By Kevin Deutsch
The first major effort to test New Yorkers for COVID-19 antibodies showed roughly 21 percent of city residents were likely infected with coronavirus before recovering, Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed Thursday.
The testing program, part of a multi-phase effort by the state to assess how many New Yorkers have contracted the disease, randomly surveyed 3,000 residents at stores across 19 counties and 40 locations.
The state found about 14 percent of New York State residents, or about 2.7 million people, likely possess coronavirus antibodies, with the five boroughs showing the highest percentage of infections and recoveries, Cuomo said.
The preliminary results also showed a fatality rate far lower than initial estimates, at 0.5%.
The testing program’s results will be used to help determine when New Yorkers can return to certain workplaces or donate plasma, among other decisions, Cuomo said.