October 21, 2020
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Details COVID-19 Micro-Cluster Metrics

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Queens Red and Orange Zones Move to "Yellow" Based on Progress Made Over Past 14 Days 

   

Rockland, Orange and Broome County Zones will Remain the Same Until They Meet Metrics to Reduce Restrictions 

   

New Focus Area Zones for Steuben and Chemung Counties 

 

Full Details on Metrics Available Here 

  

Statewide Positivity Rate is 1.62 Percent    

      

Positive Testing Rate in Hot Spot Areas is 6.61 Percent; New York State Positivity Without Red Zone Focus Areas Included is 1.42 Percent    

    

7 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday    

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today detailed New York State's COVID-19 micro-cluster strategy metrics. After 14 days of data monitoring, the Governor outlined modifications to some current focus zones, established new ones in areas where there are recent upticks in cases, and set criteria for areas to exit a focus zone. New York's micro-cluster strategy detects small outbreaks and takes action to eliminate them.   

"Cluster zone" focus areas are designated based on geographic case prevalence and restrictions are implemented accordingly based on the severity of spread. Buffer zones with fewer restrictions are implemented in the areas outside the most impacted areas to help prevent further spread. After 14 days, data will be reviewed to determine whether a focus area has successfully reduced viral spread to the level where restrictions can be eased.    

Changes to cluster zones and new cluster zones take effect tomorrow for impacted businesses and houses of worship, and Monday for impacted schools.  

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"We have what we believe is the most sophisticated COVID detection and elimination system of any state because we've spent time, we've invested and because New Yorkers are invested. What's the best you can do? Detect the smallest outbreak as soon as it happens," Governor Cuomo said. "Trace it back to where it starts, find a small outbreak or cluster, and jump on it. Quick action to contain it and eliminate it. That is the best you can do in this situation. You see an ember land in dry grass, ring the alarm, everybody run, stamp out the ember. The embers are what we call micro-clusters, and we can identify them from the testing data, from the hospitalization data, and mapping software."   

Identifying and Implementing Focus Zone  

Daily data monitoring enables the State to identify areas that are experiencing a concerning increase in COVID spread. Once an area meets certain metrics - detailed below - that demonstrate substantial COVID spread, it may be designated a focus zone: a Red "Micro-Cluster Zone" (with accompanying Orange and/or Yellow buffer zones) or an Orange Warning Zone (with potential for accompanying Yellow Buffer Zone) or solely a Yellow Precautionary Zone.  In densely populated urban areas, two buffer zones - an Orange Buffer Zone and a Yellow Buffer  Zone may be required.

  • Red Zone — Micro-Cluster: A "Red Zone" focus area is put in place to contain spread from a specific, defined geographic area. 
  • Orange Zone — Warning/Buffer: An Orange Zone area either is put in place primarily in densely populated urban areas as a tight buffer zone around a Red Zone micro-cluster ("Orange Buffer Zone") area OR is implemented independently as a focus area based on the below metrics ("Orange Warning Zone"). The purpose of an Orange Buffer Zone is to 1) restrict activity to prevent further spread from Red Zone area; 2) provide a defined geographic area where metrics can be monitored daily to ensure COVID is not spreading beyond the Red Zone. 
  • Yellow Zone — Precautionary/Buffer: A "Yellow Zone" area either is put in place as a broader buffer area to ensure COVID outbreak is not spreading into the broader community ("Yellow Buffer Zone") OR is implemented independently based on the below metrics ("Yellow Precautionary Zone"). The purpose of a Yellow Buffer Zone is to 1) restrict some activity to help prevent further spread from Red and/or Orange Warning Zone area; 2) provide a larger defined geographic area where metrics can be monitored daily to ensure COVID is not spreading beyond the Red Zone or Orange Warning Zone. 

   

Geographic Area  

TARGET METRIC FOR ENTERING YELLOW PRECAUTIONARY ZONE  

TARGET METRIC FOR ENTERING ORANGE WARNING ZONE  

TARGET METRIC FOR ENTERING RED MICRO CLUSTER ZONE  

ADDITIONAL FACTORS FOR ENTERING ALL ZONES  

Tier 1  

Geographic area (ZIP, census tract, etc.) is located within a county of 900,000 or more people or located within city of 90,000 or more people.  

   

   

Included in Tier 1: New York City boroughs; Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Erie counties; cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Yonkers  

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 2.5% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average  

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 3% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average  

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 4% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average  

AND  

   

Geographic areas has minimum of 5 new cases per day on 7-day average for geographic areas (i.e. ZIP code) with 10,000 or more residents, minimum of 3 new cases on 7-day average per day for areas with less than 10,000 residents  

   

AND  

   

The increase in positive cases or positivity reflect community spread and cannot be mostly explained by a cluster in a single institution (e.g. nursing home, factory, college, etc.) or household transmission  

   

AND  

   

The State Department of Health (DOH), in consultation with the local department of health, finds that based on the above listed metrics, and other epidemiological factors, such as an upward trend in total and daily hospital admissions from residents of this geographic area, that a zone designation is appropriate.  

   

   

   

Tier 2  

Geographic area (ZIP, census tract, etc.) is located within a county of 150,000 or more people (and jurisdiction is not included in Tier 1).  

Counties included in Tier 2 include:  

   

   

Monroe; Onondaga; Orange; Rockland; Albany; Dutchess; Saratoga; Oneida; Niagara; Broome; Ulster; Rensselaer; and Schenectady counties  

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 3% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 12 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average  

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 4% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 12 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average  

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 5% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 12 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average  

Tier 3  

Geographic area (ZIP, census tract, etc.) is located within a county of 50,000 or more people.  

   

Counties in Tier 3 include:  

   

Chautauqua; Oswego; Jefferson; Ontario; St. Lawrence; Tompkins; Putnam; Steuben; Wayne; Chemung; Clinton; Cayuga; Cattaraugus; Sullivan; Madison; Warren; Livingston; Herkimer; Washington; Otsego; Columbia; Genesee; Fulton; Franklin counties  

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 3.5% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average  

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 4.5% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average  

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 5.5% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average  

Tier 4  

   

Geographic area (ZIP, census tract, etc.) is located within a county of less than 50,000 people  

   

Counties in in Tier 4 include:  

   

Montgomery; Tioga; Cortland; Chenango; Greene; Allegany; Delaware; Orleans; Wyoming; Essex; Seneca; Schoharie; Lewis; Yates; Schuyler; Hamilton counties  

   

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 4% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average   

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 5% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average   

Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 6% for 10 days  

   

AND  

   

Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average   

  

Metrics to Exit a Focus Zone  

 

After 14 days from being placed in a focus zone, the State DOH, in coordination with the local health department, and in consultation with global health experts, will determine whether data sufficiently demonstrate that the area has successfully reduced viral spread to a level able to be contained given testing, contact tracing and other health system metrics. Based on the below metrics and expert advisement, the State DOH will decide whether the Focus Zone will be extended, modified (redrawn geographic boundaries based on case prevalence and positivity data), or ended. For Orange and Yellow Zones that are put in place solely as "buffer zones" to monitor case spread beyond a designated focus zone, these will be evaluated based on positivity data, cases per capita, and daily hospital admissions over the entire 14 day period to ensure there are no signs of broader spread from the focus area that prompted the zone creation. If after 14 days there has been no notable increase in positivity, new cases, or new hospital admissions from the buffer zone, the buffer zone will - based on other epidemiological factors - become eligible to qualify for a new zone designation, or ending a zone designation, if appropriate.  

   

Geographic Area  

TARGET METRIC TO LEAVE ANY ZONE AREA  

TARGET METRIC TO LEAVE ORANGE WARNING ZONE  

TARGET METRIC TO LEAVE RED MICRO CLUSTER ZONE  

ADDITIONAL FACTORS FOR ALL ZONE DESIGNATION DECISIONS  

Tier 1  

Geographic area (ZIP, census tract, etc.) is located within a county of 900,000 or more people or located within city of 90,000 or more people.  

   

   

Included in Tier 1: New York City boroughs; Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Erie counties; cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Yonkers  

Geographic area demonstrates decline in positivity (daily 7-day rolling average) over 10-day period AND has positivity below 1.5% (7-day rolling average) for at least 3 consecutive days at end of 10-day period.   

   

   

Geographic area demonstrates decline in positivity (daily 7-day rolling average) over 10-day period AND has positivity below 2% (7-day rolling average) for at least 3 consecutive days at end of 10-day period.   

   

Geographic area demonstrates decline in positivity (daily 7-day rolling average) over 10-day period AND has positivity below 3% (7-day rolling average) for at least 3 consecutive days at end of 10-day period.  

   

OR  

   

The State Department of Health (DOH), in consultation with the local department of health, may find that based on the above listed metrics, epidemiological considerations and/or other relevant factors, or other circumstances that a new zone designation is appropriate, or further data is required before a new zone designation can occur. Additional considerations include:  

  • Trends in the daily hospital admissions from the geographic area  
  • A finding that new cases are tied to a specific congregate facility, or defined cluster  
  • Increased compliance and enforcement actions taken by local government  
  • Community cooperation to reduce viral spread  

Tiers 2, 3, 4 Geographic Areas (Monroe; Onondaga; Orange; Rockland; Albany; Dutchess; Saratoga; Oneida; Niagara; Broome; Ulster; Rensselaer; Schenectady; Chautauqua; Oswego; Jefferson; Ontario; St. Lawrence; Tompkins; Putnam; Steuben; Wayne; Chemung; Clinton; Cayuga; Cattaraugus; Sullivan; Madison; Warren; Livingston; Herkimer; Washington; Otsego; Columbia; Genesee; Fulton; Franklin; Montgomery; Tioga; Cortland; Chenango; Greene; Allegany; Delaware; Orleans; Wyoming; Essex; Seneca; Schoharie; Lewis; Yates; Schuyler; Hamilton counties)  

Geographic area demonstrates decline in positivity (daily 7-day rolling average) over 10-day period AND has positivity below 2% (7-day rolling average) for at least 3 consecutive days at end of 10-day period.   

   

   

Geographic area demonstrates decline in positivity (daily 7-day rolling average) over 10-day period AND has positivity below 3% (7-day rolling average) for at least 3 consecutive days at end of 10-day period.   

   

Geographic area demonstrates decline in positivity (daily 7-day rolling average) over 10-day period AND has positivity below 4% (7-day rolling average) for at least 3 consecutive days at end of 10-day period.     

   

   

Modifications to Current Cluster Zones and New Cluster Zones  

Brooklyn - Click Here for Map  

Over the past 10 days:    

  

  • Red "Micro-Cluster" Zone: 7.4% - 5.5% (does not meet criteria to exit red zone)  
  • Orange Buffer Zone: 2.6% - 2.7% (meets criteria - based on no notable case increase for a buffer zone - for designation as Yellow Buffer Zone)  
  • Yellow Buffer Zone: 1.5% - 1.7% (does not meet metric to exit; remains Yellow Buffer Zone) 

      

Queens - Kew Gardens/Forest Hills - Click Here for Map  

This map has been updated to include Ozone Park neighborhood that qualifies for a Yellow Zone designation. 

Over the past 10 days:    

  

  • Red "Micro-Cluster" Zone: 4.7% - 2.5% (meets criteria for Red Zone exit - below 3% - and meets the metric for Yellow Zone entrance - above 2.5%)  
  • Orange Buffer Zone: 1.9% - 1.6% (meets criteria - based on no notable case increase for a buffer zone - for designation as Yellow Buffer Zone)  
  • Yellow Buffer Zone: 1.9% - 2.1% (does not meet metric to exit; remains Yellow Buffer Zone)  


Queens - Far Rockaway - Click Here for Map   


Over the past 10 days:   

  

  • Red "Micro Cluster" Zone: 3.7% - 1.8% (meets criteria for Red Zone exit - below 3% - and does not meet requirement to exit all zones (1.5%) - designated as Yellow Zone)  
  • Orange Buffer Zone: 4.0% - 1.7% (meets criteria - based on no notable case increase for a buffer zone - for designation as Yellow Buffer Zone)  
  • Yellow Buffer Zone: 4.4% - 3.5% (does not meet metric to exit; remains Yellow Buffer Zone)  


Rockland County - Click Here for Map  

Over the past 10 days:   

  

  • Red "Micro Cluster" Zone: 11.6% - 4.8% (does not meet criteria to exit red zone)  
  • Yellow Buffer Zone: 9.1% - 6.0% (does not meet metric to exit; remains Yellow Buffer Zone)  

  

Orange County - Click Here for Map  

Over the past 10 days:    

  

  • Red "Micro Cluster" Zone: 12.8% - 4.2% (does not meet criteria to exit red zone)  
  • Yellow Buffer Zone: 19.0% - 1.6% (does not meet metric to exit; remains Yellow Buffer Zone)  

  

Broome County - Click Here for Map   

  

Over the past 10 days:    

   

  • Yellow Precautionary Zone: 4.8% - 4.6% (does not meet criteria to exit yellow precautionary zone)  

   

Steuben County - New Zone - Click Here for Map (note: a portion of the Steuben zone extends into Chemung County)   

   

  • New Zone: Meets criteria for new Yellow Precautionary Zone  

 

Chemung County - New Zone - Click Here for Map   

   

  • New Zone: Meets criteria for new Orange Warning Zone (Yellow Buffer Zone implemented as well)  

    

Today's data is summarized briefly below:    

   

  • Patient Hospitalization - 950 (+8)   
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 152    
  • Hospital Counties - 45   
  • Number ICU - 201 (+7)   
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 103 (+4)   
  • Total Discharges - 78,645 (+115)   
  • Deaths - 7   
  • Total Deaths - 25,679   

      

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

    

REGION   

SUNDAY   

MONDAY   

TUESDAY   

Capital Region   

1.1%    

0.8%    

0.8%   

Central New York   

1.1%    

2.1%    

1.9%   

Finger Lakes   

1.5%    

1.4%    

1.7%   

Long Island    

1.0%    

0.9%    

1.6%   

Mid-Hudson    

1.4%    

1.7%    

2.6%   

Mohawk Valley    

0.3%    

0.4%    

0.5%   

New York City    

1.3%    

1.3%    

1.6%   

North Country    

1.3%    

1.3%    

0.6%   

Southern Tier    

1.2%    

1.8%    

1.3%   

Western New York   

0.9%    

1.2%    

2.0%   

   

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    

1.2%    

0.9%    

1.3%   

Brooklyn    

1.5%    

1.8%    

2.2%   

Manhattan    

0.8%    

1.0%    

0.9%   

Queens    

1.6%    

1.4%    

1.7%   

Staten Island    

1.3%    

1.5%   

2.3%  

   

Of the 488,506 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:    

    

County   

Total Positive   

New Positive   

Albany   

3,460   

24   

Allegany   

224   

4   

Broome   

3,060   

57   

Cattaraugus   

434   

17   

Cayuga   

332   

30   

Chautauqua   

845   

40   

Chemung   

1,381   

49   

Chenango   

337   

6   

Clinton   

220   

5   

Columbia   

659   

2   

Cortland   

451   

15   

Delaware   

161   

2   

Dutchess   

5,366   

11   

Erie   

12,574   

61   

Essex   

194   

0   

Franklin   

78   

1   

Fulton   

360   

0   

Genesee   

372   

1   

Greene   

482   

5   

Hamilton   

16   

0   

Herkimer   

374   

3   

Jefferson   

193   

1   

Lewis   

62   

5   

Livingston   

256   

6   

Madison   

541   

4   

Monroe   

6,850   

52   

Montgomery   

257   

1   

Nassau   

48,864   

133   

Niagara   

1,986   

18   

NYC   

256,046   

839   

Oneida   

2,617   

18   

Onondaga   

5,121   

69   

Ontario   

603   

5   

Orange   

13,258   

40   

Orleans   

376   

8   

Oswego   

599   

5   

Otsego   

369   

1   

Putnam   

1,755   

3   

Rensselaer   

1,047   

7   

Rockland   

17,453   

184   

Saratoga   

1,229   

10   

Schenectady   

1,516   

6   

Schoharie   

101   

0   

Schuyler   

104   

4   

Seneca   

131   

3   

St. Lawrence   

372   

4   

Steuben   

898   

14   

Suffolk   

48,234   

113   

Sullivan   

1,694   

12   

Tioga   

478   

19   

Tompkins   

563   

7   

Ulster   

2,428   

9   

Warren   

441   

2   

Washington   

326   

0   

Wayne   

393   

7   

Westchester   

39,694   

78   

Wyoming   

172   

5   

Yates   

99   

1   

  

Yesterday, 7 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,679. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:    

    

Deaths by County of Residence   

County   

New Deaths   

Kings   

5   

Schuyler   

1   

Westchester   

1   

 
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