Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that New York’s seven-day average of COVID-19 positivity rates was 0.5%—the state's lowest since it began testing in March 2020. According to Johns Hopkins University data, that ties New York with Massachusetts in having the lowest positivity rate in the nation.
The state has come a long way. In January, Mount Sinai Health System was recording about a 10% positivity rate among its patients, said Dr. David Reich, president of Mount Sinai Hospital. That same month, when Northwell Health’s COVID-19 testing labs were in full force, running 16,000 tests per day during the second surge, its positivity rate was about 12%. Dr. John D’Angelo, senior vice president and executive director of emergency medicine services at Northwell, said it was hard to assess the true rate of the first surge last spring, as tests were limited back then.