Cuomo: Record amount of COVID-19 tests performed in New York state; WNY infection rate at 1.5%

Posted at 11:20 AM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 11:20:47-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a record number of COVID-19 tests were performed statewide on Friday.

The governor says 102,925 COVID-19 test results were performed on Friday with a statewide infection rate of 0.82 percent.

Friday marked the 36th consecutive day with the statewide infection rate below one percent, according to Gov. Cuomo's Office.

"Testing is a cornerstone of our efforts to keep New Yorkers safe from COVID-19. The more testing you do, the more accurate a picture of the virus' spread you have," Governor Cuomo said. "Yesterday's record-high number of tests helps the state make informed decisions to protect the welfare of New Yorkers, and helps them make informed decisions for themselves. But testing alone isn't enough, and we need residents to continue to wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands. We will get out on the other side of this together, but in the meantime we have to stay New York Tough."

Meanwhile, Western New York's infection rate for Thursday and Friday was 1.5 percent; up from Wednesday which was 1.2 percent.

Western New York currently has the highest COVID-19 rate in the state, while the Capital Region and Long Island are the only other regions with infection rates above one percent.