In addition to using hospitalizations as a main metric to trigger zone designations and closures, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also outlined four additional strategies the state will employ to combat the spread of Covid-19.
- Increasing testing across the state
- Working toward vaccine distributions
- Keeping schools open safely
- Keeping the 10-person limit on private gatherings that the governor announced earlier in the fall
On schools, Cuomo said that the goal was to keep grades K-8 open wherever it was safe. The state will implement testing on a weekly basis for schools in orange and red zones.
On the vaccine, Cuomo said that delivery could start in the next few weeks, and that he is working with fellow governors on distribution plans, but noting that widespread distribution will likely not occur until "late spring or early summer."
He noted that the state will do outreach to black and brown communities, as well as lower income communities.
On testing, Cuomo emphasized the importance of having a balanced distribution of testing among various groups — healthcare workers, school workers, the general traveling population.
Statewide, New York has a 4.5% positivity rate currently, Cuomo said.