NYS Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 positive rate continues to be a problem Downstate

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 via a conference call on Friday.

According to the governor, the state reported results from over 139,000 tests Thursday. Statewide, the positive rate from those tests was 1.1%. However, Governor Cuomo said that number is “skewed” because of oversampling in New York’s hot spots.

In the “red zones”, which are primarily Downstate, the positive rate is 6.6%. The governor also said it is too early to tell if the hot spots’ positive rates are leveling off, declining or increasing as of Friday. 

Without the data from the hot spots, Governor Cuomo said the state’s COVID-19 positive rate is .9%.

Tragically, six more New Yorkers lost their lives to the virus on Thursday. 

Hospitalizations also continued to rise, with 779 New Yorkers now in the hospital battling COVID-19.

Full data from Thursday released by the State Health Department Friday: 

  • Patient Hospitalization – 779 (+25)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 122
  • Number ICU – 168 (-4)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 78 (+11)
  • Total Discharges – 77,432 (+81)
  • Deaths – 6
  • Total Deaths – 25,561

COVID-19 positive rates for all ten New York regions over the last three days:

REGIONTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY
Capital Region0.9%0.5%0.7%
Central New York0.9%1.0%0.9%
Finger Lakes0.5%1.3%0.8%
Long Island1.2%1.0%1.0%
Mid-Hudson2.0%2.2%2.1%
Mohawk Valley0.4%0.5%0.5%
New York City1.5%1.2%1.2%
North Country0.1%0.7%0.3%
Southern Tier1.4%1.3%1.0%
Western New York0.9%1.4%1.3%

In total, there have been 471,696 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in New York.

Breakdown of cases by county:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany3,26817
Allegany14110
Broome2,31475
Cattaraugus34316
Cayuga2403
Chautauqua66812
Chemung88833
Chenango2681
Clinton1781
Columbia6154
Cortland27717
Delaware1440
Dutchess5,23311
Erie11,99845
Essex1771
Franklin710
Fulton3521
Genesee3583
Greene3775
Hamilton150
Herkimer3550
Jefferson1803
Lewis540
Livingston2193
Madison5094
Monroe6,34933
Montgomery2442
Nassau47,73680
Niagara1,87217
NYC249,320624
Oneida2,5129
Onondaga4,69324
Ontario5116
Orange12,74884
Orleans3431
Oswego5426
Otsego3573
Putnam1,6734
Rensselaer9646
Rockland16,599145
Saratoga1,13917
Schenectady1,4457
Schoharie902
Schuyler664
Seneca1140
St. Lawrence3423
Steuben63224
Suffolk47,28589
Sullivan1,64310
Tioga31915
Tompkins4738
Ulster2,3496
Warren4292
Washington3173
Wayne35710
Westchester38,77177
Wyoming1503
Yates703

Governor Cuomo reminded New Yorkers to stay diligent as the fight against COVID-19 is not over. He was also proud to report that New York State continues to do more testing per day than many states do per week, and that is dramatically helping the state locate and control the spread of the virus.

For more local COVID-19 data, click here.


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