NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 test positivity rate in the focus areas under the micro-cluster strategy, where the pandemic has been the most severe in New York State, was 4.86 percent on Wednesday, down from 4.96 percent one day earlier, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.
The statewide positivity rate excluding these focus areas was 2.53 percent, down from 2.58 percent on Tuesday, he said.
Of the 162,627 tests reported Wednesday, 4,797 were positive, or 2.95 percent of the total, up from 2.93 percent one day earlier, he added.
"COVID-19 is raging nationally, setting record numbers of cases and hospitalizations with each passing day," the governor was quoted as saying in an official press release. "While New York is doing better than just about any state in the United States, we are not immune from the national trend."
"Now it's up to what we do. There is no pre-destined future here. It's a pure consequence of our actions. If we stay New York Tough and don't fall subject to COVID-19 fatigue and we stay smart through the holidays, through Thanksgiving, through Christmas, through Hanukkah, we'll keep it under control," he said.
"New Yorkers just have to continue to take it seriously. I know it has been a long time, but these next weeks are going to be key and we really need people to buckle down to fend off the tide," he added.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 33,848 coronavirus deaths in New York State, the worst in the country.
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