COVID New York: Micro-cluster zones added in Mid-Hudson area, however COVID positivity charge drops

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NEW YORK (WABC) – New York will add new microcluster zones or expand current zones in Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

Governor Cuomo said the overall positivity rate in the Mid-Hudson region is 3.8%, but there are some higher areas within the region.

In Rockland, the current yellow zone is being expanded to include Pearl River, West Haverstraw, Stony Point and Suffern.

In Orange County, the state is adding a yellow zone around Newburgh, New Windsor, Middletown, and Highland Falls.

A yellow zone is also added in Westchester County that includes New Rochelle, Ossining, Tarrytown, Yonkers, and Peekskill.

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The state’s micro-cluster zoning strategy is designed to introduce targeted restrictions to minimize the overall impact on the economy.

Governor Cuomo said it also serves as a warning sign for communities.

“New Rochelle is a yellow zone. To the people of New Rochelle, I’m not saying there’s a problem in Essex, I’m not saying there’s a problem in Suffolk, I’m saying there’s one in your back yard in New Rochelle Problem there I hope this gets your attention because it is your community, it is your block and this is personal to you. And I think this helps get people’s attention, “Cuomo said.

Despite these developments, the state was generally moving in a positive direction in terms of its COVID-19 positivity rate.

Cuomo said the nationwide daily positivity rate was 2.7%, compared to 3.4% the day before.

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