November 23, 2020
Albany, NY

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

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Governor Cuomo Announces Updated COVID-19 Micro-Cluster Focus Zones
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New Orange Warning Zones on Staten Island and in Monroe and Onondaga Counties

New Yellow Precautionary Zones in Upper Manhattan and Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Zone Changes Go into Effect Wednesday for Businesses, Thursday for Schools

South Beach Psychiatric Center Will Be Utilized for COVID-19 Hospitalization Overflow on Staten Island

Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 4.48 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 2.73 Percent

Statewide Positivity Rate is 3.08 Percent

33 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. Part of Staten Island's Yellow Precautionary Zone will become an Orange Warning Zone. Orange Warning Zones will also be established in Monroe and Onondaga Counties. New Yellow Precautionary Zones will be established in Upper Manhattan and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Modifications to current focus zones and new focus zones go into effect this Wednesday, November 25 for businesses and Thursday, November 26 for schools.

The Governor also announced that South Beach Psychiatric Center, a new but unopened Office of Mental Health facility on Staten Island, will at the request of the local hospitals be opening as a temporary emergency facility for COVID patients. The facility served as an emergency hospital in the Spring, providing care for COVID patients.

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"We need a reality check because these are dangerous times that we're in. The COVID rate, number of deaths, number of hospitalizations, everything we watch all day on TV, is all a function of our actions. There is no predetermined result here. You tell me what New Yorkers do today, I will tell you the infection rate tomorrow. We are in a place now where there is a bad synergy -- a sense of COVID fatigue. Yes, we're only at 3 percent and only Vermont, Maine, and Hawaii are lower than us, but that can change in an instant and we must remember how we got here," Governor Cuomo said. "It's the infection rate in your community that matters, and that's why we talk about micro-clusters. Influence your family's behavior and your community's behavior and be a COVID change agent in your community. We're social beings and it's also the high season of social activity. That is a bad combination, and it is always the combination of events that creates the major issues. Now, Upper Manhattan, basically the Washington Heights area, will become a yellow zone. We're also adding additional yellow zones on Long Island. Parts of Onondaga and Monroe Counties will become orange zones. Staten Island, part is a yellow zone, part is an orange zone. This year, let's think of Thanksgiving as a time to yes, really give thanks to the people who really did phenomenal things this year, and continue to thank them by doing our part and wearing masks, staying socially distant, and practicing safe behaviors."

Modifications to Current Focus Zones

Staten Island - Parts of Staten Island Move to Orange Warning Zone - Click Here for Map

Parts of Staten Island will transition to an orange warning zone based on increasing 7-day positivity rates, number of cases, and hospitalizations that meet the metrics for orange warning zone designation. The remainder of the borough will remain in a yellow precautionary zone.

New Focus Zones

Manhattan - New Yellow Precautionary Zone - Click Here for Map

A new yellow zone will be established in the Washington Heights area, after meeting the metrics for yellow precautionary zone designation including on increasing 7-day positivity rates, number of cases, and hospitalizations.

Monroe County - Click Here for Map

The City of Rochester and surrounding areas will transition to an orange zone after meeting the positivity, new cases, and hospitalizations metrics for orange zone designation. The rest of the existing yellow zone will remain a Precautionary yellow zone.

Nassau County - Links to Maps Below

Yellow Precautionary zones will be established in and around Great Neck and Massapequa Park, after both areas have seen sustained positivity, new case rates, and hospitalizations that meet the metrics for yellow precautionary zone designation.

Onondaga County - Click Here for Map

The City of Syracuse and surrounding areas will transition to an orange precautionary zone after seeing continued increases in positivity and number of cases, as well as hospitalizations. The existing yellow zone will remain a yellow precautionary zone, and parts of it will be expanded.

Suffolk County - Links to Maps Below

Parts of Suffolk County including Hampton Bays and Riverhead will be designated as Precautionary Yellow Zones after meeting the positivity, new cases, and new hospitalization metrics for yellow zone designation.

The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state's Micro-Cluster strategy is 4.48 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 2.73 percent. Within the focus areas, 39,209 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 1,755 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 152,280 test results were reported, yielding 4,151 positives. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the day prior, the current 7-day rolling average, and last two weeks is below:

STATEWIDE

11/1- 11/7 % Positive

11/8- 11/14 % Positive

11/15- 11/21 % Positive

Current 7-day rolling average

Day Prior (11/21) % Positive

Yesterday (11/22) % Positive

   
   
   

All focus area statewide % positive

3.44%

4.89%

4.57%

4.57%

4.39%

4.48%

   

Statewide % positive with all focus areas included

1.95%

2.86%

2.89%

2.93%

2.74%

3.08%

   

Statewide % positive without all focus areas included

1.81%

2.47%

2.44%

2.52%

2.29%

2.73%

   

Micro-cluster zone 7-day average positivity rates for today, yesterday, the day before, last week, and the week prior is below:

FOCUS ZONE

11/1- 11/7 % Positive

11/8- 11/14 % Positive

11/15- 11/21 % Positive

Day Prior 7-day Rolling Average

Yesterday 7-day Rolling Average

Current 7-day Rolling average

   
   
   

Erie orange-zone focus area % positive

4.53%

7.22%

7.30%

7.25%

7.30%

7.20%

   

Erie Yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.64%

5.34%

7.36%

7.58%

7.36%

7.53%

   

Niagara Yellow -zone focus area % positive

4.29%

5.10%

4.44%

4.30%

4.44%

4.53%

   

Monroe Yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.06%

5.54%

3.80%

3.96%

3.80%

3.76%

   

Onondaga Yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.68%

6.58%

5.12%

5.65%

5.12%

4.99%

   

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

2.11%

3.40%

3.40%

3.32%

3.40%

3.31%

   

Bronx East Yellow-zone focus area % positive

2.70%

3.81%

3.52%

3.49%

3.52%

3.73%

   

Bronx West Yellow -zone focus area % positive

2.79%

3.80%

4.70%

4.72%

4.70%

4.73%

   

Brooklyn Yellow-zone focus area % positive

3.33%

3.92%

3.70%

3.72%

3.70%

3.85%

   

Rockland Yellow-zone focus area % positive

3.46%

3.55%

3.39%

3.30%

3.39%

3.29%

   

Chemung Orange-zone focus area % positive

6.45%

4.59%

4.71%

4.15%

4.71%

5.20%

   

Staten Island Yellow-zone focus area % positive

3.00%

4.33%

4.15%

3.99%

4.15%

4.28%

   

Tioga Yellow-zone focus area % positive

10.03%

10.81%

5.60%

5.90%

5.60%

5.47%

   

Orange Middletown - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

2.95%

3.81%

5.41%

4.94%

5.41%

3.84%

   

Orange Newburgh - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

5.96%

8.07%

7.89%

7.93%

7.89%

8.68%

   

Westchester Peekskill - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

5.16%

10.36%

7.15%

7.70%

7.15%

7.29%

   

Westchester Ossining - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

5.00%

9.88%

10.22%

10.37%

10.22%

10.11%

   

Westchester Tarrytown - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.26%

8.47%

8.27%

8.56%

8.27%

8.80%

   

Westchester Yonkers - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

3.42%

4.48%

4.11%

4.07%

4.11%

4.38%

   

Westchester New Rochelle - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.40%

6.46%

5.68%

6.58%

5.68%

5.20%

   

Westchester Port Chester Orange-zone focus area % positive

7.46%

9.34%

7.59%

7.09%

7.59%

7.94%

   

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,724 (+162)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 363
  • Hospital Counties - 52
  • Number ICU - 545 (+43)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 249 (+15)
  • Total Discharges - 83,501 (+194)
  • Deaths - 33
  • Total Deaths - 26,390

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

REGION

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

CURRENT 7-DAY AVERAGE

Capital Region

2.4%

2.0%

2.0%

2.28%

Central New York

3.5%

2.6%

3.6%

3.43%

Finger Lakes

3.8%

2.5%

3.6%

3.30%

Long Island

2.9%

3.5%

3.5%

3.24%

Mid-Hudson

3.7%

3.3%

4.2%

3.91%

Mohawk Valley

3.3%

2.1%

2.5%

2.58%

New York City

2.6%

2.3%

2.5%

2.57%

North Country

2.2%

1.3%

1.7%

1.73%

Southern Tier

1.2%

1.5%

1.8%

1.23%

Western New York

5.7%

6.0%

5.5%

5.11%

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

BOROUGH

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

CURRENT 7-DAY AVERAGE

Bronx

3.9%

3.3%

3.4%

3.39%

Brooklyn

2.4%

2.0%

2.7%

2.33%

Manhattan

2.0%

1.4%

1.4%

1.78%

Queens

2.4%

2.9%

2.9%

2.81%

Staten Island

3.8%

4.4%

4.2%

4.15%

Of the 602,120 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

5,148

40

Allegany

856

10

Broome

4,927

68

Cattaraugus

901

24

Cayuga

735

31

Chautauqua

1,403

11

Chemung

2,702

55

Chenango

578

15

Clinton

428

10

Columbia

965

3

Cortland

907

23

Delaware

314

5

Dutchess

6,728

94

Erie

21,572

497

Essex

250

2

Franklin

239

8

Fulton

454

22

Genesee

800

42

Greene

633

7

Hamilton

39

2

Herkimer

582

7

Jefferson

435

17

Lewis

306

6

Livingston

617

34

Madison

821

24

Monroe

12,771

365

Montgomery

396

18

Nassau

57,127

421

Niagara

3,213

61

NYC

296,547

1,782

Oneida

4,210

129

Onondaga

9,362

202

Ontario

1,129

42

Orange

15,987

115

Orleans

576

15

Oswego

1,273

86

Otsego

529

21

Putnam

2,472

110

Rensselaer

1,528

13

Rockland

20,708

106

Saratoga

1,969

65

Schenectady

2,136

63

Schoharie

176

7

Schuyler

271

9

Seneca

253

10

St. Lawrence

678

11

Steuben

1,599

42

Suffolk

56,865

526

Sullivan

2,093

15

Tioga

1,043

19

Tompkins

936

32

Ulster

3,073

50

Warren

543

1

Washington

430

8

Wayne

967

55

Westchester

47,262

421

Wyoming

419

18

Yates

239

11

Yesterday, 33 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 26,390. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Allegany

1

Bronx

3

Chemung

1

Erie

10

Genesee

1

Kings

2

Lewis

1

Madison

1

Monroe

3

Nassau

1

Richmond

3

Rockland

1

Steuben

1

Suffolk

3

Tioga

1

Contact the Governor's Press Office

Contact us by phone:

Albany: (518) 474 - 8418
New York City: (212) 681 - 4640

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