By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Today, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced

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43 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 216 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 216 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows: Westchester: 121 (13 new), New York City: 52 (16 new), Nassau: 28 (9 new), Suffolk: 6 (5 new), Rockland: 6, Saratoga: 2 and Ulster: 1.

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In addition, Cuomo announced that New York State will contract with 28 private labs to increase testing capacity for the novel coronavirus. Following a call with the 28 labs, the Governor announced that he has instructed the labs to begin testing immediately as soon as they are ready. The 28 labs are specialized in virology and are routine partners with the New York State Department of Health.