New York's New York Forward website.

The region, which includes the Greater Olean area, still falls short on five the seven metrics the state is using to determine if a region can reopen. However, Saturday's report shows Western New York has moved closer to meeting both of those metrics.

Saturday's numbers show the region with a three-day decline in hospital deaths, an improvement from Friday when the state showed the region with a two-day decline. The state requires that regions have 14-day declines in hospital deaths before reopening. 

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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 Saturday was nine deaths, the same number reported Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Saturday's numbers showed that Western New York also has made progress toward meeting a requirement that a region have a 14-day decline in hospitalizations to reopen. Saturday's report showed the region had a two-day decline in hospitalizations. The region had a one-day decline on Friday.

A region also can fulfill the requirement if it has a three-day average of less than 15 hospitalizations. The three-day average reported for Western New York on Saturday was 28 hospitalizations. The number is identical to those on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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.

"We have a smart, phased reopening plan that has been reviewed by great experts in the field, and we feel very good about that," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday during his daily briefing on the coronavirus pandemic. "We're getting a little more nuanced in our analysis, looking for economic activities that you can start without crowds and without gatherings."

Five of New York's 10 regions have met all seven standards and reopened Friday; four of the regions have met five standards; one have met four, according to the Saturday's report from the state.

In addition to hospital death rate metric,

The other standards that the WNY Region meets are:

  • New hospitalizations under two per 100,000 residents on a three-day rolling average. The WNY rate is 1.28.
  • Share of total hospital beds available (threshold of 30%). The WNY percentage is 42%.
  • 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 1,756 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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