NEW YORK – The COVID-19 positivity rate across New York State rose to a new record for the fall season as numbers rose in the 29 areas that are part of the high-contagion areas in the United States. state: the highest zone had an average of 7 days just below 10%.
The state’s positivity rate has continued to rise in recent weeks, going from 3.08% on Monday to 3.98% on Saturday, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. While the most recent day reflects the highest positivity rate seen in months, the 7-day average ranks slightly lower, at 3.32%.
The western part of New York reached an average positivity of 6.53% as of Saturday. State data shows that the region has a rate 2% above the second highest region: Finger Lakes.
Eric County, which is in the region and where Buffalo is located, reported the highest number of new cases outside of New York City on Saturday. The county, at this time, has an orange and yellow zone.
“We are entering a challenging period of sustained spread of COVID-19 in this state,” Cuomo said in a news release Saturday. “It is up to you, your neighborhood and your community to stop the spread.”
Saturday’s report from the state followed two consecutive days of record testing, when 219,442 were performed on Thursday. The number of New Yorkers hospitalized for COVID-19 was 3,287, 184 more than the day before. Likewise, Governor Andrew Cuomo reported Saturday that 6,063 new people tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, about 2,000 fewer than those reported the day before when it reported 8,176, and 42 people lost their lives from the disease, three more than the day. previous.
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled nearly 4,000 new COVID-19 cases Saturday by announcing 3,924 new cases, bringing the total cases in the state to 330,275. The day before, the governor had reported 4,100 new cases, bringing down a few numbers. On Saturday it also reported that 24 people lost their lives increasing the total to 15,136 deaths in the Garden State so far.
“These numbers are alarming, stay alert and informed,” said the governor.
The United States reached 13 million COVID-19 cases reported so far on Friday, another record high. It was the fourth marker of its kind in the country in November, which has seen 3.8 million cases of the coronavirus. The United States is on track to record more than 4 million cases this month alone, more than double the previous record of 1.9 million cases set in October.