Coronavirus rate pushes Capital Region into 3 percent 'yellow zone' range


Coronavirus rate pushes Capital Region into 3 percent 'yellow zone' range

ALBANY — The Capital Region’s coronavirus infection rate rose above 3 percent Sunday, putting the region on course for new restrictions if the number doesn’t dip below that threshold over the next nine days.

The region hit 3.1 percent, County Executive Dan McCoy said during a news conference. The number opens a window that if it continues for 9 straight days could prompt the state to push the region into the so-called “yellow zone” where schools would have to randomly test 20 percent of all people on campus weekly, limit restaurant dining to four people per table, cut religious services to 50 percent of capacity and limit mass gathering to 25 people.

“We’re in Day 1 and now we’ll see where the numbers go,” Deputy Conty Executive Daniel Lynch told reporters.

If the number dips below 3 percent over the next nine days, the count would end until another day when the total infection rate rose above 3 percent.

“We are in the second wave and it is getting worse as we get on into the month of November,” McCoy said.

He said he was worried that family gatherings on Thanksgiving would caused a surge in transmission of the virus and push the region’s infection rate into realms that could prompt the state to force businesses to close like they did to stop the spread of the virus during the spring.

Source: Times Unition
Coronavirus rate pushes Capital Region into 3 percent 'yellow zone' range

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