New restrictions imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo took effect Thursday in hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens as well as in Broome, Orange and Rockland counties. Restrictions limit attendance at all hotspot places of worship to 25% of capacity or a maximum of 10 people. The rules also prohibit mass gatherings and the closure of schools and non-essential businesses.
In his Sunday briefing, Cuomo said the percentage of New Yorkers testing positive for COVID-19 statewide fell below 1% on Saturday for the first time in weeks, but the number of hospitalized for the virus had doubled since early September.
Of about 118,000 tests reported to the state on Saturday, 1,143 were positive. There were 820 people hospitalized with the virus on Saturday, twice as many as on September 5. Cuomo has linked the increase in hospitalizations to hot spot communities where infection rates are higher than the state average.
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