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
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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
Newburgh, New Windsor, Middletown, and Highland Falls have seen an increase in positivity rates and number of daily cases, meeting the metrics for yellow precautionary zones.
New Rochelle, Ossining, Tarrytown, Yonkers 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: