Albany, N.Y. — The percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Central New York rose to 1.5% on Monday, up from 1.2% each of the previous two days.
The rate was as high as 2% earlier in September. The region’s rate was highest in the state last week as well.
For the state’s purposes, Central New York includes Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Cortland and Madison counties.
Onondaga County alone consistently reports more favorable infection rates than the state health department.
The state does not fully include pooled saliva tests in its calculation, county officials have said. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon has said the state also double-counts some cases by, for example, including repetitive positive tests for the same individual.
Statewide, the positive test rate was 0.9% on Monday. The rate has generally been below 1% for weeks now.
Three more people in New York died due to the virus on Monday, which brings the statewide death toll to 25,432.
A total of 470 people in the state were hospitalized due to the virus on Monday, up two, and 133 people were in intensive care units, down one. A total of 67 people were intubated, up one.
Another 43 people in New York were newly admitted to hospitals with the virus on Monday.
The state conducted another 83,997 tests for the virus yesterday and confirmed 754 new cases. New York now has 451,227 confirmed cases of the virus.
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