CLOSE Hospital officials at one of the largest health care networks in New York City are cautiously optimistic they are prepared for a second wave of coronavirus infections. (Oct. 30) AP DomesticNew York’s COVID-19 cluster containment strategy is being tested as coronavirus cases rise in more communities and threaten to trigger some version of the spring’s economically devastating statewide shutdown if things continue to get worse.The new pandemic-response alarm bells linked to rising infections and hospitalizations prompted restrictions on activity in large swaths of upstate New York this week, spanning much of Erie, Monroe and Onondaga counties.The move came as positive coronavirus cases statewide nearly hit 4,000 on Monday, the highest level since early May, and authorities urged people to forgo gatherings during the upcoming holidays to help curb the virus’ spread.Meanwhile, outbreak trajectories in some entire regions, including the Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mid-Hudson and New York City, were headed toward hitting metrics that would require varying levels of restrictions on businesses, schools and houses of worship.Amid the growing danger, local and state officials addressed questions surrounding the complex system involved in deploying new COVID restrictions, as well as the dire push to avoid widespread shut downs.Don’t pronounce New York City dead just yet: Tourists


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