NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York state reported 15 new COVID-19 deaths and a 1.2 percent infection rate on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Of the 135,341 COVID-19 test results that came back on Wednesday, 1,628, or 1.2 percent, were positive, Cuomo said in a teleconference with reporters.
The state’s infection rate excluding the COVID-19 microclusters it is tracking was 0.96 percent, he said. The microclusters themselves reported a 3.2 percent infection rate.
“The positivity rate in the red zones, microclusters — because they’re not just red, they’re red, orange and yellow — was 3.2 percent,” he said. “That is very low, comparatively.”
One of the 15 New Yorkers who passed away due to COVID-19 complications died in Broome County; one died in Chemung County; three died in Erie County; two died in Brooklyn; one died in Manhattan; one died in Monroe County; one died in Onondaga County; one died in Orange County; one died in Oswego County; one died in Queens; one died in Rockland County and one died in Steuben County, Cuomo said.
As of Wednesday evening, 986 people in the state were hospitalized with COVID19, 166 of whom were newly admitted. Of the 986 people hospitalized, 209 were in intensive care units and 106 were on ventilators, he said.
On Wednesday, New York state readjusted the boundaries of its microclusters in Queens and Brooklyn.
Cuomo on Thursday said the microclusters would continue to “come and go” throughout the fall, as they “can literally be generated by a couple of events that violated rules.”
“We might all be feeling COVID fatigue, but we cannot afford to go backwards,” he said. “We must all keep washing our hands, wearing our masks and remaining socially distant to protect the progress we’ve made in New York.”
Breakdowns of infection rates by microclusters, region and New York City borough are below: