December 14, 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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Yellow Precautionary Zone Expanded in Niagara County; New Yellow Precautionary Zones in Genesee and Oneida Counties

5,712 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

1,040 Patients in the ICU; 572 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 5.66%

83 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. Niagara County's Yellow Precautionary Zone will be expanded. New Yellow Precautionary Zones will be added for Batavia, Genesee County, and for Rome and Utica, Oneida County.

"There is no politics or rhetoric in the number of people going into the hospital, and the increase in hospitalizations could overwhelm some regions if nothing changes by January," Governor Cuomo said. "That's the trajectory we're looking at and trying to change. We're simultaneously increasing hospital capacity and, frankly, changing how hospitals operate. At the same time we have to slow the spread by doing what we know works - social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding gatherings. If we don't, we know what closes down a region. It's called a red zone. That's the situation we're trying to avoid."

https://www.youtube.com/embed/gArfHB3mOJg

On Friday, the NYS Dept. of Health outlined the new metrics including in the state's Winter Plan for when an area is eligible to enter a "Yellow Zone" micro-cluster area. The geographic area will be eligible to enter a Yellow Zone if it has a 3 percent positivity rate (7-day average) over the past 10 days and is in the top 10 percent in the state for hospital admissions per capita over the past week and is experiencing week-over-week growth in daily admissions. Based on this criteria, the following areas today are designated as Yellow Precautionary Zones:

Modifications to Current Micro-Cluster Focus Zones

Niagara County - Click Here for Map

The current Niagara micro cluster will be expanded to include other areas in the county that have had high positivity and increasing hospitalizations, meeting the metrics for yellow zone designation.

New Focus Zones

Genesee County - Click Here for Map

A new yellow precautionary zone will be established in Batavia, which meets the metrics for yellow zone designation and accounts for the majority of hospital admissions from the county over the past two weeks.

Oneida County - Click Here for Map

A new yellow precautionary zone will be established in the Rome and Utica areas, which account for the vast majority of hospital admissions from the county and meet the metrics for yellow zone designation.

There is no politics or rhetoric in the number of people going into the hospital, and the increase in hospitalizations could overwhelm some regions if nothing changes by January.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 159,844
  • Patient Hospitalization - 5,712 (+302)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 678
  • Hospital Counties - 56
  • Number ICU - 1,040 (+31)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 572 (+5)
  • Total Discharges - 91,760 (+394)
  • Deaths - 83
  • Total Deaths - 27,870
Governor Cuomo updates New Yorkers on the State's COVID-19 response and makes an announcement

The regional hospital bed capacity and occupancy numbers, including the number of hospitalizations as a percent of the region's population, is as follows:

Region

COVID Patients Currently in Hospital in Region

COVID Patients as Percent of Region Population

Percent of Hospital Beds Available in Region (7-Day Average)

Capital Region

269

0.02%

25%

Central New York

340

0.04%

24%

Finger Lakes

681

0.06%

24%

Long Island

935

0.03%

19%

Mid-Hudson

705

0.03%

26%

Mohawk Valley

193

0.04%

25%

New York City

1857

0.02%

19%

North Country

53

0.01%

46%

Southern Tier

153

0.02%

40%

Western New York

526

0.04%

25%

Statewide

5712

0.03%

23%

The regional ICU bed capacity and occupancy numbers are as follows:

Region

Total ICU Beds in Region

Total Occupied ICU Beds in Region

Percent of ICU Beds Available in Region (7-Day Average)

Capital Region

269

171

42%

Central New York

290

194

32%

Finger Lakes

403

268

43%

Long Island

845

583

28%

Mid-Hudson

741

394

48%

Mohawk Valley

129

98

23%

New York City

2338

1664

25%

North Country

71

35

52%

Southern Tier

129

88

33%

Western New York

516

286

46%

NYS TOTAL

5731

3781

33%

Each region's 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

REGION

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Capital Region

5.52%

5.62%

5.89%

Central New York

6.73%

7.22%

7.11%

Finger Lakes

8.04%

8.12%

8.09%

Long Island

5.58%

5.62%

5.70%

Mid-Hudson

6.10%

6.01%

6.15%

Mohawk Valley

7.98%

8.02%

8.08%

New York City

3.99%

4.01%

4.04%

North Country

4.23%

4.06%

4.12%

Southern Tier

2.20%

2.30%

2.65%

Western New York

6.84%

6.94%

6.92%

Statewide

5.03%

5.07%

5.17%

Each New York City borough's 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

BOROUGH

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Bronx

4.62%

4.54%

4.47%

Brooklyn

3.96%

4.00%

4.04%

Manhattan

2.51%

2.56%

2.63%

Queens

4.52%

4.57%

4.62%

Staten Island

6.06%

5.70%

5.64%

Of the 784,204 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

8,050

162

Allegany

1,403

8

Broome

6,532

72

Cattaraugus

1,783

21

Cayuga

1,581

37

Chautauqua

2,365

42

Chemung

3,776

33

Chenango

880

12

Clinton

698

41

Columbia

1,225

21

Cortland

1,513

35

Delaware

520

8

Dutchess

9,290

144

Erie

33,397

388

Essex

375

2

Franklin

459

16

Fulton

851

26

Genesee

1,646

44

Greene

881

11

Hamilton

68

0

Herkimer

1,196

33

Jefferson

1,047

37

Lewis

574

7

Livingston

1,135

24

Madison

1,592

20

Monroe

23,745

542

Montgomery

796

30

Nassau

71,214

739

Niagara

6,016

110

NYC

358,081

3,029

Oneida

8,009

165

Onondaga

15,481

299

Ontario

2,108

55

Orange

19,756

220

Orleans

887

27

Oswego

2,440

51

Otsego

904

22

Putnam

3,795

52

Rensselaer

2,631

62

Rockland

24,183

192

Saratoga

3,477

111

Schenectady

3,781

113

Schoharie

342

16

Schuyler

389

6

Seneca

498

16

St. Lawrence

1,353

14

Steuben

2,443

35

Suffolk

75,454

1,087

Sullivan

2,469

14

Tioga

1,379

12

Tompkins

1,593

37

Ulster

4,393

66

Warren

756

2

Washington

587

13

Wayne

1,709

47

Westchester

59,431

594

Wyoming

895

12

Yates

372

10

Yesterday, 83 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 27,870. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Albany

2

Bronx

2

Broome

2

Chemung

3

Cortland

4

Erie

8

Genesee

2

Jefferson

1

Kings

3

Madison

2

Manhattan

2

Monroe

6

Nassau

3

Niagara

3

Oneida

3

Onondaga

3

Orange

3

Otsego

1

Queens

7

Richmond

4

Rockland

2

Schenectady

1

Seneca

1

St. Lawrence

1

Suffolk

5

Tompkins

2

Westchester

6

Wyoming

1

Contact the Governor's Press Team

Contact us by phone:

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

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