• Vivian Mandala

Metrics for Re-Opening NYC

Below is the description from Governor Cuomo's Metrics for re-opening the state. We have noted whether NEW YORK CITY has hit the metric, as of today (May 18, 2020).


These metrics have been established based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of State, and other public health experts. For more information, read the NY Forward booklet, which we will be breaking down next week.





There are seven metrics. NYC has only passed three. We need all seven in order to open.


  • Metric #1: NYC PASSED: Decline in Total Hospitalizations. Region must show a sustained decline in the three-day rolling average of total net hospitalizations (defined as the total number of people in the hospital on a given day) over the course of a 14-day period. Alternatively, regions can satisfy this metric if the daily net increase in total hospitalizations (measured on a 3-day rolling average basis) does not exceed 15. The first number in this cell represents the number of consecutive days of decline in the three-day rolling average of total net hospitalizations; if this number is 14 or greater the region automatically satisfies this metric. The second number represents the maximum daily net increase in total hospitalizations measured on a three day rolling average; if this number is 15 or less the region automatically satisfies this metric.


  • Metric #2: NYC PASSED: Decline in Deaths. The region must show a sustained decline in the three-day rolling average of daily hospital deaths over the course of a 14-day period. Alternatively, regions can satisfy this metric if the three-day rolling average of daily new hospital deaths does not exceed 5. The first number in this cell represents the number of consecutive days of decline in the three-day rolling average of daily hospital deaths; if this number is 14 or greater the region automatically satisfies this metric. The second number represents the maximum daily increase in the three-day rolling average of new hospital deaths; if this number is 5 or less the region automatically satisfies this metric.


  • Metric #3—New Hospitalizations. The region must experience fewer than 2 new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents, measured on a three-day rolling average. New hospitalizations include both new admissions and prior admissions subsequently confirmed as positive COVID cases.


  • Metric #4—Hospital Bed Capacity. Regions must have at least 30% of their hospital beds available.


  • Metric #5—ICU Bed Capacity. Regions must have at least 30% of their ICU beds available.


  • Metric #6: NYC PASSED: Diagnostic Testing Capacity. Average daily diagnostic testing over the past 7 days must be sufficient to conduct 30 tests per 1,000 residents per month.


  • Metric #7—Contact Tracing Capacity. Number of contact tracers in each region must meet thresholds set by the Department of Health, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Vital Strategies.


For more information, breakdowns by county, and up to date numbers, check out the State Monitoring Dashboard, which is updated daily.


It is clear that NYC is not clear to open for NON ESSENTIAL work. When we do have the ability to return to work, the Governor's office has made a few mandatory recommendations;

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