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Cuomo announces new COVID-19 strategy, may adjust restrictions this week

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced a new strategy for combating COVID-19 into the upcoming fall and winter months. The new strategy will focus on targeting “micro-clusters”.

Cuomo said that targeting coronavirus would no longer be at the statewide or even regional level, but “block-by-block.”

“For fall we are going to deploy a micro-cluster strategy. We have been targeting all our actions either … statewide … or we reopened on a regional level. We are now going to analyze it block-by-block,” he said. “We have data so specific that we can’t show it because it could violate privacy conditions. We know exactly where the new cases are coming from.”

Then, on Sunday morning, Cuomo indicated that changes to the restrictions on New York’s coronavirus clusters could be announced later this week as the surge in cases continues to reced.

“We’re going to watch the micro-cluster data,” Cuomo told reporters in his Midtown Manhattan office. “We can adjust what is in that cluster. We can make it a little bigger. We can make it a little smaller. We can relax some regulations. We can increase regulations. We’ll do that all based on the data.”

Cuomo said that restriction changes or adjustments will be announced Wednesday.