WORKING MOMS AND DADS, BUSINESSES–DAYCARE HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR PHASE 3 FROM GOVERNOR CUOMO. $300 TO $1,600 PER REOPENING.

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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $65 MILLION NY FORWARD CHILD CARE EXPANSION INCENTIVE

WORRY: 1.2 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program.

The funding available includes:

  • $20 million to assist childcare program with reopening and expansion of capacity by providing materials to support a more socially distant model, and for supplies and activities associated with reopening and expansion. This may include partitions, short term rental of space, etc.
  • $45 million in childcare Reopening and Expansion Incentive funds to pay for 50% of the cost of a newly opened classroom (maximum grant amount of $6,000) as an incentivize to open the classroom. The temporary funds will phase out over the second and third months as more parents bring their children back into childcare.

Throughout the pandemic, 65 percent of OCFS-licensed and -registered child care programs remained open, many serving families of essential workers. The funding being made available today will help to bring closed programs back to operation to serve families returning to the workplace.

“New York went from one of the highest infection rates in the country to one of the lowest because we made decisions based on science – not politics,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re seeing in other states what happens when you just reopen with no regard for metrics or data – it’s bad for public health and for the economy, and states that reopened in a rush are now seeing a boomerang. We do about 60,000 tests per day – more than any state or country on a per capita basis and approximately 1 percent of tests are coming back positive. We do this testing religiously, and we watch the rate and calibrate our reopening by that rate. The Hudson Valley moves to phase 3 today and Long Island will go to phase 3 tomorrow.

“As we move further into the reopening and more parents go back to work, we’re also making sure child care programs across the state have the support they need to reopen safely,” Governor Cuomo continued. “By providing support for expanded classrooms that allow for more social distancing and other resources, we can help keep staff and children safe.”

To be eligible for reopening funds, child care programs must have either been closed as of June 15 and have a plan to reopen within two weeks of applying or currently operating below their licensed capacity and would like to expand. The grants will be pro-rated as programs reach capacity. Programs must submit a detailed plan for use of funds and must remain open at least through the end of the year. 

The maximum awards for the $20 million in Reopening and Restructuring Incentives depend on the size of the program and range from $300 to $1,600 one-time grants. Child care programs may apply to OCFS through July 15.

The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 1,104 (down -18 from the day before)
  • Number ICU – 302 (down -28 from the day before)
  • Number ICU that are intubated – 204 (down -24 from the day before)
  • Total Discharges – 69,769 (up +59 from the day before)
  • Deaths – 27
  • Total Deaths – 24,766

Of the 48,709 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 597, or 1.2 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows:

REGIONSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAY
New York City1.20%1.10%1.40%
Capital Region0.40%0.70%1.30%
Central New York0.90%0.70%1.80%
Finger Lakes0.40%0.70%1.10%
Long Island1.00%0.90%1.10%
Hudson Valley1.00%1.00%1.00%
Mohawk Valley1.00%1.40%0.50%
North Country0.20%0.10%0.40%
Southern Tier0.30%0.30%0.20%
Western New York0.80%1.00%1.30%

The Governor also confirmed 597 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 389,085 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 389,085 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany2,0622
Allegany580
Broome6711
Cattaraugus1183
Cayuga1080
Chautauqua1160
Chemung1390
Chenango1411
Clinton1000
Columbia4542
Cortland440
Delaware911
Dutchess4,1505
Erie7,07338
Essex410
Franklin281
Fulton2440
Genesee2294
Greene2560
Hamilton60
Herkimer1370
Jefferson840
Lewis241
Livingston1251
Madison3470
Monroe3,54028
Montgomery1091
Nassau41,54431
Niagara11952
NYC21,3056315
Oneida1,4215
Onondaga2,70227
Ontario2420
Orange10,66612
Orleans2771
Oswego1796
Otsego830
Putnam1,3050
Rensselaer5335
Rockland13,52915
Saratoga5383
Schenectady7709
Schoharie570
Schuyler120
Seneca640
St. Lawrence2170
Steuben2630
Suffolk41,05646
Sullivan1,4402
Tioga1411
Tompkins1750
Ulster1,7571
Warren2620
Washington2440
Wayne1452
Westchester34,58124
Wyoming930
Yates431

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