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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking at Riverside Church, discusses the intersection of COVID-19 and civil unrest; Nov. 15, 2020. New York State Team

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ALBANY ĘC COVID-19 has been on the rise in New York, with some areas of the state getting hit harder now than they did during the first wave of the pandemic in March and April.?

On Tuesday, New York reported 4,881?new coronavirus cases from the previous day, pushing the state's total past 606,000?confirmed cases since the start of March.?

It's the latest in a string of daily infections that rival those seen in late April in New York, when a huge number of cases in New York City and the surrounding area hit the state harder than anywhere else in the country.

The increase is part of a large national surge in COVID-19 cases, with most states faring far worse than New York right now. But that's likely of little comfort to central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier, where coronavirus hospitalizations are at or near all-time highs.?

Here are the state's latest daily COVID-19 numbers from Monday, as reported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Tuesday:

  • 164,761?tests reported (Down from 191,489 the prior day.)
  • 4,881?tests were positive (Down?from 5,906?the prior day.)?
  • 2.96%?test positivity rate (Down from 3.08%?the prior day.)
  • 2,856?current hospitalizations (Increase of 132?from the prior day.)
  • 47 confirmed deaths?

Note: Weekend test reporting tends to lag behind weekdays.?

Jon Campbell is a New York state government reporter for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at JCAMPBELL1@Gannett.com or on Twitter at?@JonCampbellGAN.

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