Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Governor Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Infection Rate Below 1 Percent for 19th Straight Day


0.79 Percent of Yesterday's COVID-19 Tests were Positive

3 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

New York State Monitoring Increase in Western New York Infection Rate

SLA and State Police Task Force Observes Violations of State Requirements at 4 Establishments

Confirms 566 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 431,340; New Cases in 39 Counties

  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State's rate of positive COVID-19 tests has been below 1 percent for 19 straight days. Yesterday, 0.79 percent of test results reported to New York State were positive. New York State is closely monitoring the recent increase in Western New York's infection rate. The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at

"We have good news for New Yorkers, who are continuing to act smart and united and disciplined. 0.79 percent is the infection rate, and it has been under 1 percent for 19 straight days, which is very good," Governor Cuomo said. "Our enforcement efforts are ongoing. The infection rate doesn't stay down for any reason other than as a consequence of our actions, so we're continuing to practice enforcement. Again, I call on local governments to enforce state guidance. They don't decide what opens and what closes, but they do the compliance and they have to do a better job."

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 989 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 - 1
  • Queens - 1
  • Staten Island - 1
  • Suffolk - 1

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization - 492 (+4)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 74
  • Hospital Counties - 32
  • Number ICU - 136 (+3)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 54 (+2)
  • Total Discharges - 74,791 (+60)
  • Deaths - 3
  • Total Deaths - 25,305

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