Cuomo: COVID Restrictions Expected For Several Parts of NY

Marco Green
November 23, 2020

Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday, Nov. 23 that some portions of Westchester, Orange, and Putnam counties are on track to earn "yellow", "orange", or "red" zone distinctions due to the rise in infection rate.

Rising COVID-19 infection rates could mean that part of Manhattan, Staten Island and Long Island could face new restrictions on activities this week.

Right now, part of the county is in an Orange Zone, and the rest, along with North Tonawanda and part of Wheatfield in Niagara County, are in a Yellow Zone.

"Staten Island is a serious problem", Cuomo said.

"Yellow zone" restrictions include a 25-person maximum capacity on mass gatherings, four-person to a table maximum while dining, and 20 percent weekly testing of in-person students, faculty in schools.

Gatherings in private homes remain limited to 10 people, while information on public school impacts will come directly from each school district.

Cuomo also said parts of Westchester County - Yonkers, Port Chester, Ossining, New Rochelle, Tarrytown and Peekskill - are on track for "Orange & Red Zones". "The only question of how much and how fast is up to you".

Cuomo did not specify which parts of Syracuse are at risk of entering the orange zone. "You can change what you do, and you can change how your community acts".

The positivity rate in Tottenville on Saturday was 5.6%, according to the state's data. The Mid-Hudson Region, at 3.75 percent, has the second-highest positivity rate in the past week.

"Between now and January, there will be increased social interaction, and the outcome, I believe, will be an increase in the rate of cases", Governor Cuomo said. The vaccine will be first distributed for high-need populations, but it will be six months at a minimum before it is widely available, so we simply can not afford six months of a sustained increase in cases.

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