Cuomo: Microclusters show improvement, red zones remain in NYC

Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided an update on how the different zones across NYC would be adjusted based on the percentage of coronavirus infections in those areas on Wednesday.

News 12 Staff

Oct 22, 2020, 7:26 PM

Updated 1,311 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided an update on how the different zones across NYC would be adjusted based on the percentage of coronavirus infections in those areas on Wednesday. 
Nonessential businesses and schools remain closed in the red zones across the city. The red zone microclusters are showing improvement, according to COVID-19 infection data provided by the state.
He has said that they are now looking at things on a block by block level. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that he’s hopeful that the city will start coming out of restrictions first in Central Queens and then in other parts of the city in the next couple of weeks.
According to the governor:
- In order to exit a red zone, the area must be under 3% infection rate for 10 days. In less populated areas, it's 4%.
- To exit an orange zone, the area must be under 2% after 10 days, 3% in less populated areas.
- To exit a yellow zone, the area must be under 1.5% after 10 days, 2% in less populated areas.
Mayor Bill de Blasio did not specifically say when Brooklyn restrictions would be lifted, but did say they are waiting on the state to make the decisions.
Gov. Cuomo released the seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 positivity by state. The information which was put out by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center shows New York state having one of the lowest positivity rates in the nation.
The governor is asking people not to travel between Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for nonessential reasons if possible, saying they now meet the criteria for a travel advisory. He says, however, because of how connected the states are to New York, that it’s not practical to require a quarantine for travelers.


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