The number of New York coronavirus tests coming back positive remained below 1% for a ninth consecutive day as the total number of tests conducted statewide during the pandemic hit 7 million, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.
Six people died Saturday, he said, and 527 were in the hospital.
“Our numbers reflect the hard work of New Yorkers, and as other states across the nation see surging cases, our numbers remain steadily low,” Cuomo said in a news release, calling the testing milestones “remarkable accomplishments.”
New COVID-19 cases were confirmed in more than half of the state's 62 counties. The 607 new cases represented .78% of those tested and brought the statewide total to 425,508. In all, New York has seen 25,250 virus-related deaths.
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For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
On Friday, Cuomo said bowling alleys in New York will be allowed to reopen Monday with specific modifications. Alleys must separate bowling parties by a lane and all food and drinks must be ordered and delivered to bowlers at their lanes to minimize movement. Occupancy must be capped at 50 percent and masks are required inside, Cuomo said.
Guidance from state officials on gyms will come Monday, he said.