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What does the micro-cluster strategy mean for each WNY county?

COVID19
Posted at 8:04 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 20:09:45-05

WESTERN NEW YORK (WKBW) — Several areas of New York state, including Erie County and parts of Niagara County, are under a micro-cluster strategy as COVID-19 cases are rising. There is not one set of markers counties have to hit in order to move into a Yellow, Orange or Red Zone, rather the state breaks down target metrics by geographic area across four "tiers."

TIER 1: Erie County

  • YELLOW ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 2.5% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"
  • ORANGE ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 3% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"
  • RED ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 4% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"

TIER 2: Niagara County

  • YELLOW ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 3% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 12 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"
  • ORANGE ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 4% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 12 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"
  • RED ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 5% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 12 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"

TIER 3: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Genesee Counties

  • YELLOW ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 3.5% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"
  • ORANGE ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 4.5% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"
  • RED ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 5.5% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"

TIER 4: Allegany, Orleans and Wyoming Counties

  • YELLOW ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 4% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"
  • ORANGE ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 5% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"
  • RED ZONE: "Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 6% for 10 days AND Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average"

The state also breaks down each zone means:
Red Zone

  • Houses of Worship: 25 percent capacity, 10 people maximum
  • Mass Gatherings: Prohibited
  • Businesses: Only essential businesses open
  • Dining: Takeout only
  • Schools: Closed, remote only; test-out option

Orange Zone

  • Houses of Worship: 33 percent capacity, 25 people maximum
  • Mass Gatherings: 10 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
  • Businesses: Closing high-risk non-essential businesses, such as gyms and personal care
  • Dining: Outdoor dining only, 4 person maximum per table
  • Schools: Closed, remote only; test-out option

Yellow Zone

  • Houses of Worship: 50 percent capacity
  • Mass Gatherings: 25 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
  • Businesses: Open
  • Dining: Indoor and outdoor dining, 4 person maximum per table
  • Schools: Open with mandatory weekly testing of students and teachers/staff for in-person settings. The New York State Department of Health will establish a percentage of teachers and students/staff who need to be tested by Friday.