NYS COVID-19 test positivity rates trend down: governor


By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 test positivity rate in the focus areas under New York State's micro-cluster strategy, where the outbreaks are targeted for the severity and potential of spread, was 4.13 percent on Monday, down from 4.48 percent one day earlier, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.

The statewide positivity rate excluding these focus areas was 2.62 percent, down from 2.73 percent on Sunday; of the 164,761 tests reported Monday, 4,881 were positive, or 2.96 percent of the total, down from 3.08 percent one day earlier, said Cuomo.

The total hospitalizations were at 2,856, up from 2,724 on Sunday, said the governor, who warned on Monday that the overall New York State COVID-19 hospitalizations could reach 6,000 in three weeks based on the current trends, even without a Thanksgiving spike.

"We know that COVID is spread by people who feel fine. Mask up. Stay distant," said Cuomo on Tuesday, while attaching a CNN article "Most coronavirus cases are spread by people without symptoms, CDC now says."

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 34,339 coronavirus deaths in New York State, the worst in the country.

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