Updated: September 28, 2020 01:21 PM
Created: September 28, 2020 11:55 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York state's COVID-19 positivity rate is now up 1.5% as of Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
During a conference call Monday, the governor blamed Sunday's increase mainly on downstate clusters, but he also said there is a "blip" at a nursing home in Steuben County. News10NBC is working to figure out which one.
Cuomo also extended the residential tenant eviction protection through the end of the year. Now set to expire Jan. 1, 2021, the state's Tenant Safe Harbor Act means you can’t be evicted if your financial hardship is because of COVID-19 related issues.
Cuomo also announced the state will be backing off screenings of travelers arriving to New York from high-risk countries. This news comes after the CDC released similar guidelines.
Today's update on the numbers:— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 28, 2020
Of the 52,936 tests reported yesterday, 834 were positive (1.5% of total).
Total hospitalizations are at 543.
Sadly, there were 11 COVID fatalities yesterday. pic.twitter.com/eDS5d8kAfA
The CDC released this explanation on its website on Sept. 9:
"We now have a better understanding of COVID-19 transmission that indicates symptom-based screening has limited effectiveness because people with COVID-19 may have no symptoms or fever at the time of screening, or only mild symptoms. Transmission of the virus may occur from passengers who have no symptoms or who have not yet developed symptoms of infection. Therefore, CDC is shifting its strategy and prioritizing other public health measures to reduce the risk of travel-related disease transmission."
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