ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC/ WTEN) – Governor Andrew Cuomo will be providing an update on the coronavirus in New York State. Cuomo’s full press conference can be watched here:
Cuomo Saturday announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity under state guidance starting October 23. No more than 50 people are allowed in front of each screen in each movie theater at once.
Theaters can reportedly only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement.
The governor also announced that 159,972 test results were reported to New York State Friday—a new record high.
“We hit 160,000 tests in one day, which is a record number and the highest we’ve ever done. When you’re doing that level of tests you get down to the block level. And then, when you start to see a cluster, you oversample in that cluster, so you get even more data,” Cuomo said. “Beginning October 23, movie theaters outside of New York City will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity with up to 50 people maximum per screen. This is outside of New York City in areas that have infection rates below 2 percent on a 14-day average and have no cluster zones.”
Theaters cannot reopen in the following counties:
State guidance on the reopening of theaters includes the following conditions:
- Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking.
- Assigned seating will be required in all theaters.
- Social distancing between parties will be required at all times.
- Additional staffing will be required to control occupancy, traffic and seating to ensure compliance.
- Enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards must be met by theaters.
In “Red Zone” focus areas included as part of the Governor’s Cluster Action Initiative, the positivity rate for test results reported Friday is 4.34 percent – down from 4.84 the day before.
Within the “Red Zone” focus areas, 4,305 test results were reported Friday, yielding 187 positives or a 4.34 percent positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, not counting these “Red Zone” focus areas, 155,667 test results were reported, yielding 1,597 positives or a 1.02 percent positivity rate. The state’s overall positivity rate is 1.11 percent with focus areas included. The “Red Zone” focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of the state population yet had 10.5 percent of all positive test results reported to the state Friday, and 11.6 percent of all positive case results reported to the state this current week.
|FOCUS ZONE||9/27-10/3 % Positive||10/4- 10/10 % Positive||Week to Date (10/11 – 10/16) % Positive||Day Prior (10/15) % Positive||Yesterday (10/16) % Positive|
|Brooklyn red-zone focus area % positive||6.69%||5.86%||5.36%||5.47%||4.92%|
|Queens % red-zone focus area % positive||2.97%||3.36%||2.47%||2.03%||2.39%|
|Rockland % red-zone focus area % positive||12.29%||9.77%||5.08%||11.26%||5.05%|
|Orange red-zone focus area % positive||24.64%||12.41%||5.99%||3.10%||6.47%|
|All red-zone focus area % positive||6.91%||6.13%||4.69%||4.84%||4.34%|
|Statewide % positive with red-zone focus areas included||1.25%||1.18%||1.17%||1.25%||1.11%|
|Statewide % positive without red-zone focus areas included||1.02%||1.01%||1.07%||1.14%||1.02%|
|9/27-10/3 % Positive||10/4- 10/10 % Positive||Week to Date (10/11 – 10/16) % Positive||Day Prior (10/15) % Positive||Yesterday (10/16) % Positive|
|Percentage of state’s positive cases coming from red-zone focus areas||21.80%||17.60%||11.60%||11.70%||10.50%|
Saturday’s data is summarized below:
- Patient Hospitalization – 929 (+11)
- Patients Newly Admitted – 139
- Hospital Counties – 41
- Number ICU – 195 (-5)
- Number ICU with Intubation – 103 (+6)
- Total Discharges – 78,235 (+118)
- Deaths – 9
- Total Deaths – 25,637
Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:
|Central New York||1.0%||1.2%||0.7%|
|New York City||1.0%||1.2%||1.2%|
|Western New York||1.6%||1.4%||1.4%|
Each New York City borough’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:
Of the 482,891 total people who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:
|County||Total Positive||New Positive|
Friday, there were nine deaths reported due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,637. One person who passed away in New York State Friday was reportedly not a New Yorker. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:
|Deaths by County of Residence|