NY state hits record number of tests 5 months after 1st case


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Five months after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that the state saw its largest number of tests conducted Friday as the infection rate remained below 1 percent.

“Today is five months since we had our first case. Five months. Today we hit our record number of tests done on a single day,” Cuomo said in a conference call with reporters Saturday.

There were 82,737 tests conducted statewide Friday. Of those tests, 753, or 0.91 percent, were positive. That’s slightly less than the 0.93 percent that tested positive Thursday.

“Congratulations to the people of this state for what they did and for showing this country what can be done when you take this situation seriously,” the governor said.

Four more people died from the coronavirus Friday, the governor said.

Since the first coronavirus case in New York was confirmed on March 1, at least 25,164 people have died and 415,767 have been infected statewide. Daily new cases and deaths have dropped significantly since the peak in April.

During his conference call, Cuomo also said he’ll make an initial decision next week about reopening schools in the fall.

“We’re going to watch the overall infection rate before we make a decision,” Cuomo said. “I’m going to make a decision this week, an initial decision. At this point, schools should plan on reopening. And then we’ll watch to see what happens with the infection rate.”

Cuomo said a big variable in reopening schools will be parents’ comfort level and confidence in the plan.

“The discussion basically assumes if the schools open, all the parents will send their children back to school,” Cuomo said. “That is not the case.”

The governor also said remote learning still has to be figured out from school district to school district.

“Remote learning tends to work better in the wealthier school districts and tends to work less well in poorer school districts. The measures to correct that are vital to any reopening plan,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo also gave an update on establishments being issued social distancing violations.

He said 41 businesses were given violations Friday night: 2 in the Bronx; 1 in Brooklyn; 5 in Queens; 1 in Staten Island; 3 in Nassau; 2 in Suffolk; and 27 in Manhattan.

“Twenty-seven in Manhattan,” Cuomo emphasized. “We need the NYPD to step up and do enforcement.”

The governor said seven more bars and restaurants had their licenses suspended.