Albany, NY – New York has confirmed 3,209 new cases of coronavirus Thursday, the highest level since early May.
The last time the state reported more new cases was on May 6, when the total was 3,491. During the summer, the number of new cases per day was usually less than 1,000.
The percentage of people who tested positive for the virus in the state was 1.99% on Thursday, down from 1.86% the day before. The positive test rate averaged 1.72% over the past seven days.
The rate was often less than 1% during the summer.
The positive rate for central New York was 2.5% on Thursday. The seven-day average rate was 2.2%.
“We are obviously in a different phase with Covid,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said today in a conference call with reporters. “You are seeing global and national outbreaks which are dramatic and this is the new reality of Covid.
“It’s all about individual action. If you take it seriously and act that way, you’ll be more secure. If you are reckless, you will be less secure. If you don’t believe there is a risk, you will be less secure. And we see it clearly. “
Cuomo said the situation in Onondaga, Monroe and Erie counties was a problem. He plans to announce a strategy to contain the virus in those areas on Monday.
Yesterday, 1,321 people were in New York City hospitals with the virus, up 44, and 285 in intensive care units, up from 17. A total of 129 were intubated, up 1.
Hospitalizations are at their highest level since June and have more than doubled since early September. They remain well below their peak of over 18,000 in April.
Another 18 people died from the virus on Thursday, bringing the statewide death toll to 25,910.
New York performed another 160,705 tests for the virus yesterday. The state now has 522,021 confirmed cases.
Cuomo has reduced the size of areas subject to the Red and Yellow Zone virus rules in Brooklyn due to a drop in the percentage of people who test positive there. He also eliminated an area under the yellow zone rules in Queens and changed a red zone to orange in Rockland County.
An orange area in Orange County is now yellow.
The rules in a separate cluster area in Queens, as well as the rules in the areas of Broome, Steuben and Chemung counties remain unchanged.
Cuomo also announced a new yellow zone in Port Chester in Westchester County.
The worries of the holiday season
Cuomo said he was still concerned about the potential for the virus to spread over the upcoming holiday season. He said he plans to send more staff to state airports to enforce the state’s new travel and testing policy.
Cuomo also urged private colleges to consider whether they should switch to fully distance learning after the Thanksgiving break. State University of New York campuses are already doing this, he noted.
He said he could also issue a statewide policy on this topic for private schools.
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