Data: Monroe County nearing criteria for Orange Zone designation

Updated: November 17, 2020 08:41 PM
Created: November 16, 2020 02:51 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County is nearing the criteria to be declared an Orange Zone.

If the numbers don’t turn around, the county could meet the criteria by the end of the week, and it would mean even more restrictions.


According to state data, Monroe County’s seven-day rolling average has been above 4% for eight days as of Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, the seven-day rolling average in the county's Yellow Zone is 5.13%.

Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza said the seven-day average is improving slightly after the daily positivity rate "modestly plateaued."

If the average stays above 4% for two more days, the county will meet the 10-day threshold for an Orange Zone designation.

If Monroe County is declared an Orange Zone schools would have to close and go remote only if they don't have a lower positive rate than the rest of the zone, non-essential businesses like gyms would be shut down and restaurants could only offer outdoor dining or delivery or carryout.

Monroe County is not an Orange Zone yet. Parts of Monroe County have been declared a Yellow Zone.

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