COVID-19 hospitalizations in NY decrease, but Cuomo says young people are testing positive more often

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Speaking from New York City on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said coronavirus-related hospitalizations have reached a new low since March.

The latest number is 706.

On Wednesday, 13 people died after contracting COVID-19. One of them was a nursing home resident.

In western New York, 1.5 percent of the people who were tested for the virus on Wednesday turned out positive.

Looking at the state as a whole, 1.16 percent of the 69,698 tests given on Wednesday were positive. That’s 811 tests.

REGIONMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY
Capital Region1.4%1.3%1.6%
Central New York1.0%0.7%0.8%
Finger Lakes0.9%1.2%0.6%
Long Island1.4%1.0%1.4%
Mid-Hudson1.1%0.9%0.9%
Mohawk Valley1.6%0.9%0.8%
New York City1.4%1.2%1.3%
North Country0.6%0.5%0.6%
Southern Tier1.3%0.6%0.6%
Western New York1.6%0.9%1.5%

Now, 409,697 cases have been identified in New York.

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany2,40132
Allegany720
Broome9344
Cattaraugus1481
Cayuga1351
Chautauqua2122
Chemung1571
Chenango1943
Clinton1140
Columbia4970
Cortland803
Delaware952
Dutchess4,40013
Erie8,18752
Essex540
Franklin420
Fulton2681
Genesee2602
Greene2731
Hamilton60
Herkimer2132
Jefferson1207
Lewis341
Livingston1610
Madison3880
Monroe4,51119
Montgomery1451
Nassau42,81651
Niagara1,40510
NYC222,832388
Oneida1,9805
Onondaga3,34418
Ontario3341
Orange10,9688
Orleans2880
Oswego2342
Otsego1021
Putnam1,3973
Rensselaer6691
Rockland13,8208
Saratoga66313
Schenectady94610
Schoharie662
Schuyler200
Seneca800
St. Lawrence2533
Steuben2841
Suffolk42,71594
Sullivan1,4752
Tioga1750
Tompkins2134
Ulster1,9112
Warren2902
Washington2521
Wayne2382
Westchester35,66731
Wyoming1080
Yates510

Cuomo congratulated New Yorkers again for how they’ve helped slow the spread of COVID-19. The Governor credits social distancing, wearing masks and a slow, phased reopening for this.

He also introduced a new word on Thursday — “reclosing.” This is in reference to the states that have been forced to move backwards in their reopening after cases spiked.

Cuomo says the spike is because some states, like Florida, loosened their restrictions too quickly.

Still, Cuomo noted the rise in cases in younger people — something Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein have recently spoke about.

The Governor says that the weekly average COVID-19 rate among people age 21-30 has gone up from 9.9. percent to 13.2 percent.

Taking a page out of the Beastie Boys’ book and rewriting it, Cuomo’s message to young people was that now is not “the time to fight for your right to party.”

Cuomo spoke about testing in a different group, too — people who are at least 55 and incarcerated. The state announced the results of the expanded testing initiative.

Of the roughly 4,000 who were tested, 1.9 percent (or 77 people) turned out positive.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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