Central NY, Southern Tier covid deaths into the hundreds

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Onondaga County was yesterday declared one of three new microclusters in the state, now identified as a yellow zone focus area.

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Over the past ten days, parts of the county had 7-day average positivity rates above 3%, while both cases per 100,000 and new daily hospitalizations also increased.

Yellow zone enforcement includes restricting gatherings to no more than 25 people. Schools must also increase testing and restaurants close at midnight with a limit of four people per table.

Orange and Red zone protocols mandate distance learning at schools, cap religious services at 50% and permit only outdoor dining in Orange areas and delivery-only in Red.

In the yellow since Mid-October is Broome County, where 115 people have died from the virus so far. Neighboring Tioga County hasn’t received a color designation, but saw it’s death toll climb to 41 this week.

In Onondaga County, a total of 190 fatalities are confirmed.

Cortland reported its first last week and currently shows 103 active cases, with three people in the hospital and 687 others being monitored.

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