On October 28, the State Department of Health reported a record 168,353 COVID-19 test results, of which 2,499 came back positive. This included oversampling of red zone microclusters statewide, where 19,696 test results were returned and 639 positive cases were found.
Progress continues to be made in the South Brooklyn Red Zone that has been ravaged by COVID-19 over the past month, according to the governor’s office. The current 7-day moving average is down to 3.64%, from a high of 5.86% recorded between October 4-10. The positivity rate for the South Brooklyn Red Zone on October 28 was 4.62%, down from 3.56% the previous day.
The positivity rate is less than 3% in the yellow zone warning areas around the southern Brooklyn cluster as well as in central Queens and Far Rockaway.
Overall, New York City’s positivity rate on Wednesday reached 1.5%, although there is a higher number of positive cases found on Staten Island (2.4% positivity on October 28 ) and in the Bronx (2.1%). Queens and Brooklyn both had positivity rates of 1.7% and Manhattan’s rate recorded just 0.7%.
A total of 1,060 positive cases were reported in New York City on October 28, or 42.4% of all positive results reported statewide that day.
On Wednesday, seven of the 19 deaths from COVID-19 in New York state occurred in New York – four in Brooklyn and one each in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens.
Cuomo continued to advise public caution and perseverance in weathering the ongoing COVID-19 storm.
“COVID-19 has had untold impacts on the physical and mental health of New Yorkers, and it is essential that everyone remains vigilant as we move into winter and COVID fatigue sets in,” said the governor. “It’s important to put our state in context – we are moving forward amid increasing cases in the United States and around the world. New Yorkers should wear masks, socially distance themselves and wash their hands, and local governments should continue to practice rigorous enforcement.