Updated COVID-19 Micro-Cluster Focus Zones

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Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.72 Percent

Rockland County Yellow Zone Expanded; New Yellow Zones in Orange and Westchester Counties

Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 4.11 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 2.38 Percent     

Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.72 Percent

31 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. Rockland County’s Yellow Precautionary Zone will be expanded, and parts of Orange and Westchester counties will become Yellow Precautionary Zones due to increased cases, positivity, and hospital admissions from these areas.

“If you look around the country, around the world, COVID is surging. In New York, we are not immune to what’s happening around us – and with the cold weather and holiday travel, from here to January is going to be very dangerous. We’re going to add some additional micro-cluster zones. While some areas have improved over the past weeks, other parts have seen a higher positivity rate,” Governor Cuomo said. “These next few weeks will be challenging with the holidays, especially since we all want to see our loved ones after the year we have had, but we cannot let our guard down. Love is sometimes doing what’s hard – this year, if you love someone, it is smarter and better to stay away, as hard as that is to say and hear. We can get through this if we all continue to wear our masks, stay socially distant, avoid gatherings, wash our hands and above all, stay New York Tough.”

Modifications to Current Focus Zones

Rockland County – Click Here for Map

The current Rockland zone will be expanded to include additional areas that have seen an increase in positivity and cases, including Pearl River, West Haverstraw, Stony Point and Suffern.

New Focus Zones

Orange County – Links to Maps Below

Newburgh, New WindsorMiddletown, and Highland Falls have seen an increase in positivity rates and number of daily cases, meeting the metrics for yellow precautionary zones.

Westchester County – Links to Maps Below

New RochelleOssiningTarrytownYonkers and Peekskill have all seen an increase in positivity rates and number of daily cases, meeting the metrics for precautionary yellow zones in each area.

The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 4.11 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 2.38 percent. Within the focus areas, 37,685 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 1,550 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 157,554 test results were reported, yielding 3,760 positives. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the day prior, the current 7-day rolling average, and last two weeks is below:

FOCUS ZONE11/1- 11/7 % Positive11/8- 11/14 % PositiveCurrent 7-day rolling averageDay Prior (11/17) % PositiveYesterday (11/18) % Positive 
 
 
Erie orange-zone focus area % positive4.53%7.22%7.21%8.30%6.73% 
Erie Yellow-zone focus area % positive4.64%5.34%6.08%9.26%5.19% 
Niagara Yellow -zone focus area % positive4.29%5.10%3.74%4.48%1.94% 
Monroe Yellow-zone focus area % positive4.06%5.54%4.39%3.87%3.64% 
Onondaga Yellow-zone focus area % positive4.68%6.58%5.67%4.74%4.90% 
Queens Kew Garden Hills/Forest Hills/Astoria yellow-zone focus area % positive2.11%3.40%3.41%3.86%2.76% 
Bronx East Yellow-zone focus area % positive2.70%3.81%3.62%4.93%2.73% 
Bronx West Yellow -zone focus area % positive2.79%3.80%4.50%5.44%3.67% 
Brooklyn Yellow-zone focus area % positive3.33%3.92%3.59%3.57%4.31% 
Rockland Yellow-zone focus area % positive2.96%2.23%2.32%3.52%1.18% 
Chemung Orange-zone focus area % positive6.45%4.59%4.34%5.71%5.49% 
Staten Island Yellow-zone focus area % positive3.00%4.33%4.29%4.24%4.31% 
Tioga Yellow-zone focus area % positive10.03%10.81%6.44%6.90%5.17% 
Westchester Orange-zone focus area % positive7.46%9.34%7.96%5.41%8.16% 
All focus area statewide % positive3.38%4.79%4.12%5.02%4.11% 
Statewide % positive with all focus areas included1.95%2.86%2.84%3.43%2.72% 
Statewide % positive without all focus areas included1.81%2.47%2.44%3.10%2.38% 

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 2,276 (+74)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 342
  • Hospital Counties – 50
  • Number ICU – 437 (+14)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 200 (+8)
  • Total Discharges – 82,507 (+246)
  • Deaths – 31
  • Total Deaths – 26,257

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

REGIONMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYCURRENT 7-DAY AVERAGE
Capital Region2.8%3.3%2.2%2.31%
Central New York4.5%3.7%3.3%3.55%
Finger Lakes3.7%3.9%2.9%3.89%
Long Island3.5%3.6%3.1%3.26%
Mid-Hudson4.3%4.6%3.9%3.84%
Mohawk Valley3.1%2.6%2.2%2.44%
New York City2.9%2.9%2.4%2.53%
North Country2.2%1.9%1.3%1.75%
Southern Tier0.7%1.4%1.4%1.14%
Western New York6.5%5.6%4.1%4.85%

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

BOROUGHMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY
Bronx3.7%3.9%2.7%
Brooklyn2.3%2.6%2.4%
Manhattan2.3%2.2%1.8%
Queens3.1%3.3%2.5%
Staten Island4.8%4.3%4.2%

Of the 579,382 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany4,82292
Allegany70917
Broome4,62075
Cattaraugus78041
Cayuga67612
Chautauqua1,31612
Chemung2,48749
Chenango53113
Clinton3978
Columbia91812
Cortland82726
Delaware2912
Dutchess6,43953
Erie19,473490
Essex2393
Franklin2158
Fulton4157
Genesee67419
Greene6004
Hamilton354
Herkimer53713
Jefferson3549
Lewis27510
Livingston54215
Madison76613
Monroe11,444296
Montgomery36213
Nassau55,486374
Niagara2,93465
NYC288,8691,847
Oneida3,84694
Onondaga8,494193
Ontario1,02214
Orange15,566154
Orleans54810
Oswego1,08128
Otsego49212
Putnam2,30637
Rensselaer1,41122
Rockland20,26387
Saratoga1,80435
Schenectady1,98333
Schoharie1622
Schuyler2479
Seneca2253
St. Lawrence62717
Steuben1,48821
Suffolk54,916431
Sullivan2,03123
Tioga99612
Tompkins84012
Ulster2,93772
Warren5257
Washington4114
Wayne85430
Westchester45,672337
Wyoming3827
Yates2202

Yesterday, 31 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 26,257. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
CountyNew Deaths
Albany1
Allegany2
Bronx1
Chemung1
Dutchess1
Erie5
Kings4
Monroe1
Nassau2
Niagara1
Ontario1
Orange1
Queens3
Rensselaer1
Richmond1
Saratoga1
Schenectady1
Suffolk1
Ulster1
Westchester1

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