On Saturday, Gov. Cuomo announced that the statewide positivity rate sits at 1.60%, the lowest it’s been since November 3.
Additionally, the average 7-day positivity rat has dropped to 1.89%, the lowest that number has been November 6. Furthermore, hospitalizations dropped to 2,729 (lowest Since November 22), ICU patients dropped to 658 (lowest Since November 27) and intubations are down to 417 (lowest Since December 3).
"New York is beating back COVID every single day as more people take the vaccine and we continue to keep the positivity and hospitalization rates down," Governor Cuomo said. "The numbers are all trending in the right direction, and as a result we're able to open the valves on our reopening even more and increase capacity for different industries. This is all great news, but now is not the time to let our guard down. COVID is still a very real threat, and I urge everyone to stay vigilant and keep practicing the behaviors we know slow the spread of the virus."
Cuomo also reported 25 COVID-related deaths in New York in the last 24 hours.
Gov. Cuomo also released an update on the state's vaccine effort Saturday. More than 1.2 million doses of the vaccine have been administered over the past 24 hours, with more than 1.2 million doses administered over the past seven days, according to the governor.
"Our progress on vaccinations remains steady and strong - more than one in three New Yorkers are fully vaccinated and we're administering over one million shots a week," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. "We're nearing the light at the end of the tunnel, but we still have more ground to cover before we reach herd immunity. Until we get to that point we're continuing to do everything in our power to ensure he vaccine distribution is equitable all across the state and to make clear to anyone who still feels hesitant that the vaccine is safe, effective and necessary to defeat COVID once and for all."
A reminder that all state-run mass COVID-19 vaccination sites will now allow walk-ins for those 16 and older instead of requiring appointments.
You can still schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site using the Am I Eligible tool or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX.