New York to distribute millions more cloth masks to vulnerable populations

New York to distribute millions more cloth masks to vulnerable populations
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The State of New York is distributing 7 million more cloth masks to vulnerable populations in the state, such as those working in nursing homes and people living in public housing, Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoChicago mayor issues emergency travel advisory for those coming from states with coronavirus surges Chamber of Commerce, trade groups call for national standard on requiring masks De Blasio says NYC public schools plan to reopen in September MORE (D) announced Saturday. 

The state distributed 1.5 million cloth masks from the federal government last month. Cuomo said at the time that the masks “help implement our policy where if you’re in public, you have to wear a mask.”

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The governor also announced that preliminary testing showed 12.3 percent of New York state has tested positive for novel coronavirus antibodies. 

Nearly 20 percent of New York City has tested positive for antibodies, the preliminary study found. At 27.6%, the Bronx is reporting the highest rate of infection, which Cuomo said the state would investigate along with other disparities. 

The study is based on a sample of 15,000 New Yorkers.

Cuomo reported 831 new cases of coronavirus and 299 deaths. As of Saturday morning, the state has recorded 308,314 total confirmed cases of coronavirus and 18,909 deaths.