COVID-19 outbreaks to be analyzed at ‘block-by-block level’ as state targets micro-clusters to spread slowly – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York is moving to a micro-cluster strategy to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Neighborhoods considered to be in the red zone will undergo targeted testing and increased enforcement of restrictions.

“We will now analyze it at a block-by-block level,” Cuomo said at a press conference Saturday.

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The governor says the state is all-in-one on micro-clusters. Hot spots identified by COVID case numbers and mapped as red areas replace old ways of doing things by region or zip code.

Cuomo calls it more precise and less disruptive.

“We can adjust the area quickly,” he says.


Spiro Gatanas has two restaurants on Queens Boulevard in the trendy Rego Park area.

No sooner had he started to eat in the very limited interior when he was told to close the Diner Bar and the Tower Diner nearby.

“We closed last Thursday,” Gatanas said. “It’s a triangular red area. That does not make sense.

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Queens Boulevard makes the difference because it is a dividing line. Café Bora-Bora can be opened without the restrictions in front of the Diner Bar, which is just opposite, but in the red zone.

Customers continue to be refused and are forced to go elsewhere.

“What is stopping someone from crossing the street with the coronavirus?” said a man.

“I understand that people are tired of law enforcement, and I understand that they are tired of compliance,” Cuomo said.

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Dave Carlin of CBS2 asked the governor if a micro-cluster could apply to a single street.

“It’s no longer a zip code, it’s a block or a few blocks. How small does it get? Carlin asked.

“It gets as small as you want it to be to make it operationally efficient,” Cuomo said.

Gatanas says he hasn’t received any notifications and now he’s wondering when he can reopen beyond takeout and delivery and bring back dozens of his workers.

“They said two weeks. This next Thursday will last two weeks and we still have no idea, ”he said.

It doesn’t matter whether Gatanas and others are fans of the micro-cluster approach. The governor says to underline this in red – he is here to stay at least during the winter.


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