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Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below or click here.
- What we do should be guided by what we’ve learned, Cuomo said.
- The governor repeated his criticism of the federal government’s lack of leadership during the pandemic, including Trump’s rhetoric over not wearing a mask.
- “Since when did basic humanity and saving lives become a political issue?” the governor said.
- Movie theaters outside of New York City and not located in cluster zones can reopen under new capacity limits on Oct. 23. Theaters will be limited to 25% capacity with a maximum of 50 people per screen. Read more.
- The governor is convening a task force to evaluate the safety of coronavirus vaccines as they are made available.
Plan to combat COVID-19 this fall and winter: Read more
- The fall is a new phase, Cuomo said.
- When you get to the fall, schools are reopening, students go back to college, people go inside.
- “The fall itself has an effect on the spread of the virus,” Cuomo said.
- Fall: increase in transmission rate. “That is a fact,” he said.
- Winter: vaccine? “Hopefully,” Cuomo said.
- For the fall, New York health officials are deploying a microcluster strategy targeted by region.
- “We’re now going to analyze it on a block-by-block level,” Cuomo said. “We know exactly where the cases are coming from.”
- “There’s no more statewide regional — 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. But it has the advantage of being less disruption, Cuomo said.
- If you have a cluster, it means you have a lack of compliance, the governor said.
- “If people are following the rules, the virus doesn’t spread,” he said. “The only answer to a lack of compliance is enforcement.”
- In Queens, the percent of positive cases in the Kew Gardens orange zone for the week of Sept. 27 was 1.59%. Last week it dropped to 1.33% and so far this week it was .43%.
- “If you’re at .4(%), frankly you’re in good shape,” Cuomo said. “The strategy is working.”
- The governor said the zone restrictions will be tweaked as clusters show improvement.
- All red zones in the state have a lower infection rate than they did last week, Cuomo said.
- Brooklyn’s red zone has dropped from 6.69% to 4.92%.
- Average red zone percent of positive cases is 4.34%.
- Statewide positivity rate without red zones is 1.02%.
- Statewide positivity rate with red zones is 1.11%.
Only 20% of New York City public school parents have signed and returned COVID-19 testing consent forms, according to city officials. Read more.
The latest official numbers:
As of Friday, there were 481,107 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 25,628 confirmed fatalities in New York, according to the Department of Health.
The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here