Parts of Suffolk now "Yellow Precautionary Zones" for COVID-19

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Portions of Suffolk County outside the Sachem area are now "Yellow Precautionary Zones" as the positive test rate for COVID-19 increases, Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Meanwhile, New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith, a Republican from Holbrook, said opposes the enforcement of potential lockdowns in his 5th Assembly District.

Cuomo announced updated COVID-19 micro-cluster focus zones across the state, including Suffolk County. Hampton Bays and Riverhead will be designated as Precautionary Yellow Zones after meeting the positivity, new cases, and new hospitalization metrics for yellow zone designation, Cuomo said. To the west, Yellow Precautionary zones will be established in and around Great Neck and Massapequa Park in Nassau County and part of Upper Manhattan. Meanwhile, a portion of Staten Island's Yellow Precautionary Zone will become an Orange Warning Zone. Orange Warning Zones will also be established in upstate Monroe and Onondaga Counties.

Modifications to current focus zones and new focus zones go into effect this Wednesday for businesses and Thursday for schools — even though Thursday is Thanksgiving.

While the Sachem area is not presently a cluster zone, Assemblyman Smith wrote in an OnSachem News Viewpoint article he opposes enforcement actions if any portion of his district is later labeled a cluster zone.

"Good intentions do not override Constitutional rights and individual liberties in the United States of America," Smith wrote. "I am urging my constituents to make smarter choices and to think about your neighbors as you would think about your own families, but I cannot support additional lockdowns in my district as they are currently being proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo." Read Smith's entire Viewpoint article here.

The following restrictions are implemented for each cluster zone.

ActivityRedOrangeYellow

Non-Residential Gatherings


Prohibited

10 people maximum, indoors and outdoors

25 people maximum, indoors and outdoors

Residential Gatherings


Prohibited10 people maximum, indoors and outdoors10 people maximum, indoors and outdoors

House of Worship


Lesser of:

25% of maximum capacity
10 people

Lesser of:

33% of maximum capacity
25 people

50% of maximum capacity

Businesses 


Non-essential businesses are closed Certain high-risk non-essential businesses (eg., gyms, fitness centers and classes, barber shops, hair salons, personal care services) are closed.Open

Dining


Takeout or delivery onlyOutdoor dining, takeout or delivery only, 4 person maximum per table, and bars and restaurants close at 10:00pm for on-premises consumptionIndoor and outdoor dining permitted, 4 person maximum per table; bars and restaurants close at 10:00pm for on-premises consumption
Schools

Closed*
Remote-only

Closed*
Remote-only

Open
20% weekly testing of in-person students and faculty

"We need a reality check because these are dangerous times that we're in," Cuomo said. "The COVID rate, number of deaths, number of hospitalizations, everything we watch all day on TV, is all a function of our actions. There is no predetermined result here. You tell me what New Yorkers do today, I will tell you the infection rate tomorrow."

Cuomo added, "We are in a place now where there is a bad synergy -- a sense of COVID fatigue. Yes, we're only at 3 percent and only Vermont, Maine, and Hawaii are lower than us, but that can change in an instant and we must remember how we got here. It's the infection rate in your community that matters, and that's why we talk about micro-clusters. Influence your family's behavior and your community's behavior and be a COVID change agent in your community. We're social beings and it's also the high season of social activity. That is a bad combination, and it is always the combination of events that creates the major issues." 

Modifications to Current Focus Zones

Staten Island - Parts of Staten Island Move to Orange Warning Zone - Click Here for Map

Parts of Staten Island will transition to an orange warning zone based on increasing 7-day positivity rates, number of cases, and hospitalizations that meet the metrics for orange warning zone designation. The remainder of the borough will remain in a yellow precautionary zone.

New Focus Zones

Manhattan - New Yellow Precautionary Zone - Click Here for Map

A new yellow zone will be established in the Washington Heights area, after meeting the metrics for yellow precautionary zone designation including on increasing 7-day positivity rates, number of cases, and hospitalizations.

Monroe County - Click Here for Map

The City of Rochester and surrounding areas will transition to an orange zone after meeting the positivity, new cases, and hospitalizations metrics for orange zone designation. The rest of the existing yellow zone will remain a Precautionary yellow zone. 

Nassau County - Links to Maps Below 


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Yellow Precautionary zones will be established in and around Great Neck and Massapequa Park, after both areas have seen sustained positivity, new case rates, and hospitalizations that meet the metrics for yellow precautionary zone designation.

Onondaga County - Click Here for Map

The City of Syracuse and surrounding areas will transition to an orange precautionary zone after seeing continued increases in positivity and number of cases, as well as hospitalizations. The existing yellow zone will remain a yellow precautionary zone, and parts of it will be expanded.

Suffolk County - Links to Maps Below

Parts of Suffolk County including Hampton Bays and Riverhead will be designated as Precautionary Yellow Zones after meeting the positivity, new cases, and new hospitalization metrics for yellow zone designation.

Cuomo noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state's Micro-Cluster strategy is 4.48 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 2.73 percent. Within the focus areas, 39,209 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 1,755 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 152,280 test results were reported, yielding 4,151 positives. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the day prior, the current 7-day rolling average, and last two weeks is below: 

STATEWIDE

11/1- 11/7 % Positive

11/8- 11/14 % Positive

11/15- 11/21 % Positive

Current 7-day rolling average

Day Prior (11/21) % Positive

Yesterday (11/22) % Positive

 

 

 

 

 

 

All focus area statewide % positive

3.44%

4.89%

4.57%

4.57%

4.39%

4.48%

 

 

Statewide % positive with all focus areas included

1.95%

2.86%

2.89%

2.93%

2.74%

3.08%

 

 

Statewide % positive without all focus areas included

1.81%

2.47%

2.44%

2.52%

2.29%

2.73%

 

 

Micro-cluster zone 7-day average positivity rates for today, yesterday, the day before, last week, and the week prior is below: 

FOCUS ZONE

11/1- 11/7 % Positive

11/8- 11/14 % Positive

11/15- 11/21 % Positive

Day Prior 7-day Rolling Average

Yesterday 7-day Rolling Average

Current 7-day Rolling average

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erie orange-zone focus area % positive

4.53%

7.22%

7.30%

7.25%

7.30%

7.20%

 

 

Erie Yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.64%

5.34%

7.36%

7.58%

7.36%

7.53%

 

 

Niagara Yellow -zone focus area % positive

4.29%

5.10%

4.44%

4.30%

4.44%

4.53%

 

 

Monroe Yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.06%

5.54%

3.80%

3.96%

3.80%

3.76%

 

 

Onondaga Yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.68%

6.58%

5.12%

5.65%

5.12%

4.99%

 

 

Queens Kew Garden Hills/Forest Hills/Astoria yellow-zone focus area % positive

2.11%

3.40%

3.40%

3.32%

3.40%

3.31%

 

 

Bronx East Yellow-zone focus area % positive

2.70%

3.81%

3.52%

3.49%

3.52%

3.73%

 

 

Bronx West Yellow -zone focus area % positive

2.79%

3.80%

4.70%

4.72%

4.70%

4.73%

 

 

Brooklyn Yellow-zone focus area % positive

3.33%

3.92%

3.70%

3.72%

3.70%

3.85%

 

 

Rockland Yellow-zone focus area % positive

3.46%

3.55%

3.39%

3.30%

3.39%

3.29%

 

 

Chemung Orange-zone focus area % positive

6.45%

4.59%

4.71%

4.15%

4.71%

5.20%

 

 

Staten Island Yellow-zone focus area % positive

3.00%

4.33%

4.15%

3.99%

4.15%

4.28%

 

 

Tioga Yellow-zone focus area % positive

10.03%

10.81%

5.60%

5.90%

5.60%

5.47%

 

 

Orange Middletown - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

2.95%

3.81%

5.41%

4.94%

5.41%

3.84%

 

 

Orange Newburgh - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

5.96%

8.07%

7.89%

7.93%

7.89%

8.68%

 

 

Westchester Peekskill - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

5.16%

10.36%

7.15%

7.70%

7.15%

7.29%

 

 

Westchester Ossining - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

5.00%

9.88%

10.22%

10.37%

10.22%

10.11%

 

 

Westchester Tarrytown - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.26%

8.47%

8.27%

8.56%

8.27%

8.80%

 

 

Westchester Yonkers - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

3.42%

4.48%

4.11%

4.07%

4.11%

4.38%

 

 

Westchester New Rochelle - Yellow-zone focus area % positive

4.40%

6.46%

5.68%

6.58%

5.68%

5.20%

 

 

Westchester Port Chester Orange-zone focus area % positive

7.46%

9.34%

7.59%

7.09%

7.59%

7.94%

 

 

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,724 (+162)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 363
  • Hospital Counties - 52
  • Number ICU - 545 (+43)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 249 (+15)
  • Total Discharges - 83,501 (+194)    
  • Deaths - 33
  • Total Deaths - 26,390 

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

REGION

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

CURRENT 7-DAY AVERAGE

Capital Region

2.4%

2.0%

2.0%

2.28%

Central New York

3.5%

2.6%

3.6%

3.43%

Finger Lakes

3.8%

2.5%

3.6%

3.30%

Long Island

2.9%

3.5%

3.5%

3.24%

Mid-Hudson

3.7%

3.3%

4.2%

3.91%

Mohawk Valley

3.3%

2.1%

2.5%

2.58%

New York City

2.6%

2.3%

2.5%

2.57%

North Country

2.2%

1.3%

1.7%

1.73%

Southern Tier

1.2%

1.5%

1.8%

1.23%

Western New York

5.7%

6.0%

5.5%

5.11%

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

BOROUGH

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

CURRENT 7-DAY AVERAGE

Bronx

3.9%

3.3%

3.4%

3.39%

Brooklyn

2.4%

2.0%

2.7%

2.33%

Manhattan

2.0%

1.4%

1.4%

1.78%

Queens

2.4%

2.9%

2.9%

2.81%

Staten Island

3.8%

4.4%

4.2%

4.15%

Of the 602,120 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

5,148

40

Allegany

856

10

Broome

4,927

68

Cattaraugus

901

24

Cayuga

735

31

Chautauqua

1,403

11

Chemung

2,702

55

Chenango

578

15

Clinton

428

10

Columbia

965

3

Cortland

907

23

Delaware

314

5

Dutchess

6,728

94

Erie

21,572

497

Essex

250

2

Franklin

239

8

Fulton

454

22

Genesee

800

42

Greene

633

7

Hamilton

39

2

Herkimer

582

7

Jefferson

435

17

Lewis

306

6

Livingston

617

34

Madison

821

24

Monroe

12,771

365

Montgomery

396

18

Nassau

57,127

421

Niagara

3,213

61

NYC

296,547

1,782

Oneida

4,210

129

Onondaga

9,362

202

Ontario

1,129

42

Orange

15,987

115

Orleans

576

15

Oswego

1,273

86

Otsego

529

21

Putnam

2,472

110

Rensselaer

1,528

13

Rockland

20,708

106

Saratoga

1,969

65

Schenectady

2,136

63

Schoharie

176

7

Schuyler

271

9

Seneca

253

10

St. Lawrence

678

11

Steuben

1,599

42

Suffolk

56,865

526

Sullivan

2,093

15

Tioga

1,043

19

Tompkins

936

32

Ulster

3,073

50

Warren

543

1

Washington

430

8

Wayne

967

55

Westchester

47,262

421

Wyoming

419

18

Yates

239

11

Yesterday, 33 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 26,390. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:  

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Allegany

1

Bronx

3

Chemung

1

Erie

10

Genesee

1

Kings

2

Lewis

1

Madison

1

Monroe

3

Nassau

1

Richmond

3

Rockland

1

Steuben

1

Suffolk

3

Tioga

1

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