NY’s COVID-19 infection rate hovering around at least 1 percent

New York’s COVID-19 infection rate continues to be at least 1 percent, according to statistics released Sunday.

The state reported 84,770 people tested Saturday, with 866 of them positive, or 1.02 percent.

That’s the fourth day in a row the state’s rate hit at least 1 percent. It was 0.9 percent Sept. 22.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in tweeting out the latest figures, added that 541 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus in New York as of Saturday.

“Sadly, there were 6 COVID fatalities yesterday,” he added.

A day earlier, the state recorded more than 1,000 positive COVID-19 tests for the first time since early June, although because of the total number of people reported tested Friday, the infection rate was still 1 percent. There also were four reported fatalities Friday and 527 people hospitalized.