New York state's seven-day average COVID positivity rate is 1.39%, the lowest it’s been since July 20, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Saturday.

According to the latest numbers released by the governor's office, the state's daily positivity rate has been under 2% for more than two straight weeks.

The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the state dropped by 80 over the past day to 1,165. Of those, 483 were admitted due to COVID-19 or complications of COVID-19.

Eighteen new deaths were also announced Saturday.

"We are seeing astounding progress each day in our fight against COVID-19," Hochul said in a statement. "While this pandemic has been unpredictable at times, I'm proud of New Yorkers for continuously putting the work in to keep themselves and their communities safe. Our best weapon against this pandemic is the vaccine, and thousands of New Yorkers are continuing to get vaccinated each day. If you're a parent and haven't signed your child up for their shot yet, talk to your pediatrician and get them an appointment today."

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 85.8% have completed their vaccine series. For New Yorkers of all ages, 89.2% have received at least one dose and 75.8% have completed their vaccine series.

New York City's seven-day average positivity rate is currently the lowest in the state, at 0.92%. Central New York is the region of the state with the highest rate, with a 4.32% reported positivity average.

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