NYS COVID-19 test positivity rates trend lower: governor

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 test positivity rate in the focus areas under New York state's micro-cluster strategy, where the pandemic has been the most severe, was 3.24 percent on Wednesday, down from 3.78 percent one day earlier, Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted on Thursday.

The statewide positivity rate excluding these focus areas was 1.25 percent, compared with 1.37 percent on Tuesday, he said.

Of the 168,353 tests reported on Wednesday, 2,499 were positive, or 1.48 percent of the total, down from 1.56 percent one day earlier, he added.

New York state's COVID-19 test positivity rate on a seven-day average level was ranked the second lowest in the United States, at 1.39 percent, right after Maine with 0.77 percent and before New Hampshire with 1.5 percent, Cuomo tweeted on Wednesday, quoting statistics from Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 33,444 coronavirus deaths in New York state, the worst in the country.

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