Gov. Cuomo asks local governments to focus more testing efforts into low-income areas

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Back in Albany for Wednesday’s coronavirus update, Gov. Andrew Cuomo put much of his focus into New York City.

Prior to that though, he gave an update on the numbers, which continue to trend downward. Total hospitalizations and new hospitalizations are both decreasing, but daily deaths continue to remain above 100.

On Tuesday, the death toll was 112, with 30 of the people being nursing home residents.

Recently, it became a requirement that nursing homes test their staff for coronavirus twice a week. Before the end of last week, some nursing homes in New York told state officials that they couldn’t fulfill the requirement.

In response to this, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa says all facilities were sent testing kits by Tuesday.

In the middle of his conference, Gov. Cuomo asked local governments to focus their testing efforts on minority and lower-income communities. These are the areas where higher rates of COVID-19 cases have been found.

Cuomo shared the results of recent antibody tests given in parts of New York City. More than one quarter of the people tested had antibodies, meaning they had previously been infected with the coronavirus.

The highest number was in The Bronx, where 34 percent of those who were tested had antibodies.

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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