NY state reports 725 new COVID cases, 6 deaths; infection rate stays below 1% for 37 days

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York saw 725 new coronavirus cases on Saturday as the state’s infection rate continued to stay below 1%.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the 725 new cases were out of 72,668 tests conducted in the state Saturday—an infection rate of 0.99%.

The state’s infection rate has now been below 1% for 37 straight days, although Saturday’s infection rate was up from Friday’s infection rate of 0.82%.

“Our numbers continue to reflect the work of New Yorkers, who ultimately flattened the curve,” Cuomo said in a statement. “For 37 days, our infection rate has remained below 1%, which is incredible when you think back to where we were in the spring. As we head into the fall and flu season ahead, we need everyone to continue to wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands, and above all, stay New York tough.”

There have now been 444,365 coronavirus cases statewide since the pandemic began.

There were six additional COVID-related deaths Saturday, including two in the Bronx and one in Suffolk. The state’s death toll is now 25,390.

There were 464 patients hospitalized Saturday, three less than on Friday. A total of 131 patients were in intensive care, with 54 of them intubated.

Cuomo said the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,543 establishments in New York City and Long Island on Saturday and found 10 establishments that were not in compliance with state COVID requirements. They include four businesses in the Bronx, one in Brooklyn, one in Queens and four in Suffolk.