Positive COVID-19 percentage still hovering around 1% in New York State


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ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — On Thursday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state is still hovering around 1% for new positive coronavirus cases. The overall percentage for the state is 1.09%. The red zone cluster areas, however, are at 4.84%. If those clusters aren’t included in the total, New York State has an infection rate of 0.99%.

On Thursday, Cuomo announced that the state will provide 200,000 rapid test kits to New York City schools in “Yellow Zones.”  

“I’ve asked local governments to do testing in the schools surrounding the Red Zones, in what we call Yellow Zones. Some of the local governments have said they don’t have enough tests to do it. I’ve said if you need something, tell me and I’ll provide it,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re going to give New York City 200,000 test kits so they can do the tests in the schools in the Yellow Zones.”

In “Red Zone” focus areas included as part of the Governor’s Cluster Action Initiative, the positivity rate for test results reported Wednesday is 4.84%, which is down from 6.29%. The “Red Zone” focus areas are home to 2.8% of state’s population, yet had 11.5% of all positive cases reported Wednesday to New York State. 

Within the “Red Zone” focus areas, 3,473 test results were reported on Wednesday, yielding 168 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these “Red Zone” focus areas, 129,739 test results were reported, yielding 1,292 positives. 

FOCUS ZONE9/27-10/3 % Positive10/4- 10/10 % PositiveWeek to Date (10/11 – 10/14) % PositiveDay Prior (10/13) % PositiveYesterday (10/14) % Positive
Brooklyn red-zone focus area % positive6.69%5.86%5.47%6.43%4.75%
Queens % red-zone focus area % positive2.97%3.36%2.64%4.89%2.15%
Rockland % red-zone focus area % positive12.29%9.77%4.16%7.21%8.40%
Orange red-zone focus area % positive24.64%12.41%8.43%7.41%7.95%
All red-zone focus area % positive6.91%6.13%4.76%6.29%4.84%
Statewide % positive with red-zone focus areas included1.25%1.18%1.17%1.10%1.09%
Statewide % positive without red-zone focus areas included1.02%1.01%1.06%0.95%0.99%

 9/27-10/3 % Positive10/4 – 10/10 % PositiveWeek to Date (10/11 – 10/14) % PositiveDay Prior (10/13) % PositiveYesterday (10/14) % Positive
Percentage of state’s positive cases coming from red-zone focus areas21.80%17.60%11.90%15.60%11.50%

Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Capital Region1.7%1.2%0.8%
Central New York2.3%1.2%1.0%
Finger Lakes1.0%0.7%1.3%
Long Island1.1%1.0%1.1%
Mohawk Valley0.7%0.1%0.5%
New York City1.3%1.2%1.0%
North Country0.5%0.1%0.5%
Southern Tier2.2%1.0%1.1%
Western New York1.5%1.0%1.6%


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