NY state sets new COVID-19 testing record, reports 7 new deaths

Maya Rajamani
August 12, 2020 - 10:52 am

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported seven new COVID-19 deaths and 700 new cases on Wednesday as the state set a new testing record. 

    A total of 87,776 COVID-19 test results came back on Tuesday, “a new record high for tests in a single day,” Cuomo said in a release. New York state currently has a 0.79 percent positivity rate. 

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    As of Tuesday, 558 people in the state were hospitalized with COVID-19, 123 of whom were in intensive care units and 62 of whom were on ventilators, the governor said. 

    A total of 25,218 people in the state have died of complications related to COVID-19, and 422,703 tests have come back positive, he said. 

    Two of the seven people who died passed away in Erie County; one passed away in the Bronx; one passed away in Brooklyn; one passed away in Manhattan; and two passed away in Queens. 

    “We’re continuing to move forward protecting New Yorkers, slowing the spread and saving lives as the COVID-19 pandemic rages throughout much of the country and threatens the reduction in the numbers we’ve achieved here at home,” Cuomo said in a statement. 

    “New York is reaching new heights in its ability to track and trace the virus, and that’s evidenced by the record umber of tests… that were reported yesterday.” 

    The breakdown of positivity rates by region over the past three days is as follows: 

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