Governor Cuomo Announces 33rd Straight Day with COVID-19 Infection Rate Below 1 Percent

0.91 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive

DFS Extends Emergency Regulations to Waive Cost-Sharing for COVID-19 Testing and In-Network Telehealth Visits Until November 9, 2020

Confirms 576 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 441,154; New Cases in 38 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the 33rd straight day that New York State’s COVID-19 infection rate has been below 1 percent. Yesterday, 0.91 percent of tests reported to the state were positive. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“New York State’s infection rate has been under 1 percent for 33 straight days, which is great news and a credit to New Yorkers and what they’re doing,” Governor Cuomo said. “And that is with more testing than any other state. If you want to see something interesting, look at how many tests different states are taking. If you don’t do many tests, you won’t find many cases and the number of cases will drop. But that is false comfort. When we say this is how many cases we have, that’s accurate because we’re testing more than anyone else.”

The governor also announced the New York State Department of Financial Services has taken action to extend emergency regulations requiring New York health insurers to waive cost-sharing associated with emergency room visits, in-network telehealth visits, in-network outpatient provider office visits, in-network urgent care center visits, and in-network laboratory tests when the purpose of the visit or test is to diagnose COVID-19, and waiving cost-sharing for in-network telehealth services for any healthcare service covered under a policy, including mental health and substance use disorder treatment until November 9, 2020. The extension of these emergency regulations ensures that cost-sharing is not a barrier to COVID-19 testing and in-network telehealth services for New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo first announced the State’s directive requiring New York insurers to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and telehealth services in March.

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 969 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 5 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Bronx – 1
  • Nassau – 4

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

Patient Hospitalization – 463 (+18)

  • Patients Newly Admitted – 53
  • Hospital Counties – 34
  • Number ICU – 121 (+7)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 59 (+7)
  • Total Discharges – 75,539 (+36)
  • Deaths – 3
  • Total Deaths – 25,370

Of the 63,230 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 576, or 0.91 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Region
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Capital Region
0.5%
1.3%
0.7%
Central New York
1.1%
0.6%
0.8%
Finger Lakes
0.7%
0.9%
0.6%
Long Island
1.0%
1.5%
1.8%
Mid-Hudson
1.2%
1.5%
1.3%
Mohawk Valley
1.1%
0.5%
0.5%
New York City
0.8%
0.9%
0.7%
North Country
0.3%
0.0%
0.8%
Southern Tier
0.4%
0.5%
0.3%
Western New York
1.9%
1.0%
1.5%

The Governor also confirmed 576 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 441,154 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 441,154 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
2,846
6
Allegany
92
0
Broome
1,378
4
Cattaraugus
234
1
Cayuga
185
1
Chautauqua
478
1
Chemung
214
3
Chenango
240
1
Clinton
152
0
Columbia
576
0
Cortland
103
0
Delaware
125
0
Dutchess
4,956
12
Erie
10,394
48
Essex
149
0
Franklin
59
0
Fulton
312
0
Genesee
304
1
Greene
316
0
Hamilton
14
0
Herkimer
308
0
Jefferson
156
0
Lewis
50
1
Livingston
190
1
Madison
475
0
Monroe
5,615
13
Montgomery
215
0
Nassau
45,372
78
Niagara
1,663
4
NYC
236,647
213
Oneida
2,316
7
Onondaga
4,012
10
Ontario
421
8
Orange
11,552
17
Orleans
317
0
Oswego
331
0
Otsego
291
3
Putnam
1,541
2
Rensselaer
866
1
Rockland
14,459
20
Saratoga
911
11
Schenectady
1,324
2
Schoharie
73
0
Schuyler
29
0
Seneca
102
0
St. Lawrence
301
4
Steuben
325
2
Suffolk
45,411
55
Sullivan
1,544
0
Tioga
217
1
Tompkins
346
2
Ulster
2,203
0
Warren
331
0
Washington
272
1
Wayne
297
1
Westchester
37,355
41
Wyoming
127
0
Yates
62
0

Yesterday, there were 3 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,370. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Dutchess
1
Erie
1
Kings
1