November 18, 2020
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Updated COVID-19 Micro-Cluster Focus Zones

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Brooklyn, Orange and Broome Zones Improve 

Part of Erie County Yellow Zone Changes to Orange Zone, Yellow Zone Expanded in Erie; New Yellow Zone in Niagara County

New Yellow Zone in the Bronx; Expanded Yellow Zone in Queens

Changes to Zones Go into Effect Friday for Businesses, Monday for Schools

Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 4.73 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 3.10 Percent     

Statewide Positivity Rate is 3.43 Percent

35 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced updated COVID-19 micro-cluster focus zones in New York State. Based on data metrics, the existing yellow zones in Broome and Orange Counties will be removed, and Brooklyn's orange zone will transition to a yellow zone. Part of Erie County's yellow zone will transition to an orange warning zone, and part of Niagara County adjacent to Erie will become a yellow zone. Changes to zones go into effect Friday for business restrictions and Monday for school closures. 

"Parts of the Bronx will go into a Yellow Zone and the Queens Yellow Zone is expanded northwest to cover the Astoria area. Western New York is the worst situation in the State of New York. Parts of Western New York are going from a Yellow Zone to an Orange Zone, and a part of Niagara County will move to a Yellow Zone. Those areas are astronomical compared to the rest of the state," Governor Cuomo said. "What's the good news? The good news is micro-clusters work. Following the rules works. Broome and Orange Counties were Yellow Zones and they're now back to normal. Brooklyn was an Orange Zone and is being dropped to a Yellow Zone. So the restrictions work. And just to make it very simple, if you socially distanced, and you wore a mask, and you were smart, none of this would be a problem. It's all self-imposed." 

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Modifications to Current Focus Zones 

Broome County - Yellow Zone Removed 

Based on metrics including declining and low positivity rates and hospital admissions, Broome County is now eligible to have its yellow precautionary zone removed.

Brooklyn - Orange Zone Changes to Yellow Precautionary Zone 

Last week, Brooklyn's red zone was transitioned to orange based on its progress. The zone has continued to demonstrate progress, so now the current orange zone will be changed to a yellow precautionary zone, and the current yellow buffer zone will be removed.

Orange County - Yellow Zone Removed

The existing yellow zone has demonstrated progress and consistently low positivity rates and low number of new daily cases.  The precautionary yellow zone will be removed. 

New Focus Zones

Bronx - New Yellow Precautionary Zone - Click Here and Here for Maps 

Several communities in the Bronx have seen a rise in positive cases, and meet the metrics for a precautionary yellow zone.

Erie County - New Orange Warning Zone - Click Here for Map 

Parts of the Erie Yellow Precautionary Zone meet the metrics to transition to an Orange Warning Zone. The previous Yellow Zone is expanded to include new parts of Erie County seeing upticks in new cases, positivity, and hospital admissions.

Queens - Expanded Yellow Precautionary Zone - Click Here for Map 

The current Queens zone will be expanded to include additional communities which have seen an increase in both positivity and cases over the past ten days, and are currently over 2.5% positivity on the 7-day rolling average

Niagara County - New Yellow Precautionary Zone - Click Here for Map 

North Tonawanda has seen an uptick in cases and positivity and meets the metrics for a yellow precautionary zone.    

The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state's Micro-Cluster strategy is 4.73 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 3.10 percent. Within the focus areas, 30,762 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 1,455 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 123,672 test results were reported, yielding 3,839 positives. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the day prior, the current 7-day rolling average, and last two weeks is below: 

FOCUS ZONE

11/1- 11/7 % Positive

11/8- 11/14 % Positive

Current 7-day rolling average

Day Prior (11/16) % Positive

Yesterday (11/17) % Positive

Queens Kew Garden Hills/Forest Hills yellow-zone focus area % positive

2.96%

3.48%

3.48%

4.17%

3.85%

Rockland yellow-zone focus area % positive

2.96%

2.23%

2.50%

5.28%

3.52%

Chemung orange-zone focus area % positive

6.45%

4.59%

4.33%

5.74%

5.71%

Westchester orange-zone focus area % positive

7.46%

9.34%

8.34%

7.42%

5.41%

Erie yellow-zone focus area % positive

5.35%

7.30%

7.39%

8.05%

8.26%

Monroe yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.06%

5.54%

4.74%

3.68%

3.87%

Onondaga yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.68%

6.58%

6.02%

8.42%

4.74%

Staten Island yellow-zone focus area % positive

3.00%

4.33%

4.24%

4.81%

4.24%

Tioga yellow-zone focus area % positive

10.03%

10.81%

8.39%

7.14%

6.90%

All focus area statewide % positive

3.83%

4.84%

4.62%

4.89%

4.73%

Statewide % positive with all focus areas included

1.95%

2.86%

2.95%

3.18%

3.43%

Statewide % positive without all focus areas included

1.81%

2.47%

2.60%

2.82%

3.10%

 

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

 

 

·       Patient Hospitalization - 2,202 (+78)

·       Patients Newly Admitted - 352

·       Hospital Counties - 50

·       Number ICU - 423 (+15)

·       Number ICU with Intubation - 192 (+16)

·       Total Discharges - 82,261 (+239)

·       Deaths - 35

·       Total Deaths - 26,225

    

Each region's percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

  

REGION

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Capital Region

2.3%

2.8%

3.3%

Central New York

3.9%

4.5%

3.7%

Finger Lakes

4.3%

3.7%

3.9%

Long Island

3.5%

3.5%

3.6%

Mid-Hudson

3.0%

4.3%

4.6%

Mohawk Valley

1.7%

3.1%

2.6%

New York City

2.3%

2.9%

2.9%

North Country

1.8%

2.2%

1.9%

Southern Tier

1.4%

0.7%

1.4%

Western New York

5.2%

6.5%

5.6%

 

Each New York City borough's percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

  

BOROUGH

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Bronx

2.5%

3.7%

3.9%

Brooklyn

1.9%

2.3%

2.6%

Manhattan

1.6%

2.3%

2.2%

Queens

3.3%

3.1%

3.3%

Staten Island

3.1%

4.8%

4.3%

 

Of the 574,072 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

  

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

4,730

77

Allegany

692

25

Broome

4,545

76

Cattaraugus

739

44

Cayuga

664

10

Chautauqua

1,304

39

Chemung

2,438

34

Chenango

518

6

Clinton

389

5

Columbia

906

11

Cortland

801

22

Delaware

289

8

Dutchess

6,386

78

Erie

18,983

573

Essex

236

2

Franklin

207

12

Fulton

408

5

Genesee

655

20

Greene

596

3

Hamilton

31

5

Herkimer

524

16

Jefferson

345

6

Lewis

265

12

Livingston

527

18

Madison

753

14

Monroe

11,148

257

Montgomery

349

18

Nassau

55,112

397

Niagara

2,869

71

NYC

287,022

1,747

Oneida

3,752

85

Onondaga

8,301

217

Ontario

1,008

22

Orange

15,412

129

Orleans

538

12

Oswego

1,053

47

Otsego

480

10

Putnam

2,269

26

Rensselaer

1,389

25

Rockland

20,176

132

Saratoga

1,769

28

Schenectady

1,950

30

Schoharie

160

5

Schuyler

238

1

Seneca

222

2

St. Lawrence

610

7

Steuben

1,467

19

Suffolk

54,485

430

Sullivan

2,008

15

Tioga

984

11

Tompkins

828

8

Ulster

2,865

30

Warren

518

3

Washington

407

0

Wayne

824

16

Westchester

45,335

360

Wyoming

375

12

Yates

218

1

 

Yesterday, 35 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 26,225. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

  

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Allegany

3

Broome

1

Chautauqua

1

Chemung

1

Erie

4

Herkimer

1

Kings

2

Lewis

1

Manhattan

4

Monroe

1

Nassau

2

Oneida

1

Orange

1

Oswego

1

Rensselaer

1

Richmond

1

Schenectady

2

Steuben

2

Suffolk

1

Ulster

1

Westchester

3

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