Parts of Monroe County designated as Orange Zone

Parts of Monroe County designated as Orange Zone Photo: News10NBC.

Updated: November 24, 2020 08:58 PM
Created: November 23, 2020 12:17 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Parts of Monroe County have been designated as an Orange Zone by New York state.

During a news conference Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said parts of Rochester, Irondequoit, Gates, and Brighton have moved from a Yellow Zone to an Orange Zone.

“In Monroe, parts of Rochester, Irondequoit, Brighton become an Orange Zone,” Cuomo said. “Ontario County, Victor is on track to become a Yellow Zone.”

Use this tool provided and updated by New York state to see if your home, business, or school is in a COVID-19 microcluster zone.

A map of the areas in the Orange Zone is in the tweet below:

An Orange Zone is made up of two tiers. The city of Rochester is considered "tier 1" due to being an area that is located within a county of 900,000 or more people or located within a city of 90,000 or more people. In tier 1, an Orange Zone is categorized as an area that has a 7-day rolling average positivity above 3% for 10 days. 

Orange Zone restrictions include:

  • Closing high-risk non-essential businesses (gyms, personal care, etc).
  • Schools close for four days to deep clean, then "test-out” to re-open
  • Outdoor dining, takeout or delivery services only, four people maximum per table
  • 33% capacity for religious worship capacity, 25 people maximum

Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Bob Duffy says the restrictions will take effect on Wednesday. For schools, they will take effect on Thanksgiving so that they can reopen as soon as next Monday.

During a press conference via Zoom Monday, Duffy said by Wednesday, New York will have a website where you can enter an address to check and see if it's part of the Orange Zone.

Watch the video in the player below for the full press conference:

Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley confirmed zip codes 14609 and 14621 are included in the Orange Zone designation. Businesses in zip codes 14621 — generally East Ridge Road in West Irondequoit — and 14609 — primarily East Irondequoit, south of Route 104 — are now in the Orange Zone.

Seeley said the designation also impacts in-person instruction at the East Irondequoit School District, particularly the middle school on Densmore Road, Laurelton-Pardee Intermediate School, and Helendale Road Primary School. 

Watch the video in the player below for a full interview with Seeley about the restrictions in Irondequoit.

Cuomo said the state was reevaluating school restrictions, specifically for grades K-8 where the positivity rate and transmission of the coronavirus remain very low.

Watch Cuomo's news conference in its entirety in the video player below:

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Micheal Mendoza released the following statement, saying, in part:

"We want to be clear: we believe our schools should remain open as long as there is no evidence of spread in schools. The testing done in school buildings last week was proof that spread within the schools is not an issue, and that our schools are the safest place for our children during these uncertain times  We will continue to advocate on behalf of our local school districts, and will work with them to continue to meet the needs of their students.

"We are working with our government partners, school leaders and the business community to meet the needs of those affected by the orange cluster zone designation, and we are rapidly implementing a plan to provide increased COVID-19 testing in the affected zip codes. 

"Moving our community out of the yellow and orange cluster zones will take a community-wide effort. We know we can do this. Please continue to wear masks in public, wash your hands frequently, maintain a safe six-foot physical distance from others and limit your in-person gatherings. We all need to work together so we can safely reopen our economy and make sure our children are able to be in school."

Click here for information from the New York State Department of Labor about how to file for unemployment, including if you're a self-employed business owner.

According to state guidelines, the Department of Health will determine whether an area reduced viral spread after 14 days of being in a zone. 

If there's been no large increase in cases or hospital admissions, Monroe County might be able to qualify. 

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