New York to begin factoring regional hospital capacity into COVID-19 guidelines

Moving forward, as New York state officials declare COVID-19 cluster zones, they will be using additional metrics to aid in those determinations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday hospitalization data will play a key role in evaluating which communities will face additional restrictions.

“It’s about hospital beds,” the governor told reporters Monday. “It’s about the ICU, and it’s about having enough staff and enough equipment.”

Previously, the clusters were graded on positivity rates or the number of cases, with higher density urban and suburban areas needing a 2.5 percent positivity rate over a 10-day average to become yellow, a 3 percent rate for orange or
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