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Governor Cuomo Announces Updated COVID-19 Micro-Cluster Focus Zones

November 18, 2020

  • Brooklyn, Orange and Broome Zones Improve

  • Part of Erie County Yellow Zone Changes to Orange Zone, Yellow Zone Expanded in Erie; New Yellow Zone in Niagara County

  • New Yellow Zone in the Bronx; Expanded Yellow Zone in Queens

  • Changes to Zones Go into Effect Friday for Businesses, Monday for Schools

  • Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 4.73 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 3.10 Percent

  • Statewide Positivity Rate is 3.43 Percent

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.


Based on data metrics, the existing yellow zones in Broome and Orange Counties will be removed, and Brooklyn's orange zone will transition to a yellow zone. Part of Erie County's yellow zone will transition to an orange warning zone, and part of Niagara County adjacent to Erie will become a yellow zone. Changes to zones go into effect Friday for business restrictions and Monday for school closures.


The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state's Micro-Cluster strategy is 4.73 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 3.10 percent. Within the focus areas, 30,762 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 1,455 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 123,672 test results were reported, yielding 3,839 positives. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the day prior, the current 7-day rolling average, and last two weeks:

  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,202 (+78)

  • Patients Newly Admitted - 352

  • Hospital Counties - 50

  • Number ICU - 423 (+15)

  • Number ICU with Intubation - 192 (+16)

  • Total Discharges - 82,261 (+239)

  • Deaths - 35

  • Total Deaths - 26,225


To read Governor Cuomo's full press release, click HERE

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