NEW STRATEGY FROM CUOMO: Red Zones To Be Determined “Block By Block”, Not Zip Codes


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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York is shifting to a micro-cluster strategy to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Neighborhoods considered in the red zone will get targeted testing and ramped up enforcement of restrictions.

Cuomo said that targeting coronavirus would no longer be at the statewide or 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.”

Cuomo said Orange, Rockland, Queens and Brooklyn counties contain micro-clusters.

The Governor said this approach will allow businesses to reopen once the clusters on their block are controlled. He also said that with contact tracing, the state will be able to identify exactly where the cases are coming from, and which businesses or places are not contributing to the spread.



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Once a block with a high infection rate is designated, the governor said an increase in testing would take place with stricter enforcement. Cuomo has repeatedly blamed a lack of enforcement for the rise in cases in Brooklyn and Queens.

“If there’s a cluster it means there wasn’t compliance,” he said.

Cuomo has not yet said when he will lift restrictions in coronavirus hot spots. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said cases appear to be leveling off.

The positivity rate in coronavirus red zones has dropped slightly to 4.34 percent, while the state’s overall infection rate remains low, at 1.1 percent, with over 1,500 new cases.
The governor also announced that movie theaters outside the five boroughs, including in Westchester and on Long Island, will be allowed to reopen on October 23 at a limited capacity and with many new restrictions in place. Theaters will be permitted to operate at no more than 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 people per screen. There are still no reopening plans for cinemas in the city.

Cuomo also called on the federal government to help the states plan for vaccine administration. He compared the lack of instruction and support to the beginning of the pandemic, when President Donald Trump left enforcement and restrictions up to each state.

“Let’s not make the mistakes that we made in the beginning of this. ‘Well the states will figure this out,’ it didn’t work. This is a massive undertaking. What is the federal government actually going to do besides say here are the dosages, make it work,” Cuomo said.

The governor said that when a vaccine is ready, a New York task force will review it to make sure it’s safe for use. He’s calling on the president to create a plan to help administer the vaccine to New Yorkers in the most efficient way.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. After this change anyone that either gets tested, or gives an accurate address you might be directly aiding the governor in his antisemitic approach.

  2. I’m so happy that coumo doesn’t give into pressure and just continues to doing his great work of saving our brothers and sisters lives. I think he may go down in history as the best governor New York ever had. I hope he’ll run for president too. The current president did shfichas damim like no other president.

  3. Wonderful. EXCEPT that Cuomo already lied and denied factual numbers in order to “blame the Orthodox Jewish community” so why would you trust him to say the non-jewish areas are not high numbers now?
    I don’t care if a few jewish streets are cleared by him as being COVID-free. I want even-handed reporting for all the world to see. With verifiable information.
    Or none at all.


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  5. When the federal government comes out with vaccination approved by President Donald Trump, then how dare Cuomo who is a mass murderer having murdered 13,000 elderly residents, how dare he order me to abstain from a vaccination!!

  6. The inspectors are not going by zone, they have lists of Jewish schools and yeshivas just like the Nazis, and they are closing these institutions even if they are in the yellow zone.

  7. Momsi, if you don’t have areason test, if you are feeling well or you are not traveling then don’t test just like thy don’t randomly test in non-Jewish communities.

  8. They already saying they trying to prevent a full out second wave by holding back these cluster communities.

    So basically they declared already in the spring that the fall would bring a second wave, and now they can also blame the Jews for it too

    There’s a REASON Cuomo has a new strategy-“block by block”
    And he claims, ” we have data so specific that we can’t show it bec it violates privacy conditions. We know exactly where its coming from”.
    It’s preplanned, it’s intentional, and predictable.

  10. This is all from Hashem. We need to daven, daven and daven some more. Turn to Hashem and ask Him to help us and bring the Geula. He is waiting…and loves…to hear from us! Nothing happens in this world without Hashem’s Will. Please let’s stop the fighting back and forth, the name-calling, etc. We are all in the same boat as we were during the Holocaust. Shalom is needed in order to bring down brachos from Hashem. With the fighting, we are all doomed, chas v’shalom.

  11. Stevenn
    “I’m so happy that coumo doesn’t give into pressure and just continues to doing his great work of saving our brothers and sisters lives. I think he may go down in history as the best governor New York ever had. I hope he’ll run for president too. The current president did shfichas damim like no other president.”
    Are we living in the same state? Are we talking about the same Coumo? If yes you are living in an alternate reality. President Trump like him or hate him sent a lot of resources to help NYS and this “MURDERER” Coumo refused to use any of it.
    Please enlighten me what any other president would have done differently with this virus besides shut down the country, which we have seen from many different countries that it doesn’t work. When has the issue become about positive cases instead of hospitalizations like we had in March? Have people died from COVID – yes, at the same time have people died from the flue – yes. Whether you want to say the Flue and COVID are the same (it’s up for debate) they are both viruses that are not going away naturally anytime soon.

  12. Stevenn
    It seems you are so educated or you realy most love your fellow jew . Cuomo has targeted us Orthidis Jewish people . Only based on us being Jewish he has single handedly caused outright hatred agianst us, AND YOU HAVE THE CHUTZPAH TO PRAISE HIM . What has he done for you? What has he done to help with Covid other than kill over 800 seniors!! How much hard earned NYS tax dollars has he tgrown away with his reckless purchases in March and April , so far there us a count of $65 million !!. How much $$ did he spend last week in Boro Park and flatbush with his illegal trampling on yours and our rights ? Unless you sre the Rosha in the Hagodah that you took yourself out of the klal. OPEN YOUR EYES

  13. @Get Educated –
    1) probably vaccine trial are focused on mild cases because they are easier to measure. The trial works by vaccinated a large number of people and then waiting for some them to be naturally infected. There are probably 10x times of mild cases than severe cases. So, you will get your answer earlier. If the trial shows no complication and any sort of relief, it is enough to start using it.

    2) Hashem’s message might be – don’t think that you are just for yourself, start caring about whole community. This is a chance for everyone to try to save the world by being careful. Ask your Rav what is the bracha for putting the mask on.

    3) initially, many states were giving just statewide numbers, then by county, saying that “extra information will violate privacy”. Same for nursing homes … This proved to be not effective. Now, information is often by town. At the extreme, Chinese will go by the house and forcefully isolate everyone there.

    Block-by-block in a large city seems like more effective but slowly creeping towards Chinese measures. So, start behaving now, before they start going house-by-house

  14. Despite the high case count in BP, they have a steady rate of transmission, rather than an exponential one. Leading epidemiologists are now coming out against the mask & lockdown methods and suggest replacing them with protective measures for the vulnerable. They’re advocating for exactly what BP is unintentionally doing – open up, allow ppl to get infected, build antibodies and get to a place where we have herd immunity – a steady case count instead of an exponentially rising case count.

    Wear your masks, be careful, but just know that in a month or two we may hear that we should all do exactly what they’re doing there.

  15. Just remember what this perah adom said on the phone call with Rabbi Bender… there’s nothing scientific about this it’s all fear.

    That being said, there is no way they can track it down to the block. I don’t care what he says. He’s lying!