COVID-19: New York Executive Orders, Agency Guidance

COVID-19 Update


As New York officials work to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our Manatt team, located in the heart of state government in Albany, NY, has created a resource center for the state’s key executive orders and agency guidance. Current areas of interest highlighted include:

  • Executive Orders and Guidance
  • Empire State Development Guidance
  • State Agency Guidance
  • Telehealth Guidance
  • Labor and Employment Guidance
  • Emergency Funding

If you have any questions or need assistance navigating New York State governance or regulatory issues, don’t hesitate to contact Meghan McNamara for state agency guidance and James Walsh for Executive Order guidance.

Executive Orders and Guidance

New York Forward - Reopening New York

Regional Monitoring Dashboard

New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Tracker

Governor Cuomo's Plan to Re-Open New York

Executive Order No. 202: Declaring a Disaster Emergency in the State of New York (03/07/2020)

Executive Order 'New York State on PAUSE' (Effective 03/22/2020)

Guidance on Travel, Large Gatherings and Quarantines

Governor Cuomo Announces Three-Way Agreement with Legislature on Paid Sick Leave Bill to Provide Immediate Assistance for New Yorkers Impacted By COVID-19

Encouraging qualified health care personnel to sign up for on-call work during the COVID-19 crisis.

Convalescent Plasma COVID-19 Donor Request Form

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Press Conferences – Announcements and Bill Signings

New York State Legislature

Empire State Development

State Agency Guidance

New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Tracker

Directive: COVID-19 Testing of Nursing Home and Adult Care Facility Personnel Deemed Medically Necessary

Department of Health (DOH)

New York State Medicaid Fee-for-Services (FFS) Policy and Billing Guidance for COVID-19 Testing at Pharmacies New

New York State Medicaid Billing Guidance for COVID-19 Testing and Specimen Collection New

An update for NYS Healthcare Providers on COVID-19

Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updated Guidance for Hospital Operators Regarding Visitation

Informational Message: COVID-19 Pilot Hospital Visitation Program

Health Advisory: Ensuring Access to Health Care Services During COVID-19

Health Advisory: Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Specimen Collection Training for Unlicensed Individuals

Health Advisory: Authorization of Licensed Pharmacists to order COVID-19 Tests

Guidance on Use of COVID-19 Sick Leave for Health Care Employers

Resumption of Elective Outpatient Surgeries and Non-Urgent Procedures (Deferred Procedures) in Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Office-Based Surgery Practices and Diagnostic and Treatment Centers in Counties Without a Significant Risk of COVID-19 Surge

Health Advisory: Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Temporally Associated with COVID-19 Interim Case Definition in New York State

Required COVID-19 Testing for all Nursing Home and Adult Care Facility Personnel

Nursing Home Assistance and Coordination Center (NHACC)

COVID-19 Directive to Increase Availability of Beds by a Minimum of 50% And Provide Necessary Staffing and Equipment

Emergency regulation approved March 9, 2020 by the Public Health and Health Planning Council (“PHHPC”)

These regulations clarify the authority and duty of the New York State Department of Health (“Department”) and local health departments to protect the public in the event of an outbreak of communicable disease, through appropriate public health orders issued to persons diagnosed with or exposed to a communicable disease. These regulations also require hospitals to report syndromic surveillance data to the Department upon direction from the Commissioner and clarify reporting requirements for clinical laboratories with respect to communicable diseases.

Webinar for NYS DOH Health Care Providers: Update on COVID–19 for NYS Healthcare Providers

Health Advisory: COVID–19 Cases in Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities

Immediate Temporary Suspension of Statewide Adult Day Health Care Program Services as a Response to COVID–19

Medicaid Update Special Edition: New York State Medicaid Coverage and Reimbursement Policy for Services Related to COVID–19

New York State COVID-19 Volunteer and Donation Assistance Program

New York State Medicaid Prescriber Education Program – COVID-19 Drug Topics


Office of Mental Health (OMH)

COVID-19 Disaster and Emergency FAQs

COVID-19 Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) FAQs

COVID-19 Supportive Housing FAQs

Psychiatric Center Admissions Screening Form (3/23/2020)

Calendar Year 2019 Consolidated Fiscal Report Due Date Extension



Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS)

Webinar – Telehealth for OMH and OASAS providers during the COVID-19 State of Emergency


Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)


Department of Financial Services (DFS)

Emergency Adoption of the 57th Amendment to Regulation 62 (11 NYCRR 52) – Minimum Standards For Form, Content And Sale Of Health Insurance, Including Standards Of Full And Fair Disclosure

Emergency Regulation Requiring New York Regulated Financial Institutions To Provide Financial Relief To New Yorkers Demonstrating Financial Hardship from COVID-19 Pandemic

New Emergency Regulation Requiring Commercial Health Insurers to Defer Payment of Premiums Through June 1st For Consumers & Businesses Experiencing Financial Hardship During Covid-19 Pandemic


Department of Labor

Guidance on Use of COVID-19 Sick Leave for Health Care Employers

Unemployment Insurance

Department of Environmental Conservation

Waste and Recyclables Essential Services Statement

Department of Agriculture & Markets

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need to Know

New York State Education Department

Guidance for Colleges & Universities

Guidance for Licensed Professionals

Guidance for Adult Education Programs

Department of Taxation and Finance

Tax relief for quarterly and annual filers sales tax vendors affected by COVID-19

NYS Attorney General

Guidance for Charitable Nonprofit Organizations Facing the Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic


Telehealth Guidance

Department of Health (DOH)

May 2020 Special Edition - COVID-19 Comprehensive Telehealth Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Use of Telehealth including Telephonic Services During the COVID-19 State of Emergency

COVID-19 Telephonic and Telehealth Services Available to Statewide Adult Day Health Care Program Services

COVID-19 Guidance for Providing Adult Social Day Care Services Telephonically

Office of Mental Health (OMH) / Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS)

Webinar – Telehealth for OMH and OASAS providers during the COVID-19 State of Emergency

Telepractice Waiver (OASAS)

Medicaid Update Volume 36 | Number 5 – COVID-19 Telephonic and Telehealth

Self-Attestation of Compliance to Offer Telemental Health Services (REVISED 3/30/2020)


Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)


Department of Financial Services (DFS)

Information for Insurers and Providers on Coverage for Telehealth Services

Insurance Circular Letter No. 6 (2020): Coronavirus and Telehealth Services

Press Release – Department Of Financial Services Adopts New Emergency Regulation Requiring Insurance Companies To Waive Cost-Sharing For In-Network Telehealth Visits

Labor and Employment Guidance

Emergency Funding

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