Amid rising COVID-19 cases nationwide and a crackdown on a wedding in Brooklyn that reportedly planned to have 10,000 attendees, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced a new strategy for combating COVID-19 into the fall and winter months by targeting micro-clusters.
Cuomo said that targeting coronavirus would no longer be at the statewide or regional level, but "block-by-block."
"For fall we are going to deploy a micro-cluster strategy. We have been targeting all our actions either ... statewide ... or we reopened on a regional level. We are now going to analyze it block-by-block," he said. "We have data so specific that we can't show it because it could violate privacy conditions. We know exactly where the new cases are coming from."
Cuomo said Orange, Rockland, Queens and Brooklyn counties contain micro-clusters.
Cuomo also detailed how New York state officials have cracked down on a planned wedding in Williamsburg which they allege would have brought together "upwards of 10,000 individuals."
The Rockland County Sheriff's Office tipped off authorities to the Monday wedding which would have taken place outside the state's cluster zones in Brooklyn. An order signed by the state health commissioner was served last night by the New York City Sheriff's Office to halt the wedding.
The governor said micro-clusters would be declared "red zones." Areas buffering red zones would be deemed "orange zones" depending on COVID-19 cluster density and areas outside buffer zones would be "yellow zones," also depending on cluster density.
"A cluster signifies a lack of compliance, common sense. The only answer is more enforcement," Cuomo said.