New Orange COVID-19 Micro-Cluster Warning Zones includes Syracuse and Onondaga County


New Orange Warning Zones on Staten Island and in Monroe and Onondaga Counties

Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 4.48 Percent; New York State

Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 2.73 Percent  

Statewide Positivity Rate is 3.08 Percent

33 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Sunday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on November 23, 2020 announced updated COVID-19 micro-cluster focus zones in New York State. Part of Staten Island’s Yellow Precautionary Zone will become an Orange Warning Zone. Orange Warning Zones will also be established in Monroe and Onondaga Counties. New Yellow Precautionary Zones will be established in Upper Manhattan and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Modifications to current focus zones and new focus zones go into effect this Wednesday, November 25 for businesses and Thursday, November 26 for schools.

The Governor also announced that South Beach Psychiatric Center, a new but unopened Office of Mental Health facility on Staten Island, will at the request of the local hospitals be opening as a temporary emergency facility for COVID patients. The facility served as an emergency hospital in the Spring, providing care for COVID patients.

Parts of Onondaga County and  status

“We need a reality check because these are dangerous times that we’re in. 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. 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,” Governor Cuomo said. “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. Now, Upper Manhattan, basically the Washington Heights area, will become a yellow zone. We’re also adding additional yellow zones on Long Island. Parts of Onondaga and Monroe Counties will become orange zones. Staten Island, part is a yellow zone, part is an orange zone. This year, let’s think of Thanksgiving as a time to yes, really give thanks to the people who really did phenomenal things this year, and continue to thank them by doing our part and wearing masks, staying socially distant, and practicing safe behaviors.”

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

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.

What is an Orange Zone? What are the Onondaga County Zones? See chart 
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.

The Governor 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