NY's COVID positivity rate hits 4.27%, highest since May, as state reports 6,723 new cases

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that New York state’s coronavirus positivity rate had surpassed 4%, reaching its highest level in six months.

The governor said the 4.27% positivity rate is “the highest since back in May.”

“I expect you’re going to see the rate going up through the holiday season,” he said, adding that "this is a new phase for COVID."

The positivity rate in the state's "micro clusters" that are seeing outbreaks was 5.8%, while the positivity rate in the rest of the state was 3.75%.

There were 6,723 new positive cases out of 157,320 tests conducted statewide Saturday.

Another 55 New Yorkers died from the virus Saturday.

The number of patients hospitalized rose by 58 to 3,372.

Patients in intensive care increased by 13 to 667 and intubated patients dropped by 5 to 326.

Hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that public schools in New York City would begin reopening on Dec. 7, Cuomo said he agreed with the decision.

“I think that’s the right direction," the governor said. "We do have new facts and new information on schools, and just about every professional says the schools, especially K-8, should be kept open whenever its possible to keep them open safely.”