What you should know
- New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut recorded more than a million COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
- Mayor Bill de Blasio says he believes New York City’s shift to an orange zone could happen the first week of December; Cuomo says that is not guaranteed.
- New Jersey has had steeper COVID-19 case increases than New York. Gov. Phil Murphy says the next few months will be brutal, but he expects to receive 130,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by Christmas if the FDA approves its use.
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut surpassed a collective number of COVID-19 cases on Sunday, reached by just a couple of states (California and Texas). This when the tri-state area registered more than a million positive cases of COVID-19.
According to a count in each state’s coronavirus database, the three states reported a total of 1,003,719 positive test results since the onset of the pandemic. New York and New Jersey reported 9,389 new cases Sunday to bring the total to more than 1 million for the first time.
The figure comes as state governors reinstate new restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19, although no recent restrictions have been as stringent as lockdown measures that were activated in the spring.
Over this weekend, the mayor of New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, told his city to prepare for a 10-day stay-at-home notice beginning Nov. 25.
“From the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through December 4, we are closing town,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a radio appearance on WBGO 88.3 FM’s Newark Today show on Friday. “We want people to take refuge in their place. We just want people to go out for essential purposes. Don’t go out if you don’t have to. Don’t mix with other people if you don’t have to. Stay (with) your family in your home. “
Baraka’s office did not respond to a request for more details on Friday, and it was not immediately clear how the city of 280,000 would enforce the new restrictions, particularly for the Thanksgiving holiday. A message was left with the Newark Police Department.
Baraka recently instituted curfews in three areas of the city and other restrictions on restaurants and non-essential businesses in response to the sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the city.
Two weeks ago, Governor Phil Murphy stopped indoor catering between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., and last week he lowered the indoor meeting limit from 25 to 10 and urged people to stay home for Thanksgiving.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has so far focused on his high-risk communities approach to target COVID-19 hot spots within a given region. However, some measures have been taken at the state level. For more than a week, dining areas have been ordered to close at 10:00 pm in bars, restaurants and bowling alleys. Gyms must also close at 10:00 pm
Small social gatherings in private homes are the third “big spreader” identified by contract tracing, Cuomo said. Since then, those have been limited to 10 people.
After the closure of public schools in New York City, it appears that restaurants and bars are next to close through Governor Andrew Cuomo.
In his weekly radio segment on Friday, De Blasio said he expects it the first week of December, based on the latest figures and projections. Cuomo says it’s not guaranteed to happen in that time, but it will kick in based on what the city’s positivity rate looks like, which he believes will be heavily influenced by Thanksgiving activity.
“It completely depends on what people do. I’m not going to guess and I don’t have a crystal ball, except to say be very, very careful,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo first sowed the seeds of the acquisition on Wednesday when he announced that he would transition the entirety of New York City to an orange zone if the city’s seven-day rate reaches and remains at 3%. for 10 days in a row. State reports for that metric differ from city data.
“I think it’s confusing and unnecessary, but it’s also irrelevant,” Cuomo said of local government reports on different numbers from the state. As of Friday, New York City stood at 2.52%, according to state data, and has yet to hit the first of what will have to be 10 days of 3% or more.
Under the orange zone rules, schools are completely moved to remote classrooms, a moot point now for public schools but one that would affect private and charter schools, which are not subject to the de Blasio closure. There is a “trial” option, although Cuomo said he would have to come up with a new formula for New York City given the high volume of students. Expect it to be a key component in returning to in-person learning at some point.
The governor highlighted the new communities that could enter the designation of risk zones or move further towards an orange or red classification.
“Staten Island is a serious problem,” Cuomo warned Sunday. The county will become a red zone if its statistics do not improve immediately. Parts of Long Island and Upper Manhattan are on track to become yellow zones, according to state data.
The state’s positivity rate reached 2.74% on Sunday. Hospitalizations statewide increased to 2,562, according to the governor.