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NEW YORK (WABC) -- More than 1,000 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day Friday, marking the first time since June 5 the state has seen a daily number that high.
The number of positive tests reported daily in the state has been steadily inching up in recent weeks, a trend possibly related to increasing numbers of businesses reopening, college campuses reopening and children returning to school. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday there were 1,005 positive cases tallied on the previous day out of 99,953 tests, for a 1% positive rate.
From late July through the start of September the state was seeing an average of around 660 people test positive per day. In the seven-day period that ended Friday, the state had averaged 817 positive tests per day.
Cuomo didn't comment on the 1,000-case threshold in his daily COVID-19 update, but reiterated his call for vigilance.
"It's vital that New Yorkers continue to practice the basic behaviors that drive our ability to fight COVID-19 as we move into the fall and flu season," Cuomo said in a prepared release. "Wearing masks, socially distancing and washing hands make a critical difference, as does the deliberate enforcement of state guidance by local governments."
Gareth Rhodes, a member of Cuomo's COVID-19 Response Task Force, provided context on Twitter, writing that while the exact number of positive cases is similar to those in June, the percent of positive cases is far lower.
Rhodes said the key is to ensure clusters, like those in the lower Hudson Valley region and in Brooklyn, don't spread elsewhere.
On a positive note, Rhodes said the state is seeing encouraging data among college-aged individuals, a group that had been seeing an increase in cases. Rhodes said they accounted for just 16% of all positive cases yesterday.
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