NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York and New Jersey both reported over 1,000 new coronavirus cases again on Sunday amid a COVID surge nationwide.
New York saw 1,632 new positives; 528 of them were in “focus zone areas” that have been battling a spike in cases, while 1,104 were outside of the focus areas.
The statewide number was a drop from the 2,061 new cases reported the day before. The total since the pandemic began is now 495,464 cases.
The most new positives, 653, were in New York City. Nassau had the second-most at 109, while Suffolk had the third-most at 101.
New York’s positives were out of 120,829 total tests on Saturday. Of those tests, 1.35% came back positive statewide. In the focus areas, 3.18% were positive, while 1.06% were positive in the rest of the state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that “context is everything here.”
“We're seeing a real national surge, and we are battling that national surge, that national high tide,” the governor said in a statement, adding that people continue to come into New York from across the country as COVID numbers increase nationwide.
“To give you an idea of the progress we've made with New York's micro-clusters, the positivity rates in Brooklyn, Rockland and Orange Counties are all down this week,” Cuomo said. “That is great news. It says the focus works, and it says we can get the positivity under control. As we saw with Queens this past week, we get the numbers down and we then open up the areas.”
Hospitalizations in New York state were 1,015 on Saturday, down 30 patients from Friday. The number of patients in intensive care was 227 and the number requiring intubation was 118.
There were 12 more COVID-related deaths reported Sunday, bringing New York’s death toll to 25,730.
Meanwhile, New Jersey reported 1,140 new positive cases on Sunday. The state’s total is now 228,468. The largest share of new cases, 155, were reported in Essex County. Hudson County had the second-most at 138.
Sunday’s daily number was down from the 1,994 reported Saturday— the highest daily number of new positives in the state since May.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Saturday extending the state's public health emergency for another 30 days and warned in a tweet, “We haven’t seen daily case numbers this high since May. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic and need everyone to take this seriously.”
New Jersey also reported four more deaths Sunday. The state’s death toll is now 14,496.
Hospitalizations in the state were at 868. Among those hospitalized, 164 patients were in intensive care and 72 were on ventilators.