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

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Based on Progress Controlling COVID Spread, Brooklyn Red Zone will Transition to Orange Warning Zone

New Yellow Precautionary Zones in Erie, Monroe and Onondaga Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced updated COVID-19 micro-cluster focus areas in New York State. Based on data metrics including testing results and hospitalization rates, Brooklyn’s red zone will transition to an orange warning zone. The Governor also announced new yellow precautionary zone focus areas in Erie, Monroe and Onondaga Counties.

“COVID is surging across the country and the globe, and we expect the rates will continue to go up through the fall and into the winter,” Governor Cuomo said. “The long-term prognosis is get a vaccine as quickly as possible, and administer the vaccine as quickly, fairly and equitably as possible. In the meantime, we manage the increase by doing more testing and targeted restrictions where necessary, and being more aggressive on enforcement. I know people are tired – COVID fatigue is real. But the virus isn’t tired. The red, orange and yellow zones are our way of saying the virus is making headway and we’re going to increase restrictions and we’re going to increase enforcement. When we see a small increase, we attack that small increase – and the numbers show it works. If we stay smart and disciplined, we can manage this – but it will take all of us being New York Tough.”

Modifications to Current Focus Zones

Brooklyn – Red Zone Changes to Orange Warning Zone

Last week, Brooklyn’s Red Zone was reduced in size by 50 percent based on progress. Metrics demonstrate continued progress controlling COVID spread and the zone will be transitioned to Orange, allowing many businesses to reopen.

New Focus Zones

Erie County – New Yellow Precautionary Zone – Click Here for Map

Over the past ten days, parts of Erie County have had 7-day average positivity rates above 2.5%, and cases per 100,000 and new daily hospital admissions have increased, meeting the metrics for a yellow zone designation.

Monroe County – New Yellow Precautionary Zone – Click Here for Map

Over the past ten days, parts of Monroe County have had 7-day average positivity rates above 3%, and cases per 100,000 and new daily hospital admissions have increased, meeting the metrics for a yellow zone designation.

Onondaga County – New Yellow Zone – Click Here for Map

Over the past ten days, parts of Onondaga County have had 7-day average positivity rates above 3%, and cases per 100,000 and new daily hospital admissions have increased, meeting the metrics for a yellow zone designation.

The Governor reminded New Yorkers yellow zone restrictions include a 25-person maximum capacity on mass gatherings, 4-person to a table maximum while dining and 20 percent weekly testing of in-person students, faculty in schools. Bars and restaurants located in Yellow Precautionary Zones must close at midnight. 

The positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s micro-cluster strategy is 4.32 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 2.69 percent. Within the focus areas, 8,899 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 384 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 102,517 test results were reported, yielding 2,760 positives. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the day prior, the current 7-day rolling average, and last two weeks is below:

FOCUS ZONE10/18- 10/24 % Positive10/25- 10/31 % Positive11/1- 11/7 % PositiveCurrent 7-day rolling averageDay Prior (11/7) % PositiveYesterday (11/8) % Positive
Queens Kew Garden Hills/Forest Hills yellow-zone focus area % positive2.40%2.65%2.96%3.12%3.73%4.14%
Rockland orange-zone focus area % positive3.65%4.08%2.96%2.77%2.43%2.20%
Orange yellow-zone focus area % positive2.64%2.37%1.96%1.74%1.47%0.74%
Broome yellow-zone focus area % positive6.39%6.00%4.13%4.24%3.05%7.27%
Steuben yellow-zone focus area % positive4.42%4.99%3.21%2.77%2.44%0.88%
Chemung orange-zone focus area % positive8.36%5.52%6.45%5.62%2.95%2.11%
Westchester yellow-zone focus area % positive4.25%6.23%7.53%7.57%8.33%8.09%
All focus area statewide % positive3.58%3.57%3.43%3.47%3.72%4.32%
Statewide % positive with all focus areas included1.31%1.54%1.95%2.07%2.35%2.82%
Statewide % positive without all focus areas included1.06%1.34%1.81%1.94%2.23%2.69%

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 1,444 (+48)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 185
  • Hospital Counties – 47
  • Number ICU – 282 (-13)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 125 (-6)
  • Total Discharges – 80,764 (+118)
  • Deaths – 26
  • Total Deaths – 25,973

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

REGIONFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
Capital Region1.7%1.1%2.0%
Central New York2.6%2.6%3.2%
Finger Lakes3.2%3.5%4.8%
Long Island2.5%2.6%3.4%
Mid-Hudson2.5%2.8%3.7%
Mohawk Valley1.5%1.1%1.9%
New York City1.8%2.2%2.5%
North Country1.6%1.7%2.2%
Southern Tier1.2%1.3%0.7%
Western New York4.3%4.8%5.3%

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

BOROUGHFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
Bronx2.0%3.2%2.7%
Brooklyn1.8%1.9%2.5%
Manhattan1.3%1.7%1.9%
Queens2.1%2.3%2.7%
Staten Island3.0%2.9%3.8%

Of the 532,180 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany4,09546
Allegany4712
Broome4,03229
Cattaraugus6116
Cayuga54916
Chautauqua1,1184
Chemung2,1359
Chenango4688
Clinton3032
Columbia81211
Cortland6569
Delaware2468
Dutchess5,83949
Erie15,216228
Essex2160
Franklin1404
Fulton3752
Genesee49517
Greene5583
Hamilton201
Herkimer4492
Jefferson2779
Lewis1855
Livingston4082
Madison6586
Monroe8,957133
Montgomery2960
Nassau51,895213
Niagara2,39238
NYC272,3751,156
Oneida3,12139
Onondaga6,57685
Ontario8297
Orange14,46596
Orleans4508
Oswego78729
Otsego4495
Putnam1,97830
Rensselaer1,21315
Rockland18,99585
Saratoga1,55312
Schenectady1,73317
Schoharie1242
Schuyler1863
Seneca1826
St. Lawrence49313
Steuben1,2294
Suffolk51,052324
Sullivan1,9006
Tioga84610
Tompkins7075
Ulster2,64721
Warren4852
Washington3822
Wayne67613
Westchester42,454275
Wyoming2504
Yates1718

Yesterday, 26 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,973. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
CountyNew Deaths
Broome1
Cattaraugus1
Erie3
Kings3
Manhattan1
Oneida1
Onondaga2
Orange2
Queens4
Rockland1
Tioga3
Wayne2
Westchester2

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