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NY Governor Daily Press Release – Labor Day – COVID-19 Infection Rate Below 1 Percent for One Month

Governor Cuomo Announces One Month with Covid-19 Infection Rate Below 1 Percent

0.88 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive

2 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

SLA and State Police Task Force Visits 1,064 Establishments; Observes 7 Establishments Not in Compliance

Confirms 520 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 440,021; New Cases in 42 Counties

In addition to today’s press release, as seen below, is the Governor’s Video Message to the Labor Community and New Yorkers. (Corresponding transcript can be found near the bottom of this page).

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced for one month, or 31 days, that New York State’s COVID-19 infection rate has remained below 1 percent. Yesterday, 0.88 percent of tests reported to the state were positive. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“Thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers, our state has now gone a full month with our COVID infection rate remaining below one percent,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our numbers have continued to remain stable even as we reach new milestones in our phased, data-driven reopening. As we close out this Labor Day Weekend, I urge everyone to remain smart so we can continue to celebrate our progress in the weeks and months ahead. It took the work of all of us to get here, and to protect this progress we will need to all continue to wash our hands, wear our masks, remain socially distant and above all, stay New York tough.”

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,064 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 7 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Brooklyn – 1
  • Manhattan – 1
  • Suffolk – 5

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization– 413 (+3)
  • Patients Newly Admitted– 49
  • Hospital Counties– 33
  • Number ICU– 115 (-4)
  • Number ICU with Intubation– 57 (+1)
  • Total Discharges– 75,471 (+46)
  • Deaths– 2
  • Total Deaths– 25,361

Of the 58,865 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 520, or 0.88 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Capital Region 0.5% 0.9% 0.5%
Central New York 0.7% 0.8% 1.1%
Finger Lakes 0.6% 0.7% 0.7%
Long Island 1.5% 1.1% 1.0%
Mid-Hudson 1.1% 0.9% 1.2%
Mohawk Valley 0.7% 0.9% 1.1%
New York City 0.7% 0.7% 0.8%
North Country 0.2% 0.2% 0.3%
Southern Tier 0.2% 0.5% 0.4%
Western New York 1.2% 2.0% 1.9%


The Governor also confirmed 520 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 440,021 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 440,021 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 2,833 2
Allegany 92 0
Broome 1,365 8
Cattaraugus 230 1
Cayuga 183 0
Chautauqua 476 1
Chemung 210 2
Chenango 235 0
Clinton 152 0
Columbia 576 1
Cortland 103 0
Delaware 124 1
Dutchess 4,939 11
Erie 10,320 54
Essex 149 1
Franklin 59 0
Fulton 312 0
Genesee 302 1
Greene 314 0
Hamilton 14 0
Herkimer 308 0
Jefferson 156 2
Lewis 49 0
Livingston 189 0
Madison 475 1
Monroe 5,585 13
Montgomery 215 0
Nassau 45,229 36
Niagara 1,654 4
NYC 236,212 203
Oneida 2,305 3
Onondaga 3,993 10
Ontario 408 3
Orange 11,525 10
Orleans 315 1
Oswego 329 4
Otsego 285 17
Putnam 1,534 3
Rensselaer 860 1
Rockland 14,418 22
Saratoga 893 4
Schenectady 1,314 4
Schoharie 73 0
Schuyler 28 0
Seneca 102 0
St. Lawrence 297 1
Steuben 320 0
Suffolk 45,304 46
Sullivan 1,544 1
Tioga 214 2
Tompkins 339 7
Ulster 2,203 2
Warren 326 0
Washington 270 0
Wayne 296 5
Westchester 37,277 31
Wyoming 127 1
Yates 62 0


Yesterday, there were 2 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,361. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:


Deaths by County of Residence
County New Deaths
Bronx 1
Kings 1


Following is the transcript to the Governor’s video as seen near the top of this page.

Happy Labor Day. And it’s a pleasure to be with my brothers and sisters of the labor movement once again. Of course, we would have all liked to be together in person on this great day, but we are still together in the spirit of solidarity, and we always are. I want to congratulate Mario Cilento and Vinny Alvarez for the great job they do, and for all the women and men who dedicate themselves to keeping the labor movement strong. We need it now more than ever.

We should start by taking a moment to celebrate the historic work that we have done together in New York. We are fulfilling our destiny of making the labor movement the nation’s vehicle for progressive change and for social justice. We’ve led the nation in raising the minimum wage, the best paid family leave program, protecting public sector service workers after the Janus decisions, protecting farm workers, and all workers’ rights to organize.

But we have something else to celebrate today. This nation has been at war, the war fighting COVID. New York State was the place where COVID ambushed this nation, and New York State will go down in the history books as the place that beat back COVID. And when they write those history books, the heroes of the battle will be the hardworking families of New York. It’s the hardworking families that we now call the essential workers. They had to show up every day so that everyone else could stay home and be safe.

The heroes of the COVID war are not the elite. They’re not the most well off. The heroes were the hardworking, talented and principled women and men of labor. They showed up every day and they put their lives at risk to protect others. The heroes are the transportation workers who kept the busses and trains moving. The police, the firefighters, the teachers, the postal workers, the food service workers, everyone who kept society functioning and stable. The public employees. They are the heroes of the COVID battle. But in my book, they have always been the heroes because they have always been essential to building this nation, and making New York New York, and making America America.

So today, it is my honor to celebrate organized labor, the essential workforce of this nation, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Thank you, and God bless you.


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