State Declares New Business Mandates, Other Measures Amid Virus Fight

first_imgImage by the New York State Governor’s Office / Flicker.com.ALBANY – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday signed an executive order mandating businesses that rely on in-office personnel to decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent.This follows the Governor’s directive yesterday that all businesses implement work-from-home policies.Exemptions will be made for essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain.The Governor also announced the Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus. The directive includes: Waiving mortgage payments based on financial hardship;No negative reporting to credit bureaus;Grace period for loan modification;No late payment fees or online payment fees; andPostponing or suspending foreclosures.Additionally, the Governor has asked DFS to instruct state chartered banks to waive ATM fees, late fees, overdraft fees and fees for credits cards to help lessen the financial hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Yorkers.“We know what we have to do to contain the spread of this virus – reduce density and person to person contact – and based on new facts we are getting every day, we’re taking further steps to keep more New Yorkers at home while keeping essential services running,” Governor Cuomo said. “At the same time, we know there is going to be an economic impact across the state and we are taking new actions to support the thousands of New Yorkers and small businesses who are suffering. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be disruptive, but we will get through this together.”The Governor also announced an executive order allowing the State Department of Health to identify space within existing hospitals to increase bed capacity. This builds on the Governor’s efforts to increase the state’s hospital surge capacity and help ensure our healthcare system can handle an influx of patients due to COVID-19.Furthermore, Governor announced new measures to free up staff and speed up the admission and discharge process at hospitals for 90 days. The Department of Financial Services will issue a directive to health insurers allowing scheduled surgeries and admissions without insurer preapproval and allowing inpatient hospital services without insurer approval.Image by the New York State Governor’s Office / Flicker.com.Under the measure, insurers will pay inpatient hospital services and emergency services without waiting to review for medical necessity. It will also allow the discharge of patients to a rehabilitation center or nursing after an inpatient hospital stay without insurer preapproval, and encourage self-funded plans to adopt these same provisions. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

STL Boys Teams Win Again Over STM

first_imgThe SLS 5th grade Cardinals basketball team won their third straight game of the season Wednesday, November 5th defeating St. Mary’s of North Vernon for a second time 28-16.Tonight’s victory was the result of a total team effort as Thomas Raver, Abe Streator, Adam Vogelsang, and Luke Wilson shared scoring honors. Hunter Laudick and Spencer “Socks” Mack led the defensive effort and Kyle Salatin and Joe Suttman controlled the rebounds. Lucas Anderson was unable to play due to injury.The St. Louis Cardinals 6th grade boys basketball team played their 1st home game of the season and were victorious with a win over visiting St. Mary’s of North Vernon by the score of 42 – 18.The score was close after the 1st quarter with St. Louis leading 10-8 but in the 2nd quarter Cardinals were able to break away from St. Mary’s as the defense shut out the opposing team and went into halftime leading 18 – 8.Siefert and Abplanalp did an excellent job handling the ball and running the offense as they contributed to a balanced attack with all ten Cardinal players getting into the scoring column. The scoring consisted of:  Aplanalp – 2, Kuntz – 2, Ben Schebler – 2, Wuestefeld – 2, Siefert – 4, Wanstrath – 4, Freeland – 6,Macke – 6, Ratcliff – 6, and Voegele – 8The team is now 3-0 with the next game at home against Mt. Carmel.Courtesy of STL Coaches Dale Amrhein and Jim Oesterling.last_img read more