Nearly every region of New York is seeing increasing positive cases of COVID-19, while hospitalizations due to the virus have steadily increased in New York over the last week, according to numbers released on Tuesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.
The statewide positivity rate, based on tens of thousands of test results in the last day, stood over 3%, while hospitalizations have reached 1,548 patients. Thirty-two people were confirmed to have died of COVID-19 in the last day.
Hospitalizations due to the virus have increased by 321 patients since a week ago.
Both Western and Central New York, meanwhile, have also seen COVID-19-positive cases of 5.7%, based on tests conducted in the last 24 hours, according to state officials.
Cuomo continued to point New York's relatively low infection rate compared to most other states in the country.
"While New York's COVID positivity remains the third-lowest in the nation, we continue to see increases in both new positive cases and hospital admissions, demonstrating we are not immune to the surge we are seeing throughout the rest of the nation," Cuomo said in a statement.
"While we may be tired of COVID, it is not tired of us. It's clear that COVID fatigue and a lack of compliance leads to viral spread, so it's more important than ever that as we prepare for winter, each of us stays smart and New York Tough by taking simple everyday actions like washing hands, wearing masks and socially distancing. Likewise, local governments need to be vigilant and actively enforce public health law throughout the state."
New York has sought to tackle this new resurgence in the virus through gradual and targeted shutdowns based on positivity rates in specific areas. The rise in cases has led to limits on gatherings, curtailed hours for restaurants and increased in testing in schools in Broome, Erie, Monroe, and Onondaga counties.