New York's coronavirus infection rate dipped below 1% Wednesday after another round of tests was conducted the previous day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
The governor said only 636 (0.87%) of 70,000 tests performed Tuesday came back positive as hospitalizations fell by four patients to 564 people statewide.
"Our progress is thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers — even after two and a half months of reopening, the numbers have continued to go down," the governor said.
As states across the country experience spikes in COVID-19 cases, New York has reported steady declines since it became the epicenter of the outbreak in April.
Cuomo urged residents to stay the course by maintaining social distancing and abiding by the safety guidelines put in place by health officials.
"But we learned from this crisis that nobody is safe until everybody is safe, and an outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere," Cuomo said. "Surging infection rates across the country threaten that progress, so we must continue to wear our masks, socially distance, and stay New York Tough."