Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic - SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
Statewide Positivity Excluding Hotspot ZIP Codes is 0.82 Percent; 1.02 Percent with Hotspot ZIP Codes Included
DFS Extends Emergency Regulation Requiring Insurance Companies to Waive Out-Of-Pocket Costs for In-Network Mental Health Services for Frontline Essential Workers During COVID-19 Until November 27
9 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday
SLA and State Police Task Force Visits 1,114 Establishments; Observes 4 Establishments Not in Compliance
Confirms 1,000 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 458,649; New Cases in 49 Counties
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today 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 atforward.ny.gov.
"We're dealing with the cluster situation. We've had clusters in the past stemming from factories, churches, bars and other locations. Remember we started with New Rochelle, the first hotspot in the United States, which stemmed from someone who attended a religious gathering and then a wedding. And that was the first super spreader event, so we're quite familiar with this, and when there's a cluster, we are very aggressive on it and we're oversampling in the clusters," Governor Cuomo said. "We've deployed rapid testing machines. So you have two infection rates that you want to pay attention to: the statewide numbers and then the cluster numbers. All of this is a stark reminder that we need to stay smart and vigilant - wear a mask, socially distance, follow the public health guidance - because this thing is not over."
New York State continues to track clusters with a particular focus on the top 20 ZIP codes in which there have been hotspots. Within the 20 hotspot ZIP codes, the average rate of positive tests is 5.5 percent. The rate of positive tests for the remainder of New York State, not counting the top 20 ZIP codes, is 0.82 percent. The rate of positive tests for all of New York State, including the top 20 ZIP codes, is 1.02 percent. These 20 ZIP codes contained 23 percent of all positive cases in New York State yesterday, but represent only 6 percent of the state's population.
The Governor also announced the New York State Department of Financial Services will extend an emergency regulation requiring New York health insurers to waive out-of-pocket costs, including cost-sharing, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, for in-network mental health services for New York's frontline essential workers during COVID-19 until November 27. The extension of this emergency regulation helps to ensure that cost-sharing is not a barrier to in-network mental health services during COVID-19 for health care workers, first responders, transit workers, food services workers, retail workers at essential businesses, and other frontline essential employees, who are required to directly interact with the public while working during this continuing public health emergency. Governor Cuomo first announced the State's directive requiring New York insurers to waive out-of-pocket costs for in-network mental health services for frontline essential workers during COVID-19 in May.
Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,114 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: