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NY state sees 'big drop' in COVID positivity, Cuomo expands microcluster zones in Westchester, Rockland

WINS Radio New York logo WINS Radio New York 11/19/2020 Adam Warner
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported a “big drop” in New York’s COVID positivity rate Thursday as the state expanded “microcluster” zones in parts of Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

Cuomo said the state’s positivity rate including the microclusters—areas seeing a virus uptick—dropped from 3.4% to 2.7%.

The state’s positivity rate without the microclusters decreased from 3.1% to 2.3%, which Cuomo called “a big drop.”

The state reported 5,310 more COVID cases—up slightly from Wednesday’s 5,294 new cases—out of 195,239 tests.

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The state’s hospitalizations meanwhile rose from 2,202 to 2,276. The number of patients in intensive care increased by 14 to 437 and the number of intubated patients rose by 8 to 200.

The state also reported 31 more deaths from the virus on Wednesday.

Cuomo also announced the state was expanding microcluster zones in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

In Westchester, the state will add a yellow zone in New Rochelle, Ossining, Tarrytown, Yonkers and Peekskill.

In Rockland County, the yellow zone will be expanded to include Pearl River, West Haverstraw, Stony Point and Suffern.

In Orange County, the state will add a yellow zone for Newburgh, New Windsor, Middletown and Highland Falls.

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