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Cunningham discusses regional reopening of New York State 

Assemblyman draws parallels, discusses differences in a strategy for SLO County

–Yesterday, POLITICO reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be utilizing a regional strategy when looking at reopening the New York State economy.

Jordan Cunningham

Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo).

As to why he’ll be reopening the economy on a region-by-region basis, Cuomo said:

“We’re going to make reopening decisions on a regional basis based on that region’s facts and circumstances…

“[The] North Country has a totally different situation than New York City. Central New York has a different situation. We operate as one state but we also have to understand variations, and you do want to get this economy open as soon as possible.”

California, like New York, is a collection of diverse regions with regional variance in severity of COVID-19 outbreaks. San Luis Obispo County, for example, has a population size of nearly 300,000 and has less than 140 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 115 recovered. It has also built a 931-bed Alternative Care Site at Cal Poly to handle any potential surge or second wave.

Regions of the state (like San Luis Obispo County) that have flattened the curve and increased their medical capacity should be allowed to begin a science-based, phased reopening of their economy with the guidance of local public health officials.

Earlier this week, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) and a bipartisan coalition of local San Luis Obispo County elected leaders (including all seven of the county’s mayors) sent a letter to the Governor asking for permission to institute a science-based, phased reopening of the county’s economy.

Download a copy of the letter here. The letter is signed by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor John Peschong, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold, Arroyo Grande Mayor Caren Ray Russom, Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno, Grover Beach Mayor Jeff Lee, Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin, Pismo Beach Mayor Ed Waage, Morro Bay Mayor John Headding and San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon.


Submitted by the office of Jordan Cunningham.


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