Albany, N.Y. — The state continues to confront coronavirus clusters in Downstate New York, even as the positive test rate for the virus was below 1% in Central New York and some other Upstate regions.
Central New York’s positive rate was 0.4% on Tuesday, down sharply from 1.7% Monday and 0.8% Tuesday. The Capital Region, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, North Country and Mohawk Valley also had positive rates below 1% yesterday.
Overall, the statewide positive rate on Tuesday was 1.02%. Without the 20 zip codes with the highest rates, the statewide average was 0.82%, according to to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
Cuomo has been talking for several days about clusters of the virus located mainly in Rockland and Orange counties and Brooklyn. Positive test rates in those zip codes ranged from 3% to 17% on Tuesday. The average in those areas was 5.5%.
“It’s those hotspot zip codes that we