Cuomo says 21% of NYC infected with coronavirus in random test
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo provides a coronavirus update during a press conference in the Red Room at the State Capitol. April 22, 2020.(Mike Groll/Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)
More than one in five New York City residents tested positive for coronavirus in a new random study, Gov. Cuomo said Thursday.
Cuomo said a shocking 21% of people from the five boroughs who were tested outside supermarkets had the disease, including a slightly larger number of men than women.
The governor said the stunning assessment — which means up to two million New Yorkers in the city have gotten the virus — will shape the state and city’s plans to reopen at some point from the devastating. pandemic.
“What you do in a place with 21% is very different,” he said. “The facts dictate the action.”
Statewide, 13.9% of New Yorkers tested positive for the antibodies that are produced when people fight off the virus.
Long Island had a 16.7% rate. Westchester and Rockland clocked in at 11.7%.
Upstate, just 3.9% tested positive in the study, which covered 19 counties and 40 municipalities.
Cuomo announced the figures as the daily death toll dipped a bit to 438 Thursday.
The governor bemoaned the fact that New York has flattened the coronavirus curve, but still has about 1,300 new hospitalizations a day.
“We’ve basically flattened it out at about 1,300 people coming through the door,” he said. “And that’s not great. We’d like to see it going down faster.”