Carr criticizes Cuomo for coronavirus restrictions targeting Orthodox Jews

Elias Hubbard
October 17, 2020

The positive test rate in Central New York and much of the rest state was routinely below 1% over much of the summer, but it has crept higher in many regions in the fall. He said the virus has been one step ahead of the nation ever since the pandemic began, and he said it's time the country caught up.

For instance, on October 13, the rate in the clusters was 6.29%, which brought the statewide average to 1.1%.

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The most recent numbers for the virus, released Friday, show the overall statewide rate on Thursday was 1.25%, and the average rate in the hotspots was 4.84%.

Cuomo, who is head of the National Governors Association, wrote a letter to Trump, asking that the president hold a meeting with the country's governors to talk about how to make sure a national vaccination campaign is "implemented smoothly and efficiently". "We can not and will not risk going backwards to where we were in the spring", he said. The state now has 481,107 confirmed cases.

Azzopardi said it makes sense to provide "context" and report the hot spot infection rates separately.

Central New York's positive rate on Thursday was 1.2%, compared with 1% on Wednesday and 1.2% on Tuesday.

The state's numbers in recent days also show that hospitalizations for the disease are steadily climbing. Of the 146 new patients admitted, almost half were from the 20 hot spots.

There are also rising incidents of positive cases in the schools.

Ten more people died due to the virus in the state on Thursday. NY remains one of the worst-hit states in the country. Tedisco spoke at a rally protesting the state's strict visitation rules at nursing homes.

"It is a massive, monumental undertaking, and if you listen to the White House, it could be just a matter of weeks away", said Cuomo, who added distribution will be complicated and expensive.

The governor agrees that the crisis is far from over. He said he expects "microcluster" outbreaks of the virus to flare up for at least another year, even after there is a vaccine.

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