Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic - OCTOBER 16, 2020
Statewide Positivity Rate is 1.25 Percent
Positive Testing Rate in Hot Spot Areas is 4.84 Percent; New York State Positivity Without Red Zone Focus Areas Included is 1.14 Percent
10 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In "Red Zone" focus areas included as part of the Governor's Cluster Action Initiative, the positivity rate for test results reported yesterday is 4.84 percent - unchanged from the day before.
"New York's numbers remain steady, despite the handful of clusters we are currently focused on. We are addressing these clusters through our targeted approach to ensure that they don't become community spread," Governor Cuomo said. "As we go through the fall and into the winter and cases continue to rise across the country, it's going to take the work of all New Yorkers to maintain our progress. We cannot and will not risk going backwards to where we were in the spring. Our progress is thanks to New Yorkers, who rose to the occasion and came together like no other community. But we have to keep it up - we must all keep washing our hands, wearing our masks and remaining socially distant. This is about caring for one another and being New York Tough, which means being loving."
Within the "Red Zone" focus areas, 4,133 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 200 positives or a 4.84 percent positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, not counting these "Red Zone" focus areas, 131,906 test results were reported, yielding 1,507 positives or a 1.14 percent positivity rate. The state's overall positivity rate is 1.25 percent with focus areas included. The "Red Zone" focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of the state population yet had 11.7 percent of all positive test results reported to the state yesterday, and 11.9 percent of all positive case results reported to the state this current week.