COVID positivity rate within Focus Zones is 4%

Posted on November 19, 2020

The Governor today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19 DATA FROM 11/18:
    • Statewide Positivity Rate – 2.7%
    • Statewide Positivity Rate, Excluding Focus Zones – 2.3%
    • Positivity Rate Within Focus Zones – 4.0%
    • Current Hospitalizations – 2,276
    • Patients Currently in ICU –437
    • Patients Currently Intubated – 200
    • Deaths – 31
    • Total NY Pandemic Deaths – 26,255


    • Capital Region – 2.3%
    • Central New York – 3.5%
    • Finger Lakes – 3.8%
    • Long Island – 3.2%
    • Mid-Hudson – 3.8%
    • Mohawk Valley – 2.4%
    • New York City – 2.5%
    • North Country – 1.7%
    • Southern Tier – 1.1%
    • Western New York – 4.8%

  • “MICRO-CLUSTER” CHANGES: The Governor announced the State will establish “micro-cluster” zones in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region in parts of Rockland, Orange, and Westchester Counties.

    • The current Rockland County “yellow zone” will be expanded to include Pearl River, West Haverstraw, Stoney Point, and Suffern.
    • An Orange County “yellow zone” will be established, which includes Newburgh, New Windsor, Middletown, and Highland Falls.
    • A Westchester County “yellow zone” will be established, encompassing New Rochelle, Ossining, Tarrytown, Yonkers, and Peekskill.

  • UTILITY COMPANY REGULATIONS: In response to service outages after Hurricane Isaias, Governor Cuomo proposed several measures to regulate utility companies. The Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Department of Financial Services (DFS) investigated the outages and will pursue fines against Con Edison, Orange & Rockland, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric totaling $137 million.

  • NYC SCHOOLS: In response to a question from a reporter on the plan to close and reopen schools in New York City, the Governor said that local governments have authority over their school districts so long as the local governments are operating under State guidelines. Governor Cuomo urged local governments to take targeted action in problem areas rather than broad shutdowns of the school system.

  • THANKSGIVING: Responding to a question from a reporter on “living room spread,” Governor Cuomo expressed that gatherings of any size in personal residences can be dangerous and contribute to increasing COVID-19 infection rates. He predicted that travel and gatherings for Thanksgiving will result in higher positivity rates following the holiday. Nearly all states have higher infection rates than New York, so travelers entering the State for the holiday pose a significant risk.