| New York State Team
Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a briefing on COVID-19 in Rochester on November 25, 2020.
New cases of the coronavirus surged in New York City during the week ending Saturday, increasing 27.3%, with 43,615 cases reported.
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. ”
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.
The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were recorded in Suffolk, Nassau and Monroe counties.
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 .
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.
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