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Cuomo: 'In New York we didn't just flatten the curve, we bent it'

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 11:11:35-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday the state continues to control and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Officials say the state had a new record-low COVID-19 test positivity rate of 0.69 as well as the lowest hospitalizations, 483, and ICU patients, 116, since the middle of March.

"In New York we didn't just flatten the curve, we bent it—and the numbers continue to stay low, demonstrating our data-driven phased reopening continues to work," said Cuomo. "Yesterday we had the lowest test positivity rate, lowest hospitalizations and lowest ICU patients since the middle of March. This shows that protecting public health and reopening our economy aren't mutually exclusive if done the right way, and record-high testing doesn't equal more positive tests.

"New Yorkers have driven this recovery and I urge everyone to stay New York Tough—wear masks, socially distance and stay disciplined. This thing isn't over yet."

Friday 94,849 tests were reported to the state, 653, or 0.69 percent were positive.

For further information and data, you can visit the state's website here.