NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says officials are working on a winter plan for the state’s efforts against the coronavirus.
Cuomo says the state will continue using the approach of micro clusters to hone in on small geographic areas where virus cases are a particular problem. The new plan will add factors like the hospitalization rate and the availability of ICU beds to determine the location of the hot spots.
"On the winter plan, we're going to stay with the micro-cluster approach because that targets the spread, it minimizes economic impact, and it stresses individual and community accountability and responsibility.," said Cuomo. "So that's working very well and all the experts think that is the state-of-the-art. The yellow, orange, red - we want to add factors, most notably, hospitalization rate and availability of hospital beds, ICU beds."
The Democrat says the winter plan will also look at ways to keep schools open, evaluating a safe positivity rate as well as determining the levels of testing needed at schools over the winter months.
The plan will also outline how vaccines will be distributed as they become available.