September 18, 2020 Update: Governor Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Infection Rate Below 1 Percent

0.88 of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive

10 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

SLA and State Police Task Force Visits 1,495 Establishments; Observes 4 Establishments Not in Compliance

Confirms 790 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 448,052; New Cases in 50 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State’s COVID-19 infection rate remained below one percent. Yesterday, 0.88 of test results reported to New York State were positive. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“Our numbers continue to remain steady and our infection rate is again below one percent, which is great news. We went from the highest infection rate in the nation to one of the lowest, and that’s a testament to the hard work of New Yorkers, who came together and flattened the curve,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we head into fall and the flu season ahead, it’s going to take the work of all us to protect this progress we’ve gained: We must all keep washing our hands, wearing our masks and remaining socially distant.”

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,495 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 4 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Manhattan– 1
  • Suffolk – 3

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization– 478 (-8)
  • Patients Newly Admitted– 81
  • Hospital Counties– 32
  • Number ICU– 141 (+6)
  • Number ICU with Intubation– 62 (-6)
  • Total Discharges– 76,036 (+74)
  • Deaths– 10
  • Total Deaths– 25,423

Of the 89,727 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 790, or 0.88 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
0.7%
1.0%
0.5%
Central New York
1.1%
1.2%
1.6%
Finger Lakes
0.5%
0.6%
0.4%
Long Island
1.3%
1.1%
0.9%
Mid-Hudson
1.4%
1.4%
1.4%
Mohawk Valley
0.3%
0.6%
0.4%
New York City
0.8%
1.0%
0.9%
North Country
0.3%
0.2%
0.4%
Southern Tier
0.2%
0.4%
0.4%
Western New York
1.1%
1.5%
1.2%

The Governor also confirmed 790 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 448,052 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 448,052 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
2,979
10
Allegany
95
1
Broome
1,450
13
Cattaraugus
249
1
Cayuga
195
1
Chautauqua
535
2
Chemung
305
11
Chenango
248
3
Clinton
154
0
Columbia
580
1
Cortland
150
9
Delaware
129
0
Dutchess
5,050
8
Erie
10,873
40
Essex
157
3
Franklin
64
1
Fulton
331
0
Genesee
309
0
Greene
319
0
Hamilton
14
0
Herkimer
318
2
Jefferson
160
1
Lewis
50
0
Livingston
201
2
Madison
484
4
Monroe
5,857
18
Montgomery
219
0
Nassau
46,052
63
Niagara
1,707
4
NYC
239,306
348
Oneida
2,369
6
Onondaga
4,185
27
Ontario
454
2
Orange
11,760
26
Orleans
322
0
Oswego
418
6
Otsego
324
2
Putnam
1,569
2
Rensselaer
895
3
Rockland
14,747
49
Saratoga
985
9
Schenectady
1,374
2
Schoharie
83
0
Schuyler
37
4
Seneca
105
1
St. Lawrence
314
1
Steuben
342
3
Suffolk
45,956
41
Sullivan
1,568
3
Tioga
222
1
Tompkins
390
2
Ulster
2,235
4
Warren
354
2
Washington
287
0
Wayne
306
1
Westchester
37,718
46
Wyoming
131
1
Yates
62
0

Yesterday, there were 10 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,423. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Chemung
1
Erie
2
Essex
1
Manhattan
1
Orange
1
Queens
3
Richmond
1