Friday, August 28, 2020

Governor Cuomo Announces New Record-Low COVID-19 Infection Rate and 8 Million Tests Conducted In New York State


0.65 Percent of Yesterday's COVID-19 Tests were Positive—New Record Low; Three Straight Weeks with Infection Rate Below 1 Percent

New York State Has Conducted 8 Million COVID-19 Tests

Rapid Testing Begins in Western New York Tomorrow; Call 833-NYSTRNG to Make an Appointment

3 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

SLA and State Police Task Force Visits 1,322 Establishments Observes 9 Establishments Not in Compliance

Confirms 636 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 432,767; New Cases in 47 Counties

  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the lowest COVID-19 infection rate in New York State—0.65 percent—since the pandemic began. New York State's infection rate has been less than 1 percent every day for three weeks. The governor also announced that 8 million tests have now been conducted in the state. Governor Cuomo 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

"Fighting COVID-19 requires enormous bravery and discipline from New Yorkers and I thank them for today's new record-low infection rate. This is evidence that what each of us does to slow the spread—wearing masks, socially distancing and washing hands—makes a real difference," Governor Cuomo said. "We're continuing to expand our ability to test and contact trace as we pursue a phased, data-driven reopening, and that's why we've reached 8 million tests conducted in the state. Yesterday's data also shows that we aren't necessarily finding more positives with more testing, which is a good new development. We aren't out of the woods yet, so keep it up, be safe and stay New York Tough." 

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,322 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 9 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday's observed violations is below:

  • Bronx - 3
  • Brooklyn - 1
  • Manhattan - 1
  • Staten Island - 4

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization - 478 (-12)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 72
  • Hospital Counties - 31
  • Number ICU - 122 (-4)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 51 (-1)
  • Total Discharges - 74,923 (+73)
  • Deaths - 3
  • Total Deaths - 25,312

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