New York state reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time since late April, when the state was ground zero for the pandemic.
On Thursday, 5,401 people tested positive for COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced. A record 203,721 tests were reported, for a positivity rate of 2.65% — one of the lowest in the nation, the governor said.
“The bad news is we are in the midst of a sea of COVID rising around us,” Cuomo said in a statement.
He warned that the state may need to take additional steps to combat the spread of the virus as the holiday season approaches and travel will likely increase.