Coronavirus cases rise 27% in New York City. Check your county

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Mike Stucka
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Joseph Spector

| New York State Team

New cases of the coronavirus surged in New York City during the week ending Saturday, increasing 27.3%, with 43,615 cases reported. The week before, there were 34,272 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

New York ranks 42nd among the states with the fastest spreading coronavirus, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

“We are entering a difficult period of the continued spread of COVID-19 in this state,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Saturday.

“It’s up to you, your neighborhood and your community to slow the spread. Our micro-cluster strategy can target very small areas with restrictions, so the actions each of us and our neighbors take may not seem like much, but they make a big difference. ” Cuomo pointed out that New York City still has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and its highest testing capacity, with more than 200,000 tests per day.

The New York City microclusters with the highest infection rates, which include parts of Westchester and Monroe counties, had a positive test rate of 5.65% on Friday and outside the focus areas was 3 , 45%.

In the past week, the United States added 1.1 million coronavirus cases, a 3.9% decrease from the previous week. Across the country, 16 states recorded more cases last week than the week before. In New York City, the worst weekly outbreaks per person were in Chemung, Erie and Allegany counties. Suffolk County, with 4,003 cases, added the most new cases; Erie County, with 3,886 cases; and Brooklyn, with 3,849. The number of weekly cases increased in 58 counties from the previous week.

The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were recorded in Suffolk, Nassau and Monroe counties. >> Find out how your community has behaved with recent cases of coronavirus

The share of New York’s test results that came back positive was 3.3% last week, down from 2.9% the week before, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from the COVID tracking project.

In the past week, 1.3 million tests were administered in the state compared to 1.8 million the previous week

Experts say it’s important to look at the share of tests that turn out positive, not just the number of cases, to get a better idea of ​​whether the rate of new infections is changing or whether differences in testing play a role . >> Track coronavirus cases across the United States

The World Health Organization says places should test enough for less than 5% to come back positive. Places with a higher percentage might find it difficult to complete contact tracing early enough to prevent the spread of the virus.

Across New York City, cases fell in four counties, with the best declines in Columbia, Franklin and Lewis counties.

In the state, 218 people have died in the past week. The previous week, 286 people had died.

A total of 634,438 people in New York City have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, ranking fifth among states, and 34,514 people have died from the disease, whether confirmed or suspected, which is the more in the country according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Across the country, 13 million people have tested positive and 266,047 people have died.

Plus: Schools in New York City to reopen in person next month with strengthened COVID testing

Plus: NY COVID-19 tracker: Test positivity rate approached 4% on Friday

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