Nov. 9: Micro-clusters and zones

New York has developed a science-based approach to strategically identify and limit spread of COVID 19, based on “micro-clusters.”
Definition of Cluster Zones
Micro-clusters are defined as outbreaks of new cases within a limited and definable geographic area. New York is implementing this new strategy of aggressively responding to “micro-clusters” in order to limit COVID spread and prevent broader viral transmission that may result in widespread economic shutdowns.

Full details on the NYS micro-cluster strategy may be found at this link. This document also includes an overview of defined “Zones” labeled as red, orange or yellow. Each zone has certain restricted and permitted activities for a minimum of 14 days, and all zones require strict adherence to Department of Health guidance.

Definitions of COVID Zones

If our Finger Lakes region reaches the average three percent rolling average over a seven-day period, we will be considered in the “ yellow zone” and be required to COVID test 20 percent of our staff and students.

We must reiterate that your actions significantly impact every single person on campus. We continue to urge students and families to help control the spread of the virus by adhering to the following guidelines at all times:

1. When interacting with individuals who are not part of your household, wear a mask and stay six feet apart.

2. Avoid large gatherings, especially inside a home or other enclosure.

3. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and consult with your health care provider.

These guidelines can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our schools remain open. If everyone does their part, we can finish the 2020 year strong, together, and most importantly, healthy.