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Cuomo says announcement on COVID restrictions for Monroe, Onondaga counties coming as cases rise

Governor Andrew Cuomo said that Monroe and Onondaga counties would likely see new restrictions as part of a COVID Cluster mitigation strategy at the start of next week.

The move came after officials reported some of the highest daily totals since the spring on multiple occasions in both communities. He didn’t outline specifics of what would be in those plans, but said that something would be announced by Monday.

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“We are going to modify some micro-cluster zones in response to declining positivity rates,” Cuomo said. “We are going to modify some micro-cluster zones in response to declining positivity rates. In Erie, Monroe, Onondaga Counties, we’re going to study them over the weekend. We’re going to talk to the elected officials over the weekend, try to find out exactly what is going on, so that we can design a micro-cluster strategy that is responsive. But at these numbers, and in these areas, a micro-cluster response is appropriate.”

He said the micro-cluster strategy would be tailored to the ‘particulars’ of impacted communities. “I’ll have an announcement on Monday as to exactly what we’re going to do. Those are the highest places in the state, but again, they’re lower than Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”

The announcement doesn’t appear as though it will impact the remainder of the Finger Lakes or Central New York regions. Both have seen increased cases, but not to the degree that Monroe or Onondaga have in recent days.



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