NEW YORK (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says restrictions in some New York City pandemic hot spots will be rolled back even as the state plans to combat flare-ups in and around upstate New York’s largest cities.
The actions being considered for the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse areas reflect the state's shifting strategy as COVID-19 becomes a widespread problem beyond New York City.
New York State is modifying micro-cluster zones based on updated metrics.
There is also a new precautionary Yellow Zone in Westchester County.
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Cuomo said he would talk to officials in those upstate areas over the weekend to come up with a micro-cluster strategy that he could announce Monday.
"In these areas, Western New York - well, let's just call it Erie, Monroe, Onondaga; in these areas we're going to study them over the weekend. We're going to talk to the elected officials over the weekend and try to find out exactly what is going on so that we can design a micro-cluster strategy that is responsive," said Cuomo.
To be designated a 'red zone' by the state, the must have had a seven-day rolling average positivity rate above 4% for at least 10 days, and have 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on a seven-day average.