NYS COVID-19 test positivity rates trend up: governor


By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (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 its severity and potential of spread, was 5.69 percent on Thursday, up from 4.9 percent one day earlier, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday.

This has been the second time that the prime coronavirus rate surpassed the mark of 5 percent in days. The last time that the rate topped the level was Tuesday. Further back, the rate lingered over 5 percent before mid-October, according to the statistics released by the state government.

Meanwhile, the statewide positivity rate excluding these focus areas was 3.13 percent, up from 2.68 percent on Wednesday; of the 219,442 tests reported on Thursday, 8,176 were positive, or 3.72 percent of the total, up from 3.18 percent one day earlier, said Cuomo.

The total hospitalizations were at 3,103 on Thursday, up from 3,056 on Wednesday, said the governor, who once warned that the overall New York State COVID-19 hospitalizations could reach 6,000 in three weeks based on the current trends.

"All the global experts say the same thing: This virus has phases, and as the phase changes your plan should change. We're seeing an increase with the numbers across the country and within our own state. It started with the fall, and it's going to continue and probably worsen in the winter," Cuomo was quoted as saying in an official release issued on Friday.

"As we go through the holidays and winter months, it's going to be more imperative than ever for New Yorkers to wear their masks, wash their hands, avoid gatherings large and small, and stay New York Tough," he added.

Before Thursday, one million people traveled by air on an average day in the country, as Americans headed into the Thanksgiving holiday. Cuomo has repeatedly told New Yorkers to avoid getting out of the state and attending large gathering in order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

As of Friday afternoon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 34,457 coronavirus deaths so far in New York State, the worst in the country.

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