Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic - OCTOBER 9, 2020
"Red Zone" Focus Areas in Four Counties, with 2.8 Percent of State Population, Have Had 19.7 Percent of All Positive Cases in New York State over Past 3 Weeks
Over Past 3 Weeks, "Red Zone" Focus Areas in Four Counties Positivity is 6.4 Percent; New York State Positivity Without Red Zones Included is 0.91 Percent
6 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday
SLA and State Police Task Force Visits 635 Establishments; Observes 7 Establishments Not in Compliance
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor detailed testing results from areas where the state is seeing upticks in cases over the past weeks. In "Red Zone" focus areas in four counties, the positivity rate over the past three weeks has been 6.4 percent, compared to the rest of the state at 0.91 percent. These "Red Zone" focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of state's population, yet have been where 19.7 percent of all positive cases statewide have come from over the past three weeks.
"Our response to these clusters shows just how advanced our testing system is. We do more tests per day than most states do per week. When you do 140,000 tests, you get data that is so granular that you can track it to the block," Governor Cuomo said. "Whenever there is a cluster, we have attacked it, so this situation is nothing new. Our numbers statewide remain positive, but we must work together to protect our progress: It's going to take all of us to keep washing our hands, wearing our masks, remaining socially distant, getting our flu shots and staying New York Tough."
In addition to monitoring the testing results from areas designated as "Red Zones," New York State also tracks testing results on a ZIP code level in areas where there are hot spot, cluster situations. Within the top 20 ZIP codes in counties with recent outbreaks - Brooklyn, Queens, and Rockland and Orange Counties - the average rate of positive test results reported yesterday was 5.4 percent. The rate of positive tests for the remainder of New York State, not counting these 20 ZIP codes, was 0.90 percent. These 20 ZIP codes contained 25 percent of all positive cases in New York State yesterday, but represent only 6.6 percent of the state's population. In these ZIPs, 7,307 test results were reported to New York State yesterday, yielding 398 positives. In the remainder of the state, 131,993 tests were conducted yielding 1,194 positives.
Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 635 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 7establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday's observed violations is below: