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Cuomo: State winter coronavirus plan will factor in hospitalizations, ICU beds

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says officials are working on a winter plan for the state’s efforts against the coronavirus.

Posted: Nov 27, 2020 9:19 AM
Updated: Nov 27, 2020 9:29 AM

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.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1212922

Reported Deaths: 40637
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens1515817782
Kings1485017994
Suffolk1225972545
Nassau1099842518
Bronx1015535243
Westchester819821774
New York727353419
Erie502271339
Richmond433221363
Monroe42774737
Rockland31061806
Orange27862642
Onondaga26544517
Oneida16110331
Dutchess15873290
Albany15520248
Niagara11534233
Broome10620248
Saratoga865376
Schenectady8183116
Ulster7337183
Rensselaer6454101
Putnam620370
Chemung5422107
Chautauqua522151
Oswego466462
Ontario452877
Steuben4444130
Cayuga419768
Sullivan371348
Wayne352750
Genesee350691
Herkimer342346
St. Lawrence332055
Cattaraugus325360
Madison298575
Jefferson294220
Cortland256352
Livingston256136
Tompkins252822
Columbia229966
Allegany228675
Tioga212454
Montgomery206971
Wyoming198741
Clinton197713
Fulton193247
Greene192951
Warren192836
Orleans185167
Chenango165438
Otsego155921
Lewis138822
Washington138121
Seneca114445
Franklin10409
Delaware96516
Essex92916
Schoharie8515
Yates75816
Schuyler68410
Hamilton1431
Unassigned37108
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