Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State’s Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic – October 11, 2020

Full New York State Positivity Rate Drops Below 1 Percent for the First Time Since September 24 to .96 Percent

New York State Has Conducted 12 Million COVID-19 Tests  

“Red Zone” Focus Area Positivity is 5.74 Percent Yesterday; 6.13 Percent Positivity for Past Week   

New York State Positivity Without Red Zone Focus Areas Included is 0.84 Percent 

5 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. New York State has conducted 12 million COVID-19 tests. In “Red Zone” focus areas included as part of the Governor’s Cluster Action Initiative, the positivity rate for test results reported yesterday is 5.74 percent and 6.13 percent for the past week. These “Red Zone” focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of state’s population, yet have had 17.6 percent of all positive cases reported this week to New York State.

New York State’s positivity rate without the Red Zone focus areas included was 0.84 percent for yesterday’s test results. The state’s overall positivity rate – with Red Zone focus areas included – dropped to 0.96 percent yesterday, under 1 percent for the first time since September 24.

“We’re dealing with a very specific situation, which is the clusters. Overall the state is doing very well. We have a sophisticated testing mechanism where we take, now, more tests per day than most states take per week. That allows us to do a very granular analysis. Most states don’t have that capacity or don’t have that desire,” Governor Cuomo said. “Because we test as much as we do, and because we have such an ability to target, we then see clusters and we can track cases in very small clusters. We’re now tracking a cluster in about 2 or 3 percent of the population. No other state has this discussion because no other state has the ability to target that way. We do, and that’s a good thing because when you can target a specific cluster, it means you can attack a specific cluster. Attacking a cluster is much easier than trying to attack a statewide increasing rate.”

Within the “Red Zone” focus areas, 2,961 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 170 positives or a 5.74 percent positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, not counting these “Red Zone” focus areas, 115,293 test results were reported, yielding 973 positives or a 0.84 percent positivity rate.

The “Red Zone” focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of the state population yet had 14.9 percent of all positive test results reported to the state yesterday, and 17.6 percent of all positive case results reported to the state this week. The positivity rate for test results this past week in the “Red Zone” areas has been 6.13 percent, down slightly from the prior week as shown in the charts below.

 

Focus Zone
Week of 9/27-10/3
% Positive
Current week
(10/4-10/10)
% Positive
Yesterday (10/10)
% Positive
Brooklyn red-zone focus area % positive
6.69%
5.86%
7.22%
Queens % red-zone focus area % positive
2.97%
3.36%
4.33%
Rockland % red-zone focus area % positive
12.29%
9.77%
4.95%
Orange red-zone focus area % positive
24.64%
12.41%
3.04%
All red-zone focus area % positive
6.91%
6.13%
5.74%
Statewide % positive with red-zone focus areas included
1.25%
1.18%
0.96%
Statewide % positive without red-zone focus areas included
1.02%
1.01%
0.84%
Week of 9/27-10/3
Current week
(10/4- 10/10)
Yesterday (10/10)
Percentage of state’s positive cases coming from red-zone focus areas
21.8%
17.6%
14.9%

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 777 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:

  • Manhattan – 2
  • Nassau – 3

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 820 (-6)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 111
  • Hospital Counties – 39
  • Number ICU – 186 (+7)
  • Number ICU with Intubation — 84 (+3)
  • Total Discharges – 77,631 (+117)
  • Deaths – 5
  • Total Deaths – 25,574

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

Region
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Capital Region
0.7%
0.4%
0.6%
Central New York
0.9%
0.9%
0.9%
Finger Lakes
0.8%
0.7%
0.9%
Long Island
1.0%
1.1%
1.0%
Mid-Hudson
2.1%
1.5%
1.1%
Mohawk Valley
0.5%
0.7%
0.2%
New York City
1.2%
1.1%
1.1%
North Country
0.3%
0.2%
0.2%
Southern Tier
1.0%
1.1%
0.9%
Western New York
1.3%
1.4%
1.4%

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

Borough
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Bronx
1.0%
1.0%
1.2%
Brooklyn
1.9%
1.4%
1.5%
Manhattan
0.5%
0.6%
0.4%
Queens
1.1%
1.2%
1.2%
Staten Island
1.2%
1.4%
1.0%

Of the 474,286 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
3,293
13
Allegany
150
6
Broome
2,442
42
Cattaraugus
358
3
Cayuga
244
3
Chautauqua
691
9
Chemung
958
29
Chenango
275
4
Clinton
179
1
Columbia
621
4
Cortland
301
8
Delaware
148
2
Dutchess
5,252
7
Erie
12,107
52
Essex
178
0
Franklin
71
0
Fulton
352
0
Genesee
358
0
Greene
383
4
Hamilton
15
0
Herkimer
359
1
Jefferson
184
3
Lewis
55
0
Livingston
222
3
Madison
511
2
Monroe
6,421
34
Montgomery
245
0
Nassau
47,933
92
Niagara
1,895
13
NYC
250,364
469
Oneida
2,539
10
Onondaga
4,779
32
Ontario
516
4
Orange
12,842
44
Orleans
350
6
Oswego
550
3
Otsego
360
1
Putnam
1,683
8
Rensselaer
980
10
Rockland
16,717
27
Saratoga
1,149
8
Schenectady
1,454
3
Schoharie
94
1
Schuyler
67
1
Seneca
119
4
St. Lawrence
345
1
Steuben
690
30
Suffolk
47,431
74
Sullivan
1,649
4
Tioga
345
12
Tompkins
479
3
Ulster
2,358
3
Warren
429
0
Washington
317
0
Wayne
362
1
Westchester
38,894
47
Wyoming
152
2
Yates
71
0

Yesterday, there were 5 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,574. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Bronx
1
Dutchess
1
Erie
1
Queens
1
Steuben
1