New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 2.35%, Governor Cuomo announced Sunday. That is the lowest it’s been since November 7.
Also according to the governor, the state’s seven-day average positivity rate, 2.92%, has fallen below 3.00% for the first time since November 24.
“New York is making tremendous progress in our goal to vaccinate every New Yorker while keeping the infection and hospitalization rates down, but variants of the virus remain a concern across the state,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “It’s going to take everyone working together, as individuals and in communities, to protect each other and defeat this virus once and for all. Until we get to that point, we must stay vigilant and continue with the behaviors we know slow the spread – washing your hands, staying socially distanced and wearing a mask.”
Across the state, the 3,754 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is the lowest total since November 29. 849 people are in an ICU, the lowest total since December 4. The 520 people in the ICU with intubation is also the fewest total since November 22, according to Cuomo.
On the vaccine front, Cuomo announced that 175,311 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the state in the last 24 hours.
“Our providers are working around the clock to get more shots into arms, and we remain focused on making sure the vaccine distribution is equitable and our vaccination sites are accessible,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “Our progress is strong and steady, but so is the capability of this virus, which is why we cannot afford to lose any of the tremendous progress we’ve made. We are fortunate to have a trusted partner in the White House that has been instrumental in helping to maintain our vaccination supply here in New York, and if we all continue to get vaccinated and practice safety guidelines, we will defeat this beast once and for all.”
More than 1.4 million doses of the vaccine have been given over the past week.
The governor says the week 18 allocation of 1,538,650 first and second vaccine doses is expected to finish arriving on Sunday.