At one time New York City was responsible for nearly half of the nation’s cases, though that has since fallen to just over a third.
Antibody testing has been revealing that a large share of New Yorkers have already contracted the virus, and were asymptomatic–the future spread within the city won’t be as fatal as expected.
Antibody statistics are encouraging for the city.
CBS NY reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the number of statewide random antibody tests has expanded to 7,500, which reveals a better picture of the extent of coronavirus spread in New York.
Cuomo said 14.9% of those tested statewide tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, which is up from the initial 13.9% statewide when a previous sample of 3,000 people was done on April 22. Cuomo said the 1% increase is statistically in the margin of error.
Regionally, the results suggest:
- 24.7% positive in New York City
- 15.1% positive in Westchester/Rockland
- 14.4% positive on Long Island
- 3.2% positive in the rest of the state