Cuomo hints at Monday announcement for plans, criteria as NY deals with surging COVID-19 cases

Editor’s Note: Gov. Cuomo held a press conference on Monday outlining the state’s new plan. Click here to read about it or watch the press conference.

Governor Andrew Cuomo wasn’t bashful about his expectations for COVID-19 spread over the next two weeks during a call with press on Sunday.

It could mean new restrictions, or new methodology for determining what locations are in various ‘zones’ for micro-clustering. It was a record-breaking weekend in New York with many counties reporting some of the highest individual caseloads of the pandemic.

He said that the state will continue to see cases rise over the next 30 days. The state recorded its highest positivity rate since May at 4.27%.




“If you look at New York relative only to New York, you see the numbers going up — not as fast as in other states, but the numbers are going up. It’s nice that we’re doing better in a national and global context, but it’s irrelevant to one extent because we have to deal with the issues that we have here in New York relative to New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “I expect you’re going to see the rate going up through the holiday season. This is a new phase for COVID — call it the winter phase or the holiday phase or the surge upon surge phase — and we are spending this weekend talking to health officials and local governments about the plan for that next phase.”

He said that more information would be released on Monday about that plan.

The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 5.83 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 3.75 percent. Within the focus areas, 39,323 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 2,294 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 117,997 test results were reported, yielding 4,429 positives.


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