Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State’s Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic: October 6th


Directs Schools in Hot Spot Zip Codes Identified by New York City to Temporarily Close In-Person Learning Beginning September 7th   

Governor to Meet with Communities in Brooklyn, Queens and Rockland, Orange and Nassau Counties to Discuss Religious Gatherings

New York State to Oversee Enforcement in Statewide Hot Spot Clusters 

20 ZIP Codes in Areas with Hot Spots – Brooklyn, Queens and Rockland and Orange Counties – Have 5.5 Percent Positivity Rate   

Statewide Positivity Excluding Hot Spot ZIP Codes is 1.01 Percent; 1.22 Percent with Hotspot ZIP Codes Included 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on September 7th updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the COVID-19 pandemic and directed schools in hot spot ZIP codes identified by New York City to temporarily close in-person learning beginning tomorrow. The governor noted that New York State needs more data on the threat COVID-19 poses in those schools. Governor Cuomo also announced he will meet with the communities in Brooklyn, Queens, and Rockland, Orange and Nassau Counties to address religious gatherings. New York State will oversee enforcement in statewide hot spot clusters. Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State is deploying personnel to directly enforce state guidance within the hot spot ZIP codes. New York State will review the data in affected ZIP codes, gather more school data and determine criteria for reopening the schools.

In the top 20 ZIP codes in areas that have seen recent outbreaks – Brooklyn, Queens and Rockland and Orange Counties – 3,473 tests were conducted, yielding 193 positives or a 5.5 percent positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, 72,931 tests were conducted yielding 740 positives or a 1.01 percent positivity rate.

“My number one concern has always been schools. I said to the parents of this state, I will not allow your child to be sent to any school that I would not send my child, period. And you have my personal word on that,” Governor Cuomo said. “If you have to prioritize testing, you want to go to these schools first because you know they are in hot spot clusters, so we have not yet tested some schools in hot spot clusters. Better safe than sorry. I would not send my child to a school in a hot spot cluster that has not been tested and where I did not have proof that the infection rate was low in that school. I would not send my child. I am not going to recommend or allow any New York City family to send their child to a school that I wouldn’t send my child to. We’re going to close the schools in those areas tomorrow.”

New York State continues to track clusters with a particular focus on areas where there are hot spot, cluster situations. Within the top 20 ZIP codes in counties with recent outbreaks – Brooklyn, Queens and Rockland and Orange Counties – the average rate of positive tests is 5.5 percent. The rate of positive tests for the remainder of New York State, not counting these 20 ZIP codes, is 1.01 percent. These 20 ZIP codes contained 21 percent of all positive cases in New York State yesterday, but represent only 6.7 percent of the state’s population.

New York State is conducting focused testing in areas in hot spot communities, predominately in Brooklyn, Queens, and Rockland and Orange Counties. The state is also deploying rapid testing machines in those communities. The top 20 ZIP codes for highest positivity in these counties are available below:

County
Zip
% Positive 10/4
% Positive 10/3
% Positive – 3 Day Avg
% Positive – 7 Day Avg
% Positive – 14 Day Avg
Orange
10950
12.2%
13.7%
21.3%
17.6%
17.2%
Rockland
10952
17.9%
15.1%
11.7%
12.8%
13.0%
Rockland
10977
15.7%
8.6%
11.8%
12.1%
12.1%
Kings
11223
5.1%
11.3%
9.0%
8.0%
7.1%
Rockland
10901
4.8%
6.1%
5.4%
6.8%
6.1%
Kings
11230
9.3%
8.7%
7.7%
6.7%
6.1%
Kings
11210
7.0%
6.7%
6.2%
5.3%
5.1%
Kings
11219
6.3%
3.9%
4.4%
4.6%
5.4%
Kings
11229
6.8%
3.0%
4.9%
4.5%
4.1%
Kings
11204
10.7%
3.5%
5.2%
4.4%
5.1%
Queens
11367
3.9%
3.8%
4.0%
4.3%
4.1%
Orange
12550
5.9%
7.2%
6.0%
3.8%
2.7%
Queens
11691
2.2%
2.4%
2.7%
3.4%
2.8%
Queens
11374
1.8%
1.7%
2.2%
3.0%
3.0%
Kings
11218
2.7%
4.6%
3.2%
2.9%
2.6%
Kings
11235
2.8%
3.4%
2.8%
2.8%
2.5%
Kings
11234
4.3%
2.5%
2.8%
2.5%
2.1%
Queens
11432
2.8%
3.2%
2.2%
2.1%
1.8%
Kings
11211
1.1%
3.2%
2.0%
1.9%
1.7%
Kings
11209
1.9%
2.5%
1.7%
1.8%
1.6%

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 587 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 0 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements.

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 636 (+18)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 72
  • Hospital Counties – 36
  • Number ICU – 149 (+11)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 70 (+3)
  • Total Discharges – 77,141 (+51)
  • Deaths – 8
  • Total Deaths – 25,527

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

Region
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Capital Region
0.8%
0.8%
0.7%
Central New York
0.8%
0.8%
0.8%
Finger Lakes
0.6%
0.6%
1.0%
Long Island
1.2%
0.9%
0.9%
Mid-Hudson
2.3%
1.4%
1.9%
Mohawk Valley
0.3%
0.4%
0.5%
New York City
1.4%
1.4%
1.5%
North Country
0.3%
0.3%
0.8%
Southern Tier
1.5%
1.1%
0.7%
Western New York
1.1%
1.1%
1.2%

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

Borough
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Bronx
1.0%
1.0%
1.4%
Brooklyn
2.3%
2.4%
2.5%
Manhattan
0.7%
0.7%
0.7%
Queens
1.2%
1.3%
1.6%
Staten Island
1.4%
1.1%
1.1%

Of the 465,515 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
3,201
11
Allegany
125
1
Broome
1,974
27
Cattaraugus
307
4
Cayuga
231
0
Chautauqua
632
3
Chemung
747
26
Chenango
262
1
Clinton
170
4
Columbia
608
0
Cortland
223
0
Delaware
141
0
Dutchess
5,187
8
Erie
11,798
31
Essex
171
1
Franklin
70
0
Fulton
348
1
Genesee
346
2
Greene
348
1
Hamilton
15
0
Herkimer
348
2
Jefferson
176
0
Lewis
53
2
Livingston
211
0
Madison
503
0
Monroe
6,220
14
Montgomery
238
0
Nassau
47,302
56
Niagara
1,834
6
NYC
246,885
468
Oneida
2,480
2
Onondaga
4,556
19
Ontario
491
2
Orange
12,438
44
Orleans
337
0
Oswego
523
2
Otsego
347
1
Putnam
1,652
2
Rensselaer
945
1
Rockland
16,071
55
Saratoga
1,100
5
Schenectady
1,429
0
Schoharie
87
1
Schuyler
57
6
Seneca
111
1
St. Lawrence
336
1
Steuben
540
6
Suffolk
46,891
49
Sullivan
1,616
1
Tioga
278
4
Tompkins
451
6
Ulster
2,324
9
Warren
416
3
Washington
307
0
Wayne
335
3
Westchester
38,515
40
Wyoming
142
1
Yates
66
0

Yesterday, there were 8 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,527. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Broome
1
Cattaraugus
1
Dutchess
2
Erie
1
Kings
1
Queens
1
Richmond
1