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Governor Cuomo announces micro-cluster strategy for hot spot areas

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NEW YORK (WBNG) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a strategy for tackling the coronavirus in hot spot areas of Brooklyn, Queens, and Orange, Rockland, and Broome Counties.

Officials say the micro-cluster strategy will be based on three key details; refined detection of the virus, specific and calibrated mitigation, and focused enforcement of restrictions.

NY State will identify outbreak areas and will implement measures tailored to those areas. They will then enforce rules and restrictions in red zone areas.

The state says they will put into place less severe restrictions in orange and yellow zone areas to ensure the virus doesn't spread past the focused area. The state says these measures will be followed by enhanced focused testing and enforcement of restrictions.

Governor Cuomo said, "We now have more sophistication because we've been at it for seven months. So rather than looking at COVID-19 data on the state level, regional level, county level or even neighborhood level, we are now going to analyze it on the block by block level. The micro-cluster strategy is not just to calibrate the state or the region, but to calibrate just those specific geographic areas."

Officials state this strategy is based on Governor Cuomo's Cluster Action Initiative, developed in consultation with national public health experts, to address COVID hot spots.

Abigail Lane

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