NEW YORK, N.Y. (WTEN) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a press conference late Sunday morning to go over New York State’s latest coronavirus numbers. Cuomo also announced that ski resorts can reopen with 50% indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state issued guidance starting November 6.
“Scientists have told us the virus is going to become more aggressive in the fall, and right now, we are all feeling COVID-fatigue, but our micro-cluster strategy is a smart, data-driven and less disruptive strategy to get us through this season. And so far, the data shows the micro-cluster strategy is working to bring infection rates down in our red zone areas,” Cuomo said. “Beginning next month, Ski resorts will be allowed to reopen with limited indoor capacity, which will allow New Yorkers to have some outdoor activity this winter without having to quarantine when they come back.”
State guidance on the reopening of ski resorts includes the following precautions:
- Masks required at all times, except when eating/drinking or skiing.
- Social distancing between parties required at all times.
- Restrict gondolas/lifts to members of the same party.
- Limit ski lessons to no more than 10 people.
- Thorough cleaning and disinfection of shared/rented equipment.
- Shuttles, food & beverage, retail service must conform to State-issued guidance.
- Reduce outdoor capacity on mountain by 25% during “peak” days or if multiple trails are closed due to unseasonable conditions.
The Governor also updated New Yorkers on the State’s response to COVID-19. In “Red Zone” focus areas included as part of Cuomo’s Cluster Action Initiative, the positivity rate for test results reported Saturday is 3.19% – down from 4.34 the day before.
Within the “Red Zone” focus areas, 4,642 test results were reported Saturday, yielding 148 positives or a 3.19% positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, not counting these “Red Zone” focus areas, 124,121 test results were reported, yielding 1,242 positives or a 1% positivity rate. The state’s overall positivity rate is 1.08% with focus areas included. The “Red Zone” focus areas are home to 2.8% of the state population yet had 10.6% of all positive test results reported to the state Saturday, and 11.5% of all positive case results reported to the state this past week.
|FOCUS ZONE||9/27-10/3 % Positive||10/4- 10/10 % Positive||Week to Date (10/11 – 10/17) % Positive||Day Prior (10/16) % Positive||Yesterday (10/17) % Positive|
|Brooklyn red-zone focus area % positive||6.69%||5.86%||5.29%||4.92%||4.92%|
|Queens % red-zone focus area % positive||2.97%||3.36%||2.37%||2.39%||1.89%|
|Rockland % red-zone focus area % positive||12.29%||9.77%||4.54%||5.05%||2.22%|
|Orange red-zone focus area % positive||24.64%||12.41%||4.62%||6.47%||1.04%|
|All red-zone focus area % positive||6.91%||6.13%||4.42%||4.34%||3.19%|
|Statewide % positive with red-zone focus areas included||1.25%||1.18%||1.16%||1.11%||1.08%|
|Statewide % positive without red-zone focus areas included||1.02%||1.01%||1.06%||1.02%||1.00%|
|9/27-10/3||10/4- 10/10||Week to Date (10/11 – 10/17)||Day Prior (10/16)||Yesterday (10/17)|
|Percentage of state’s positive cases coming from red-zone focus areas||21.8%||17.6%||11.5%||10.5%||10.6%|
Sunday’s data is summarized below:
- Patient Hospitalization – 913 (-16)
- Patients Newly Admitted – 118
- Hospital Counties – 42
- Number ICU – 200 (+5)
- Number ICU with Intubation – 102 (-1)
- Total Discharges – 78,362 (+127)
- Deaths – 7
- Total Deaths – 25,644
Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:
|Central New York||1.2%||0.7%||1.2%|
|New York City||1.2%||1.2%||1.1%|
|Western New York||1.4%||1.4%||1.6%|
Each New York City borough’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:
Of the 484,281 total people who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:
|County||Total Positive||New Positive|
Saturday, there were seven deaths reported due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,644. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:
|Deaths by County of Residence|