New York state COVID-19 test positivity rates trend lower: governor

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 test positivity rates in New York state trended lower on Thursday, with the rate in the "micro-cluster" focus areas reaching 2.31 percent, compared with 3.2 percent one day earlier, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday.

The statewide positivity rate excluding the "micro-cluster" focus areas was 0.98 percent, as against 0.96 percent on Wednesday, said Cuomo, adding that of the 141,508 tests reported Thursday, 1,637 were positive, or 1.15 percent of the total, compared with 1.2 percent one day earlier.

"The experts told us we would see infection rates increase through the fall, and we've seen that as cases rise again across the nation. In New York, we are attacking micro-clusters where we see them, and that will be our strategy through this season as we see micro-clusters come and go," said the governor.

"Our progress is thanks to the New Yorkers who rose to the occasion and came together like no other community. Protecting that progress is going to depend on all of us keeping up that good work to wear our masks, wash our hands, remain socially distant -- and stay New York Tough," he added.

As of Friday afternoon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 33,404 coronavirus deaths in New York state over the past seven months, the worst among all the states of the country.

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