• Alex Lipovtsev

Gov. Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Top 20 Hotspot ZIP Codes Have 6.5 Percent Positivity Rate

  • Statewide Positivity Excluding Hotspot ZIP Codes is 0.98 Percent; 1.27 Percent with Hotspot ZIP Codes Included

  • 11 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

  • SLA and State Police Task Force Visits 1,065 Establishments; Observes 7 Establishments Not in Compliance

  • Confirms 1,382 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 460,031; New Cases in 45 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

"These twenty hotspot zip codes require attention and action, because they are not hermetically sealed and a cluster today can become community spread tomorrow. It's no longer about public education, it's about enforcement -- I don't think there has been a public health topic that has been more exhaustively communicated in my lifetime than wearing a mask,"Governor Cuomo said. "We are in this situation partially because the local governments have not been conducting enforcement. Enforcement works. If you speed in your car, you get a ticket. If someone is not wearing a mask, they deserve a fine. If local governments do not want to be responsible for enforcement, assign personnel to the state and I will do it."

New York State continues to track clusters with a particular focus on the top 20 ZIP codes in which there have been hotspots. Within the 20 hotspot ZIP codes, the average rate of positive tests is 6.5 percent. The rate of positive tests for the remainder of New York State, not counting the top 20 ZIP codes, is 0.98 percent. The rate of positive tests for all of New York State, including the top 20 ZIP codes, is 1.27 percent. These 20 ZIP codes contained 26 percent of all positive cases in New York State yesterday, but represent only 6 percent of the state's population.

ZIP codes that have seen high positivity rates in the past days will be subject of focused testing efforts including access to rapid testing machines. These ZIP codes include:


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