New York state's seven-day average COVID positivity rate has been under 1.5% for five straight days, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Sunday.

According to the latest numbers released by the governor's office, the state's daily positivity rate is 1.53% and has been under 2% for more than two straight weeks.

The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the state dropped by 113 over the past day to 1,052. Of those, 453 were admitted due to COVID-19 or complications of COVID-19.

Twelve new deaths were also announced Sunday.

"The weather is warmer, and the days are longer, but now is not the time to let our guard down in the fight against this virus," Hochul said in a statement. "Parents - the vaccine is free, easy to get, and most importantly, approved by doctors. Talk to your pediatrician today and make a plan to get your child the shot and keep them safe and healthy."

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, 89.3% 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 0.96%. Central New York is the region of the state with the highest rate, with a 4.69% reported positivity average.


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