Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Saturday, October 17, 2020

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NEW YORK – Below you will find the most up-to-date information on news of the coronavirus impacting New York. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.11:30 am
Governor Andrew Cuomo held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the press conference below or click here.

  • What we do must be guided by what we have learned, Cuomo said.
  • The governor reiterated his criticisms of the federal government’s lack of leadership during the pandemic, including Trump’s rhetoric about not wearing a mask.
  • “Since when has basic humanity and saving lives become a political issue? Said the governor.

Latest updates

  • Theaters outside of New York and not located in cluster areas may reopen under new capacity limits on October 23. Cinemas will be limited to 25% capacity with a maximum of 50 people per screen. Read more.
  • The governor convenes a working group to assess the safety of coronavirus vaccines as they become available.

Plan to fight COVID-19 this fall and winter: Learn more

  • The fall is a new phase, Cuomo said.
  • When it comes to fall, schools reopen, students return to university, people return.
  • “The fall itself has an effect on the spread of the virus,” Cuomo said.
  • Fall: increased rate of transmission. “It’s a fact,” he said.
  • Winter: vaccine? “I hope,” Cuomo said.
  • For the fall, New York health officials are rolling out a region-focused microcluster strategy.
  • “We will now analyze it at a block-by-block level,” Cuomo said. “We know exactly where the cases are coming from. “
  • “There is no longer a statewide region – literally block by block with specific targeting,” the governor said.
  • This approach requires more targeted testing and responsiveness to that specific locality with mitigation measures and then enforcement measures. But it has the advantage of being less disruptive, Cuomo said.
  • If you have a cluster, it means you have a lack of compliance, the governor said.
  • “If people follow the rules, the virus is not spreading,” he said. “The only answer to a lack of compliance is law enforcement. “
  • In Queens, the percentage of positive cases in the Kew Gardens Orange Zone for the week of September 27 was 1.59%. Last week it fell to 1.33% and so far this week it was 0.43%.
  • “If you’re at 0.4 (%), frankly you’re in good shape,” Cuomo said. “The strategy is working. “
  • The governor said area restrictions would be changed as the clusters improve.
  • All of the red areas in the state have a lower infection rate than last week, Cuomo said.
  • Brooklyn’s red zone fell from 6.69% to 4.92%.

Current data

  • The average percentage of red zone of positive cases is 4.34%.
  • The statewide positivity rate without red areas is 1.02%.
  • The statewide positivity rate with red areas is 1.11%.

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According to city officials, only 20% of parents in New York City public schools have signed and returned COVID-19 test consent forms. Read more.

The latest official issues:
As of Friday, there were 481,107 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 25,628 confirmed deaths in New York City, according to the Department of Health.

COVID-19 timeline: How the novel coronavirus is spread

Tips to protect yourself and others from coronavirus outbreaks

The New York State coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also published here



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