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Posted on: March 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] RIOC Update: What You Need to Know from NYS

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Here is the latest update from New York State for March 22, 2020

Governor Cuomo’s Daily Remarks

Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called the COVID-19 pandemic a defining challenge for this generation. The Governor reminded Americans that we will overcome this challenge together as we have during each great challenge in our history.

VIDEO of the Governor’s remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

AUDIO of today’s remarks is available here.

PHOTOS will be available on the Governor’s Flickr page.


NY Blood Center Donations

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, the New York Blood Center strongly urges individuals who feel healthy and well to make an appointment at a donor center or blood drive to give blood, platelets and plasma. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information on how to donate, please click:


  • New York State on PAUSE: In New York we know that Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone.
  • 100% of the workforce must stay home beginning Sunday, March 22 at 8PM, excluding essential services.
  • All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.
  • New York State has identified two million N95 masks for purchase and will send one million to New York City and 500,000 to Long Island.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, are still be available. License and permit expirations will be extended.
  • Governor Cuomo has selected four sites that have been identified by the Army Corps of Engineers for temporary hospitals:
    • Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
    • SUNY Stony Brook
    • SUNY Old Westbury
    • Westchester Convention Center
  • Enacting Matilda’s Law to protect New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems:
    • Remain indoors
    • Can go outside for solitary exercise
    • Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperature
    • Wear a mask in the company of others
    • Stay at least 6 feet from others
    • Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary
  • All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services are closed to the public until further notice.
  • Casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys are closed until further notice. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.
  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

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