Gov. Kathy Hochul is asking New Yorkers to celebrate New Year's safely as COVID-19 continues to surge across the state.

On Tuesday, the governor's office announced 40,780 new COVID-19 cases and 77 new deaths.

New York's positivity rate is currently 19.33%.

The state's seven-day average positivity rate is also rising, jumping from 12.41% on Monday to 13.36% on Tuesday.

Statewide, 6,173 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 945 patients in the ICU and 519 in ICU with intubation.

"With just three days left in the year, let's make a New Year's resolution to beat this pandemic in 2022," Hochul said in a statement. "Let's start by celebrating New Year's safely this weekend. Before visiting friends and family, please get yourself tested and make sure you are vaccinated and boosted, if eligible. Please remember to wear a mask when gathering with others. If we all do what's right, we can make 2022 a very different year from the hardships we've had to endure so far."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data cited by the governor, 95% of all New Yorkers age 18 and older have received at least one vaccine dose and 82.7% have completed their vaccine series. For New Yorkers of all ages, 83.4% have received at least one dose and 71.5% have completed their vaccine series.

Over the past 24 hours, 96,049 vaccine doses were administered and 680,721 shots were given out in the past seven days. In total, 33,229,440 doses have been administered across New York.

As of Tuesday, Long Island's seven-day average positivity rate of 16.26% is the highest in the state, followed by New York City at 13.70% and the Mid-Hudson region at 12.53%. The region of the state with the lowest seven-day average positivity rate is currently the North Country, with a reported 7.10% rate, followed by the Southern Tier at 8.01%.


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