The latest statewide COVID-19 infection report found 0.65% of all tests for the virus on Thursday came back positive – the lowest rate since the start of the pandemic, according to the Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Only 636 of the 97,826 test results reported on Aug. 27 were positive for the life-threatening disease, Cuomo said Friday. About 270 of the new cases were from New York City, accounting for 42.5% of the 636 statewide cases. The city’s positivity rate for August 27 was 0.6%.
New York also took another test milestone on Thursday, with the 8 millionth test result recorded. Since the crisis began on March 1, 432,767 New Yorkers have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in 25,312 deaths.
Only three deaths related to COVID-19 were reported statewide on August 27, including one in Queens.
While bragging about the progress New York has made over the past six months, Cuomo expressed concern over a recent spike in COVID-19 reported in western New York. He has sent rapid test teams to the area to expand testing and help isolate and trace cases.
“The fight against COVID-19 requires tremendous courage and discipline on the part of New Yorkers and I thank them for today’s record new infection rate. It’s proof that what each of us is doing to slow the spread – wearing masks, socially distancing ourselves, and washing our hands – is making a real difference, “Cuomo said on Aug. 28.” We continue to expand our ability to test and contact trace as we pursue a data-driven gradual reopening, which is why we have reached 8 million tests conducted in the state. Yesterday’s data also shows that we don’t necessarily find more positives with more testing, which is a good new development. We’re not out of the woods yet, so keep it up, be careful, and stay in New York Tough.
To date, 478 people remain hospitalized statewide for COVID-19, including 122 in intensive care units. Another 73 patients with COVID-19 were discharged from hospitals on Thursday, bringing the total discharges to 74,923.