Governor Cuomo Announces on August 28th New Record-Low COVID-19 Infection Rate and 8 Million Tests Conducted in New York State


0.65 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive—New Record Low; Three Straight Weeks with Infection Rate Below 1 Percent

New York State Has Conducted 8 Million COVID-19 Tests

Rapid Testing Begins in Western New York Tomorrow; Call 833-NYSTRNG to Make an Appointment 

3 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Confirms 636 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 432,767; New Cases in 47 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the lowest COVID-19 infection rate in New York State—0.65 percent—since the pandemic began. New York State’s infection rate has been less than 1 percent every day for three weeks. The governor also announced that 8 million tests have now been conducted in the state. Governor Cuomo also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

Governor Cuomo

“Fighting COVID-19 requires enormous bravery and discipline from New Yorkers and I thank them for today’s new record-low infection rate. This is evidence that what each of us does to slow the spread—wearing masks, socially distancing and washing hands—makes a real difference,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re continuing to expand our ability to test and contact trace as we pursue a phased, data-driven reopening, and that’s why we’ve reached 8 million tests conducted in the state. Yesterday’s data also shows that we aren’t necessarily finding more positives with more testing, which is a good new development. We aren’t out of the woods yet, so keep it up, be safe and stay New York Tough.”

Governor Cuomo also reminded residents of Western New York that rapid testing begins at eight sites there tomorrow. Residents can call 833-NYSTRNG to make an appointment. Yesterday, the governor deployed a testing SWAT team to Western New York to address the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the region. He also announced the eight sites, which can be found here:

Deleavan-Grider Community Center
877 E. Delavan Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14215

True Bethel Baptist Church
907 E. Ferry St.
Buffalo, NY 14211

Northwest Buffalo Community Center
155 Lawn Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14207

Dunkirk Fire Murphy Training Grounds
665 Brigham Road
Dunkirk, NY 14048

SUNY ECC North
6205 Main St.
Williamsville, NY 14221

Union Fire Company
1845 Union Road
West Seneca, NY 14224

John A. Duke Senior Center
1201 Hyde Park Blvd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14301

YWCA of the Niagara Frontier
32 Cottage St.
Lockport, NY 14094

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,322 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 9 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Bronx – 3
  • Brooklyn – 1
  • Manhattan – 1
  • Staten Island – 4

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 478 (-12)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 72
  • Hospital Counties – 31
  • Number ICU – 122 (-4)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 51 (-1)
  • Total Discharges – 74,923 (+73)
  • Deaths – 3
  • Total Deaths – 25,312

Of the 97,826 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 636, or 0.65 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

REGION
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
Capital Region
0.5%
1.1%
0.5%
Central New York
0.6%
1.4%
0.8%
Finger Lakes
0.5%
0.6%
0.3%
Long Island
0.9%
0.6%
0.5%
Mid-Hudson
0.9%
1.2%
0.9%
Mohawk Valley
0.2%
0.4%
0.1%
New York City
0.9%
0.9%
0.6%
North Country
0.6%
1.2%
0.8%
Southern Tier
0.3%
0.3%
0.5%
Western New York
1.4%
2.0%
1.2%

The Governor also confirmed 636 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 432,767 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 432,767 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
2,746
10
Allegany
87
0
Broome
1,283
9
Cattaraugus
197
9
Cayuga
177
1
Chautauqua
355
15
Chemung
196
2
Chenango
224
0
Clinton
149
1
Columbia
568
0
Cortland
98
0
Delaware
112
2
Dutchess
4,827
12
Erie
9,713
45
Essex
126
7
Franklin
58
0
Fulton
310
0
Genesee
293
1
Greene
306
0
Hamilton
14
1
Herkimer
294
0
Jefferson
149
1
Lewis
48
0
Livingston
181
0
Madison
456
17
Monroe
5,398
13
Montgomery
200
2
Nassau
44,503
53
Niagara
1,600
5
NYC
233,410
270
Oneida
2,265
1
Onondaga
3,847
15
Ontario
385
1
Orange
11,399
17
Orleans
306
1
Oswego
288
1
Otsego
125
1
Putnam
1,492
5
Rensselaer
826
3
Rockland
14,197
14
Saratoga
832
3
Schenectady
1,233
2
Schoharie
69
0
Schuyler
25
1
Seneca
98
0
St. Lawrence
270
1
Steuben
312
1
Suffolk
44,678
37
Sullivan
1,515
9
Tioga
207
1
Tompkins
251
2
Ulster
2,155
3
Warren
320
2
Washington
267
1
Wayne
279
0
Westchester
36,863
38
Wyoming
125
0
Yates
60
0

Yesterday, there were 3 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,312. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Nassau
1
Queens
1
Schenectady
1