ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - As micro-cluster zones in downstate New York reduce their COVID-19 infection rates, other micro-clusters are developing in parts of western and central New York.
During a conference call Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said parts of Erie, Monroe, and Onondaga counties have been designated yellow micro-cluster zones, which is the lowest of the yellow, orange, and red designations.
The designation restricts gatherings to a maximum of 25 people, limits the number of people dining at a restaurant table to four, and sets a midnight closing time for bars and restaurants.
Schools can have in-person teaching if they test at least 20 percent of the school population each week and churches can stay open at 50 percent capacity.
Cuomo said the state’s micro-cluster strategy has been working in Brooklyn and Broome, Orange and Rockland counties.
“The micro-cluster approach works,” he said.
He said micro-clusters will continue to crop up and the state will continue to target them with additional testing and restrictions dependent on the infection rate.
He said the zones “are our way of saying the virus is making headway and we’re going to increase restrictions and we’re going to increase enforcement.”
The infection rate in the micro-cluster zone – not including the ones announced Monday – is 4.3 percent.
In the state overall, the rate is 2.8 percent including the zones and 2.6 percent without them.
Twenty-six people died from COVID-19 on Sunday and because of it, 1,400 people were in hospitals, 282 were in intensive care, and 124 were on ventilators.