October 22, 2020
Albany, NY

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

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Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress during COVID-19 Pandemic
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Statewide Positivity Rate is 1.20 Percent

Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 3.20 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas Included is 0.96 Percent

15 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

New Community Testing Sites Opening Tomorrow in Cortland County

Governor Cuomo updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"We've been adjusting our focus in the micro-clusters - after 14 days of data, we rearranged the restrictions in Queens, Brooklyn, and we added focuses to Broome and Chemung," Governor Cuomo said. "Through the fall, we will see micro-clusters come and go - they can literally be generated by a couple of events that violated rules. We might all be feeling COVID-fatigue, but we cannot afford to go backwards: We must all keep washing our hands, wearing our masks and remaining socially distant to protect the progress we've made in New York."

The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state's Micro-Cluster strategy is 3.20 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 0.96 percent. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the week to date, and last two weeks is below:

FOCUS ZONE

10/4- 10/10 % Positive

10/11 - 10/17

% Positive

Week to date (10/18 - 10/21) % Positive

Yesterday

(10/21)%

Positive

Brooklyn red-zone focus area % positive

5.86%

5.29%

5.13%

4.61%

Queens Kew Garden Hills/Forest Hills yellow focus area % positive

3.71%

2.58%

2.43%

1.9%

Queens Far Rockaway yellow focus area % positive

2.88%

2.08%

2.01%

1.78%

Rockland red-zone focus area % positive

9.77%

4.54%

4.18%

2.02%

Orange red-zone focus area % positive

12.41%

4.62%

4.55%

5.32%

Broome focus area % positive

3.63%

4.05%

7.63%

9.23%

Steuben focus area % positive

7.82%

7.52%

4.10%

5.11%

Chemung focus area % positive

6.49%

7.12%

9.33%

9.13%

All focus area % positive

3.18%

3.00%

3.67%

3.16%

Statewide % positive with red-zone focus areas included

1.18%

1.16%

1.35%

1.20%

Statewide % positive without red-zone focus areas included

1.01%

1.06%

1.03%

0.96%

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

· Patient Hospitalization - 986 (+36)

· Patients Newly Admitted - 166

· Hospital Counties - 45

· Number ICU - 209 (+8)

· Number ICU with Intubation - 106 (+3)

· Total Discharges - 78,753 (+108)

· Deaths - 15

· Total Deaths - 25,694

The Governor also announced the Department of Health has partnered with Cortland County and SUNY to open new rapid testing sites, starting tomorrow, in Cortland County for free community testing. Testing is open to the public and will be available noon - 4:30 PM Friday and 9 AM - 5 PM Saturday and Sunday.

Testing sites opening Friday along with links for residents to make appointments are listed below:

Cortland Jr. Sr. High School

8 Valley View Drive

Cortland, NY 13045

Make an appointment here.

Homer Intermediate School

58 Clinton Street

Homer, NY 13077

Make an appointment here.

Marathon High School

1 E. Main Street

Marathon, NY 13803

Make an appointment here.

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

REGION

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Capital Region

0.8%

0.8%

0.9%

Central New York

2.1%

1.9%

1.0%

Finger Lakes

1.4%

1.7%

1.4%

Long Island

0.9%

1.6%

1.0%

Mid-Hudson

1.7%

2.6%

1.5%

Mohawk Valley

0.4%

0.5%

0.6%

New York City

1.3%

1.6%

1.1%

North Country

1.3%

0.6%

0.5%

Southern Tier

1.8%

1.3%

1.5%

Western New York

1.2%

2.0%

1.5%

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

BOROUGH

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Bronx

0.9%

1.3%

1.1%

Brooklyn

1.8%

2.2%

1.2%

Manhattan

1.0%

0.9%

0.8%

Queens

1.4%

1.7%

1.3%

Staten Island

1.5%

2.3%

1.1%

Of the 490,134 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

3,488

28

Allegany

243

19

Broome

3,166

106

Cattaraugus

442

8

Cayuga

342

10

Chautauqua

858

13

Chemung

1,456

75

Chenango

347

10

Clinton

224

4

Columbia

663

4

Cortland

475

24

Delaware

164

3

Dutchess

5,382

16

Erie

12,650

76

Essex

195

1

Franklin

79

1

Fulton

360

0

Genesee

373

1

Greene

487

5

Hamilton

16

0

Herkimer

376

2

Jefferson

194

1

Lewis

64

2

Livingston

261

5

Madison

545

4

Monroe

6,917

67

Montgomery

259

2

Nassau

48,941

77

Niagara

1,997

11

NYC

256,576

530

Oneida

2,625

8

Onondaga

5,170

49

Ontario

617

14

Orange

13,303

45

Orleans

378

2

Oswego

606

7

Otsego

374

5

Putnam

1,768

13

Rensselaer

1,058

11

Rockland

17,524

71

Saratoga

1,244

15

Schenectady

1,522

6

Schoharie

101

0

Schuyler

109

5

Seneca

135

4

St. Lawrence

376

4

Steuben

915

17

Suffolk

48,308

74

Sullivan

1,709

15

Tioga

502

24

Tompkins

579

16

Ulster

2,436

8

Warren

444

3

Washington

326

0

Wayne

400

7

Westchester

39,789

95

Wyoming

174

2

Yates

102

3

Yesterday, 15 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,694. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Broome

1

Chemung

1

Erie

3

Kings

2

Manhattan

1

Monroe

1

Onondaga

1

Orange

1

Oswego

1

Queens

1

Rockland

1

Steuben

1

Contact the Governor's Press Office

Contact us by phone:

Albany: (518) 474 - 8418
New York City: (212) 681 - 4640

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