Currently the state has seen the worst of the United States’ pandemic, with at least 268,581 cases and 20,861 deaths.
The study was launched by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to see the scale of the virus’ spread.
It found that more than 20 percent of residents tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.
If the study is accurate for the city as a whole, it could mean up to 1.7 million people have been infected.
It also found that the mortality rate for coronavirus is between 0.6 and 0.8 percent, compared to the common flu’s 0.1 percent.
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The study was conducted through 3,000 randomly selected people across the state.
They were selected at supermarkets and had their blood taken by a finger-prick test from the state’s health department.
Questions still remain over how effective and accurate the study is.
The New York health department, when asked about how accurate their test was, said only that theirs was “very accurate.”
The US has a virus prevalence of 13.9 percent nationwide.
In New York, the epicentre of the US’s pandemic, the prevalence of COVID-19 was at 21.2 percent.
Oxiris Balbot, the New York City health commissioner, said on Thursday that she estimates up to one million New Yorkers might have been infected.
There are however a number of deaths that are yet to be counted because they happened in people’s homes and not in hospitals or nursing homes.
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Cuomo said the testing will continue and will inform his regional reopening plan but he did not offer up any clarification of what comes next.
He said: “We have preliminary data, we’re going to continue this testing on a rolling basis, but I want to see snapshots of what is happening with that rate.
“Is it flat? Is it going down?
“It can give us data.”
He also said hospitalisations continue to decline but not quickly enough
Cuomo also added that new data on COVID deaths out of California was worrying.
The first confirmed COVID-19 death in California was on February 6 as opposed to the originally reported February 29 as previously thought.
He said that California had ‘connected’ deaths to the virus as far back as December and January.
There has not been a confirmed case that far back.
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