The state said six coronavirus clusters have appeared in Brooklyn and Queens, and Broome, Orange and Rockland counties.
Despite the declines, the positive test percentages in the clusters are still much higher than other areas of the state.
The number of New Yorkers hospitalized for Covid-19 decreased between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Catholics and Jews asked U.S. courts yesterday to overturn New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's order limiting worship to no more than 10 congregants in communities hard hit by the coronavirus, calling the measure a threat to religious freedom.
The state's overall positivity rate was 1.25 percent with focus areas included, said the governor, adding that the "Red Zone" focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of the state population yet had 11.7 percent of all positive test results reported to the state on Thursday, and 11.9 percent of all positive case results reported to the state this current week.
Cuomo's order, which expires on November 5, also limited religious gatherings in "orange zone" areas that surround the "red zones" to the lesser of 25 people or 33% of capacity. That brought the statewide average to 1.1 percent. He says New York's health officials have developed a more precisely targeted way to measure transmission, and has the capacity, "to see things that normally you don't see". Cuomo said " We're dealing with the fall, the next step is "going to be dealing with a vaccine".
The state's numbers in recent days also show that hospitalizations for the disease are steadily climbing. "Mask up" said Governor Cuomo. Of the 146 new patients admitted, almost half were from the 20 hot spots.
"We have an approximately 1-percent infection rate statewide, which is very low compared to other states".
Another 143 patients were newly admitted to hospitals in NY on Thursday.
There are also rising incidents of positive cases in the schools.
"I think he made a big mistake", Tedisco said. He says he expects "micro cluster" outbreaks of the virus to flare up for at least another year, even after there is a vaccine.