Saturday, December 5

Governor Cuomo Announces New Record High Number of COVID-19 Tests Reported

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 168,353 COVID-19 test results were reported to New York State yesterday—a new record high.

“COVID-19 has had untold impacts on New Yorkers’ physical and mental health, and it’s critical that everyone stays vigilant as we move into the winter and COVID fatigue sets in. New York continues to closely monitor the data and increase its testing capacity to new highs, one of which we’ve achieved today,” Governor Cuomo said. “It’s important to put our state in context—we’re pushing ahead in the midst of increasing cases in the United States and around the globe. New Yorkers should wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands, and local governments should continue to practice careful enforcement. This night has been long, but we will see the sun on the horizon again if we stay New York Tough.”

The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 3.24 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 1.25 percent. Within the focus areas, 19,696 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 639 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 148,657 test results were reported, yielding 1,860 positives.

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 1,085 (+0)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 150
  • Hospital Counties – 42
  • Number ICU – 237 (+1)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 114 (-6)
  • Total Discharges – 79,501 (+135)
  • Deaths – 19
  • Total Deaths – 25,792

Yesterday, 19 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,792.


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