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'Not over.' New York continues to see uptick in virus cases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News)  New York state's daily count of new coronavirus cases is continuing on an upward trend.

The state reported on Saturday that there were more than 1,700 new confirmed cases on Friday, up slightly from the day before — case totals not seen in New York since May.

Some of the hotspots in the state included the New York City borough of Brooklyn, where more than 350 people tested positive, and in suburban Rockland County, which saw at least 120 new cases.

New York recorded the results of more than 134,000 virus tests Friday, the most ever performed in a single day.

"This pandemic is not over," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. He added: "My message to New Yorkers is please stay vigilant."

The hardest hit regions of the state, on a per capita basis, were the Southern Tier area along the Pennsylvania border and the Mid-Hudson Valley. 

Both of those areas were seeing the virus spread at a rate that, if they were independent states, they would be subject to New York's rules requiring out-of-state travelers to quarantine. The quarantine cutoff, currently for states like Illinois, Colorado and Florida, is based on a seven-day rolling average of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents.

The Southern Tier's average Friday was at 17 per 100,000. An often-cited measure of the virus' spread — the percentage of tests that come back positive — remained low, about 1.3%.

The Finger Lakes region, which includes Rochester, continues to see an infection rate which is generally under 1%. It did rise to 1% on Thursday, but on Friday fell back to .6%. On Saturday, the Monroe County Department of Public Health reported 22 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths.

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