Hospitalizations in New York are approaching 2,000 patients for the first time since the spring months as the state's coronavirus positive rate stood at 2.8% in the last day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
New York's positive rate in high-case "micro cluster" areas was at 4.19%, while 25 people in the last day have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19.
Rising hospitalizations and COVID positive cases has led state officials to put in place new restrictions for gatherings and for closing bars, restaurants and gyms by 10 p.m.
"COVID-19 is spreading in New York, and the increased number of cases is taking place throughout the state," Cuomo said.
"This is not an upstate or downstate issue — all New Yorkers, regardless of where they live, have cause for concern. We are continuing to use a comprehensive micro-cluster strategy and increase our testing capacity to new heights. However, our success also depends on the vigilance and smart behavior of New Yorkers. Wash your hands, stay socially distanced and wear a mask. Local governments, do the enforcement. We're going to get through this pandemic, but only if we do it together and stay New York Tough."
There were 102,448 tests in the last day that found 2,563 positive COVID-19 cases. There are now 1,968 people in hospitals due to COVID-19, a net increase from 123 people a day earlier.