October 4, 2020
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

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New York State to Directly Enforce State Guidance in Hot Spot ZIP Codes 

 

20 ZIP Codes in Areas with Hot Spots - Brooklyn, Queens and Rockland and Orange Counties - Have 4.8 Percent Positivity Rate  

  

Statewide Positivity Excluding ZIP Codes in Hot Spot Areas is 0.91 Percent; 1.10 Percent with Hotspot ZIP Codes Included 

  

14 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday 

  

SLA and State Police Task Force Visits 785 Establishments; Observes 4 Establishments Not in Compliance 

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the top 20 ZIP codes in areas that have seen recent outbreaks - Brooklyn, Queens and Rockland and Orange Counties - 5,392 tests were conducted, yielding 261 positives or a 4.8 percent positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, 104,937 tests were conducted yielding 961 positives or a 0.91 percent positivity rate.

 

"Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement in these hot spot ZIP codes. The State will be doing aggressive enforcement starting tomorrow," Governor Cuomo said. "As we saw with bars and restaurants, when the State initiated enforcement actions compliance greatly increased. However, the State cannot take over effective enforcement for every jurisdiction and if a local jurisdiction cannot or will not perform effective enforcement of violating entities, notify the State and we will close all business activity in the hot spots where the local governments cannot do compliance.

 

"I'm concerned about the lack of testing in the schools," Governor Cuomo continued. "If the localities do not do testing immediately in the schools in those areas, the State will close them immediately. We all want schools to reopen IF they can reopen safely. I have assured the parents of this State that I would not send my child to a school that I didn't know was safe. Without testing we can't assure parents and teachers of the safety of that school."

 

The governor also announced that New York State will deploy personnel to directly enforce state guidance within the hot spot ZIP codes. Enforcement has already begun and will increase this week. The new effort is modelled on the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force that has been enforcing state guidance at bars and restaurants in New York City and on Long Island. Local businesses that violate the law can be subject to fines and closures.

 

New York State continues to track clusters with a particular focus on areas where there are hot spot, cluster situations. Within the top 20 ZIP codes in counties with recent outbreaks - Brooklyn, Queens and Rockland and Orange Counties - the average rate of positive tests is 4.8 percent. The rate of positive tests for the remainder of New York State, not counting these 20 ZIP codes, is 0.91 percent. These 20 ZIP codes contained 21 percent of all positive cases in New York State yesterday, but represent only 6.7 percent of the state's population.

  

Areas in hot spot communities, predominantly in Brooklyn, Queens and Rockland and Orange Counties, will continue to be subject of focused testing efforts including access to rapid testing machines. The top 20 ZIP codes for highest positivity over the past seven days in these counties is available below:

 

COUNTY

ZIP

% POSITIVE 10/3

% POSITIVE 10/2

% POSITIVE - 3 DAY AVG

% POSITIVE - 7 DAY AVG

% POSITIVE - 14 DAY AVG

Orange

10950

13.7%

27.6%

21.2%

18.4%

17.3%

Rockland

10952

15.1%

9.5%

11.2%

13.5%

12.8%

Rockland

10977

8.6%

11.6%

11.4%

13.1%

11.8%

Kings

11223

11.3%

9.0%

9.4%

7.9%

7.0%

Rockland

10901

6.1%

5.1%

7.1%

7.5%

6.1%

Kings

11230

8.7%

6.5%

6.7%

6.6%

5.8%

Kings

11210

6.7%

5.5%

5.4%

5.7%

4.9%

Kings

11219

3.9%

4.0%

5.0%

5.1%

5.3%

Queens

11367

3.8%

4.1%

5.9%

4.6%

4.0%

Kings

11204

3.5%

3.4%

3.9%

4.2%

4.6%

Kings

11229

3.0%

5.4%

4.3%

4.2%

3.9%

Orange

12550

7.2%

5.0%

5.0%

3.5%

2.5%

Queens

11691

2.4%

3.0%

3.2%

3.5%

2.7%

Queens

11374

1.7%

2.9%

3.0%

3.2%

3.0%

Kings

11218

4.6%

2.6%

3.1%

2.9%

2.6%

Kings

11235

3.4%

2.3%

2.5%

2.7%

2.4%

Kings

11234

2.5%

2.3%

2.1%

2.3%

2.1%

Queens

11432

3.2%

0.6%

2.3%

2.1%

1.8%

Kings

11211

3.2%

1.7%

2.3%

2.1%

1.7%

Queens

11375

1.0%

2.0%

1.7%

1.9%

1.4%

 

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 785 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 4 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday's observed violations is below:

 

  • Brooklyn - 2
  • Nassau - 2

 

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

 

  • Patient Hospitalization - 618 (-29)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 72
  • Hospital Counties - 36
  • Number ICU - 138 (-11)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 67 (-3)
  • Total Discharges - 77,090 (+86)
  • Deaths - 14
  • Total Deaths - 25,519

 

Each region's percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

 

REGION

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Capital Region

0.9%

0.8%

0.8%

Central New York

0.7%

0.8%

0.8%

Finger Lakes

1.0%

0.6%

0.6%

Long Island

1.3%

1.2%

0.9%

Mid-Hudson

2.6%

2.3%

1.4%

Mohawk Valley

0.4%

0.3%

0.4%

New York City

1.4%

1.4%

1.4%

North Country

0.2%

0.3%

0.3%

Southern Tier

1.0%

1.5%

1.1%

Western New York

1.2%

1.1%

1.1%

 

Each New York City borough's percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

 

BOROUGH

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Bronx

1.0%

1.0%

1.0%

Brooklyn

1.9%

2.3%

2.4%

Manhattan

0.7%

0.7%

0.7%

Queens

1.7%

1.2%

1.3%

Staten Island

1.5%

1.4%

1.1%

 

Of the 464,582 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

3,190

15

Allegany

124

0

Broome

1,947

51

Cattaraugus

303

1

Cayuga

231

3

Chautauqua

629

18

Chemung

721

70

Chenango

261

2

Clinton

166

1

Columbia

608

3

Cortland

223

18

Delaware

141

1

Dutchess

5,179

10

Erie

11,767

70

Essex

170

0

Franklin

70

2

Fulton

347

2

Genesee

344

2

Greene

347

7

Hamilton

15

0

Herkimer

346

2

Jefferson

176

0

Lewis

51

0

Livingston

211

1

Madison

503

0

Monroe

6,206

20

Montgomery

238

1

Nassau

47,246

79

Niagara

1,828

15

NYC

246,417

532

Oneida

2,478

10

Onondaga

4,537

9

Ontario

489

3

Orange

12,394

34

Orleans

337

0

Oswego

521

3

Otsego

346

2

Putnam

1,650

4

Rensselaer

944

7

Rockland

16,016

43

Saratoga

1,095

5

Schenectady

1,429

4

Schoharie

86

0

Schuyler

51

2

Seneca

110

0

St. Lawrence

335

2

Steuben

534

14

Suffolk

46,842

72

Sullivan

1,615

1

Tioga

274

10

Tompkins

445

7

Ulster

2,315

12

Warren

413

6

Washington

307

0

Wayne

332

0

Westchester

38,475

44

Wyoming

141

1

Yates

66

1

 

Yesterday, there were 14 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,519. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

 

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Chemung

1

Erie

3

Nassau

1

Oneida

1

Queens

3

Schenectady

1

Steuben

3

Westchester

1

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