New York's positive COVID-19 test rate rises to 1 percent for first time in over a month

New York's positive COVID-19 test rate rises to 1 percent for first time in over a month
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New York state's COVID-19 positivity rate rose above 1 percent on Monday, the first time the rate has reached that level in more than a month.

Out of 73,678 tests performed in the state Monday, 766 returned positive, New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York City bus driver knocked out by passenger he told to wear a mask 44 percent of high earners have considered leaving New York City: poll Media's anti-Trump coronavirus spin has real consequences MORE (D) announced on Twitter Tuesday. The state's positive test rate sat at 1.03 percent for the day.

Cuomo's announcement comes just one day after the governor's office celebrated 38 straight days with a positivity rate below 1 percent.

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In Tuesday's tweet, Cuomo also noted that 481 people are hospitalized across the state and 11 people died Monday.

In a statement a day earlier, Cuomo stressed the importance of New Yorkers wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines in order to continue to reduce the virus's spread.

"New York's government sets the tone for the state's response to COVID-19, but New Yorkers drive it home. We can defeat this virus and create a better future, but we need New Yorkers to wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands as local governments enforce state guidance," he said Monday. "There's no doubt that we've made progress, but this is not over yet. By staying New York Tough, we'll get through this together."

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New York emerged as a COVID-19 hotspot at the start of the outbreak in the U.S., but in recent months the state has seen its rate of new infections significantly decrease while other states have struggled with more persistent and widespread clusters of the virus.

Cuomo laid the blame of New York's outbreak on President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE in a scathing news briefing last week, arguing that Trump should have announced a European travel ban sooner.

"Donald Trump caused the COVID outbreak in New York,” the governor said. “That is a fact. It’s a fact that he admitted, and the CDC admitted, and [Dr. Anthony] Fauci admitted.”

“This nation loses more people per day to COVID than any nation on the globe. You know who did that? Donald Trump’s incompetence. And now, they won’t provide federal funding to help repair the damage from the ambush they created," he added.