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New York processes record number of COVID-19 tests for second consecutive day

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a record-breaking number of coronavirus tests completed in New York for a second consecutive day.

A total of 219,442 tests were completed and reported to the state.

“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,” Governor Cuomo said. “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.”

The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 5.69 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 3.13 percent. Within the focus areas, 50,972 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 2,901 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 168,470 test results were reported, yielding 5,275 positives.

The Finger Lakes had a 4.19% positive 7-day average, while Central New York had a 3.66% average. The Southern Tier’s positive average sits at 1.52%.