New York City Strong news – Albany, NY: Office of the Governor reports 5.17.2020.

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Has Doubled Testing Capacity to Reach 40,000 Tests Per Day, Encourages Eligible New Yorkers to Get Tested For COVID-19

New York State Now Has More Than 700 Testing Sites

Launches New Website for New Yorkers to Find Nearest COVID-19 Testing Sites 

New Partnership with CVS to Bring Testing to More Than 60 Pharmacies Across the State

Reminds New Yorkers in Need of Emotional Support to Call 1-844-863-9314 to Schedule a Free Appointment with a Mental Health Professional

State Has Distributed More Than Three Million Free Bottles of NYS Clean Hand Sanitizer to Date

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Has Doubled Testing Capacity to Reach 40,000 Tests Per Day, Encourages Eligible New Yorkers to Get Tested For COVID-19 May 17, 2020- Albany, NY- Governor Andrew Cuomo holds daily COVID-19, Coronavirus press briefing, Announces Statewide testing for Coronavirus locations at 700 plus (Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Confirms 1,889 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 350,121; New Cases in 46 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State has doubled testing capacity to reach 40,000 diagnostic tests per day, and encouraged eligible New Yorkers to visit a new website to find a nearby testing site. Today’s announcement comes three weeks after the Governor announced an agreement for New York State to work with the federal government to grow New York’s daily testing capacity from 20,000 tests a day to 40,000 tests a day. 

The state’s diagnostic testing criteria now includes all individuals who would return to the workplace in phase one of the state’s reopening plan. New Yorkers eligible for diagnostic testing now include:

  • Any individual who has COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Any individual who has had contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19;
  • Any individual who is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine;
  • Any individual who is employed as a health care worker, nursing home worker or first responder;
  • Any essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working; and
  • Any individual who would return to the workplace in phase one of the state’s reopening plan.

The Governor also announced the launch of a new website where New Yorkers can easily find the nearest COVID-19 testing sites. New Yorkers can visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing and enter their address to view a list and a map view of the nearest testing sites. The state has also partnered with Google Maps to display testing site results. New Yorkers can search “COVIDtesting near me” on Google Maps to easily find the nearest testing sites.

New York has worked aggressively to build a massive statewide sample collection network and is now testing more than any state or country per capita, but our new problem is we have more sites and capacity than we’re actually using.Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Governor also announced New York State is partnering with CVS to bring testing to more than 60 CVS pharmacies across the state. Each site will be able to conduct 50 or more tests per day.

The Governor also reminded New Yorkers in need of emotional support to call the New York State Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment with a mental health professional. New Yorkers can access additional mental health resources at headspace.com/ny

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Has Doubled Testing Capacity to Reach 40,000 Tests Per Day, Encourages Eligible New Yorkers to Get Tested For COVID-19 May 17, 2020- Albany, NY- Governor Andrew Cuomo holds daily COVID-19, Coronavirus press briefing, Announces Statewide testing for Coronavirus locations at 700 plus (Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

The Governor also announced that the state has distributed over three million free bottles of NYS Clean hand sanitizer to date, including:

  • More than 275,000 bottles to the MTA
  • 188,492 bottles to NYCHA
  • More than 117,000 bottles to food banks
  • 32,512 bottles to farms via CCEs
  • 24,060 bottles to BOCES

“Throughout this entire pandemic, testing was key to controlling the virus and now it will be key to monitoring the virus as we begin reopening in regions across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York has worked aggressively to build a massive statewide sample collection network and is now testing more than any state or country per capita, but our new problem is we have more sites and capacity than we’re actually using. The more New Yorkers get tested, the better — and we are going to ensure to all individuals who will return to the workplace in phase one of our reopening plan have access to testing, and we are launching a new website to make it easier for New Yorkers to find nearby testing sites.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 1,889 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 350,121 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 350,121 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany1,5797
Allegany440
Broome4141
Cattaraugus650
Cayuga630
Chautauqua480
Chemung1340
Chenango1172
Clinton921
Columbia3402
Cortland340
Delaware691
Dutchess3,54316
Erie4,95487
Essex331
Franklin180
Fulton17123
Genesee1802
Greene2121
Hamilton50
Herkimer910
Jefferson710
Lewis163
Livingston1103
Madison2580
Monroe2,25866
Montgomery750
Nassau39,136103
Niagara79222
NYC192,593993
Oneida7609
Onondaga1,50132
Ontario1467
Orange9,94364
Orleans1674
Oswego841
Otsego670
Putnam1,1369
Rensselaer4391
Rockland12,75870
Saratoga4285
Schenectady6207
Schoharie470
Schuyler91
Seneca511
St. Lawrence1920
Steuben2341
Suffolk38,117175
Sullivan1,23114
Tioga1131
Tompkins1391
Ulster1,55215
Warren2324
Washington2191
Wayne964
Westchester32,224127
Wyoming780
Yates231