ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to rise in New York State on Friday, but the positive rate remained around one percent.
According to Governor Cuomo, New York received results from nearly 160,000 COVID-19 tests on Friday. This is the most test results that have been reported to the state in one day since the pandemic began, and the state’s COVID-19 positive rate remained around one percent.
The State Health Department reports that New York’s COVID-19 positive rate from Friday was 1.11%.
If you disregard the data from the COVID-19 hot spots, which are primarily located in Queens, Brooklyn, Rockland and Orange counties, the state’s COVID-19 positive rate on Friday was only 1.02%.
At a press briefing Saturday, Governor Cuomo announced a new strategy to mitigate the virus’ spread in the hot spots without disrupting all of New York’s economy.
Governor Cuomo said COVID-19 fatigue may be setting in, but New Yorkers have to stay diligent, wear a mask and follow the guidelines in place. The governor said COVID-19 cases are rising all over the country, but New York’s positive rate remains low because, for the most part, people are following the guidelines.
Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased again on Friday. The health department reports that 929 New Yorkers were in the hospital Friday battling COVID-19.
Tragically, nine more New Yorkers lost their lives to the virus Friday.
Complete data from Friday provided by the State Health Department Saturday:
- Patient Hospitalization – 929 (+11)
- Patients Newly Admitted – 139
- Number ICU – 195 (-5)
- Number ICU with Intubation – 103 (+6)
- Total Discharges – 78,235 (+118)
- Deaths – 9
- Total Deaths – 25,637
On the brightside, the Central New York region posted a COVID-19 positive rate that was lower than one percent for the first time in six days Friday.
COVID-19 positive rates for all ten regions in New York State over the last three days:
|Central New York||1.0%||1.2%||0.7%|
|New York City||1.0%||1.2%||1.2%|
|Western New York||1.6%||1.4%||1.4%|
Since the pandemic began, there have been 482,891 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York State.
Breakdown of cases by region:
|County||Total Positive||New Positive|
During the news briefing Saturday, Governor Cuomo also announced movie theaters that are not in New York City could reopen as soon as Friday, October 23.
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