Governor Cuomo Announces New Record High Number of COVID-19 Tests Reported

168,353 Test Results Reported to New York State Yesterday

Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 3.24 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 1.25 Percent

Statewide Positivity Rate is 1.48 Percent

19 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 168,353 COVID-19 test results were reported to New York State yesterday—a new record high.

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“COVID-19 has had untold impacts on New Yorkers’ physical and mental health, and it’s critical that everyone stays vigilant as we move into the winter and COVID fatigue sets in. New York continues to closely monitor the data and increase its testing capacity to new highs, one of which we’ve achieved today,” Governor Cuomo said. “It’s important to put our state in context—we’re pushing ahead in the midst of increasing cases in the United States and around the globe. New Yorkers should wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands, and local governments should continue to practice careful enforcement. This night has been long, but we will see the sun on the horizon again if we stay New York Tough.”

The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 3.24 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 1.25 percent. Within the focus areas, 19,696 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 639 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 148,657 test results were reported, yielding 1,860 positives. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the day prior, the current 7-day rolling average, and last two weeks is below:

Focus Zone
10/4 – 10/10 % Positive
10/11 – 10/17 % Positive
10/18 – 10/25 % Positive
Current 7-day rolling average
Day Prior (10/27) % Positive
Yesterday (10/28) % Positive
Brooklyn red-zone focus area % positive
5.86%
5.29%
4.44%
3.64%
3.56%
4.62%
Brooklyn yellow-zone focus area % positive
1.36%
1.93%
2.38%
2.47%
2.75%
2.80%
Queens Kew Garden Hills/Forest Hills yellow-zone focus area % positive
2.27%
2.03%
2.40%
2.57%
2.69%
2.85%
Queens Far Rockaway yellow-zone focus area % positive
2.71%
2.70%
2.00%
1.88%
1.75%
2.79%
Rockland red-zone focus area % positive
9.77%
4.54%
3.65%
3.37%
4.34%
2.72%
Orange orange-zone focus area % positive
12.41%
4.62%
2.64%
1.77%
2.38%
2.63%
Broome yellow-zone focus area % positive
3.63%
4.05%
6.39%
6.75%
4.16%
5.14%
Steuben yellow-zone focus area % positive
7.82%
7.52%
4.42%
5.13%
6.43%
5.45%
Chemung orange-zone focus area % positive
6.49%
7.12%
8.36%
7.21%
7.05%
4.86%
All focus area statewide % positive
3.18%
3.00%
3.27%
3.09%
3.78%
3.24%
Statewide % positive with all focus areas included
1.18%
1.16%
1.31%
 1.43%
1.56%
1.48%
Statewide % positive without all focus areas included
1.01%
1.06%
1.06%
 1.22%
1.37%
1.25%

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 1,085 (+0)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 150
  • Hospital Counties – 42
  • Number ICU – 237 (+1)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 114 (-6)
  • Total Discharges – 79,501 (+135)
  • Deaths – 19
  • Total Deaths – 25,792

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

Region 
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday
Capital Region 
1.3% 
1.1% 
1.3%
Central New York 
2.2% 
1.0% 
0.9%
Finger Lakes 
1.7% 
1.6% 
1.6%
Long Island 
1.6% 
1.9% 
1.5%
Mid-Hudson 
2.2% 
2.1% 
1.9%
Mohawk Valley 
1.1% 
0.9% 
0.7%
New York City 
1.7% 
1.6% 
1.5%
North Country 
0.9% 
0.5% 
0.7%
Southern Tier 
2.0% 
1.1% 
1.1%
Western New York 
2.6% 
1.9% 
2.5%

Each New York City borough’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Borough  
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday
Bronx  
1.7% 
1.9% 
2.1%
Brooklyn  
1.7% 
1.6% 
1.7%
Manhattan  
1.1% 
1.3% 
0.7%
Queens  
2.1% 
1.5% 
1.7%
Staten Island  
2.1% 
2.6% 
2.4%

Of the 503,176 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
3,660
33
Allegany
314
6
Broome
3,620
54
Cattaraugus
517
15
Cayuga
405
8
Chautauqua
955
31
Chemung
1,777
34
Chenango
408
11
Clinton
248
2
Columbia
721
11
Cortland
553
6
Delaware
178
1
Dutchess
5,508
36
Erie
13,161
140
Essex
199
1
Franklin
80
0
Fulton
363
1
Genesee
396
8
Greene
507
2
Hamilton
17
0
Herkimer
394
0
Jefferson
211
4
Lewis
134
7
Livingston
313
8
Madison
570
5
Monroe
7,386
74
Montgomery
270
2
Nassau
49,841
178
Niagara
2,088
13
NYC
261,607
1,060
Oneida
2,769
23
Onondaga
5,498
44
Ontario
679
10
Orange
13,672
75
Orleans
412
6
Oswego
631
4
Otsego
404
4
Putnam
1,825
13
Rensselaer
1,110
11
Rockland
18,024
81
Saratoga
1,365
20
Schenectady
1,579
9
Schoharie
112
1
Schuyler
135
9
Seneca
147
4
St. Lawrence
405
6
Steuben
1,025
20
Suffolk
49,198
200
Sullivan
1,786
7
Tioga
653
24
Tompkins
632
13
Ulster
2,531
13
Warren
461
2
Washington
338
2
Wayne
512
24
Westchester
40,554
116
Wyoming
192
4
Yates
126
3

Yesterday, 19 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,792. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Bronx
1
Broome
4
Columbia
1
Kings
4
Manhattan
1
Nassau
1
Queens
1
Rensselaer
1
Rockland
1
Suffolk
2
Tioga
1
Westchester
1