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More than 1,000 New Yorkers tested positive for Covid-19 in a single day, the first time since 5 June the state has seen a daily number that high.

The number of positive tests reported daily in the state has been steadily inching up, a trend possibly related to businesses reopening, college campuses reopening and children returning to school. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday there were 1,005 positive cases on the previous day, Friday, 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 aide Gareth Rhodes stressed that the new positive-case number came out of nearly 100,000 tests, compared to about 60,000 tests daily in June.

“Is there cause for concern? As long as Covid is here, yes,” Rhodes posted on Twitter, noting that certain ZIP codes in Brooklyn and the lower Hudson Valley have seen increases in new cases and hospital admissions. “Key is ensuring these clusters don’t spread into neighboring/other ZIPs.”

Rhodes also noted improving numbers among college-aged people, suggesting better compliance on campuses.


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