Record-high number of COVID-19 tests reported to New York State

AmNews Staff Reports | 9/13/2020, 8:08 p.m.
A new record-high number of test results—102,925—were reported to New York State last week.
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A new record-high number of test results—102,925—was reported to New York State last week. The infection rate of 0.82 percent marked the 36th straight day that it has been below 1 percent. No deaths were reported in New York City on Sept. 11. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

"Testing is a cornerstone of our efforts to keep New Yorkers safe from COVID-19. The more testing you do, the more accurate a picture of the virus' spread you have," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "Yesterday's record-high number of tests helps the state make informed decisions to protect the welfare of New Yorkers, and helps them make informed decisions for themselves. But testing alone isn't enough, and we need residents to continue to wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands. We will get out on the other side of this together, but in the meantime we have to stay New York Tough."

The governor also announced that New York State has distributed 6 million bottles of NYS Clean hand sanitizer. Throughout the pandemic, hand sanitizer has been provided at no charge to healthcare facilities, government agencies, food banks, schools, colleges, public housing, public transportation, prisons, first responders, frontline workers, and houses of worship, among others.