Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will withhold funds for localities and schools in COVID-19 cluster zones that fail to enforce public health laws. The New York State Department of Health will send a letter warning local governments in cluster zones that they will lose state funding if they fail to enforce state limits on gatherings and the closure of schools. The letter will be sent to New York City, Orange County, Rockland County, the Town of Ramapo and the Village of Spring Valley.

 

Governor Cuomo also announced that DOH will send an additional letter warning public and private schools in cluster zones that they will lose state funding if they do not comply with state requirements on closure and testing.

 

“We know that public and private schools in the red zones are supposed to be closed. We know that there were violations where yeshivas were operating. We know there were violations where religious gatherings were happening that exceeded the guidelines. This is especially a problem in Brooklyn and Orange and Rockland Counties,” Governor Cuomo said. “Number one, we are sending a notification to local governments saying they must enforce public health law under Section 16. If the local government does not effectively enforce the law, we will withhold funds. We’re also sending a letter to all schools in the red zones saying to them that they must be closed. If they violate the Section 16 order, we will withhold funding from the schools. This is a last and final warning.”

 

In “Red Zone” focus areas included as part of the Governor’s Cluster Action Initiative, the positivity rate for test results reported yesterday is 6.29 percent – up from the 4.13 percent the day before. The “Red Zone” focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of state’s population, yet had 15.6 percent of all positive cases reported yesterday to New York State. 

 

Within the “Red Zone” focus areas, 3,053 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 192 positives or a 6.29 percent positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, not counting these “Red Zone” focus areas, 108,691 test results were reported, yielding 1,040 positives or a 0.95 percent positivity rate. The state’s overall positivity rate is 1.10 percent with focus areas included. The “Red Zone” focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of the state population yet had 15.6 percent of all positive test results reported to the state yesterday, and 12.2 percent of all positive case results reported to the state this current week.

 

FOCUS ZONE

9/27-10/3 % Positive

10/4- 10/10 % Positive

Week to Date (10/11 – 10/13) % Positive

Day Prior (10/12) % Positive

Yesterday (10/13) % Positive

Brooklyn red-zone focus area % positive

6.69%

5.86%

5.80%

5.94%

6.43%

Queens % red-zone focus area % positive

2.97%

3.36%

2.81%

2.43%

4.89%

Rockland % red-zone focus area % positive

12.29%

9.77%

3.31%

2.03%

7.21%

Orange red-zone focus area % positive

24.64%

12.41%

8.64%

14.38%

7.41%

All red-zone focus area % positive

6.91%

6.13%

4.73%

4.13%

6.29%

Statewide % positive with red-zone focus areas included

1.25%

1.18%

1.20%

1.40%

1.10%

Statewide % positive without red-zone focus areas included

1.02%

1.01%

1.09%

1.28%

0.95%

 

 

9/27-10/3

10/4 – 10/10

Week to Date (10/11 – 10/13)

Day Prior (10/12)

Yesterday (10/13)

 

 

Percentage of state’s positive cases coming from red-zone focus areas

21.80%

17.60%

12.20%

12.30%

15.60%

 

 

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 634 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 2 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

 

 

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

 

  • Patient Hospitalization – 938 (+15)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 146
  • Hospital Counties – 39
  • Number ICU – 201 (+20)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 100 (+10)
  • Total Discharges – 77,870 (+115)
  • Deaths – 7
  • Total Deaths – 25,605

 

Of the 146 new hospital admissions yesterday, 68, or 47 percent, were from several counties – Brooklyn, Queens, Rockland, Orange, and Broome – where the state is tracking recent cluster outbreak situations. New York State’s current weekly average is 123 new admissions per day. New York in June averaged 128 new admissions per day, 94 new admissions per day in July, and 69 new daily admissions in August.

 

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

 

REGION

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Capital Region

0.9%

1.7%

1.2%

Central New York

1.4%

2.3%

1.2%

Finger Lakes

0.8%

1.0%

0.7%

Long Island

1.2%

1.1%

1.0%

Mid-Hudson

1.9%

1.8%

1.6%

Mohawk Valley

0.4%

0.7%

0.1%

New York City

1.1%

1.3%

1.2%

North Country

0.2%

0.5%

0.1%

Southern Tier

0.9%

2.2%

1.0%

Western New York

1.1%

1.5%

1.0%

 

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

 

BOROUGH

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Bronx

1.5%

1.0%

0.8%

Brooklyn

1.2%

1.5%

1.9%

Manhattan

0.6%

0.9%

0.8%

Queens

1.4%

1.3%

1.2%

Staten Island

1.3%

2.0%

1.3%

 

 

Of the 477,940 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

3,343

19

Allegany

161

5

Broome

2,607

69

Cattaraugus

367

3

Cayuga

259

8

Chautauqua

748

16

Chemung

1,061

46

Chenango

290

10

Clinton

183

1

Columbia

629

3

Cortland

346

13

Delaware

154

0

Dutchess

5,281

10

Erie

12,216

34

Essex

181

0

Franklin

72

0

Fulton

354

0

Genesee

363

3

Greene

446

17

Hamilton

16

0

Herkimer

363

0

Jefferson

186

0

Lewis

55

0

Livingston

227

0

Madison

517

2

Monroe

6,516

26

Montgomery

249

0

Nassau

48,184

85

Niagara

1,911

4

NYC

251,766

464

Oneida

2,558

4

Onondaga

4,880

37

Ontario

532

5

Orange

12,983

53

Orleans

355

1

Oswego

566

9

Otsego

362

0

Putnam

1,705

7

Rensselaer

1,002

8

Rockland

16,891

62

Saratoga

1,174

6

Schenectady

1,464

3

Schoharie

95

0

Schuyler

79

3

Seneca

122

2

St. Lawrence

349

3

Steuben

747

16

Suffolk

47,630

69

Sullivan

1,659

4

Tioga

371

13

Tompkins

507

17

Ulster

2,386

9

Warren

432

1

Washington

322

3

Wayne

367

2

Westchester

39,118

54

Wyoming

156

3

Yates

77

0

 

Yesterday, there were 7 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,605. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

 

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Bronx

1

Manhattan

4

Queens

1

Tioga

1

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