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