NEW YORK (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo gave an update to New Yorkers on the state’s progress with COVID-19, saying the statewide rate of positive cases is at 1.51%. In the whole of the Southern Tier, reports showed a positivity rate yesterday of less than 1%. Governor Cuomo said, “New York had the highest positivity rate in the nation at the peak of this crisis — now we have the third lowest in the nation. New Yorkers should be very proud of that fact, but we also need to remain vigilant.” To see Governor Cuomo’s micro-cluster strategy, click here. Broome County’s rate of positivity went down to 2.31% as reported. The 7 day rolling average for Broome County as a yellow zone area is reported as 6%. Governor Cuomo said yesterday, focus zone areas in the state reported a rate of positivity of 3.1%, while the remainder of the state reported a rate of 1.36%. Governor Cuomo reported 1,125 hospitalizations due to COVID and 17 deaths in the state yesterday from the coronavirus. Two of those reported deaths occurred in Broome County.