It wasn’t immediately clear what 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 in the warning track,” he said, meaning places like Syracuse are teetering toward the orange zone restrictions.
“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 those communities still have a chance in the next few days to turn things around.
But if the number of cases continues to increase in these areas, they are headed for further restrictions, he said.
An orange zone further limits crowds at religious services, stops indoor dining and pauses personal care services, such as salons and barbershops. Gyms would also close. Schools would go remote.
“The problem is, this is a dangerous period,” he said. That includes the return of college students, shopping sprees, holiday celebrations and more social activity.
Just a couple of days ago, Cuomo’s staff explained why Syracuse remained yellow, despite the higher numbers of coronavirus cases.
The state says orange zone rules start when the seven-day average goes over 3% for larger cities and 4% to 5% for less populated areas for at least 10 days. Red zone rules start at 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) inside the yellow zone was 5.65%, according to state data.
Other factors the state considers when imposing cluster zones include cases per 100,000 residents, trends in hospitalizations and cooperation from the community and local governments.
Ultimately, it’s about what’s actually happening in the areas involved, Cuomo said.
The governor also continued to urge people to be cautious as the holiday season approaches — and to expect viral transmissions to spike.
He says he expects to see an increases in cases in the first 10 days of December. That will be the fallout from Thanksgiving celebrations, he said.
Then, he says he expects another spike in early January, the effects of holiday parties, Christmas and shopping.
Today, Cuomo reported 30 more people died.
Across New York, 196,608 tests were returned on Saturday. Of those, 5,391 were positive, or 2.74%.
There are 2,562 people hospitalized statewide, Cuomo said.
Orange zone restrictions include:
- Non-essential gatherings shall be limited to 10 people
- Houses of worship are subject to a capacity limit of the lesser of 33% of maximum occupancy or 25 people, whichever is fewer
- Restaurants and taverns must cease serving patrons food or beverage inside on-premises but may provide outdoor service, and may be open for takeout or delivery, provided that any one seated group or party must not exceed 4 people
- Schools must close for in-person instruction, except as otherwise provided in Executive Order.
- Certain non-essential businesses, for which there is a higher risk of…
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