ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo says that he is adjusting restrictions for COVID-19 hot spots statewide.
Cuomo’s announcement came during his Wednesday morning press briefing.
The Governor says that, to exit a red zone, an area needs to have an infection rate less than three percent after 10 days (Four percent in less populated areas).
An orange exit zone would require a less than two percent infection rate after 10 days (Three percent in less populated areas), and a yellow zone exit would require an infection rate under 1.5 percent after 10 days (Two percent in less populated areas).
“How does a cluster form?,” Cuomo asked.
Cuomo says the following questions would also need to be considered:
- Are new hospitalizations trending downward?
- Are new cases coming from a new source (i.e. congregate facility)?
- Has local government undertaken increased and effective compliance enforcement actions?
- Is the community cooperating?
The Governor says that the New York counties along the Pennsylvania border have seen a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases.