New York Pause is set to expire May 15, but each region of the state needs to meet certain requirements to start reopening.

Governor Cuomo tweeted a status update Monday on where each NY region stands when it comes to meeting those requirements:

As you can see in the diagram above, the Capital Region currently meets four of the seven requirements necessary to start reopening. The 3 thresholds our region still needs to meet are a 14 day decline in hospitalizations, test 30 people per 1000 residents monthly and 30 virus tracers per 100,000 residents need to be in place.

With 10 days to go until the pause is lifted, it does not seem completely unlikely we could open but we will have to wait and see. The big element of this is the hospitalization rate. While getting testing in place and hiring tracers seems feasible, the hospitalization rate could go either way as we have seen spikes with the virus can happen.

That said, let's hope all our stay at home efforts continue to pay off and we hit the necessary marks to start reopening in May 15. We could all use a little more normalcy right now.

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