Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 3.8 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 1.3 Percent
Statewide Positivity Rate is 1.5 Percent
15 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday
Counties Will Now Be Allowed to Require Mask Mandates at All Times in Schools
Governor Cuomo: "We said with these micro-clusters and the overall state number you will see a day-to-day bouncing. … You get a micro-cluster that flares up, we attack it, more restrictions, it drops, another micro-cluster pops up and what we’re seeing obviously nationwide is a very threatening rate of increase, and so far, knock wood, New York has defied that rate of increase."
Cuomo: "Nationwide, our positivity rate, we are now the second lowest in the United States of America. … We are 1.3 percent and in the Johns Hopkins nationwide state survey we are number 2 from the bottom, second lowest rate in the nation. … Congratulations, New Yorkers."
Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
AUDIO of today’s remarks is available here .
A rush transcript of the Governor’s remarks is available below:
Thank you guys for getting on – guys being gender-neutral. We’re joined today by Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor; Rob Mujica, Budget Director; Beth Garvey, Special Counsel; Gareth Rhodes who is Deputy Superintendent at DFS who works with us; Dr. Zucker. I also have members from the Long Island delegation of the Assembly and the Senate for an announcement that I’m going to make and then we’ll hear from them.
Today is day 242 for those people who are counting. We did 129,000 tests yesterday. The positivity in the micro-cluster focus zones, right, we’re doing two sets of tests, we test the micro-cluster zones and then we test statewide.
In the micro-clusters the rate was 3.8 percent. That’s in Brooklyn, Queens, Rockland, Orange, and we’re also looking at Broome, Steuben and Chemung.
The positivity rate statewide without the inclusion of the micro-cluster zones is 1.3. That’s actually down from 1.5. The overall statewide number including the oversample of the micro-clusters is 1.5. That’s down from 1.78.
We said with these micro-clusters and the overall state number you will see a day-to-day bouncing. This is, when I said we’re playing Whac-A-Mole with the micro-clusters, which was not the most scientifically accurate term, but it’s what it feels like from my point of view. You get a micro-cluster that flares up, we attack it, more restrictions, it drops, another micro-cluster pops up and what we’re seeing obviously nationwide is a very threatening rate of increase, and so far, knock wood, New York has defied that rate of increase.
Fifteen New Yorkers passed away yesterday and they’re in our thoughts and prayers, 1,085 hospitalized which is just about flat, 236 in ICU.
In terms of adjustments of the micro-clusters, Orange County has made very good progress. So have other micro-clusters but in terms of changing the restrictions, in Orange County we’re going to change the red zone to an orange zone. In Orange County the red zone was at 12 percent three weeks ago. It’s now 2 percent so that’s obviously dramatic progress and the hospitalization number is flat, so the red zone will go to orange, the yellow zone will stay yellow.There has been progress in other areas in micro-clusters but nothing at this point that would cause us to change any classifications this week and we’ll watch it over the next week for possible alterations next week.Nationwide, our positivity rate, we are now the second lowest in the United States of America. We’ve actually […]