The seven-day average COVID-19 positivity rate in New York has reached a new low, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.
The state's 0.71% seven-day average positivity rate is the lowest since the start of the pandemic, lower than the 0.73% rate announced Saturday by the governor. This marks 55-straight days of declining seven-day average positivity rates.
"New York State is beating back COVID and making progress on the numbers, and the key is providing shots in arms for all New Yorkers. Hospitalizations and the positivity rate are declining, but so is the vaccination rate, and we need to get creative to encourage the remaining New Yorkers to take the shot," Cuomo said in a statement. "We're providing new and innovative incentives—including park passes, transportation tickets, and even a $5 million lottery—to make sure we can successfully vaccinate the population. It's absolutely critical for us to rebuild our state, reopen our economy and put New Yorkers back to work, so I urge everyone who has not taken the shot to get vaccinated today."
Statewide, the positivity rate is 0.64%.
On the vaccine front, 104,851 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across New York over the last 24 hours. 65.1% of all New Yorkers age 18 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, and 56.8% have completed their vaccine series. 53.5% of New Yorkers of all ages have received at least one dose and 45.6% have completed their vaccine series.