NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York hit a record-high number of coronavirus tests on Friday as the state reported nearly 1,000 new cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.
The 110,444 tests conducted Friday were the most in a single day since the pandemic began.
The tests included another 986 positive cases of the virus, Cuomo said, an infection rate of 0.89%.
Today’s update on the numbers:
Of the 110,444 tests reported yesterday, 986 were positive (0.89% of total).
Total hospitalizations fell to 467.
Sadly, there were 2 COVID fatalities yesterday. pic.twitter.com/o2uKa4miB6
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 19, 2020
“When we first started this journey a few months ago, we only had the capacity to do a few hundred tests per day—we have now reached a new record with over 110,000 tests reported to the state in one day,” the governor said in a statement. “Despite testing more than most other states, our infection rate remains below 1%.”
The 986 new cases bring the state’s total to 449,038.
There were two more deaths statewide on Friday, including one in Queens. The state’s death toll is now 25,425.
There were 467 patients hospitalized on Friday, 11 less than on Thursday. They included 144 patients in intensive care and 60 patients who were intubated.
Cuomo also announced that the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,434 establishments in New York City and Long Island and found six that weren’t in compliance with state COVID requirements. They included five businesses in Suffolk and one in Brooklyn.