Well-Being Prevention & Cures

New York marks lowest positivity rate since pandemic began

getty: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D)

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  • Of the 65,812 COVID-19 tests conducted Saturday, 515 people tested positive.
  • The number of ICU patients fell to 131.
  • There were seven deaths reported Saturday but no deaths were reported in New York City, which was the region hit hardest in the state.

New York state over the weekend marked its lowest positivity rate since the start of the coronavirus pandemic just months after the state was considered to be the global epicenter of the outbreak, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Sunday.

Of the 65,812 COVID-19 tests conducted Saturday, 515 people tested positive — or 0.78 percent. The state has been typically averaging around 1 percent. 


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“Our daily numbers remain low and steady, despite increasing infection rates across the country, and even in our region – and we had the lowest one-day positive rate since we started,” Cuomo said Sunday while giving an update on the state’s progress during the coronavirus pandemic.

“New York’s progress shows that a data-driven, phased reopening works. We have followed the data since day one, and now we are an example for the rest of the country to follow. But we must not become complacent: Everyone should continue to wear their masks and socially distance,” Cuomo said. 

Additionally, the number of ICU patients fell to 131, another low since the near start of the outbreak in the state. There were seven deaths reported Saturday but no deaths were reported in New York City, which was the region hit hardest in the state. 

New York has recorded more than 420,000 cases and nearly 33,000 deaths, leading the U.S. in the number of coronavirus-related fatalities. 

Last week, Cuomo announced schools can reopen this fall as low infection rates will allow students and teachers to return to classrooms safely. He warned, however, that if the seven-day rolling average of tests coming back positive exceeds 9 percent in a particular region, schools in the area must shut their doors.