Ramapo COVID Clusters Face Increased Fines and Closures of Schools and Non-essential Businesses

New York’s governor could be closing schools, shutting down businesses and limiting religious gatherings as early as today in areas across the state that have become clusters for COVID, including Rockland and Orange Counties. Andrew Cuomo says hot spots in Monsey, Spring Valley and elsewhere, some zones considered worse than others, have to be addressed and handled by local governments better…

Depending on the severity of infection in the different zones, labeled red, orange or yellow depending on the numbers of COVID cases, will dictate the restrictions put on schools, businesses and gatherings in those zones, and they could go into effect today and last for at least two weeks. East Ramapo schools have been virtual since school began, and the current plan is to begin hybrid learning October 13th. Yeshivas have been off this week for the holiday of Sukkot. The fine for mass gathering violations has been upped to $15,000. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says he discussed possible strategies that could slow and stop COVID spread and praised the governor for the so-called Cluster Action Initiative…

Rockland state senator David Carlucci says he’s glad the governor is focused on the problem, but people also need to take the time to understand how to be safe …

Ramapo supervisor Michael Specht was unable to comment as he was waiting for specific plans from the governor’s office beyond yesterday’s press conference. COVID-19 is also now restricting residents’ access to town hall. Ramapo’s website said yesterday that in-person visits to town hall would be by appointment only until further notice. To make an appointment call 845-357-5100. There is one exception, if you’re going to town hall to vote early you will NOT need to make an appointment.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, the death toll ticked up again yesterday, adding one for a total of 679. We’ve got 18 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the hospital, and a total of 1,409 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 16,190 reported cases, 119 more than yesterday.

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