Yesterday, according to Gossips' calculations, the seven day average positivity rate for Columbia County was 3.2 percent. Today, according to the New York Forward dashboard, it is 3.5 percent.
If the seven day average positivity rate continues to be more than 3 percent for another eight days, we could become a yellow zone microcluster, so it makes sense to review the microcluster zone metrics that Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday.
Yellow Zone: A geographic area with a 3 percent positivity rate (seven day average) over the past ten days. The area is also in the top 10 percent in the state for new hospital admissions per capita over the past week and is experiencing week-to-week growth in daily hospital admissions.
Orange Zone: A geographic area with a 4 percent positivity rate (seven day average) over the past ten days, located in a region that has reached 85 percent hospital capacity. Alternatively, an area can become an orange zone if the NYS Department of Health determines the rate of hospital admissions is unacceptably high in that area or region.
Red Zone: A region where hospital capacity is within 21 days of reaching 90 percent, even after the cancellation of elective procedures and a 50 percent increase in bed capacity.
Stay safe. Avoid gatherings. Stay home. If you must go out, wear a mask and keep your distance.