NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 test positivity rate in the focus areas under the micro-cluster strategy, where the pandemic has been the most severe in New York State, was 4.55 percent on Thursday, up from 4.11 percent one day earlier, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday.
The statewide positivity rate excluding these focus areas was 2.15 percent, down from 2.38 percent on Wednesday, he said.
Of the 205,466 tests reported on Thursday, 5,468 were positive, or 2.66 percent of the total, down from 2.72 percent one day earlier, he added.
"We did (over) 205,000 tests yesterday, a new record. Remember when we first started, we could only do 500 tests a day -- that's how far we have come," the governor was quoted as saying in an official release.
"Context here is very important because I want New Yorkers to have confidence in the rules that we're setting. And it's not that our rules are that much more onerous than other states' rules. It's that we triggered them earlier. Our triggers are much lower than other states, and hence our performance is much better than other states," he said.
"You decide your own destiny. If you follow the rules, you're fine. And if you're not fine, the rules change on you. The micro-cluster approach doesn't put restrictions on places that are following the rules. It's that targeted. If you and your neighbor are acting responsibly, you have a collective, vested interest in your local community," he added.
As of Friday afternoon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 34,234 coronavirus deaths so far in New York State, the worst in the country.