Syracuse, NY – Parts of the city of Syracuse are heading for an “orange zone” unless the number of coronavirus cases changes dramatically in the next few days, government Andrew Cuomo said today.
It was not immediately clear which parts of Syracuse are in that designation. The city and parts of Onondaga County are currently in a yellow zone.
“We have several communities that are on the warning track,”
“Part of the city of Syracuse will go into an orange zone at this rate,” he said.
Cuomo issued the same orange zone warning for parts of Long Island. He said these communities still have a chance in the next few days to turn things around.
But if the number of cases continues to rise in those areas, they are heading for further restrictions, he said.
An orange zone further limits the crowds at religious services, stops indoor dining and pauses in personal care, such as salons and barbershops. Fitness centers also closed. Schools would go a long way.
“The problem is, this is a dangerous period,” he said. It includes college student drop-offs, shopping trips, holidays and more social activity.
Just a few days ago, Cuomo’s staff explained why Syracuse remained yellow despite the higher number of cases of coronavirus.
The state says the orange zone rules start when the average of seven days exceeds 3% for larger cities and 4% to 5% for less populated areas for at least 10 days. The rules for the red zone start with a positive test rate of 4% for large cities and 5% to 6% in less populated areas.
Onondaga County’s seven-day rate (as of Saturday) within the yellow zone was 5.65%, according to state data.
Other factors that the state considers when introducing cluster zones include cases per 100,000 inhabitants, trends in hospital admissions and collaboration from the local community and local authorities.
Ultimately, it’s about what’s actually happening in the areas involved, Cuomo said.
The governor also continued to urge people to be careful as the holiday season approaches – and expect viral transmissions to increase.
He says he expects to see an increase in the number of cases in the first ten days of December. It will be the fallout from the Thanksgiving festivities, he said.
Then he says he expects a new rise in early January, the effects of holiday parties, Christmas and shopping.
Today, Cuomo reported that another 30 people died.
Across New York, 196,608 tests were returned Saturday. Of these, 5,391 were positive or 2.74%.
There are 2,562 people hospitalized across the country, Cuomo said.
Restrictions in the orange zone include:
- Non-essential gatherings should be limited to 10 people
- Saints of worship are subject to a capacity limit of at least 33% of the maximum occupancy or 25 persons, whichever is less
- Restaurants and taverns must stop serving patrons food or drinks on site, but may offer outdoor service and may be open for takeout or delivery, provided a seated group or party may not exceed 4 people
- Schools must close for personal instruction unless otherwise provided in the Executive Order.
- Certain non-essential companies for which there is a higher risk of transmission of COVID-19 virus must reduce the personal workforce by 100% such companies include:
- Fitness centers, gyms or classes
- Hairdressers and barbershops
- All other personal care services including but not limited to spas, tattoo parlors, nail technicians and nail salons, beauticians, estheticians, laser hair removal and electrolysis services
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