Governor Cuomo August 6th Update Announces COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop to New Low

Hospitalizations Drop to 410—New Low Since March 16

 0.85 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive; 30 Straight Days with Infection Rate Below 1 Percent

Announces Results of Focused Testing Effort in Oneonta

9 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Confirms 729 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 439,501; New Cases in 47 Counties

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to 410—a new low since March 16. The state’s COVID-19 infection rate has been less than 1 percent for 30 straight days. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“We know based on experience that an incremental, data-driven reopening is the best way to protect the health and safety of all New Yorkers. As this virus continues to be a national crisis, it’s clear that caution is a virtue, not a vice,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our infection rate has been below 1 percent for 30 days, and New Yorkers can help us keep that streak going by wearing masks, socially distancing and washing their hands. Our actions today determine the rate of infection tomorrow, so as the Labor Day weekend continues, I urge everyone to be smart so we don’t see a spike in the weeks ahead.”

Oneonta SWAT Team Testing Effort

The Governor also announced the results of the State’s testing SWAT Team’s focused testing effort in the City of Oneonta in Otsego County over the past five days. A total of 1,965 tests were performed at the 3 sites with results delivered in 15 minutes. A total of 91 positive cases were identified, for a positivity rate of 4.6 percent. Contact tracing efforts in partnership with local health departments are ongoing. However, test results show that the cases continue to be connected to ongoing spread among college students with 85 of the 91 positives cases being individuals aged 18-24. Of the 738 tests for individuals in this age bracket, 11.5 percent tested positive. For the 1,227 individuals tested who were not in the 18-24 age bracket, the positivity rate was 0.48 percent.

To ensure continued availability of rapid result testing over the next weeks in Oneonta, Governor Cuomo directed the State Department of Health to lend for use over the next weeks 4 rapid result testing machines to the local health department and provide an initial allotment of test kits, enabling more than 750 additional rapid tests to be administered over the next weeks. The test results are delivered in 15 minutes, allowing contact tracing efforts to begin immediately. The machines will be distributed on loan from the New York State Department of Health.

The Governor also reminded Oneonta residents that there are 5 existing testing sites currently operating in the City of Oneonta where COVID testing can be scheduled. The sites are listed here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,390 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 8 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Bronx – 1
  • Queens – 2
  • Nassau – 1
  • Suffolk – 4

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 410 (-15)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 53
  • Hospital Counties – 33
  • Number ICU – 119 (+4)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 56 (-5)
  • Total Discharges – 75,425 (+59)
  • Deaths – 9
  • Total Deaths – 25,359

Of the 85,630 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 729, or 0.85 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Region
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Capital Region
1.1%
0.5%
0.9%
Central New York
0.6%
0.7%
0.8%
Finger Lakes
0.8%
0.6%
0.7%
Long Island
1.4%
1.5%
1.1%
Mid-Hudson
1.0%
1.1%
0.9%
Mohawk Valley
1.5%
0.7%
0.9%
New York City
0.7%
0.7%
0.7%
North Country
0.4%
0.2%
0.2%
Southern Tier
0.8%
0.2%
0.5%
Western New York
1.6%
1.2%
2.0%

The Governor also confirmed 729 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 439,501 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 439,501 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
2,831
8
Allegany
92
0
Broome
1,357
7
Cattaraugus
229
2
Cayuga
183
1
Chautauqua
475
4
Chemung
208
2
Chenango
235
2
Clinton
152
0
Columbia
575
0
Cortland
103
1
Delaware
123
0
Dutchess
4,928
14
Erie
10,266
54
Essex
148
1
Franklin
59
0
Fulton
312
0
Genesee
301
1
Greene
314
1
Hamilton
14
0
Herkimer
308
2
Jefferson
154
0
Lewis
49
0
Livingston
189
1
Madison
474
0
Monroe
5,572
21
Montgomery
215
1
Nassau
45,193
78
Niagara
1,650
7
NYC
236,009
295
Oneida
2,302
4
Onondaga
3,983
19
Ontario
405
4
Orange
11,515
11
Orleans
314
4
Oswego
325
0
Otsego
268
19
Putnam
1,531
3
Rensselaer
859
1
Rockland
14,396
14
Saratoga
889
12
Schenectady
1,310
11
Schoharie
73
1
Schuyler
28
1
Seneca
102
0
St. Lawrence
296
3
Steuben
320
1
Suffolk
45,258
58
Sullivan
1,543
0
Tioga
212
1
Tompkins
332
11
Ulster
2,201
2
Warren
326
1
Washington
270
1
Wayne
291
3
Westchester
37,246
41
Wyoming
126
0
Yates
62
0

Yesterday, there were 9 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,359. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Broome
1
Erie
2
Essex
2
Kings
2
Manhattan
1
Schenectady
1