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New York state's COVID-19 positivity rate rose above 1 percent on Monday, the first time the rate has reached that level in more than a month.

Out of 73,678 tests performed in the state Monday, 766 returned positive, New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoGiuliani criticizes NYC leadership: 'They're killing this city' More than 160 executives critique de Blasio's leadership amid pandemic Overnight Defense: US marks 19th anniversary of 9/11 attacks | Trump awards Medal of Honor to Army Ranger for hostage rescue mission | Bahrain, Israel normalizing diplomatic ties MORE (D) announced on Twitter Tuesday.

The state's positive test rate sat at 1.03 percent for the day.

Cuomo's announcement comes just one day after the governor's office celebrated 38 straight days with a positivity rate below 1 percent.

Today's update on the numbers:

Of the 73,678 tests reported yesterday, 766 were positive (1.0% of total).

Total hospitalizations are at 481.

Sadly, there were 11 COVID fatalities yesterday. pic.twitter.com/sW1QKSkeJG

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 15, 2020

In Tuesday's tweet, Cuomo also noted that 481 people are hospitalized across the state and 11 people died Monday.

In a statement a day earlier, Cuomo stressed the importance of New Yorkers wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines in order to continue to reduce the virus's spread.

"New York's government sets the tone for the state's response to COVID-19, but New Yorkers drive it home. We can defeat this virus and create a better future, but we need New Yorkers to wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands as local governments enforce state guidance," he said Monday. "There's no doubt that we've made progress, but this is not over yet. By staying New York Tough, we'll get through this together."

New York emerged as a COVID-19 hotspot at the start of the outbreak in the U.S., but in recent months the state has seen its rate of new infections significantly decrease while other states have struggled with more persistent and widespread clusters of the virus.

Cuomo laid the blame of New York's outbreak on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats, advocates seethe over Florida voting rights ruling Russian jets identified in Trump campaign ad calling for support for the troops Democratic Senate candidate 'hesitant' to get COVID-19 vaccine if approved this year MORE in a scathing news briefing last week, arguing that Trump should have announced a European travel ban sooner.

"Donald Trump caused the COVID outbreak in New York,” the governor said. “That is a fact. It’s a fact that he admitted, and the CDC admitted, and [Dr. Anthony] Fauci admitted.”

“This nation loses more people per day to COVID than any nation on the globe. You know who did that? Donald Trump’s incompetence. And now, they won’t provide federal funding to help repair the damage from the ambush they created," he added.

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80+ Providence College Students Test Positive For Coronavirus In 2 Days

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Saying “we are out of options,” the president of Providence College announced that the school is moving to remote-only learning for at least two weeks after a surge of new coronavirus cases among students.

More than 80 students tested positive for the disease in just two days, the private Catholic university’s president, Rev. Kenneth Sicard, wrote in a message to the community Thursday.

Most students live off campus. The school has now had 106 positive student cases. Providence has about 4,800 students.

Students who live off campus cannot leave their apartments, and students who live on campus will be tested and are not allowed to leave campus, he said. Gatherings of any kind are banned.

Students who violate the rules face suspensions, Sicard said, and if things get worse, campus may be shut down for the semester.

“We recognize how serious and difficult these directives are, but this is our last chance to remain together in person for the fall semester,” Sicard said. “Between these actions and the serious steps we already have taken – especially in the past few days – we have used virtually every tool at our disposal. We are out of options.”

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