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Cuomo orders further out-of-home work reduction, hardship mortgage relief; Fulton, Schoharie county first cases

Out-of-home workforces now reduced to 25 percent

Categories: Fulton Montgomery Schoharie, News, Saratoga County, Schenectady County

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday ordered another reduction in the out-of-home workforce in the state down to 25 percent of a company’s workforce as he also announced financial hardship mortgage relief for those under financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis.

In addition, the governor announced that both Fulton County and Schoharie County have now been added to the list of counties with at least one individual who tested positive for coronavirus, meaning the virus has now been detected in each county in the Capital Region. 

The mortgage relief is for 90 days and waives mortgage payments based on financial hardship.

The plan is for no negative reporting to credit bureaus as a result, a grace period for loan modification, no late payment fees or online payment fees and a postponement or suspension of foreclosures.

It also includes waiving fees for overdrafts, ATMs and credit cards, the governor said.

Cuomo called making the mortgage payment under such economic stress can be among the biggest stresses for people. “Eliminating that stressor for 90 days will go a long way,” Cuomo said.

The workforce reduction marks a tightening of earlier mandates that had been set Wednesday at 50 percent. The new mandate means that companies may only have 25 percent of their workforce work away from home. Essential areas, including food, pharmacies, healthcare, shipping and supplies remain excluded.

The reductions continue the efforts to stem the spread of the virus by keeping people distant from one another.

A new county-by-county breakdown of positive tests was not immediately available, but New York State now has 2,382 confirmed cases, almost double the second place state of Washington.

Cuomo again cautioned that as testing continues to increase, they will find more cases.

The increase in tests is reflected in the testing numbers. The state has now tested more than 22,000 people. Of those, 7,584 are new tests.

In Albany County, 1,019 tests have been administered, 307 of those new. Schenectady has seen 392 tests, 131 of those new. 

Current hospitalizations sit at 777 out of 4,152, about 19 percent. Cuomo has continually cited the hospitalization rate as he pushes to create more hospital capacity in anticipation of a wave of new cases in the coming weeks.

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