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New York State COVID-19 infection rate edges above 1%, Cuomo says

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday that the

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday that the state's COVID-19 infection rate was 1.02% on Saturday. Credit: Sipa USA via AP/Photographer Lev Radin

New York State’s COVID-19 infection rate edged above 1% Saturday, and eight Suffolk establishments were out of compliance with state safety requirements, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.

Long Island’s infection rate was 1%, while the state hit 1.02%, with 866 positive cases out of 84,770 tests statewide, according to state data.

Nassau had 67 new cases while Suffolk recorded 42.

The state had six deaths Saturday from COVID-19, bringing New York's toll to 25,456, according to Cuomo's office.

Suffolk led the state Saturday in establishments out of COVID-19 safety compliance. Of 1,604 visited by the State Liquor Authority, only one other, in Queens, was found to be out of compliance, state officials said. The state did not name the establishments.

"COVID-19 remains a force to be reckoned with throughout the country and around the globe, and we cannot drop our guard," Cuomo said in a statement. "While our numbers remain relatively flat, we continue to closely monitor the data daily as always."

While New York City's infection rate is 1.2%, "COVID-19 cases continue to grow at an alarming rate in eight neighborhoods" in Queens and Brooklyn, health commissioner Dave A. Chokshi said Sunday. Those neighborhoods had infection rates that are triple that of the rest of the city, ranging from 3.8% in Kew Gardens in Queens to 6.75% in the Gravesend and Homecrest area in Brooklyn, the city health department said. Those areas account for 23% of the city's new cases, even though they hold only 7% of the city's population.

Chokshi said officials "are starting to see an uptick in the number of hospitalized patients in two hospitals in Brooklyn and at least one in Queens."

In Nassau, 45 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, of which 18 were in the ICU and four were on ventilators, County Executive Laura Curran said.

"Nassau residents and businesses are by all reports taking exemplary precautions to mitigate the virus from spreading," Curran said.

Curran encouraged residents, especially young people, to wear masks, socially distance and follow other health guidelines after a Newsday report showed that Long Islanders younger than 30 represented more than 40% of new cases since June.

In Suffolk, 31 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 and six were in ICU as of Saturday.

Statewide, 541 patients were hospitalized Saturday, including 88 new admissions, Cuomo’s office said. There were 155 patients in intensive care units with 67 people discharged from hospitals.

The mid-Hudson region, which includes Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties, had the highest infection rate Saturday at 1.6%, according to state data.

The Southern Tier, which includes Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties, had the second highest infection rate at 1.4%.

SUNY schools reported 20 new coronavirus cases out of 291 tests Saturday, which is about a 6.9% infection rate, according to the SUNY COVID-19 tracker. There have been 798 positives at SUNY schools of 105,632 tests administered.

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