Syracuse, New York – Parts of the city of Syracuse are heading for the “orange zone” unless the number of coronavirus cases changes dramatically over the next few days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.
It was not immediately clear which parts of Syracuse were in this designation. Currently, the city and parts of Onondaga County are in the yellow zone.
“We have several communities that are in the warning path,”
“Part of Syracuse will go into the orange zone at that speed,” he said.
Cuomo issued the same orange zone warning for parts of Long Island. He said these communities still have a chance to turn things around in the next few days.
But if the number of cases continues to rise in those areas, they are turning to further restrictions, he said.
The Orange Zone further restricts crowds of religious services, stops indoor dining, and stops personal care services such as salons and barbershops. Gyms would also close. Schools would move away.
“The problem is that this is a dangerous period,” he said. This includes student returns, shopping, celebrations and more social activity.
Just a few days ago, Cuomo officials explained why Syracuse remained yellow, despite the higher number of coronavirus cases.
The state says the rules for orange zones begin when the average length of seven days exceeds 3% for larger cities and 4% to 5% for less populated areas for at least 10 days. The red zone rules start with a positive test of 4% for large cities and 5% to 6% in less populated areas.
The seven-day percentage of Onondaga County (as of Saturday) in the yellow zone is 5.65%, according to state data.
Other factors that the state takes into account when imposing cluster zones include cases per 100,000 inhabitants, trends in hospitalizations, and cooperation between the community and local authorities.
Ultimately, it’s about what’s really going on in the affected areas, Cuomo said.
The governor also continued to urge people to be careful as the holiday season approaches – and to expect viral broadcasts to jump.
He says he expects to see an increase in cases in the first 10 days of December. These will be the consequences of Thanksgiving celebrations, he said.
He then says he expects a new jump in early January, the effects of holiday parties, Christmas and shopping.
Today, Cuomo announced that another 30 people had died.
196,608 tests were returned to New York on Saturday. Of these, 5,391 are positive, or 2.74%.
There are 2,562 people hospitalized across the country, Cuomo said.
Restrictions on the orange zone include:
- Minor gatherings are limited to 10 people
- Worship homes are subject to a capacity limit of less than 33% of maximum employment or 25 people, whichever is less
- Restaurants and taverns must cease to serve patrons of food or drink on the premises, but may provide outdoor services and may be open for collection or delivery, provided that one of the seated groups or parties must not exceed 4 people.
- Schools must be closed for personal training, unless otherwise provided in the executive order.
- Some non-essential enterprises for which there is a higher risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus must reduce the number of staff who are part of the staff by 100%; such businesses include:
- Gyms, fitness centers or classes
- Hairdressing salons and barbershops
- All other personal hygiene services, including but not limited to spas, tattoo or piercing salons, nail technicians and nail salons, beauticians, beauticians, laser hair removal and electrolysis
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