New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and County Executive George Latimer announced in a briefing that the recent surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the county has led health officials to declare additional “yellow zones” according to the state’s Cluster Action Initiative (CAI) for controlling the spread of the pandemic. So far, five municipalities have been added to the list, in addition to Port Chester’s continuing designation as an “orange” or “warning” zone.
“Wearing a mask and social distancing is not an option – you must do it,” says County Executive George Latimer. “I do not want to see cases continue to rise; we must make small sacrifices now to protect the entire county.”
“Yellow zones” are the lowest classification on the CAI scale, below orange and red. Businesses and schools can remain open, however some restrictions will be put in place:
The following municipalities now qualify as yellow zones:
Additionally, parts of Rye and Rye Brook bordering the Port Chester orange zone are also under precautionary yellow zone status.
Orange zones increase restrictions:
If Port Chester can reduce its positive test rate for at least 10 days and ultimately stay below 2%, the village will be able to downgrade back to yellow zone status. If positive tests dip below 1.5% after an additional period, yellow statuses can also be lifted.