Although New York is dealing with clusters of new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is still more successful in reducing the numbers compared to other states across the country.
On October 11, New York State had a COVID-19 infection rate of 1.05%, excluding red areas, with New York City having an infection rate of 1.1% in particular. 878 New Yorkers have been hospitalized for COVID-19, 185 in intensive care and 86 intubated. A total of 12 New Yorkers died from COVID-19 that day.
New York’s red areas have an infection rate of 3.7%. Cuomo said that while it could be high compared to other areas of New York City, these microclusters still have lower infection rates than some states, especially in states that have followed President Trump’s stance. on COVID-19.
“The president has been promoting a policy of denial from day one, even after having had COVID. And that’s a disgusting denial when you see the number of lives lost, ”Cuomo said. “There are states that have followed the policy of denial and turned it into science fiction, saying that if you test less you will find fewer cases, and if you find fewer cases you have less of a problem. . It’s almost a laughable concept, but you now see it in the numbers. ”
A chart sent to reporters describes states with large populations and their COVID test and positivity rates. In the past 7 days, New York has performed over 800,000 tests and had a positivity rate of 1.17%. Meanwhile, states like Florida and Texas, where their testing rates have dropped dramatically, are reaching infection rates of 11.7% and 7.6%, respectively.
“How can your test numbers go down? Our testing numbers are increasing because it was about beefing up testing, honing state labs on how to do testing, ”Cuomo said. “In the beginning, we could only do 500 a day. Now we are doing 120,000 a day. You are ramping up. You will have to intentionally reduce the number of tests. Why would you do that? ”
Cuomo said part of the problem with these states is that they don’t collect exact data because they don’t test as much. Compared to New York City, Cuomo says New York is experiencing the exact opposite – even with more testing, New York City remains in a 1% infection rate.
Even with the microclusters of COVID-19 cases across New York City, such as those in Brooklyn and Queens, these areas still have lower infection rates than some of these other states.
“Our strategy is to identify these microclusters – we do more testing than any other state so that we have more data,” Cuomo said. “We are obsessed with the number of cases entering hospitals. You map these cases and find the greatest prevalence of cases. It’s a microcluster. It’s not a national hotspot, it’s a cool place nationwide compared to other states. It’s because we’re so diligent that we keep the numbers low.
Cuomo told reporters he believes the country could face COVID-19 outbreaks for a year.
“It’s realistic to say at least for a year that you’ll be dealing with COVID, and that could be an optimistic scenario,” Cuomo said. “You will still have COVID outbreaks for a year, you will still need to deal with COVID, and how you do it is very important because it is the difference between a cluster and a community.”