Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 203,721 COVID-19 test results were reported to New York State yesterday — a new record high for the State. The Governor also announced Rockland County’s orange warning zone will transition to a yellow precautionary zone.
The Governor also announced that an emergency summit will be held this weekend with the governors of Northeastern states to discuss aligning policy in light of rising COVID-19 cases in the region and throughout the country.
“We are testing more than just about any other state in the nation, reaching new record highs in the number of tests we perform in a single day. Rockland County made good progress, so they’re going to a yellow zone, and that is good news. The other good news is our infection rate is one of the lowest in the nation. The bad news is we are in the midst of a sea of COVID rising around us,” Governor Cuomo said. “You look at the international numbers, and they are frightening – countries are locking down. You look at states around the country and the numbers are all going up quickly. The reality is the virus is mobile and we’re in the holiday season and people will travel more. These are all elements that conspire to increase the spread. We believe we’re going to have to be taking additional steps, and to the degree we can share information and align action with other regional states, we’ll do that.”
Modifications to Current Focus Zones
Rockland County – Orange Warning Zone Changes to Yellow Zone
Rockland County’s Orange Warning focus zone has been under 3 percent positivity, and hospital admission rates have declined, meeting the metrics for transitioning to a Yellow Precautionary Zone. The buffer zone will be removed.
The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 4.58 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 2.29 percent. Within the focus areas, 31,994 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 1,466 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 171,727 test results were reported, yielding 3,935 positives. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the day prior, the current 7-day rolling average, and last two weeks is below:
Yesterday, 24 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 26,079. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence: