That’s because the state and it’s counties have gone thru the 3% virus infection percentage and is working on +4% to +5%……
Cuomo, like other Governor’s, does not want to do strong shut-down like last winter and damage the states’ economy….
Pointing to lessons learned when Covid-19 swept through the state this spring, Cuomo said his administration will now focus on the number of coronavirus hospitalizations and hospital capacities. Yellow, orange and red zone designations under the state’s “micro-cluster” approach will now include death rate, available hospital and ICU beds and available staff, among other things, he said.
The state is also adding an emergency stop provision, which would allow for further restrictions in the event of a hospitalization crisis.
“We lived this nightmare, we learned from this nightmare and we’re going to correct for the lessons we learned during this nightmare,” he said during a late-morning news conference….
Cuomo’s administration had focused heavily on specific positivity rates for opening and closing schools and businesses in certain regions. But Cuomo says that as those rates surge past previously set thresholds — the statewide positivity rate reported Monday was 4.57 percent, for instance — the state is shifting focus back toward hospitals.
Officials point partly to increased testing in hot spots for the higher numbers, but the governor also says he doesn’t believe any state could meet some of those previously set metrics — such as the 3 percent rate that officials had said would be cause for keeping schools closed in New York City.
“They were all best-case scenario and artificially low,” he said…..
There ARE gonna be spikes in the numbers for each holiday one would imagine until after New Years, when the vaccine’s should start arriving….And the cold weather keeps people inside ….