Numbers so far show protests have not spread COVID-19, but officials still cautious

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NEW YORK — Since people took to the streets by the thousands to protest the death of George Floyd and demand police reform, there have been serious concerns it could lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

However, a review of newly available state data by PIX11 News shows no such spike has been detected in New York City, although state and local officials warn caution.

During the last few days positive tests have steadily dropped in the city down to 340 Monday.

“Now what we want to look at is the day-to-day testing,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Cuomo said daily test tracking is more important now than ever between the protesting and the reopening of New York City which has about 600,000 people back to work.

The governor wants anyone at a protest to act as though they’ve been infected and get tested. The state has even set up 15 specific testing sites to prioritize protesters.

UPDATE: PIX11 News has continued to track New York’s COVID-19 infection numbers and they continue to show no notable spike as a result of the ongoing protests.

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