Governor Cuomo’s October 26th Update to New Yorkers on State’s Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 3.18 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 1.06 Percent   

Statewide Positivity Rate is 1.35 Percent

12 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in his October 26th briefing, updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“To give you an idea of the progress we’ve made with New York’s micro-clusters, the positivity rates in Brooklyn, Rockland and Orange Counties are all down this week. That is great news. It says the focus works, and it says we can get the positivity under control. As we saw with Queens this past week, we get the numbers down and we then open up the areas,” Governor Cuomo said. “Context is everything here. We’re seeing a real national surge, and we are battling that national surge, that national high tide. We’re fighting it because although we like to think we control our own destiny, we still have people coming from around the country into New York. The numbers nationwide are really high and getting higher, so we have to be extra vigilant here in New York and continue being smart.”

The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 3.18 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 1.06 percent. Within the focus areas, 16,614 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 528 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 104,215 test results were reported, yielding 1,104 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 
Current 7-day rolling average 
Day Prior (10/23) % Positive 
Yesterday (10/24)% Positive 
Brooklyn red-zone focus area % positive
5.86%
5.29%
4.44%
4.23%
4.45%
Brooklyn yellow-zone focus area % positive
1.36%
1.93%
2.38%
2.07%
2.14%
Queens Kew Garden Hills/Forest Hills yellow-zone focus area % positive
2.27%
2.03%
2.40%
2.40%
2.93%
Queens Far Rockaway  yellow-zone focus area % positive
2.71%
2.70%
2.00%
1.68%
2.55%
Rockland red-zone focus area % positive
9.77%
4.54%
3.65%
1.23%
2.78%
Orange red-zone focus area % positive
12.41%
4.62%
2.64%
2.88%
1.21%
Broome yellow-zone focus area % positive
3.63%
4.05%
6.39%
6.09%
3.81%
Steuben yellow-zone focus area % positive
7.82%
7.52%
4.42%
4.40%
6.02%
Chemung orange-zone focus area % positive
6.49%
7.12%
8.36%
4.61%
12.04%
All focus area statewide % positive
3.18%
3.00%
3.21%
2.58%
3.18%
Statewide % positive with all focus areas included
1.18%
1.16%
1.31%
1.31%
1.35%
Statewide % positive without all focus areas included
1.01%
1.06%
1.06%
1.13%
1.06%

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization– 1,015 (-30)
  • Patients Newly Admitted– 116
  • Hospital Counties– 44
  • Number ICU– 227 (-4)
  • Number ICU with Intubation– 118 (+5)
  • Total Discharges– 79,092 (+132)
  • Deaths– 12
  • Total Deaths– 25,730

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

Region
Thursday
Friday 
Saturday 
Capital Region
1.0% 
0.9% 
0.8% 
Central New York
1.1% 
0.7% 
1.2% 
Finger Lakes
1.7% 
1.7% 
1.7% 
Long Island
1.1% 
1.6% 
1.3% 
Mid-Hudson
1.5% 
1.9% 
1.9% 
Mohawk Valley
1.0% 
1.0% 
0.6% 
New York City
1.0% 
1.2% 
1.4% 
North Country
0.8% 
1.8% 
1.5% 
Southern Tier
1.3% 
1.1% 
1.3% 
Western New York
1.4% 
1.1% 
1.3% 

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 
1.1% 
1.0% 
1.8% 
Brooklyn 
1.0% 
1.3% 
1.5% 
Manhattan 
0.9% 
1.0% 
0.9% 
Queens 
1.1% 
1.4% 
1.4% 
Staten Island 
1.0% 
1.9% 
1.5% 

Of the 495,464 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County 
Total Positive 
New Positive 
Albany 
3,577 
28 
Allegany 
271 
Broome 
3,368 
38 
Cattaraugus 
461 
Cayuga 
364 
12 
Chautauqua 
884 
Chemung 
1,640 
96 
Chenango 
381 
16 
Clinton 
240 
Columbia 
680 
11 
Cortland 
510 
14 
Delaware 
169 
Dutchess 
5,438 
17 
Erie 
12,819 
37 
Essex 
197 
Franklin 
79 
Fulton 
361 
Genesee 
380 
Greene 
490 
Hamilton 
16 
Herkimer 
387 
Jefferson 
202 
Lewis 
108 
16 
Livingston 
280 
Madison 
559 
Monroe 
7,111 
41 
Montgomery 
261 
Nassau 
49,312 
109 
Niagara 
2,041 
NYC 
258,555 
653 
Oneida 
2,681 
11 
Onondaga 
5,309 
32 
Ontario 
644 
Orange 
13,457 
44 
Orleans 
393 
Oswego 
616 
Otsego 
390 
Putnam 
1,794 
Rensselaer 
1,080 
Rockland 
17,685 
50 
Saratoga 
1,308 
13 
Schenectady 
1,546 
Schoharie 
109 
Schuyler 
116 
Seneca 
140 
St. Lawrence 
386 
Steuben 
962 
11 
Suffolk 
48,663 
101 
Sullivan 
1,743 
18 
Tioga 
572 
23 
Tompkins 
603 
10 
Ulster 
2,471 
12 
Warren 
450 
Washington 
332 
Wayne 
448 
16 
Westchester 
40,131 
90 
Wyoming 
182 
Yates 
112 

 

Yesterday, 12 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,730. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County 
New Deaths 
Allegany
1
Bronx
1
Broome
2
Chemung
1
Kings
1
Manhattan
2
Orange
1
Queens
1
Richmond
1
Tioga
1