New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said so on TuesdayHospital stays in the state rose 128% in three weeks – from 1,253 earlier this month to 2,856 – and he admonished “serious caution” on this Thanksgiving holiday.
“Given the current rate of increase in COVID, we will see a big increase,” Cuomo said at a press conference on Tuesday.
If the upcoming holiday season, which runs from Thanksgiving through the New Year, increases the current fall rate by just 20%, the state will see a positivity rate of 12% by early January. “Today we have a 2.9% positivity – we’re going to a 12% positivity. That’s a problem,” he said.
“This holiday season we have to be smarter and different than previous holiday seasons because it is not a normal holiday season,” said Cuomo.
He noted that the state allows celebrations with no more than 10 people and encouraged people to wear masks.
“This is not your normal Thanksgiving Day,” said Cuomo. “It wasn’t a normal summer. It wasn’t a normal work day. It was not a normal Memorial Day. It was not a normal school year. Nothing is normal because it is not normal.”
New York State announces new and modified microcluster zones.
These zones become effective on WEDNESDAY (November 25) for companies and THURSDAY (November 26) for schools.
– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 23, 2020
Cuomo spoke after announcing updated virus microcluster zones across the state on Monday, saying an emergency facility for COVID-19 patients will be opened on Staten Island. The facility at the South Beach Psychiatric Center is opening at the request of hospitals in the area as more and more Staten Island residents are admitted in a virus surge.
The governor said virus microcluster zones have been updated to make some areas, including Upper Manhattan, yellow zones and move others from yellow to orange.
Yellow means restaurants have to close at 10:00 p.m. An orange zone means high risk and non-essential stores will close. Food is only al fresco and mass gatherings are limited to 10 people.
It is possible that some areas on Staten Island could even turn into a red zone, which only means important businesses.