Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced updated COVID-19 micro-cluster focus zones in New York State. Rockland County's Yellow Precautionary Zone will be expanded, and parts of Orange and Westchester counties will become Yellow Precautionary Zones due to increased cases, positivity, and hospital admissions from these areas.
"If you look around the country, around the world, COVID is surging. In New York, we are not immune to what's happening around us - and with the cold weather and holiday travel, from here to January is going to be very dangerous. We're going to add some additional micro-cluster zones. While some areas have improved over the past weeks, other parts have seen a higher positivity rate," Governor Cuomo said. "These next few weeks will be challenging with the holidays, especially since we all want to see our loved ones after the year we have had, but we cannot let our guard down. Love is sometimes doing what's hard - this year, if you love someone, it is smarter and better to stay away, as hard as that is to say and hear. We can get through this if we all continue to wear our masks, stay socially distant, avoid gatherings, wash our hands and above all, stay New York Tough."
The North Country's infection rate is 1.75%.