NY reports 8,176 new COVID-19 cases, 'record-high' number of state tests for second straight day

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Buffalo (WBEN) -- New York State on Friday announced 8,176 new COVID-19 cases and a "record-high" number of COVID-19 tests reported to the state for the second straight day.

"All the global experts say the same thing: This virus has phases, and as the phase changes your plan should change. We're seeing an increase with the numbers across the country and within our own state. It started with the fall, and it's going to continue and probably worsen in the winter," Gov. Cuomo said.

According to Cuomo, there were 219,442 test results reported the state on Thursday as the statewide positivity rate climbs to 3.72 Percent.

The positive testing rate in focus zone areas in New York State is 5.69 percent while the positivity outside of all focus zone areas is 3.13 percent.

There were 39 COVID-19 deaths reported in New York State Thursday.

Locally, the daily positivity rate for November 26th in Erie County overall was just shy of 10% at 9.9%. The seven day rolling average within the Erie orange cluster zone is 7.07%. For all of Western New York, the current rate is 6.28%.

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"As we go through the holidays and winter months, it's going to be more imperative than ever for New Yorkers to wear their masks, wash their hands, avoid gatherings large and small, and stay New York Tough," Cuomo added.