State sets new high for Covid-19 tests, new low for hospitalizations

Posted 21 August 2020 at 9:53 am

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new record-high number of Covid-19 test results—98,880—were reported to the state yesterday.

The governor also announced that hospitalizations dropped below 500 for the first time, to 490, the lowest number since March 16.

The number of ICU patients dropped to 119, the lowest number since March 15. The rate of positive tests—0.72 percent—was below 1 percent for the 14th straight day. No deaths were reported in New York City yesterday.

“Part of the reason we were able to tame the beast in New York is because of our aggressive testing strategy,” Cuomo said. “This is proof positive that when you have the virus under control, more testing does not equal more positives.

“We’ve been reopening for 14 weeks and our infection rate has actually gone down – the positive test rate has been below 1 percent the past 14 days and the number of hospitalizations dropped below 500 for the first time since March 16,” he said. “But my message to New Yorkers remains the same: this is not over, we have to be smart, wear a mask, socially distance and be New York Tough!”

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