COVID-19 cases fall in New York
New York reported 84,212 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, down 9.6% in the previous week . Then, 93,134 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 were reported.
New York ranked No. 5 among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 1,038,890 reported cases of coronavirus, a decrease of -12.4% from the week before. Across the country, 5 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Across New York, cases fell in 56 counties, with the best declines in Suffolk, Onondaga and Nassau counties.
The share of New York test results that came back positive was 5.2% in the latest week, compared with 6% in the week before, a USA TODAY Network analysis of COVID Tracking Project data shows. In the latest week, 1,618,739 tests were administered; a week earlier, that figure was 1,563,514. Experts say it is important to look at the share of tests that come back positive, not just case counts, to get a better idea of whether the rate of new infections is changing or if differences in testing are playing a role.
The World Health Organization says places should be conducting enough tests to have fewer than 5% coming back positive. Places where the percentage is higher could struggle to complete contact tracing soon enough to prevent spread of the virus.
Within New York, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Hamilton, Nassau and Bronx counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Kings County, with 11,525 cases; Queens County, with 11,304 cases; and Suffolk County, with 8,324. Weekly case counts rose in six counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in New York, Bronx and Orange counties.
In New York, 1,309 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 1,332 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,419,907 people in New York have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 43,634 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 26,186,781 people have tested positive and 441,324 people have died.