Micro-Cluster Strategy

Micro-Cluster Guidance
The Micro-Cluster Strategy identifies clusters and the areas around them and categorizes them into one or more color-coded zones with corresponding levels of restrictions based on severity: Red Zones, Orange Zones, and Yellow Zones. New rules and restrictions directly target areas with the highest transmission of COVID-19 cases & surrounding communities.

Maps of Cluster Zones

Updated Nov 18 - The zone has continued to demonstrate progress, so the orange zone has been changed to a yellow precautionary zone, and the current yellow buffer zone has been removed.

Updated Nov 18 - Parts of the Erie Yellow Precautionary Zone meet the metrics to transition to an Orange Warning Zone. The previous Yellow Zone is expanded to include new parts of Erie County seeing upticks in new cases, positivity, and hospital admissions. 

Updated Dec 14 - A new Yellow Zone will be established in Batavia, which accounts for the majority of hospital admissions from the county over the past two weeks.

Updated Nov 23 - A Yellow Precautionary zone went into effect 11/25 for businesses and 11/26 for schools due to sustained positivity, new case rates, and hospitalizations that meet the metrics for yellow precautionary zone designation.

Updated Nov 23 - Hampton Bays will be designated as a Precautionary Yellow Zone after meeting the positivity, new cases, and new hospitalization metrics for yellow zone designation. Changes went into effect 11/25 for businesses and 11/26 for schools.

Updated Nov 19 - Highland Falls has seen an increase in positivity rates and number of daily cases, meeting the metrics for yellow precautionary zone.

Updated Nov 23 - A new Yellow Precautionary Zone in the Washington Heights area went into effect 11/25 for businesses and 11/26 for schools due to increasing 7-day positivity rates, number of cases, and hospitalizations. 

Updated Nov 23 - A Yellow Precautionary zone went into effect 11/25 for businesses and 11/26 for schools due to sustained positivity, new case rates, and hospitalizations.

Updated Nov 19 - Middletown has seen an increase in positivity rates and number of daily cases, meeting the metrics for yellow precautionary zone.

Updated Nov 23 - The City of Rochester and surrounding areas will transition to an orange zone after meeting the positivity, new cases, and hospitalizations metrics for orange zone designation. The rest of the existing yellow zone will remain a Precautionary yellow zone. Changes went into effect 11/25 for businesses and 11/26 for schools.

Updated Nov 19 - New Rochelle has seen an increase in positivity rates and number of daily cases, meeting the metrics for precautionary yellow zone.

Updated Dec 14 - The current Niagara micro cluster will be expanded to include other areas in the county that have had high positivity and increasing hospitalizations, meeting the metrics for Yellow Zone designation. 

Updated Dec 14 - A new Yellow Zone will be established in the Rome and Utica areas, which account for the vast majority of hospital admissions from the county and meet the metrics for Yellow Zone designation.

Updated Nov 23 - The City of Syracuse and surrounding areas will transition to an orange precautionary zone after seeing continued increases in positivity and number of cases, as well as hospitalizations. The existing yellow zone will remain a yellow precautionary zone, and parts of it will be expanded. Changes went into effect 11/25 for businesses and 11/26 for schools.

Updated Nov 19 - Ossining has seen an increase in positivity rates and number of daily cases, meeting the metrics for precautionary yellow zone.

Updated Nov 19 - Peekskill has seen an increase in positivity rates and number of daily cases, meeting the metrics for precautionary yellow zone.

Updated Nov 18 - The current Queens zone will be expanded to include additional communities which have seen an increase in both positivity and cases over the past ten days, and are currently over 2.5% positivity on the 7-day rolling average. 

Updated Nov 23 - Riverhead will be designated as Precautionary Yellow Zone after meeting the positivity, new cases, and new hospitalization metrics for yellow zone designation. Changes went into effect 11/25 for businesses and 11/26 for schools.

Updated Nov 19 - The current Rockland zone will be expanded to include additional areas that have seen an increase in positivity and cases, including Pearl River, West Haverstraw, Stony Point and Suffern.

Updated Nov 23 - Parts of Staten Island will transition to an orange warning zone based on increasing 7-day positivity rates, number of cases, and hospitalizations that meet the metrics for orange warning zone designation. The remainder of the borough will remain in a yellow precautionary zone. Changes went into effect 11/25 for businesses and 11/26 for schools.

Updated Nov 19 - Tarrytown has seen an increase in positivity rates and number of daily cases, meeting the metrics for precautionary yellow zone.

Updated Nov 11 - Over the past ten days, parts of Tioga County have had 7-day average positivity rates above 4%, and cases per 100,000 and new daily hospital admissions have increased, meeting the metrics for a yellow zone designation.

Updated Nov 11 - The 7-day average positivity rate in Port Chester has been above 3 percent for 10 days, meeting the metrics for an orange warning zone declaration. 

Updated Nov 19 - Yonkers has seen an increase in positivity rates and number of daily cases, meeting the metrics for precautionary yellow zone.