As we continue to fight against COVID-19, it's clear that masks help stop the spread and save lives. I'm proud to announce with my daughter Mariah Kennedy Cuomo that New York is partnering with the company The RealReal and dozens of New York fashion designers to create limited edition made-in-New-York masks. Drawing from the diversity and creativity that New York's fashion industry is famous for, these unique masks will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts and remind the public that we all still need to Mask Up.
Profits from this campaign will be donated to Feeding America, Nurse Heroes and the New York COVID Relief Fund to help New Yorkers and Americans in need. Read more about the campaign here.
Particularly now, as the virus surges in parts of the country, it's critical that we continue to wear masks and take the simple everyday measures that reduce the spread — stay distant and wash your hands often. #MaskUp
Photo of the Day: My daughter Mariah and I announced New York's new partnership with The RealReal and NY fashion designers to create limited-edition masks.
Here's what else you need to know:
1. The positivity rate in the "micro-cluster" focus areas was 3.25 percent. The statewide positivity rate excluding these areas was 1.18 percent. Of the 82,117 tests reported yesterday, 1,191, or 1.45 percent, were positive. There were 1,059 total hospitalizations. Sadly, we lost 12 New Yorkers to the virus.
2. As we face the latest front in our long fight against COVID, New York has a battle-plan. In an op-ed in the New York Daily News, I lay out a roadmap for getting through the months ahead, a future vaccine and New York's plan to mitigate outbreaks of the virus as we transition into the colder season. Read it here.
3. There are six days of Early Voting left in New York. Early Voting runs through Sunday, November 1st. Also, completed absentee ballots can be dropped off in-person at any early polling site (and at your local Board of Elections office). Look up your early polling place here.
4. The test positivity rate is below 3 percent in every region of the state. In New York City, the positivity rate yesterday was 1.4 percent. In Long Island, it was 1.2 percent. In the Capital Region, 1.5 percent. In Central New York, 1.4 percent. In the Finger Lakes, 2.3 percent. In the Mid-Hudson Region, 2.4 percent. In Mohawk Valley, 0.7 percent. In the North Country, 1.4 percent. In the Southern Tier, 1.0 percent. And finally, in Western New York, 1.3 percent. See more data here.
Last Night's "Deep Breath Moment": A classic part of the voting experience is receiving the "I VOTED" sticker to signify to others that you've performed your civic duty. This election year, New York magazine asked 48 artists from all corners of the U.S. to design "I VOTED" stickers that will be featured on the cover of the October 26-November 8 issue of the weekly magazine. A wide variety of stickers will also be available inside the magazine for readers to peel off. Read more.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo