NEW YORK (WABC) – New Rochelle, one of the first cities in the tri-state region to be badly hit by COVID-19, has now been designated a yellow zone as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
New York State established the yellow COVID zone in parts of New Rochelle and in several other Westchester County communities. The New Rochelle zone includes approximately half of the 10801 zip code and part of the 10805 zip code.
Within the yellow zone, the number of restaurants is limited to four people per table, the number of places of worship to 50% and the number of meetings outside the living area to a maximum of 25 people.
Gatherings in private homes are already limited nationwide to a maximum of 10 people.
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The new Rochelle schools have stopped personal tuition and will be completely removed from Friday until at least December 3rd.
“New Rochelle has risen to this challenge before,” said Mayor Noam Bramson. “We will once again approach it with determination, calm and respect for all of our neighbors.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that the overall positivity rate in the Mid-Hudson region is 3.8%, but there are some higher areas in the region.
The state’s micro-cluster zone strategy is to introduce targeted restrictions to minimize the overall impact on the economy, and Cuomo said it also serves as a warning sign for communities.
“New Rochelle is a yellow zone,” he said. “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 that there is a problem in your backyard in New Rochelle Attention because it’s yours Community is, it’s your block, and that’s personal to you. And I think that helps get people’s attention. “
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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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