As New York City continues to see progression in its COVID-19 battle, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he can see the city begin to reopen in the first half of June.
The highest rate was recorded in Morrisania, The Bronx, where 43 percent of residents tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. New York City, where more than 20,000 people have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, remains under lockdown.
"It is the lower income communities, predominantly minorities where we are still seeing an increase in the numbers", Cuomo said. "New York is proving to be the epicenter of nothingness".
The survey, which was conducted in coordination with Northwell Health and community churches, highlighted the devastating toll that COVID-19 has taken on black and Latino residents in the city's poorer neighborhoods, Cuomo said.
The CNBC commentator went on to note that if he were in another city, he would be thinking: "What the heck is going on in NY?!"
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (L) demonstrates how to get a COVID-19 test during a daily COVID-19 press briefing in Albany of New York State, the United States, on May 17, 2020.
School districts across the state have also been instructed to make plans toward reopening with proper social distancing, busing arrangements, and other preventive measures before the state can fully assess if the education system can relaunch in the fall.
Meanwhile, statewide religious gathering with up to 10 people will be allowed as of Thursday, said Cuomo, who added that participants should wear masks and practice social distancing.
It came one day after the governor announced that Memorial Day ceremonies with the same scale will be permitted next week in the state.
New York, which has taken a lead in USA tracking of the so-called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, is now investigating 159 cases in the state, Cuomo said.