Initial testing finds coronavirus antibodies in 21.2% of New York City’s populace

Preliminary results from antibody testing in NY state found a 13.9 percent infection rate, officials announced Thursday.

Cuomo emphasized the findings are preliminary and said the state would continue to collect samples from individuals to more fully round out the picture in NY. The rest of the state, which accounted for about a third of those studied, had a 3.6 percent positivity rate.

Broome County officials were told that samples were obtained from 100 people at the Johnson City Wegmans store on Sunday for the first round of antibody testing.

The governor said the lower rate in upstate supports the view that perhaps some regions of the state could reopen earlier than others.

"I said to my colleagues in Washington, I would have insisted that state and local funding was in this current bill", added Cuomo.

The study was launched by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to see the scale of the virus' spread.

There are however a number of deaths that are yet to be counted because they happened in people's homes and not in hospitals or nursing homes.

Extrapolating the results would mean 2.7 million people in the state have been infected with the CCP virus, a novel coronavirus that emerged from mainland China previous year.

The governor says the testing was conducted at sites set up outside places like grocery and box stores.

The infection rate compared to New York's 15,740 confirmed coronavirus deaths shows a death rate of about 0.5% - lower than initial estimates.

It targeted people who were out shopping - meaning they may be more likely to have been infected than people isolating at home.

Reopening schools and the wider NY economy is a careful balancing act, though deaths and hospitalizations from the coronavirus continue to fall.

He said knowing how many people have antibodies could potentially help set policy on when to reopen parts of the state.

Recent data indicated the coronavirus death rate in the state is around half a percent.

Experts also say having antibodies is not necessarily proof someone is immune from the virus. NYC is one of the most densely populated cities in the country, so this disparity isn't especially surprising, but it's still a massive number of infections to wrap your head around.

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