Hospitalizations in New York due to the coronavirus have topped 900 patients for the first time since the summer amid rising cases in "hot spot" clusters in parts of the state.
New York now has 923 COVID-19 patients in hospitals. Of the 118 new admissions, 42 percent of the patients are from counties where COVID-19 cases have been rising in recent weeks: Brooklyn, Queens, Rockland, Orange, and Broome.
Eleven people have died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the state confirmed.
Meanwhile, New York added three states -- Ohio, Michigan and Virginia -- to the states and territories in which travelers coming from those areas must quarantine themselves for two weeks upon entering New York.
Governor Andrew Cuomo in a statement pointed to overall cases remaining "steady" while cluster cases, accounting for less than 3 percent of the population, made up more than 12 percent of the overall positive cases in the last day.
"Our numbers overall continue to remain steady, despite the micro-clusters that have popped up in certain pockets of the state. Our strategy is to continue to identify these clusters if and when they pop up, get even more refined in our targeting and attack them as needed," Cuomo said.
"As we go into the fall, and the numbers nationwide are going up, we must work to keep our numbers down - and that's going to take every New Yorker wearing their masks, socially distancing and being New York Tough to maintain our progress,” he said.
Other changes this year include electronic poll pads, which replace traditional handwritten poll books.
“We expect a very, very large turnout, even more than a typical presidential year,” said Nicolay. “So we want people to be patient. Be nice, wear a mask, but vote."